The Hornblower Collection [VHS]
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This video box set contains "The Even Chance", "The Frogs and the Lobsters", "The Examination for Lieutenant" and "The Duchess and the Devil".
Based freely on the classic novels by CS Forester, Hornblower is a series of TV films following the progress of a young officer through the ranks of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The series' greatest asset is the handsome and charismatic Ioan Gruffudd in the lead role, surely a major star in the making.
For television films the production values are very good, though as Titanic, Waterworld and The Perfect Storm demonstrated, filming an aquatic adventure is a very expensive business, and it is clear that the Hornblower dramas simply make the best of comparatively small budgets. No more faithful to Forester's books than the 1951 Gregory Peck classic Captain Horatio Hornblower, the real inspiration seems to have come from the success of Sharpe, starring Sean Bean, which likewise featured a British hero in the Napoleonic Wars. Nevertheless, while rather more easygoing than the real British navy of the time, the Hornblower saga delivers an entertaining adventure, greatly enhanced by the presence of such guest stars as Denis Lawson, Cheri Lunghi, Ronald Pickup and Anthony Sher. --Gary S Dalkin
Top Customer Reviews
The series is excellent having the right balance of story, action and historical accuracy. It is good to see an excellent Napoleonic drama following in the steps of the interesting if not slightly inaccurate Sharpe.
Hornblower is a must have for any Napoleonic, Naval history buff or somebody just looking for swashbuckling adventure the likes of not seen in these shores for quite some time.
Any Hornblower fans must see this episode, one of the best. Again however, no extras on the DVD. I'd love to see cast interviews or a 'making of...' documentary.
But i totally disagree its brilliant and I love it so much all of them i dont have a favourite.
Im a girl and I'm 13 and i think that anyone who wants to watch it can even if your girl boy young or old if you like action and adventure then any Hornblowers are the things to watch!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great story well acted with the budget to tell the tale properly.Published 5 months ago by Mr. D. FULFORD-BROWN
Got sick of waiting for the re runs on tv so bought the entire back catalogue on used dvdPublished 12 months ago by shag!!!
I am waiting for this to replace the faulty one , for my box set but all who have seen the series can now own it for themselvesPublished 22 months ago by Maurice C
Episode of HB filmed in a Mola fortress menorca!!Where i live. Great to see how they changed backgrounds. good storyPublished on 23 Mar. 2014 by Mola
Disapointing product due to not being widescreen thus making it all but unwatchable.
Onto the series - I love Hornblower, the screenplay is excellent adventure stuff, well... Read more