Sharpe's Challenge, 2 Disc Special Edition [DVD]
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SEAN BEAN IS BACK AS THE AWARD-WINNING ADVENTURE HERO, SHARPE, IN THIS TWO DISC SPECIAL EDITION T W O D I S C S P E C I Two years after the Duke of Wellington crushes Napoleon at Waterloo, there is news from India of a local Maharaja, who is threatening British interests there. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. When a beautiful general's daughter is kidnapped by the Indian warlord, the tension mounts, leaving Sharpe no option but to pursue the enemy right into his deadly lair. Deep in the heart of enemy territory he also has to keep at bay the beautiful but scheming Regent, Madhuvanthi, who is out to seduce him.
The fate of an Empire and the life of a General's daughter lie in one man's hands...
If the fearless Richard Sharpe is the Indiana Jones of His Majesty's colonial army, then Sean Bean is the dashing, captivating Harrison Ford of the adventure series--handsome, rugged, and charismatic. Bean, who proves here he's every bit the international action star, brings his righteous determination to this installment of the popular Bernard Cornwell Sharpe series. Set in the early 19th century, when the British Empire has a lot of skirmishes to quell and rebellions to quash, Sharpe's Challenge brings our hero to remote India, where a renegade British officer has joined forces with a local rajah, wreaking havoc on civilians and His Majesty's troops as well. At the behest of the Duke of Wellington, Sharpe sets off to India on what will prove a wildly unpredictable and dangerous mission, with kidnappings, horrific assassinations (a nail into the top of the skull is a preferred method), and treachery at every turn. The cast, including Toby Stephens as Dodd, Michael Cochrane as the sneering Simmerson, the delightful Irish actor Daragh O'Malley as Sharpe's loyal sidekick, and the lovely Padma Lakshmi as a sultry force to be reckoned with, are uniformly strong. But it's Bean, with his world-weary demeanor and craggily handsome features, who commands this rollicking yarn. The film, shown on British television, was shot on location in glorious, dusty, romantic Rajasthan, India, and the whole effect is equal parts Raiders of the Lost Ark, Master and Commander, and the American TV hit House, with Bean wearing heroism and cynicism quite comfortably, thank you very much. Extras include a behind-the-scenes documentary and some deleted scenes. --A.T. Hurley --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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It's great to see that the story, the production values and the acting are all up at the same levels we became accustomed to. Yes, the story significantly bends the timeline set up by author Bernard Cromwell, and bends history in general, but why quibble about this when the story is so well written and acted? This is boys own stuff, with damsels in distress, camaraderie, and beautiful exotic women trying to seduce our hero, with a few big battle scenes overflowing with extras thrown in for good measure. The characters have aged in the story as well as the actors in real life, such that the gap between this and the last episode makes sense, and the actors being a bit older does not detract from the enjoyment of the movie.
It's every bit as good as we have any right to expect!
The movie is presented in 'as seen' format - so we have it in two episodes, which distractingly means that in the middle of the story you get a 'Next time on Sharpe..' and then a 'Previously on Sharpe', which is annoying, but the disc is still indispensable for any Sharpe fan, or fan of quality TV in general. In fact, the story stands by itself, so that even if you have not seen Sharpe before you could enjoy this.
In the novels Sharpe was an ordinary soldier, fairly new in the army and it was set before the Napoleonic wars but under the command of Wellington. In one of the novels he is almost killed in an ambush by a renegade ex British Soldier now working for the enemy. Sharpe survived the ambush and went on to hunt the renegade down. The ambush is here in this as a flashback but now we jump forward to well after the Napoleonic war and Wellington calls Sharpe (now retired) back to India where the renegade is now back to his old tricks again.
This double episode is everything Sharpe has always been, owes a lot to the novels but mixes several into one story, why? Well simply Sean Bean is too old to play the young Sharpe so we have to make it much later in his life. Gung ho action, a bit of love interest (but not much), an agreable bady and lots of explosions with the customary final battle. If you've seen Sharpe you know what to expect, if not, this is a good place to start even though its the last one (so far) to be made. I don't know if any more are going to follow but they have just about run out of books (well almost).
A great way to spend a few hours on a rainy afternoon.
I agree this may not be the best EVER Sharpe film but it still manages to be better than 95% of TV or Cinema films. At the end of the day thats good enough for me !!
One point though - If the makers expect us to shell out £15 quid it's not too much to ask that they edit the two episodes into one !
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Part of completion of the series. Not to be missed. Excellent Blu-ray disc;Published 3 months ago by BOB
Sean Bean as the handsome Sharpe what's more to say if you like Game of thrones, lord of the rings and any other historical action this is for you well worth the money! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roberta
The entire series is amongst my favourite viewing. This didn't dissapoint me at all..Published 8 months ago by Paul Holt
Arrived super quickly, no issues with playback other than the volume going quiet sometimes, but I wondered if this was the DVD or the editing of the film! very happyPublished 8 months ago by H