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The A&E Adventure Collection (Benedict Arnold / Horatio Hornblower / Shackleton / Napoleon / The Lost Battalion / Longitude)

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The action and excitement doesn t get any better than this: THE ADVENTURE FILMS COLLECTION, a 12-part DVD set, dramatically brings to life some of the most fascinating and courageous individuals in all of history and literature. In these six sumptuous, feature-length A&E favorites Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor, Horatio Hornblower, Longitude, The Lost Battalion, Napoleon, and Shackleton flesh-and-blood characters use their spirit, curiosity, derring-do, and cleverness to battle seemingly insurmountable obstacles and endure until they triumph. Such world-class actors as Aidan Quinn, Kelsey Grammer, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Kenneth Branagh, Rick Schroder, Isabella Rossellini, Ioan Gruffudd, and Gerard Depardieu give powerful performances of struggle and success amid the battlefields of the American Revolution and World War I, the high seas of the Napoleonic Wars, the frozen wastes of Antarctica, and the scientific community of the eighteenth century.

Special Features

Includes:
Horatio Hornblower films: The Duel, The Fire Ships, The Duchess and the Devil, The Wrong War
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor
Longitude
The Lost Battalion
Napoleon
Shackleton (1.85 anamorphic widescreen)
Bonus features:
England's Royal Warships hosted by Edward Winsor
Feature-length bonus program Napoleon and Wellington
Biography episodes: Napoleon Bonaparte: The Glory of France, Benedict Arnold: Triumph and Treason, Ernest Shackleton: Looking South
The Making of Shackleton featurette
Feature-length bonus program: Antarctica: A Frozen History
Bonus program: Dear Home: Letters from World War I
Behind-the-scenes featurettes
About C.S. Forester
Nautical terms and definitions
Cast biographies and filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Isabella Rossellini, Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich, Christian Clavier
  • Directors: Andre Grieve, Yves Simoneau, Russel Mulcahy, Charles Sturrige
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 1168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E77XN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By pixels and bits TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 24, 2009
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Based on the popularity of the Horatio Hornblower series alone I would have thought this set would enjoy great sales and fabulous reviews! The third party prices for this collection are a steal, especially considering the caliber of programs included! Napoleon, Benedict Arnold, Shackleton, The Lost Battalion, Longitude, and of course Horatio Hornblower. You can't go wrong with this 14 disk set beautifully produced by the A&E (Arts & Entertainment) Channel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Roger Fortuna on December 31, 2009
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This is most certainly a must have collection for even the casual A&E fan. This set contains six of A&E's best efforts at a modest price. A purchase from a third party source makes it a steal! What a cost effective way to begin your own A&E collection.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex Echeverria on March 21, 2011
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This package is worth having as part of every home movie collection. I loved the Longitude movie and learned a lot with it. Still have to see the rest, some twenty hours of masterpieces!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Don Le Couteur on June 24, 2013
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Not all of the 'adventures' presented here do justice to the subject (be that an historical or a fictional character) but the price is sure right. I was in search of the movie Longitude when I came across this offering and truth be known I'd have paid the full price of the package for the movie and special features associated with that movie. What an amazing tale of the triumph of one man in the face of bureaucratic ignorance and pride, not to mention the 'mirror image' of his champion going through much of the same in the following century. The Hornblower tales (and again, the special features associated with same) were also quite good as fictional swashbuckling. Both Shackleton and Napolean fell short in my view though I must admit it might have been too unwieldy to try to encompass the whole of either of those lives. And I must also admit to a personal prejudice...I just couldn't stop giggling at the idea of Kelsey Grammer as George Washington...Jeff Daniels would be my choice. The surprise treat of the package was the truly remarkable tour de force of To The Ends Of The Earth. I place this right up there with Master and Commander as presenting a true and complete picture of what it meant to 'go down to the sea in ships'. In all it was way more entertainment (and not a little enlightenment) than the price would suggest. Bravo A&E!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Rock on February 8, 2010
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This is a fabulous DVD series with exceptional acting, cinematography, and costuming. Just fantastic!
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By Jean Richmond on July 21, 2015
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What a wonderful collection. The Hornblower films alone are worth the price. Their quality and attention to detail leave a remarkable impression of life on the high seas. Napoleon was good but not my favorite - it dragged on a little - I wish it had focused a bit more on his later life and what ultimately caused his downfall. But Isabella Rosalini is a terrific Josephine. Shackleton is great. Ken Branagh's portrayal shows the enigma and charisma of Shackleton-what it was about him that drew people to him-and their loyalty even after his star starts to fade. I haven't finished all of Lost Battalion-it's fairly gory and desperately sad, but I'm sure is realistic to what these men endured. Benedict Arnold was the poorest I'm afraid. He is portrayed in a very very negative light. If the film had at least shown what happened in a bit more detail after his defection this may have improved it. The price for the set is amazing. Find a rainy day, put your feet up, and have an adventure binge
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Educational and entertaining. The Shackleton adventure and the Horatio Hornblower videos were favorites. In fact, we ordered the rest of the A&E Hornblower series. The pleasant surprise was the account of the creation of an accurate timepiece for sea travel in 'Longitude' - what a great story. Benedict Arnold was interesting from his perspective and 'The Lost Battalion' was heart-wrenching but also very good. Least favorite - Napolean. Overall, a great value; highly recommended!
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I bought this for the Napoleon miniseries (which is overpriced elsewhere), but wound up also enjoying Longitude and (especially) the Horatio Hornblower films. Benedict Arnold was hard to endure, given the characterization of the man as a venal and belligerent prima donna. Still, an excellent deal.
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