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Horatio Hornblower - The Adventure Continues
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- Includes Retribution and Mutiny
- Bonus program: Sail 2000: Aboard the Eagle
- Interactive 3D Naval Cannon
- Guide to Royal Warships
- C.S. Forester Biography
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"Retribution" starts with Commodore Pellew revealed to be one of three officers hearing the court martial proceedings. The episode is a series of flashbacks as various characters are question by the board. All of these flashbacks take place immediately after the incidents in "Mutiny." The senior officers of the Renown decided that if they are going to face a court martial anyway when the get back to port, they might as well do some good by taking the Spanish fort. This they do thanks to Hornblower's cleverness. But soon the English are forced to abandon the fort when they discover the Spanish have been under siege for months by an army of revolting slaves. The episode gets deeper with 1st Lt. Buckland, now in command of Renown, showing that he's not a very good commander. Hornblower has the respect of most of the men and Buckland becomes slightly jealous of this fact. By the time the Renown gets back to port, Hornblower has even managed to win the respect of a low-level officer (midshipman?Read more ›
Reuniting most of the cast from the first four films (based on Forrester's "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" - not requiered viewing to enjoy these two, but HIGHLY reccomended!). Ioan Gruffud is still perfectly cast as Hornblower, and Robert Lidsay is still fantastic as Commodore Pellew. David Warner, however, steals every scene with his textured portrayal of Captain Sawyer, a once-great hero who feels his sanity slipping away from him. He manages to evoke some sympathy despite his cruel actions. And speaking of action, these films feature ship battles, sword fights, and a seige on a Spainsh fort, all done in spectacular cinematic fashion. These films are a must-see for fans of swashbucklers, and devotees of Forrester's novels (or those of Patrick O'Brien, Alexander Kent, etc.). Sci-fi fans should also note that Hornblower was the inspiration behind Captain Kirk and David Weber's Honor Harrington, and may enjoy this "source material". I can't wait for a third set of films!!
It is so refreshing to see a wonderful story, with outstanding acting, direction, etc. without relying too heavily on complicated special effects. With that said, I would like to state that the sequences with the model ships were outstanding yet again!
Because I have so enjoyed the Hornblower series on DVD, I have eagerly read all the Hornblower reviews by you long-time Hornblower fans.
Being a fairly new fan of just one year, I have recently learned here on this site, that CS Forrester had written a series of 11 books about Hornblower's career. I have purchased and read Mr. Midshipman Hornblower. What an excellent book! Looking forward to reading the remaining 10 books and hope more televison movies will be made!
Furthermore, there is little to suggest that our hero Horatio has developed as a character since we last saw him on the quarterdeck with Captain Pellew. And speaking of Pellew, A&E's scant use of him (portrayed brilliantly by Robert Lindsay) is woeful.
Then again, any Hornblower installment these days is a breath of fresh air in the television void -- so enjoy it for what it is. Meanwhile, we shall all eagerly await the next installment, which we hope won't be too long in coming. Reef the mainsails, you rascals!
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A fine tale of war between England, France And Spain on the high seas during the 1700.Published 2 months ago by MRD
This was a good movie but to me not as good as some of the other viewers said. It's a good watch the first time but I probably won't watch it too many times. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Movie girl
good for kids to see something that enforces some of the character and morality the bible speaks of. Wonderful for children to watch. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DWM
I enjoyed every moment of this rendition of the C. S. Forester's tales of the career of Horatio Hornblower in the British navy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gregory Bennett
I thought these were new stories and ordered them with the first set. I found out there are included in the first set.Published 7 months ago by Ronald H. Rapee
Love this series; bought all the parts after being introduced to Horatio Hornblower in A&E's Adventure Collection (also highly recommended). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love all of Gruffudd's series...outstanding photography, you want the series to just keep going forever. Why not? Forrester wrote enough of a slew of movies..Published 8 months ago by email@example.com
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