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The Three Musketeers [DVD]

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  • Actors: Matthew MacFadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Milla Jovovich
  • Directors: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GNZR7M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Three Musketeers (Ray Stevenson, Matthew Macfadyen and Luke Evans) are at rock bottom without a cause to fight for when the young and hot-headed D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) seeks their help. Discovering a conspiracy to overthrow the King they are thrown into a terrifying battle against a beautiful double agent (Milla Jovovich) and her villainous employer (Orlando Bloom), fighting to save the crown and the future of Europe itself. Featuring stunning special effects, director Paul W.S. Anderson brings The Three Musketeers to the screen like never seen before.


Did we really need another big-screen version of The Three Musketeers? There have been six or seven versions of Alexandre Dumas's classic tale of swashbuckling intrigue and sword-fighting heroism in 17th-century France since the birth of motion pictures, so the question of need really doesn't really enter into it. This whiz-banging update is designed for a new generation of 21st Century entertainment seekers, and it comes complete with the kind of over-the-top CGI effects, novel 3D tricks, and ramped-up action that consumers of a franchise like Pirates of the Caribbean have come to expect. In fact, it's no secret that the American, German, French, and British producers were expecting to launch their own Pirates-like series for a long string of Musketeer movies that might inspire the same kind of dedicated followers, not to mention profits. But this exciting and well-intentioned new brand of Musketeer mayhem probably won't leave viewers hungry for another dose--or two, or three, or four.

The helmer is Paul W.S. Anderson, the same director responsible for the Resident Evil series as well as dark, violent sci-fi entries like Mortal Kombat, AVP, and Death Race. He brings a similar heavy hand to the action sequences, many of which are quite spectacular, especially a truly grand finale staged aboard dueling tricked-out airships ostensibly designed by Leonardo da Vinci. He also brings a light touch to the comedic elements that often cross over into battle territory, although not as many of the gags fly as high as the raucous and cleverly staged action. The story follows Dumas's original tale when convenient and leaps awkwardly into flights of somewhat misplaced fancy when it can't make the familiar version of the musketeers' rebellious escapades fit into its narrative needs. The adventure-seeking peasant D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) makes his way to Paris hoping to join the musketeers, the special squadron sworn to protect the vaguely stooge-like king of France (Freddie Fox). In short order he has met and made a bad first impression on the three most notorious musketeers, Athos (Matthew MacFadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson), and Aramis (Luke Evans). These are our heroes, and their performances run the range from fair to pretty good. That is admittedly faint praise, but fortunately there are an equal number of villains to balance out the gamut of hammy scenery-chewing. There's Orlando Bloom as the mustache-twirling Lord Buckingham; Milla Jovovich as Milady, a backstabbing seductress who has as much kick as she does in her role as queen of the Resident Evil team; and Mads Mikkelsen in a return to terrorising mode as a one-eyed, soulless heavy in the employ of the church. Topping them all is Christoph Waltz, who brings to his Cardinal Richelieu the same kind of menacing charm that made Colonel Hans Landa so deliciously hiss-inducing in Inglorious Basterds. What makes this restructured Musketeers feel a little off is the contemporary vernacular peppered throughout the dialogue. It's clearly targeted to a teen and young-adult audience in the hopes that they will want more of this mix (think Pirates again). The story is skewed young, with Logan Lerman and Gabriella Wilde as a lady-in-waiting getting more plot time than they can handle in their professional capacity as actors. But there are abundant subplots and everybody gets one, the costumes are spectacular, and the sets ooze lavish detail. The 3D is fairly lackluster, so home-market viewers really won't be missing anything on that front. What they'll get most of is a breezy, stunt-studded, action-packed, and affably affected take on a literary chestnut that, by the way, is also sequel-ready. --Ted Fry

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Fluffrick on 26 Nov 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
As the other reviews for this film will suggest, it's best to watch this film expecting a swashbuckling adventure which gleefully dispatches with historical accuracy - if you're wanting an adaptation which is true to the historical period in which the Dumas novel was set, you'll only be annoyed by this film (I can't remember D'Artagnan being Californian in the book...).

Instead, think of this film as a cover version of the Dumas story by Jules Verne fans cranked up on sugar, which replaces horses and carriages with airships. The expected armoury of swords are accompanied by the King Louis XIII era's version of machine guns. If something can be blown-up, it will be. If a device can be given a steam-punk or, indeed, clock-punk makeover, the production design department will be all over it.

The performances are mostly fine - though Matthew Macfadyen is an excellent stand-out as the cynical Athos - and most of the actors seem to have been given free reign to have fun with their characters. Orlando Bloom, as the Duke of Buckingham is channelling Ziggy-era Bowie and wearing Lady Gaga's dancers cast-off wardrobe to marvellous effect.

I suspect that nobody in the cast was under the impression that they were in an Oscar-bait film and have calibrated performances accordingly, nobody more so than the charmingly villainous anti-hero of the piece, Cardinal Richelieu, embodied by Christoph Waltz as part-venerated religious leader, part-Snidely Whiplash schemer, leading a merry dance around his foppish royal charges with a smoothly venomous look in one eye and a manner which recalls the affronted surprise of a career politician caught with his fingers in the biscuit barrel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The `other' Paul Anderson's 3D version of The Three Musketeers - thankfully not retitled The 3D Musketeers - isn't quite the war crime of repute even if it does rework the material to within an inch of its life. Since there have already been umpteen more faithful adaptations, that's not necessarily a fatal flaw, and while it may turn Milla Jovovich's Milady into a Lara Croftish bungee jumping superspy in a 17th Century Mission: Impossible, at least it doesn't turn her into a ninja possessed by the Devil like the 2005 French version with Emmanuelle Beart...

In his favor, Anderson has a good visual sense that makes the most of his excellently chosen lavish and colourful German locations that look more French than France, his camera embracing the spectacle and constantly moving and prowling past obstacles and extras to make the most of the stereoscopic opportunities in a way that still works rather well in 2D. On the debit side, he can't get much of a performance out of anyone, with Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson and a sulky Matthew McFadyen doing an Alan Rickman impersonation lacking chemistry and seeming to all be acting in a different film to each other as Aramis, Porthos and Athos, James Corden's Planchet just dead weight and a waste of perfectly good oxygen while Logan Lehrman channels a pre-pubescent Tony Curtis without the depth to such an uncanny degree as a particularly underwhelming D'Artagnan that you almost expect him to say "Yonda lies da shatto od my fadda" if you thought he knew what a chateau was. Even Christoph Waltz is clearly bored out of his mind as Cardinal Richlieu as he "Yups" his way through scenes like he can't wait to go home but knows he's stuck here for another seven hours at least, and that's if they don't go into overtime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
The movie opens with a brief historical background. Europe is in turmoil and only three French superheroes can save it!

As the main characters are introduced we get a quick feel for the movie that it will be light, humorous, Indian Jones adventurous, with our heroes emulating superheroes as they enter the secret vault of Da Vinci to steal his invention plan for the "war machine" which looks like an airship. Heart throb Olando Bloom who would have made the idea Aramis, plays a bad guy, The Duke of Buckingham. Aramis is instead played by Luke Evans. Milla Jovovich, stars as Milady de Winter the double agent, the love of Athos (Matthew Macfadyen) and Orlando Bloom. Ray Stevenson is a delightful Porthos which we don't get to see enough on the screen. D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman) enters town looking for adventure on his odd looking horse named "Buttercup" which is not very manly, even in France.

D'Artagnan wants to join up with the trio, which due to budget cuts and the control of the evil Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) has been dissolved. Through various circumstances they are joined together and have a new quest. Milla plays a woman who is skilled with the sword. Her slo-mo moves which she perfected in Resident Evil combat are used in this film. Likewise the foursome fight overwhelming odds.

Gabriella Wilde, plays Constance, a lady in waiting who has the heart of D'Artagnan. She delivers to them their impossible quest, one with little chance of success, having to fight and elude armies in two countries. A negative aspect of the film is the anachronistic warship which gave the movie an uncomfortable "Wild Wild West" feeling, perhaps for the teen appeal. RPG type fighting. Don't look for too much Dumas in this film.

Great movie for the big screen. Good dialogue.

No F-bombs, nudity, or sex. Appears to be kid safe.
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