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The Three Musketeers [DVD] (1973)

Oliver Reed , Raquel Welch , Richard Lester    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Frank Finlay
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Writers: Alexandre Dumas pre, George MacDonald Fraser
  • Producers: Alexander Salkind, Ilya Salkind, Wolfdieter von Stein
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Subtitles: German, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087I1Z
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,700 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A star-studded adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel. The Three Musketeers (Oliver Reed, Frank Finlay and Richard Chamberlain) are in the service of the King of Paris when D'Artagnan (Michael York) arrives on the scene, creating a stir by single-handedly defeating two soldiers in a magnificent swordfight. Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston) tries to embarrass the Queen of France, but D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers come to her rescue. Shot back-to-back with 'The Four Musketeers', which was released the following year.

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Arguably this and it's sequel (The Four Musketeers which was filmed at the same time and released a year later) are the best of all the cinematic versions of Alexandre Dumas famous novel. Certainly it's one of the most accurate in terms of period detail, and possibly the one with best all-round cast, but most of all perhaps, it's the most pure fun, with great cameraderie between the musketeers, wonderful costumes and tons of very realistic sword-fighting !. The story : The young D'Artagnan (Michael York - Zeppelin; Logans Run) arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king's musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos (Oliver Reed - The Devils; Castaway), Porthos (Frank Finlay - The Key, Tv's- Bouquet of Barbed Wire) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain - The Music Lovers; Tv's - The Thorn Birds), each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out they are musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston - El Cid; Major Dundee), who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. D'Artagnan must also juggle affairs with the charming Constance Bonancieux (Raquel Welch - One Million Years BC; Hannie Caulder) and the passionate Lady De Winter (Faye Dunaway - Bonnie & Clyde; Chinatown), a secret agent for the cardinal.


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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swashbuckling Masterpiece - Part 1 1 Mar 2003
Format:DVD
I first saw this movie on a Saturday afternoon with my three best friends, thirty years ago. We all wanted to be d'Artagnan, but I guess the closest I came was Planchet...

I have no words to convey how much I love this movie and the follow-up, The Four Musketeers. Filmed back-to-back, they are perhaps the last great big-budget, super-cast adventure movies of the 20th Century. They portray 17th-Century France (and England) in terms far more realistic than Gene Kelly's 1948 production, if not entirely true to Dumas's novel.

Michael York is excellent as the young d'Artagnan, newly arrived in Paris with the expectation of following in his father's footsteps as a King's Musketeer. Along the way he encounters the villainous Comte de Rochefort (Christopher Lee), the musketeers Athos (Oliver Reed in possibly his best role), Porthos (the excellent Frank Finlay) and Aramis (a superbly tongue-in-cheek Richard Chamberlain) and most notably the manipulative Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston) and finds himself emroiled in a plot to disgrace the Queen of France involving the Cardinal's agent, Milady de Winter (Faye Dunaway).

With the assistance of his friends and allies, including his loyal and long-suffering servant, Planchet (the late Roy Kinnear) and mistress Constance (Raquel Welch in a perceptive comedic role), d'Artagnan embarks on a mission to retrieve the diamond studs from the Queen's lover, the Duke of Buckingham, and save the Queen's honour and that of France.

The resulting story by George MacDonald Fraser is, quite simply, a rollicking adventure (never thought I'd use that expression) that no-one should miss.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic telling of a classic story. 27 July 2003
Format:DVD
Everyone knows the classic story, and it is told with a joy and verve in this film. The times are faithfully recreated, it's obvious the makers had a real passion for the era. So many little period details are clustered on screen you have to watch it many times to get the full enjoyment. The film feels like chaos, background action mixing with foreground, the characters on the fringes getting some classic lines as they watch the musketeers and cardinal's guards demolishing the scenery. The fight scenes are a world away from the clean stylised kung fu based scrapping so prevalent nowadays. Instead the duelling often degenerates into brawls, feeling much more real and human than anything before or since (except possibly for THAT scene in Bridget Jones!).
The stars of the film evoke their characters perfectly, from Faye Dunaway as the duplicitous Milady to Oliver Reed as the tortured Athos (a signature role for Reed). Michael York is perhaps a little old for D'Artangnan, but he carries the passionate naivety wonderfully.
The film is a fabulous blend of comedy and darkness, the two complementing and highlighting each other. It is a perfect adventure film and you should buy it now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I can't help wondering how much of an influence this film had on the Monty Python team, as it has a similar look (warts and all portrayal of history in exquisite period detail), and sound (much post-dubbing and exaggerated effects) to Holy Grail and Life of Brian. Of course, this is more Carry On than Python, but is still excellent. Performances by Christopher Lee and Frank Finlay in particular are priceless; they obviously have a fine understanding of comedy they are rarely given the opportunity to utilise. The rest of the (formidable) cast are also very likable. It's the perfect Hollywood feel-good film in most respects; plenty of well orchestrated action, a gripping story, and lashings of bawdy slapstick interspersed with witty one liners.

It's release to DVD though is not so worthy. You do have a choice of languages and subtitles, but apart from the trailer, there are no extras. Sound is mono only, which although disappointing isn't quite that bad (it was originally made in mono after all). Image quality is fair; you do have an anamorphic wide-screen transfer, and the raw image appears to have good detail, contrast and colour, but it is unfortunately hiding beneath an unpleasant veil of grain and noise. I've no doubt that with a small amount of work the image could be spectacular - here's hoping for a BRD release sometime soon.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Musketeers, a short review. 6 Nov 2011
By chas
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This version of The Three Musketeers is still probably the best of the bunch, that includes the dismal new remake,which is more steampunk than Alexandre Dumas. The Richard Lester directed movie is quite faithfull to the Dumas classic. With a great cast the humour and adventure move along with brilliant pace. The production design and costumes are outstanding, as is the excellent score by Michel Legrand, all in all great fun. The Digtally restored Blu-Ray Trasfer is very good, some outdoor scenes seem a little on the bright side, but this is soon adjusted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars three musketeers 13 Feb 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This was good quality and an excellent story; a classic film that has been modernised with bluray technology. Oliver Reed is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
An all time favorite of mine ... more than enough reviews of the film
elswhere without my 2 cents.
The reviewer sites are no doubt correct that the
potential is there for a better blu-ray transfer, but it's such a wonderful upgrade from
the DVD, that I consider that nitpicking. blu-ray.com had indicated that, in spite of
the listing saying Region B, it did in fact play on region A players, and they were correct
(sigh of relief). Plays fine on my sony blu-ray player, in the U.S.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No English subs.
Beware, it does not contain English subs despite the listing on the back cover.
Published 1 day ago by Zoltn Szvai
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun film but dated to modern eyes
After watching the BBC's recent version of The Musketeers, I decided to give this one a go and came away with mixed feelings. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Ms. K. M. Shand
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Gift
Bought as a gift for my son-in-law and very well received. It came quickly and was just as expected. A very good price from Amazon made life even easier.
Published 3 months ago by DCNana
4.0 out of 5 stars Great item
Great item, have watched and enjoyed. The old ones are the best as always. Fast delivery and would recommend to use.
Published 3 months ago by Donna McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars oh/1 raquel
i was a cinema usher when this was on release it was better watching it when the cinema was empty cos you could hear all the jokes
Published 8 months ago by Michael A.B. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Not much to say about this fantastic film except that I wholly recommend you go out and BUY IT ASAP!!!!
Published 12 months ago by Graham Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers is a great movie, based on the great novel! A great and sometimes funny adventure with Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'artagnan!
Published 17 months ago by Jarand Barkved
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray?
A wonderful film, as was the sequel. I believe that they were actually one movie edited to make two but I could be wrong. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2010 by B. J. du Cille
5.0 out of 5 stars Great swash-buckling fun from start to finish
I have recently read 'The Three Musketeers' by M.Dumas and have to say that this film (and the rather cheeky 'Four Musketeers') capture the spirit of the book amazingly well. Read more
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