The Three Musketeers (1973) ( The 3 Musketeers ) (Blu-Ray)
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Netherlands released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Spanish ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Japanese ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king's musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out they are musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu, who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. D'Artagnan must also juggle affairs with the charming Constance Bonancieux and the passionate Lady De Winter, a secret agent for the cardinal.
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I have no words to convey how much I love this movie and the follow-up, The Four Musketeers. Filmed back-to-back, they are perhaps the last great big-budget, super-cast adventure movies of the 20th Century. They portray 17th-Century France (and England) in terms far more realistic than Gene Kelly's 1948 production, if not entirely true to Dumas's novel.
Michael York is excellent as the young d'Artagnan, newly arrived in Paris with the expectation of following in his father's footsteps as a King's Musketeer. Along the way he encounters the villainous Comte de Rochefort (Christopher Lee), the musketeers Athos (Oliver Reed in possibly his best role), Porthos (the excellent Frank Finlay) and Aramis (a superbly tongue-in-cheek Richard Chamberlain) and most notably the manipulative Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston) and finds himself emroiled in a plot to disgrace the Queen of France involving the Cardinal's agent, Milady de Winter (Faye Dunaway).
With the assistance of his friends and allies, including his loyal and long-suffering servant, Planchet (the late Roy Kinnear) and mistress Constance (Raquel Welch in a perceptive comedic role), d'Artagnan embarks on a mission to retrieve the diamond studs from the Queen's lover, the Duke of Buckingham, and save the Queen's honour and that of France.
The resulting story by George MacDonald Fraser is, quite simply, a rollicking adventure (never thought I'd use that expression) that no-one should miss.Read more ›
The stars of the film evoke their characters perfectly, from Faye Dunaway as the duplicitous Milady to Oliver Reed as the tortured Athos (a signature role for Reed). Michael York is perhaps a little old for D'Artangnan, but he carries the passionate naivety wonderfully.
The film is a fabulous blend of comedy and darkness, the two complementing and highlighting each other. It is a perfect adventure film and you should buy it now!
It's release to DVD though is not so worthy. You do have a choice of languages and subtitles, but apart from the trailer, there are no extras. Sound is mono only, which although disappointing isn't quite that bad (it was originally made in mono after all). Image quality is fair; you do have an anamorphic wide-screen transfer, and the raw image appears to have good detail, contrast and colour, but it is unfortunately hiding beneath an unpleasant veil of grain and noise. I've no doubt that with a small amount of work the image could be spectacular - here's hoping for a BRD release sometime soon.
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Went to the cinema when this first came out 4 times, once for each musketeer. The soundtrack is awesome, the sword stunts & fight scenes are terrific! Great cast!Published 1 month ago by Diana Stuve
A must-see teen classic! This Oliver Reed version is by far the best!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fairly good picture & sound. This is still the best version of this story.Published 5 months ago by Mr. A. Smith
This is without doubt, a most entertaining film. Purists will not agree, There are no deserts in northern France. The other musketeers have valets but here only D'Artangan has one. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Junius