- Actors: Heath Ledger|Kate Hudson|Wes Bentley
- Directors: Shekhar Kapur
- 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.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Disney
- DVD Release Date: 8 Mar. 2004
- Run Time: 125 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00006LA7J
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Four Feathers [DVD] 
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Exciting young stars Heath Ledger (A Knights Tale, The Patriot, 10 Things I Hate About You), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, About Adam) and Wes Bentley (American Beauty) shine in this thrilling, epic saga of heroism, loyalty and romantic rivalry. When a British officer (Ledger) resigns his commission on the eve of a battle against Sudanese rebels, he is presumed a coward and given four symbolic white feathers by his friends and fiancée (Hudson). As an act of redemption, he exposes himself to extreme hardship and incredible odds while disguised as a Sudanese in a bold attempt to aid his besieged comrades. Based on the novel by A.E.W. Mason, this stirring adventure will sweep you from within the grand walls of the English aristocracy to the austere beauty of the Moroccan desert as it vividly illustrates mans indomitable spirit.
The seventh filming of AEW Mason's classic 1902 novel, this near-epic production of The Four Feathers looks great, sounds great and feels rather average. It would be difficult to diminish the rousing adventure of Mason's novel and director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) certainly gets more bang for his buck, with massive battle scenes and rugged, sun-baked harshness enhanced by Robert Richardson's masterful cinematography. Kapur preserves the universal appeal of the story, set in the 1880s, in which a promising soldier (Heath Ledger) resigns on the eve of battle in Britain's Sudanese campaign, is labelled coward by his fiancée (Kate Hudson), and redeems himself by posing as a Muslim warrior to rescue his best friend Jack (Wes Bentley) from certain death in the desert. For all its heroics, however, the film seems oddly passionless; Djimon Hounsou is excellent as Ledger's desert guardian, but these young Hollywood stars lack the authenticity of Zoltan Korda's 1939 film, which remains the definitive version. --Jeff Shannon
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I fear it must be added to the tally of "Four Feathers" re-makes which have failed to match the standard achieved by Korda's 1939 version.
At least the 1950s attempt "Storm on the Nile" had the good sense to use some of the 1939 film's combat footage!
SPOILER ALERT. I'm not particularly obsessive about detail but I found the battle-scene where camel riders approach the British unarmed to be killed puzzling. Later, the charge of Soudanese disguised as British was outrageous and I hope this is the result of studio interference as other reviewers have guessed. This kind of subterfuge would never be considered by a noble enemy who relished hand-to-hand combat and honour as much as the British.
The book and original film were boys own, stirring adventures. This was an angst-ridden politically correct movie, too slow and too concerned with exploring motivation. An adventure movie should be just that, lots of action, adrenalin, rousing and not slow and tedious. That being said the acting and production was first class.
But this version isn't bad, and does get big Hollywood treatment.
However there are lots of annoying irrealisms (Prime example: All the officers jumping onto horses and charging off in the middle of a battle, in a small group as if a decisive charge!). The acting can't quite carry through on some of the complex motivations, reactions and intentions either, and often fails to convince.
Just OK in my book, no regrets for the time spent on it, but there's alot better than this.
The whole idea of cowardice in the time period depicted was very hoo-haa. One just didn't show if they were a coward, it was their duty and their responsibility to fight for ones country no matter how they felt. So when poor Heath Ledger opts to leave the army it is no surprise that his friends and his fiancee all turn their backs on him...although it becomes clear that even they were acting with the prejudice and not what they actually thought...
The acting is all round quite superb, especially Wes Bentley. The surprising supporting roles for Michael Sheen (so recently brilliant in The Queen) and Kris Marshall (usually a comedian) were excellent, Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson a joy to watch and the film stealing Djimon Hounsou absolutely top notch.
As a period piece it feels just right. The costumes are all glorius. The arid desert heat is portrayed so magnificently by some excellent cinematography. I commend the crew whole heartedly.
A gripping film from start to finish with some fine acting and a good sense of morality; where as i can't vouch for the accuracy, i tend to look the other way for most historical innaccuricies anyway if the film itself is so engrossing. History books are where the accuracy is, films are where the romantic escapism is found.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like this up to date version. I like the story and the acting better than the old dated looking films of the past. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. George
Slightly different from the book, but a good interpretation of it. Some parts were better than the book and it made you think.Published 7 months ago by Clint Driftwood
Well filmed and with a great cast, this film can't fail to please those who enjoy historical epics.Published 11 months ago by Taurus Girl
A bit cliché but good for days you don't want to watch anything deep or intellectual.Published 11 months ago by Amz
Quite the worst film I have seen in many a long day. It was so bad it was almost funny.Published 12 months ago by Wellfield