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The Three Musketeers / The Four Musketeers (Double Pack) [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Double bill featuring two popular comedy movies directed by Richard Lester. 'The Three Musketeers' (1973) is the star-studded adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel. The Three Musketeers (Oliver Reed, Frank Finlay and Richard Chamberlain) are in the service of the King of Paris when D'Artagnan (Michael York) arrives on the scene, creating a stir by single-handedly defeating two soldiers in a magnificent swordfight. Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston) tries to embarrass the Queen of France, but D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers come to her rescue. In 'The Four Musketeers' (1974), Milady (Faye Dunaway) is determined to wreak revenge on the Three Musketeers for foiling her plot to discredit the Queen of France. She enrols two accomplices, Cardinal Richelieu and the Count of Rochefort, and the trio of swashbuckling heroes find themselves once again fighting for the good name of the Queen and the life of Constance.
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But enough of trips down memory lane, what do the blu-rays have to offer? These are not the first 'classic' films that I have purchased on the new format, and having been impressed with the likes of Zulu and A Bridge Too Far, I was slightly disappointed as the opening credits of The Three Musketeers scrolled across the screen, superimposed over the fast moving sword-play between D'Artagnan and his father. The picture appeared blurred and suffered from excessive grain and promised little improvement over and above DVD quality. However I am pleased to report that once the titles had receded, the picture quality vastly improved. As one might expect from a brace of films that were originally filmed in 1973 and 1974 respectively, the picture remains a little grainy, especially in duller scenes such as poorly lit building interiors, where blacks appear somewhat muted and lacking in detail. Faces and clothing too appear slightly softened in such scenes and lacking in the kind of detail one has come to expect on this format. That said, in the brighter scenes the quality of the picture is quite astonishing considering the age of the original material. The extent of Optimum Classic and Studio Canals' digital restoration shines through particularly in the magnificent costumes and back-ground detail.Read more ›
These films are relativley slow paced, filled with great performances from a variety of famous actors (Charlton Heston, Oliver Reed, Roy Kinnear and Spike Milligan to name but a very few - you really couldn't get a more varied bunch!) The slow pace allows for a good development of many minor characters and for the director's attention to detail to really draw you into the world of 17th century France.
The films include many elements, high drama, moral dilemmas and several lashings of humour. Oh, and plently of realism. None of your highly coreographed fight scenes that look more like dancing here, when brawls and sword fights come along they look very VERY realistic, and totally different to the usual hollywood attempt at such things.
In all, a very atmospheric and entertaining few hours, which will have you totally caught up in it. And for the price being asked here it's more than well worth it!
The only thing required now is the DVD release of the third film in the trilogy. This was filmed many years after these (which were originally made as one film but released as two shorter films by the distributor) and marked the last performance of Roy Kinnear.
Originally planned as one long epic movie (including a then standard intermission in the middle) the decision was made at some point during the production of THE THREE MUSKETEERS that they would either have one four hour movie or two separate movies. Rather than cut out some of the fantastic scenes that had been shot to make the movie more manageable the production company made the more sensible decision to cut the production in two releasing THE THREE MUSKETEER' one year and then THE FOUR MUSKETEERS shortly after.
Not everyone involved in the production of the movie was happy about the decision. Actress Faye Dunaway publicly stated that (had she known about the splitting of the movie into two) she would have refused to do it since her role in the first was so small. The move led to some litigation and was eventually settled but today movie contracts include what is termed "The Salkind Clause" (named after the Salkind's who produced the MUSKETEER movies) to protect actors from such moves.
It is perhaps for this reason that Faye Dunaway is one of the only still living members of the main cast who does not appear on camera for the excellent hour-long documentary THE SAGA OF THE MUSLETEERS that Anchor Bay has put together for this release.
Perhaps a deliberate reflection of the movie (or perhaps simply due to limited space on the DVDs) the documentary is split into two half-hour parts on each disc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had to purchase the fabulous double set of the best Musketeers films ever made. I bought them as a fathers day gift for ny dad and he absolutely loves them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mickie N.
2 classic films that I've loved since I was a child.
Still funny now and so enjoyable to watch
Love this films always have done. Had them all on video nice to have them on dvd. Just one thing the distributors seem to have got the dvd labelling wrong Three Musketeers movie... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ms. T. Swain
It came within time. Love these movies as they are very closr to the books. The condition was good, the dvds worked. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda O. Connell
The best, the most faithful rendition of Alexandre Dumas's masterpiece. And with an acute sense of humour ! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Philippe TRIFFAULT