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5.0 out of 5 stars Vary Good DVD Boxset mat a Vary Good Price, 6 Nov 2011
This review is from: Hornblower - The Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
I purchased this DVD Boxset from HMV (sorry Amazon) and have enjoyed it vary much. It really does show what life must have been like back then for a new recruit into the Navy as a junior midshipman. The on-ship scenery was vary good and the acting by all vary good too. It did seem odd seeing Robert Lindsey in a serious role (after seeing him in the long running TV series, My Family) but he was awesome in this; my favourite character.

The box set contains 4 DVDs which run for a total of about 13 hours and covers all 3 series.

The description did say "Set during the 18th century Napoleonic Wars, Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd), a young and shy midshipman, rises through the ranks to become an admiral" but throughout the series he never rises above lieutenant save for a brief spell as a commander before reverting back to Lieutenant. I guess the description must be referring to the book series.

The quality of the picture is vary good and clearly remastered.

If you enjoyed the books in the series and similar, such as Alexander kent's Richard Bolitho series, then this is a box set for you.
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2011 12:52:21 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2011 12:52:39 GMT
Amras says:
I have actually seen all of the films, and at the very end of the very last episode, Admiral Pellew retires and offers his rank to Horatio Hornblower so he really does rise to the rank of Admiral. I am sorry to say that if you have failed to notice something as significant as that in the film you have either not watched them properly, or you have written this review without having watched all of the films first.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2011 14:47:09 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2011 02:10:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2011 02:14:45 GMT
Hornblower is not promoted to Admiral at the end of "Duty". Admiral Pellew does not retire but is promoted. We are told that he has the privilege of making 3 promotions, one of which is from commander to post-captain. This he does for Hornblower. Thus Hornblower ends the series with rank of post-captain. The books take Hornblower to all the way Admiral; but that is much later in his career than depicted in the TV series.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2011 06:43:11 GMT
Traffic says:
Hi Fresh Thinker, and thanks for the correction. I thought it seemed odd when M. Pirson seemed to suggest that Hornblower jumped the ranks to Admiral. So, it seems I am not the only one who failed to watch the films properly.

Posted on 2 Apr 2012 09:15:12 BDT
T. Jones says:
What is the picture like on the discs as the first series was made in 4:3 and the second series in 14:9 with only the third in 16:9. Has the original screen ratio been kept or has it changed to to force all three series to 16:9 as the product details state 16:9 but with three different series using three different picture ratios that info might be incorrect. Also how much clearer is the picture and how much have they been cleaned up for this digital remaster of the series?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 09:20:42 BDT
Traffic says:
Hi T. Jones

I have to be honest and say I didn't really notice the aspect size of one series to the next. Also, I can't answer how much they have cleaned up the picture for the remastered version as I have not seen it in any other version, or on the TV. Sorry. This version is the only one I have watched and the picture is vary good.

Posted on 2 Jul 2012 20:32:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jul 2012 20:33:27 BDT
 says:
Weren't the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century? :-)

Also, there is another series on Az for over £60. Is it the same as this one?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2012 22:32:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jul 2012 22:44:05 BDT
Popular shorthand! ;-)

Yes, the Napoleonic wars are usually dated from 1802, although Napoleon was not crowned Emperor until 1804 [much to Beethoven's dismay]. However, England and France were almost continually at war from 1793 to 1815, and Napoleon became effective ruler of France in 1799, during the latter part of the Revolutionary wars, and had been a very successful and influential general for several years prior. In my mind I tend to lump the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars together. I suspect many others do too.

Hornblower's career begins just before Louis 16th was executed in January 1793. This latter event was trigger for war with England.

As for the ~£60 2006 version. It is the same series. Not sure why one would buy this over the 2011 remastered version at a quarter the price. Hope they come out with a blu-ray version - Pride & Prejudice proves that blu-ray from decent 16mm negatives can give very good results.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2012 09:34:00 BDT
 says:
Thanks for the information! Very kind!

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 12:41:19 BDT
hi traffic et all, I have read all of the books and some years ao, the TV series. I was about to look into Amazon to purchase the series. Were you aware that the whole
series is available on Utube - I haven't bothered to download it as it seems to be a permanent feature on this media. At that price though I might purchase set from ama\on.
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