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on 21 July 2008
This is a timeless story,and what makes it really unique and fascinating,is that its based on a true story.Gerard Depardieu plays Edmond Dantes.Betrayed by who he thought were his closest friends,and falsely accused of treason against France.Spending 18 years in prison,he befriends a fellow inmate,who bequeaths him a vast fortune on his deathbed.Successfully escaping from prison,the notorious Chateau D'if.H uses his fortune to seek revenge against those who betrayed him.I remember watching this,when it was shown on Saturday's on Channel4.I was hooked from the word go.The whole show just entertained from start to finish,and great credit must go to the French for making this.They were kind enough to cast the beautiful Italian actress,Ornella Muti,as Derpardieu's stolen girlfriend.An English actor Christopher Thompson,as he plays alongside Derpardieu's real life daughter,Julie as lovers.Obvuiously,the whole show is in French,but don't let that put you off.I found it hugely entertaining,as Dantes goes after his enemies with ruthless efficiency,and deservedly so!I'm glad I've got it on dvd,and whilst I certainly enjoyed the Guy Pearce,and Richard Chamberlain films very much.I found this French version had a real edge.There was much more added to the story,and its a timeless story.It will still be here after many years,and I'm glad it will be.Well done to all involved!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 July 2007
The two DVDs in this set give one 6 hours of memorable story-telling and excellent acting all round. Gerard Depardieu is well-suited to the part and is utterly believable as Edmond Dantes. A lot of resources have gone into the production with outstanding depictions of 19th century France. Grand entertainment: thoroughly recommended.
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on 25 May 2014
This is a great television adaptation. Thoroughly recommend it. Thoroughly recommend reading the book as well as this adaptation cannot do it full justice.
What is not spoken of it is the background to all the play: C'était le temps après et sans Napoléon, yet the austere French regime he left behind, still rules sans mercy, sans equality, sans justice, sans fraternity.
This set of four episodes has its poetic moments and throughout is a kind of taste, an atmosphere of the gravity, which misfortune plays on a man. This is not a story without the unexpected and many things are beautifully played with precision and panache. The hostility between the characters is kept low-key and the downfalls especially of Fernand De Morcerf played by Jean Rochefort are ferocious as a result. It is a happy ending for the central character but I think I am not alone to feel saddened for Camille de la Richardais the lady he ultimately abandoned.
It is a brutal storyline and so though it is without explicit scenes, but because people get hurt and there is tension, I suggest you do not let your children under 12 watch it. Why bring sorrow to eyes so young?
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on 7 February 2009
I have read the book of The Count Of Monte Cristo. It was the best book that kept me reading for hours. This 1998 version of the film missed certain parts out of the film. For example it did not show the part of how young Albert ended up in the hands of the famous Italian bandit. In addition, it did not show the young son of the crown prosecutor (from his second marriage). The ending is also different from that of the book. In the book Mercedes did not end up with The Count Of Monte Cristo. She decided to spend the rest of her life with her son. The Count Of Monte Cristo ended up with Haydee. Even tough certain sections and parts were changed (that of from the original book), the film was still great. It was a happy ending with both Mercedes and Edmond back together again. Edmond did not lose everything; he still ended up with the love of his life. I still have to watch the other two versions of the film (1976 & 2002).
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VINE VOICEon 17 March 2009
This is easily the best film version of this mammoth novel, and one of Gerard Depardieu's finest performances. A number of other Depardieus also 'get in on the act', and make sure you look out for a flashback scene early on where Depardieu Jnr plays the young Edmond Dantes, and Gerard ends up playing his own father!

Gerard simmers throughout, Ornella Muti is radiant, and the rest of the cast is fairly uniformly magnificent.

You'll be gripped from start to finish.

It's worthwhile noting that this also forms part of an excellent, value-for-money boxed set of Depardieu's films,Gerard Depardieu [DVD] , also available on Amazon. This contains 3 other films: Trop Belle Pour Toi, Les Miserables and The Return of Martin Guerre. It's further complemented by Gerard Depardieu - Screen Icons Collection [DVD] which contains another 4 high-profile Depardieu movies.
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About to be married, young Edmond Dantes is betrayed by "friends", arrested on a trumped up charge, denied a trial and left to rot in the notorious Chateau d'If prison. Many years later he escapes. Rich beyond measure, courtesy of treasure whereabouts revealed by a dying fellow inmate, he vows revenge on his enemies. Greatly has he suffered. Now will they....

Dumas' novel (over 1000 pages of small print) is arguably the best ever tale of revenge, a gift and a challenge for those wishing to adapt it for the screen.

Sadly this French version (English subtitles) does not make the most of the opportunities. It certainly looks good, much money spent. So much, though, is so wrong - especially at the start. Fully to appreciate how badly Dantes was betrayed, we surely need to meet those friends - but they are barely glimpsed. Only prosecutor Villefort's duplicity is given prominence. Similarly the agony of life in prison is only sketchily portrayed. This version claims Dantes suffered for eighteen years, but when he is shown towards the end of this time he looks remarkably well fed, has perfect teeth and sports about a week's stubble.

We need to believe all this while he has been in torment, only surviving by determination to be avenged, he a man driven by inner demons. The book's driving force could here hardly have been more blandly treated.

Gerard Depardieu is more convincing in later scenes, especially when masquerading as the priest Busoni. His loyal companion Bertuccio also impresses. Unfortunately the balance and pace remain unhelpful - self-indulgent scenes slowing up the action.

Admittedly it is great to see villains reeling as their comfortable worlds collapse around them - money gone, reputations ruined. When this is actually happening, the adaptation contains much to enjoy, but with greater focus throughout it could have been so much better.

Four feature length episodes. Modest extras give printed details about the author and the actors.
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on 14 April 2010
I bought this adaptation of Dumas's classic on the grounds that it would be faithful to the novel, having been irritated by many needless and incomprehensible alterations to the storyline present in other film adaptations. I must stress: this adaptation, while excellent, is not faithful. On many occasions that storyline is twisted. One might say that while the main events remain relatively faithful, the storyline which links between the events is entirely fanciful.

In spite of this, however, as an adaptation in its own right this is thoroughly enjoyable and worth the price. One is especially amused by Depardieu affecting fake noses.
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on 2 December 2008
Gerard Depardieu is wonderful, as is the entire cast and script. Utterly addictive! I have read the book and this series is quite detailed compared, and so much more evocative than its other silver screened counterparts. Poor Mrs Veale is sadly mistaken with her misjudged review of the disks...as the set only has 2 disks altogether anyway, each with about 3 hours of pure brilliance to enjoy! IT IS THE WHOLE SET!! A must buy and a favourite at Christmas..
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on 2 February 2015
Viewed this a long time ago on television when it was serialised and remember waiting in anticipation for the next episode. Now I can watch it in one or two sessions which I have done and thoroughly enjoyed it once again
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on 17 July 2013
Shame no English , it's the French version with English Subtitles , a masterpiece to have in your collection! Shame the final is not like the book and during the movie there are others little changes, at the end of the day one of the best Montecristo ever made
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