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The 4 Musketeers [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Vincent Elbaz, Emmanuelle Béart, Tchéky Karyo, Grégori Derangère, Heino Ferch
  • Directors: Pierre Aknine
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Vidmark/Trimark
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O76T5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,529 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Made in 2005, this is a French version of Alexandre Dumas' classic cloak and dagger adventure story, presented in this Region 1, US release with just Dubbed English Language. Starring Vincent Elbaz as D'Artagnan, Emmanuelle Béart as Milady Winter and Tchéky Karyo as Cardinal Richelieu, with Heino Ferch as Athos, Grégori Derangère as Aramis and Grégory Gadebois as Porthos.

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If you are a Musketeers fan as I am, and want to see all the movies there are, this is just about worth seeing. But if you are picky, this is not one to go for. The main trouble with it is that the actor playing d'Artagnan is far too old - he appears to be twice the age of the Dumas hero. I don't object to movie versions or book spinoffs that introduce new plot themes, change the attitudes and adventures of the characters somewhat, but I do think it goes too far when the hero appears to be older than his three friends and that's the case in this version. The actor is just too old to be acting the hotheaded young d'Artagnan that he appears from the script to be meant to be......!

Anyway, worth seeing once and perhaps it'll grab you.
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By AJ on 18 April 2010
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This review is for the 4 Musketeers region 1.
I enjoyed this movie and was well entertained.A big negative that some folks will hate is instead of you hearing the actors speak in French with English subtitles being that it is A French production they have dubbed there voices with American accents,why the movie house has did this I dont know,but be warned some of you will not enjoy this dubbing,after 5 to 20 minutes of crinching it wasent easy I got used to it and will now explain why.
This movie is not a low budget affair some serious money has been spent in making it.The movie is 180 mins and I found it really enjoyable,the cast are good,costumes superb,excellent scenery and well produced appart from the horrible dubbing and if dubbing was an absolute why they didnt use British{English}is beyond me.
The film has not 100% stayed true to the Dumas book or other versions, but a strange supernatural element has been woven in to this story and I liked it,it is great fun and highly entertaining but purists will not enjoy.It reminded me of the following;The Three Musketeers[Gene Kelly];The Three Musketeers[Keifer Sutherland];The Three Musketeers[Oliver Reed];all three versions mixed in,a little bit of Croutching Tiger thrown in for good measure,The guys in the movie look great and are believable Musketeers,the girls are stunning incl Emanuelle Beart ooh la la.The soundtrack is very good throughout,all in all for me a great buy.To be honest I found it far more entertaining than The Lester versions with Oliver Reed but heh thats me,I just find the guys in this version not only look better but really are much more beleivable Musketeers.
So what we have is a good NEW version with supernatural overtones good acting,costumes,action,gorgeus gals,fab scenery shots and oh yes'the bloody awful dubbing but if you can get by this and just watch the film,hopefully you will get used to the accents and be well entertained.Its different;;;;
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With it's French influence I expected more from this Dumas story. What I received was a badly acted Kung Fu/Sci-Fi cross. I gave it away but should have thrown the DVD away.
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HASH(0x89eb599c) out of 5 stars Some things you shouldn't mess with... 15 Jun. 2007
By R. Kyle - Published on
Dumas is one, particularly if you cannot do better. The authors tried to add some supernatural elements to this story and ended up with a long, disjointed film which probably would have been better as a two-parter. Further, the film is not in English. If you watch in English, the characters' lip movements and the dialogue you hear are so disjointed the effect becomes laughable. The swordplay is beyond unrealistic as well---just one of those extended play battles where the directors clearly have no clue what an actual sword battle is. Give me the original movie.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89eb73e4) out of 5 stars Too many major creative problems derail this version of the Dumas pere classic 13 July 2007
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on
"D'Artagnan et les trois mousquetaires," pawned off on this side of the Atlantic as "The 4 Musketters," represents a most curious approach to the classic tale by Alexandre Dumas père. Actually, that is too kind, because this 2005 French film makes a bunch of mistakes. But since there are four musketeers, let us limit ourselves to the four biggest mistakes:

First, the film is dubbed. Not "dubbed" as in you can listen to it in English if you want to refrain from reading the subtitles because they are speaking French, but rather "dubbed" as in that is your only option. Remember all those dubbed foreign films you used to make fun of when you were growing up? Well, the dubbing in this film sounds that ludicrous, and the result is that your are unnecessarily distanced from the film as soon as the characters start talking.

Second, this film is the attempt to do the martial arts version of the story. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with that idea, but the execution here is not particularly inspired. I did not check out the credits but whoever was responsible for the wirework in this film must have been relatively inexperienced in that regard because this is nowhere near the state of the art in that area of fight choreography. The net result is another major distraction because even if you accept the idea that this kind of action can work in this movie (which I am willing to go along with), the execution makes it seem like a bad idea.

Third, the film gets Emanuelle Béart ("Manon of the Spring") to play Milady Winter, which is a good thing, but then decides that the character is not simply evil, wicked, bad, mean and nasty, inside she is possessed by devil. I understand that Cardinal Richelieu (Tchéky Karyo) is the villain of the piece and interested more in power politics than spreading the gospel, but I think working so close to Satan is a bit much. There is also a way in which it undercut the whole idea that Milady Winter was a villainess, because now she is succeeding because she is Satan's spawn and not because she is a woman with a brain carving out her own little place in the world at the expense of every man she can take advantage of along the way.

Fourth, the final straw for me is that film, which despite the above, does try to strike to the key elements of the novel, ends too soon. Most versions of "The Three Musketeers" never get to the whole trial of Milady Winter (I never saw it until Richard Lester's "The Four Musketeers" in 1974, which is the point that I understood most versions of the novel were always condensed versions). But that is not the end of the story, which includes my favorite moment, which is when Richelieu drags D'Artagnan before him for the death of Milady and our young hero hands over the Cardinal's carte blanche order, "By my order, and for the good of the state, the bearer has done what has been done." Having sat through this 210-minute film without having become engaged in the narrative, having the credits role before getting to what I consider to be the "good part" only confirmed my impulse to round down rather than up.

The cast has Vincent Elbaz as D'Artagnan, Gregory Gadebois as Porthos, Gregori Derangre as Aramis, and Heino Ferch as Athos, and the main thing to be said for them is that they look nice but never strike me as being particular dashing. The whole idea is that you watch these guys and you want to be D'Artagnan and run off to be a Musketeer, but that never happens (the old guys in "The Man in the Iron Mask" had more panache). Stefania Rocca does a nice job as Anne D'Autriche as does Diana Amft as Constance, and since the problem is the way Béart's character is written and not her performance, the actresses come out ahead of the actors in this one. Tritan Ulloa's Louis XIII is not portrayed as a comically inept monarch for once and Matthew Chambers as the Duke of Buckingham does a decent job of keeping his character in the real world, which just makes the whole idea of Milady as a possessed ninja stand out even more as a strategic and tactical error.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a361648) out of 5 stars See the '74 Version; avoid this one at all costs. 18 Sept. 2007
By R. Sardrena - Published on
I have been an admirer of both Dumas' novel and the lovely Emmanuelle Beart for many years. I was therefore overjoyed when I saw this film on the shelf. Sadly, it is the very worst sort of dreck. The filmmakers decided to "improve upon" Dumas' story by introducing supernatural sorcery, and Hong Kong wire work for the swordfights. Madame Beart portrays Milady De Winter as Satanically-possessed (I must assume that the producers were too). The film is only available as a dubbed-in English version, which adds a measure of hilarity. There are so many versions of Dumas' novel, but only one that is worth seeing: the Three/Four Musketeers films of 1973/74, starring Charlton Heston and Michael York.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89eb745c) out of 5 stars Dumas fans stay away.... 10 Jun. 2007
By M. Farineau - Published on
I'm a big Dumas fan so I was looking forward to this but;

1. The writers have taken too many liberties with the original story. If they had called it something else and not associated it with the Dumas story it would have still been dreck.

2. I'm not sure what language this is in, but I'm unable to view it in its original language with subtitles, so it sounds like a bad kung-fu movie.

3. I didn't think there could be any worse portrayal of this story when I saw the Disney/Sutherland/Sheen version until I saw the John Woo Musketeer version. Now I have seen a new low.

Avoid at all costs if you are a Dumas fan.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89eb77ec) out of 5 stars A rousing dark fairy-tale adaptation of Dumas 1 Jun. 2011
By Mike Emery - Published on
Two things happened in popular filmmaking in 2003. The final Lord of the Rings film came out, and the first Pirates of the Caribbean film also came out. Both got good reviews, won awards, and made a mint. Both films swashed buckles in the bargain. It didn't take canny film producers long to connect out-of-copyright swashbuckling properties with hobbits and pirates. There was no point in doing another standard adaptation of the Three Musketeers and d'Artagnan; we have quite enough of them. So they did a loose adaptation with some major twists. The film was released in two parts in Europe at varying lengths, but it was shortened (to three hours), dubbed into English and released to DVD on one disc in North America for popular audiences. It's not marketed as an art film in the original French, with English subtitles the average film viewer won't read. That doesn't mean the film isn't artistic. Its production design is tops, with gorgeous landscapes and exterior shots of skies and seas throughout (and showing the influence of films like Barry Lyndon). The special effects are state of the art. The actors are excellent, as are hair and makeup (two elements of mise-en-scene often underestimated in the impact they have on period look). As with other recent big-budget action films, the score gets poured on like viscous syrup (I'm not a fan of the John Williams-ization of film scores), but I just tuned it out. The biggest difference between this and earlier Musketeers film adaptations is the decision to script this one as a dark fantasy. The MacGuffin here is the Faustian pact with the devil made by the woman who becomes Milady. It's an outrageous conceit, but the film pulls it off by playing it seriously rather than for camp. Not that there isn't some cheesiness (the white hawk that appears at symbolic moments is a bit much), but I don't mind that in a film meant to entertain and bewitch. I'll say one more thing: despite her being the heavy, I thought the film belonged to Milady, who's the key to all the plots and who makes the characters dance to her tune before the end. Even in 2005, films like this were shedding the patriarchal trappings of their forebears. This film predicts what happened to Elizabeth Swann, who by 2007 had become the Pirate King. Not recommended to purists; others should be able to enjoy it for what it is: a rousing good time.
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