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  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd
  • 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 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 785 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055CF9RC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,120 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Digitally re-mastered for the very first time.

Epic award-winning films based on C.S. Forester’s classic adventure stories. Set during the 18th century Napoleonic Wars, Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd), a young and shy midshipman, rises through the ranks to become an admiral, braving bloody engagements at sea and close quarter encounters with passionate ladies every bit as tenacious as his treacherous foes.

Episodes include:

The Even Chance
The Examination For Lieutenant
The Duchess And The Devil
The Frogs And The Lobsters
Mutiny
Retribution
Loyalty
Duty

Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, John Woodvine & Cherie Lunghi

The Even Chance
Horatio Hornblower, a new midshipman joins the British Royal Navy, and his immediate problems stem from his seasickness and a shipmate, Simpson, a bully whose own failings make him jealous of the new recruit. The antagonism leads to a duel with tragic results.

The Examination For Lieutenant
Hornblower is now a member of the crew under Captain Pellew on HMS Indefatigable, and Britain is at war. Trying to study for the forthcoming examination to become a Lieutenant, Hornblower must face deadly problems and come through with his life--if he can.

The Duchess And The Devil
Lieutenant Horatio Hornblower is sailing home in a captured ship, La Rêve, carrying secret papers and escorting a duchess, when they themselves are taken prisoner by the Spanish. How can he escape with his top secret charge, the other prisoners, and above all, a duchess whose behaviour is becoming increasingly suspicious?

The Frogs And The Lobsters
When Hornblower is charged with taking some British Redcoats (the Lobsters) and French nationalists (the frogs) over the English Channel to assist in the fightback against the French Revolution, he is overcome with horror at the brutality of their behaviour, and must defend the honour of a young French woman.

Mutiny
Hornblower is 4th junior Lieutenant aboard the 4-gun frigate HMS Renown, en route to a secret location. Her captain, Sawyer, is a war hero, but he is also dangerously unstable. Hornblower becomes aware that action of some kind has to be taken but he and the other officers are only too aware of the consequences. Anything they do would be construed as a mutinous action and be punishable by death. Dr Clive, the surgeon, is equally worried and cannot be brought to declare the captain unfit for service. But Sawyer is informed that his officers are planning mutiny, he flies into a rage, and hunts them down, only to end up severely incapacitated. The Renown is left without a captain, or any clear idea of what its destination or mission are.

Retribution
With Sawyer dead, Buckland takes control of the ship, but he is not up to the task, and decides to sail to Jamaica, despite the failure of the mission to capture the Spanish fort on Samana Bay. Hornblower suggests another plan of attack which goes well, although Buckland takes all the credit for the raid's success. But the Spanish capitulation isn't all it seems, and Hornblower will have to come to Buckland's rescue once more before they reach Jamaica.

Loyalty
1803 Portsmouth. We find Hornblower reduced to the rank of lieutenant as a result of the peace treaty with France. He is forced to earn his living at the card tables and lodges with Mrs Mason. A chance encounter with Lieutenant Bush reignites their friendship and indeed, it is Bush who first notices Hornblower has an admirer: Mrs Mason's daughter, Maria. Soon, Admiral Pellew promotes Hornblower to Commander of the Hotspur, his mission--to strike a pre-emptive blow against a French fleet. But there is a traitor in his camp--a very surprising traitor.

Duty
Hornblower is filled with trepidation on his wedding day, but he has given his word - how could he dishonour his bride Maria and live with himself? Admiral Pellew gives Hornblower little time to ponder his new state of matrimony as he sends him off immediately to search for the missing sloop Grasshopper, captained by their old friend, Bracegirdle. En route, Hornblower rescues two strangers caught in a storm off the coast of France, but he is less than convinced by their explanations. The ultimate revelation of their identity is both shocking and dangerous to all concerned.

Synopsis

The Hornblower series begins in 1974 in Portsmouth, England. As a fierce squall rages in the English Channel, a pale-faced 17 year-old midshipman huddled at the stern is just embarking upon his career in the Royal Navy. Sea-sick and drenched, Horatio Hornblower is laughed at by his new comrades as he boards a ship for the very first time. Little do they realise, however, that this young boy is destined to become one of the most courageous heroes of the Napoleanic Wars.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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C.S. Forester wrote his eleven "Hornblower" novels in the 1930s and 40s, long before Patrick O'Brien's Jack Aubrey or Alexander Kent's Richard Bolitho. This series has to be very high on the list of the finest adaptations of Forester's novels. Given that these were produced for TV without the immense budget of a Hollywood movie, their realism and historical accuracy are amazing. In the earlier episodes, Ioan Gruffudd as Hornblower and Robert Lindsay as his captain really strike sparks off each other, as do Gruffudd and Paul McGann in the later stages. This series is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of the Napoleonic wars. But shop around, at the time of writing the RRP for the 4-disc series is £59.99 but it can be found brand new for under half that.
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If you enjoyed the film, Master and Commander, or read the books of Patrick O'brian and are looking for more, then Hornblower is perfect for you. More high seas adventure and swashbuckling than you can throw a stick at. Considering the lack of a hollywood budget and the fact they were made for TV, this series is just amazing. The navy based equivalent to Sharpe, I would strongly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a bit of action and adventure.

Would also say to shop around, not sure how long it will last for, but have just found it online at HMV for £17.99 in the sale, now that makes it even better.
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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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I purchased this set to replace the individual DVD's I have had for some years. A great improvement, the video is sharp and less grainy, sound is clear and well balanced and for those of you wondering the early episodes that were in 4:3 format are now restored to full glory as 16:9. I checked this by stopping both an old and new DVD at the same scene in episodes and there is extra stuff in shot to both the left and right.. I guess they released them that way as widescreen TV's were still a rarity then.
If you buy these to replace your old collection you will not be disappointed.

5*
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Whether you saw the 'Hornblower' series on the TV or not does not matter, these are wonderful to watch for the first time or again and again. Loads of action to please everyone. Well worth investing in.
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My old Hornblower collection was just about giving up
the ghost, and had not been viewed for a few years when
I decided to buy this complete remastered collection.
It really is top quality and almost like watching a
brand new series. Top marks to those involved in the
remastering technology.

Loosely based on the character of Horatio Hornblower,
created by the novelist C S Forester, the television
series starts with 17 year old Hornblower taking up
his position of Midshipman in the Royal Navy. It is
the 1790's and the French Revolution brings the demise
of King Louis XVI and the ensuing rise of Napoleon and
war between Britain and France.

Hornblower, brilliantly played by a then relatively
unknown Welsh actor of 25, Ioan Gruffudd, and mentored by
a fatherly Captain Sir Edward Pellew, so exquisitely played
by Robert Lindsay, sets out on a life of swashbuckling, derring-do
and is the hero of the series which includes some of our best
character actors such as Paul Copley, Denis Lawson, Jamie Bamber,
Julia Sawalha, Paul McGann, David Warner, Sean Gilder and the
brilliantly evil Dorian Healy et al.

The collection comprises eight movie length made for TV films,
depicting life and adventure in the Navy of the Nelson era.
The filming was shot upon the three masted frigate The Grand
Turk which we saw under it's guise of HMS Indefatigable, a replica
built for the series. Battle scenes were shot on pontoons carrying
the various sets for specific battles, fires, and the sets of the
the Grand Cabin created especially for the series. The series was
made from 1998 to 2003.

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