The Musketeers 2014

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This fresh 10-part adaptation of Dumas‚ masterpiece tells the story of an elite group of soldiers who protect their Royal Masters at any cost. Starring Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D‚Artagnan, Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Black Forest) as Porthos, the brothers in arms fight for what is just, tackling the evil machinations of Cardinal Richelieu ‚ played by Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Thick Of It). As they are propelled across seas and battlefields from masquerade balls to a remote convent, the Musketeers defend the honour of the Queen and the life of Constance Bonacieux, d'Artagnan's true love ‚ played by Tamla Kari (The Inbetweeners Movie).

Starring:
Peter Capaldi, Howard Charles
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Musketeers, The - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Disc 4 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 10 minutes
Starring Peter Capaldi, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Tamla Kari
Director Saul Metzstein, Toby Haynes
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Musketeers, The - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Musketeers, The - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 10 minutes
Starring Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Howard Charles, Santiago Cabrera, Peter Capaldi, Tamla Kari
Director Toby Haynes, Saul Metzstein
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN
Rental release 31 March 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By eva ciechonska on 7 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Fabulous drama, perfectly cast and set. Locations are very atmospheric and the costumes are beautiful. It is a great escapist romp. So pleased the BBC have announced a second series........cannot wait!!

Would like to correct M. Evans who seems to have ethnic issues of his own. Firstly the actor who plays D'Artagnan is not of Asian origin but British born of Italian parents and secondly I am sure Alexandre Dumas (pere) would have applauded the choice of a mixed race actor playing Porthos. After all his own father, Thomas-Alexander Dumas, was mixed race (French father Haitian mother) and a highly decorated general in the French Army. Could be the BBC are paying homage to that......and why not!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens on 3 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The BBC take on a classic story and give it a neat spruce up. The Musketeers may not be historically accurate or totally true to the original book but it is gloriously good fun.

This interpretation has action by the bucket load and a smattering of mystery to hook you to the end. In fact this is exactly what a dull Sunday evening line up needed. An injection of fun.

It's not particularly clever or ground breaking but it does entertain which on a basic level is all a program like this should do. The actors are game and with a few well known cameos littered throughout there is plenty here to like.

It also doesn't follow the same rigid formula the BBC likes to settle into with the likes of Robin Hood, Merlin and to some extent Doctor Who. Each episode offers something new.

The Musketeers offers plenty of bang for its buck and if it isn't as finely crafted as some of the aforementioned shows it certainly has potential to grow. Another series would be most welcome.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. M. Shand on 8 Feb 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you enjoy watching sexy guys engaging in sword fighting, romancing women, cracking a few jokes and battling the enemy - and all of it set within 17th century France - then this is the show for you..

It's a series of stand-alone episodes but with a long-term story arc developing in the background, which finally comes together by the series final. It's not a drama that has complex storylines or anti-heroes and it doesn't stick faithfully to the original book source, which may annoy purists - though all the main characters are present - it's just a 'lighter' drama for those who want to watch something different to the almost constant dark and gritty crime dramas that are common today. It does have a modern twist, with issues such as slavery and women's rights coming up in two episodes and even Constance is a bit of a modern girl at the side of many previous and dull incarnations of the character - and this time she's married, as the books author originally intended.

The four main characters are well cast and distinctive from one another in a realistic fashion, from young D'artagnan ( Luke Pasqualino does a good job of bringing warmth and humour but also a little darkness to a character who's often the dullest of the main characters or too boyish for some viewers to take seriously. At 23 years of age, he still makes a young, immature and cocky D'artagnan but one with hints of the handsome man and great Musketeer he will become ) to brooding Athos to ladies-man Aramis ( though he has dark aspects to his character as well, crucial to a character who could so easily be 2 dimensional ) to a Porthas who's clearly Porthas but not as cliché or OTT as previous incarnations, making him just as handsome as the other three musketeers.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 17 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful production - carefully and effectively filmed so that it looks the real thing. I can almost smell the filth of the streets of Paris or the Court of Miracles. The casting is excellent - the different characters and back stories of the 4 musketeers beautifully exploited by the different actors and Peter Capaldi's Cardinal Richelieu takes me back to my A-Level history studies. I know it's not entirely historically accurate, but somehow that doesn't matter as it is so well done. The dialogue is fast, witty and very funny and I like the use of 'modern' language. I laugh out loud and there are not many occasions where TV does that for me. Sunday evenings are great and I can't wait to get the DVD and watch the episodes all over again. Well done BBC.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Corbett on 25 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
To me, Atlantis was a 'meh' BBC show, failing to live up to the standards of Merlin, Doctor Who and Robin Hood. However, I was very interested in the new 'Musketeers' series advertised- and on a Sunday 9'o clock slot. The first episode converted me- the plot was great, the characters interesting and I am a staunch supporter. As the series continues, the characters are developing and getting an episode each- now making it hard to choose a favourite! The casting is excellent, Capaldi is getting some screen time before he takes up the role of the Doctor, and the other Musketeers are well-portrayed. The writing is both funny and gripping, and the show really shines.

I will be sad when the series ends, but I hope series 2 will live up to the (so far) high standards of the first. It's great to watch and I advise buying this as soon as it is released!
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