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The A&E Adventure Collection (Benedict Arnold / Horatio Hornblower / Shackleton / Napoleon / The Lost Battalion / Longitude) (2008)

Ioan Gruffudd , Isabella Rossellini , Andre Grieve , Yves Simoneau  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 1168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E77XN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Horatio Hornblower films: The Duel, The Fire Ships, The Duchess and the Devil, The Wrong War
Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor
The Lost Battalion
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

Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous overlooked A&E collection! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR A&E FANS 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than expected 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The A&E Adventure Collection February 8, 2010
By L. Rock
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This is a fabulous DVD series with exceptional acting, cinematography, and costuming. Just fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Horatio Hornblower! October 2, 2014
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I read all the Hornblower books some years ago and loved them. When I watched these on TV, I was very pleased. This version really does them justice. I haven't watched these videos yet but the packaging is beautiful. I can hardly wait! (For the science fiction crossovers, Capt. Kirk was loosely based on Horatio Hornblower and you can easily see the similarities.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Collection June 27, 2014
By Patrick
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This is a great collection. You get three Hornblower movies from A&E plus the miniseries Napoleon, The Lost Battallion, Benedict Arnold, Shackelton and my favorite of the bunch Longitude. All in an attractive sturdy case. Many hours of great programming for a very reasonable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series April 29, 2014
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Bringing history and historically inspired fiction to the home theater .

A bargain at under $35 - for 14 DVD's , well scripted , well acted , and filmed in great locations .

MANY hours of top entertainment .
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5.0 out of 5 stars My god, this is freaking fantastic January 8, 2014
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SO MANY awesome adventure stories, all intelligently told and fun as hell.

I don't usually get into this sort of stuff, but MAN, this stuff is freaking mind-blowingly fun. SO MUCH MORE ENTERTAINING THAN the latest predictable, flashy Johnny Depp crapfest or Michael Bay brain cell-icide.

Best part, every movie is *very* family friendly. The Horatio Hornblower series is SO much more rewarding than Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of History and Historical Fiction
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Good Value
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. Don Le Couteur
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection
I've watched Hornblower and Shackleton and I am amazed at the way they just seem to pull into the story. this is a great series and great value too. well Done A&E
Published 17 months ago by Dave O'Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie set
I would recommend this to everyone that might have a yearning for adventure on the hight seas. The story lines are well planned and written. A true joy to watch.
Published 20 months ago by Nickyjay 101
5.0 out of 5 stars Fictional History
Love It... much of this is fictional (Horatio Hornblower) but set during a historical turbulent time. Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. Briscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
This Great Collection Horatio Hornblower Is Great! My Dad loves it, and myself as well. The story's and the history of this great time is wonderful too watch. I would recamend it!
Published 22 months ago by phildantonio
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE SERIES!!!
It is difficult to find a movie series of the caliber, quality, and cleanliness of Horatio Hornblower, and the 'Longitude' series is great. I highly recommend this!
Published 23 months ago by Onesimus
5.0 out of 5 stars A&E adventure Collection
Purchased for the Hornblower series, however, the Napoleon series and the Lost Battalion were excellent. I have not had a chance to view the remaining issues. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set.
This is a great set. Everything about these films is top notch. If these played in the theater i'd go see them. Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by Randy Smith
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