The Man In The Iron Mask 
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Richard Chamberlain takes the dual roles of the titular hero and his elegant twin brother in this adaptation of Dumas' classic swashbuckler. The evil King Louis XIV of France (Chamberlain) kidnaps his righteous brother and has him hidden away in a hideous iron mask to keep him from the throne - but his secret is placed in jeopardy when Musketeer D'Artagnan discovers his deception.
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Firstly let me say - if you have never seen this movie in Blu Ray you are doing yourself an injustice - it is absolutely stunning, almost like 3D in some scenes. I would say it is the BEST BLU RAY I have seen. My copy though is not region B and requires a multi-region player. It's worth getting one even if you only ever see this movie.
The production must have cost a fortune. The period costumes are stunning, as is scene after scene of location filming at some breath-taking French palaces.
The performances are excellent, the drama gripping, and the story brings to life the books you were given as child.
The climax of the movie in a grand ball where the 'new' good King Louis meets his mother for the first time, but cannot acknowledge this, is profoundly emotional, as is the dance which follows with his 'wife' and then, the girl he loves. Impossible not to be moved by these highly effective scenes, crowned by the haunting image of the deposed 'King' becoming the new... Man in the Iron Mask!
One of those rare occasions where everything comes together perfectly to make a visually striking gripping drama. This is an unforgettable experience. KAN
I personally much prefer the quite lighthearted version (the story somewhat changed) with the same title but starring Jeremy Irons and others. My favourite musketeer is always Aramis, and Irons is a simply brilliant Aramis, bringing out just how clever Aramis is and how ambitious and brilliant.
Unfortunately, the only one of our musketeer heroes to appear in this Chamberlain Man in the Iron Mask is d'Artagnan and his original actions in the Dumas story are much changed. The script is manged well to ensure it all makes sense, but it isn't the original story and the lack of Aramis in particular as the grand schemer, and the lack of what happens to Athos and most particularly to Porthos is very unfortunate.
I imagine there were budgetary issues that made the producers cut the story to the bare minimum and on that level if's excellent.
Yes, there is a problem for me as doubtless for some others that Chamberlain had earlier played Aramis in the Lester version of the Three Musketeers.... it's a bit disconcerting to see the same actor as now the royal twins. Given a choice, I prefer Chamberlain in this movie as in the Lester movie he was a bit too tall, although he acted the part with perfect humour and charm.
An ideal Saturday matinee for a wet afternoon!
The characters acted weakly and without conviction.
Worse of all was the soundtrack, with music so loud it drowned out the dialog.
When the music was not drowning out the dialog, the rustling of the actors and actresses clothes were doing so.
In short a waste of money to buy and then time trying to watch it.
Other versions are much better.
It is a shame they have not brought out the The Return of Musketeers staring the same actors on DVD.