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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
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E77XN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,803 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.

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23 of 26 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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8 of 8 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
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of History and Historical Fiction October 2, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Good Value 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection May 11, 2013
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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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 14 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 15 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 15 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 17 months ago by D. Istre
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 17 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 24 months ago by Randy Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I so enjoy this.
If you want some DVD time, this is it. I so enjoyed it and I'm sharing it with friends.

Thanks so much

Published on December 7, 2011 by Renee Lizee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Work of Historical Adventure
I just love this collection and A&E, as always, has come through wonderfully with a comprehensive and accurately vivid account of each story! A must for all history lovers!
Published on July 17, 2011 by Bookworm
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