Count of Monte Cristo [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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It's Gerard Dep's best performance by absolute miles, its as if he's lived all his life just for this role.
If you're a fan of the book or Dumas' other books you will love this, if you're a fan of a gripping and fascinating story you'll love it, and if you like period pieces or drama, you will love it. If you're bored of the same repeats on TV you could do no better in buying an entertaingin DVD than to get this.
Far far FAR better than the 2002 Guy Pierce remake. Its in a whole other league.
There is a whole kaleidoscope of characters as the story unfolds, some comic, like the scrounging Caderousse, others scheming and suave, such as the dastardly Villefort, and a host of others. If you like costume drama, this will not disappoint, as the women flounce in beautiful dresses around huge and ornate houses, the men strut in their impeccable waistcoats and top hats, and in the background, horse-drawn carriages ferry the rich and privileged past the hungry, dirty peasants. There is mystery, betrayal, suffering, trickery, clandestine romance, scheming, exotic locations, murder, kidnapping, regret, love, execution, financial skulduggery, redemption - you name it, it appears in Dumas's classic tale. Even the subtitles are good, in the unenviable task of conveying the complexity of the story, and it is certainly more atmospheric to hear the words in French - I can't imagine Dépardieu or any of this production dubbed into English!
I can't recommend this video highly enough if you feel like a few hours of Napoleonic intrigue and escapism, all set to a beautifully haunting and dramatic score.
The authenticity is underlined by the inclusion of the full English translation of the original novel in the same case. This is something you simply could not have got away with in any of the film versions.
The series does take a couple of liberties with the plot, but in general they are nuanced alterations required to make it fit the format of television. It also has the very significant advantage of being in French with English subtitles, so most of the dialogue is the original.
What then, of the series itself? Hugely enjoyable. Depardieu is absolutely right for the part, and well supported by Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi, Sergio Rubini and Florence Darel. Prior to watching this, I had seen two of the films but not read the book. I was left gasping in my chair. With Dumas, plot is everything, and this is probably his best. The production and cast make up for what is probably the author's greatest weakness - he is better at describing passion than he is at showing it, and better at telling us that the situation is tense than actually making us feel the tension.
What about the book, then? It's a little disappointing that we get the English text rather than the French. Even so, the series will lead you naturally into reading. If that itself leads you to finding and reading the French text, so much the better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this movie. It is the closest dvd to the story of the book appart from the ending as in the book The Count of Monte Cristo falls in love with Haydee the daughter of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Quantum Eagle
Excellent version, the closest to the book that I have ever seen. I was so captured after a while I forgot it was in French and seamlessly absorbed the subtitles.Published 14 months ago by Patrick
Depardieu is amazing! The story is a classic! The themes could still be current! Amazing acting! A real thriller!Published 16 months ago by MK
Loved the TV series, had it on cassette, delighted it's on DVD, Gerard Depardieu always excellent, have been a fan since since Jean de Florette and Manon de Source. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mrs. S. B. Titmuss
Always good to view sumptuous setting/costumes etc. + of course excellent storyPublished 18 months ago by S Coles