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Horatio Hornblower - The Complete Adventures


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  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Dorian Healy, Michael Byrne, Robert Bathurst
  • Directors: Andrew Grieve
  • Writers: C.S. Forester, Chris Ould, Mike Cullen, Patrick Harbinson, Russell Lewis
  • Producers: Andrew Benson
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FD8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Horatio Hornblower - The Complete Adventures" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes six films: The Duel, The Fire Ships, The Duchess and the Devil, The Wrong War, The Mutiny, Retribution
  • England's Royal Warships
  • Sail 2000: Aboard the Eagle
  • The Making of Horatio Hornblower
  • C.S. Forester biography
  • Interactive 3-D naval cannon
  • Guide to royal warships

Editorial Reviews

High-seas derring-do from S. Forester's heroic Hornblower as he captains His Majesty's ships during the chaotic Napoleonic wars. Magnificently re-creating the era, the Complete Adventures feature full-scale replica ships, far-flung locales, and Ioan Gruffudd (Titanic) reprising his role as the much-loved commander. Also stars David Warner (Time Bandits, Titanic). 10 hours on 6 DVDs.

Customer Reviews

The acting is great, the stories are excellent and the photography is always perfect.
Todd E. Newman
This Horatio Hornblower DVD set is reasonably priced and one of the few DVDs you can watch with the entire family.
Dale Giesige
It's also great to see the British when they basically 'ruled the world' and the sun didn't set on their empire.
Julianne M. Moore

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

109 of 112 people found the following review helpful By John Botkin on April 4, 2003
These, of course, are adaptations of C.S. Forrester's wonderful book series on the adventures of Horatio Hornblower. (The first four movies are based on the book "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" and the last two on "Lieutenant Hornblower"). And while they obviously cannot be faithful to the books in every repsect, they still prove to be excellent films. The stories are wonderful, tracing the heroic exploits of a young midshipman in the Royal Navy as he matures into a very competent officer.
These movies are not only in great in terms of story, but also production. We are told during one the DVD extras that the films were made using a combination of full-size vessels as well as scale models. Only once (out of countless shots) could I tell a shot employed a model.
The casting is also outstanding. From Hornblower to Captain Pellew and to Hornblower's men, everyone gives a great performance, making you believe that they are indeed the characters they are portraying. Ioan Gruffudd is particularly good in that he has expertly captured the complexity of the Hornblower character. (And incidently, some other reviewer mentioned something about him as the next James Bond - check out some of his publicity pics on online, and I think they might be right...!).
Of course, despite the persistent arguing of others, we know that these are NOT based on the life events of any one person. While, he interacts with a few historic figures (e.g. Captain Pellew), the Horatio Hornblower character is fictional. (Yes, I am aware of the Hornblower biography written by C. N. Parkinson, but it is supposed to be all in fun!).
If you like Napoleonic battles, or are into Naval films, or perhaps would like to see some films about the growth and maturing of an honorable man, these films are for you!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2002
Although the Horatio Hornblower DVDs derive from an A&E "made for television" miniseries, all of the episodes are of movie quality. The acting is just great, the stories are wonderful, and each one stands very well on its own, although the episodes are best if watched sequentially. The sets and effects are very well done.
For those who don't know, the Horatio Hornblower series of books was written by British author C.S. Forrester, and deals with the career of a fictional British naval officer during the Napoleonic Wars. The series is somewhat faithful to the books, but significantly departs from the books in a number of places. But this is all to the good--purists (such as myself) will not be offended by this.
This is a "must have" for anyone who likes war movies. Each episode contains a solid storyline and chronicles Hornblower's growing leadership abilities. These are tails of adventure, leadership, hardship, and war. Very little gratuitous violence--young children and adults alike will enjoy this series.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Veiluva on June 1, 2004
Before Patrick O'Brian (who is justly due all accolades) there was the Hornblower series by C.S. Forrester, which has screamed for big screen treatment for decades. Before A&E tackeled the series, the best we have had is the old B&W Gregory Peck version caled "Captain Horatio Hornblower" which merges several of the middle books (the oldest ones) together. It was a good movie, but standard Hollywood stuff.
The A&E series starts with Book 1 "Midshipman Hornblower" and works up from there. The charcterizations are good and the screenplays, while taking inevitable liberties, are more or less faithful, especially in the characters of Hornblower and Bush. (My favorite was "Lieutenant Hornblower", Forrester's most complex novel in which Hornblower is caught up in a mutiny against a paranoid captain, and then has to extemporize an assault on a Spanish fort. The A&E series is at its best in this story, and keeps us guessing, as does the book, whether the ambitious Hornblower pitched his captain down the larbord stairs to save his neck and that of his fellow officers.)
Ioan Gruffudd (not a household name, although he had a small part in Titanic) is a supurb young Hornblower. There is strong support by the Kennedy and Bush characters, as well as Captain Pellew.
There will be inevitable comparisons with "Master and Commander," which I deem unfair. By the time "Master" begins, Cameron Crowe's Jack Aubrey is already a seasoned captain. In "Hornblower", we see Gruffudd's Hornblower evolve into his rank, making mistakes and learning.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Sampsell on August 26, 2004
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I've become a bit of a sceptic about TV and movies (so many bad ones and I'm sick of the language, violence, etc.) and a friend loaned me Loyalty, Duty, Mutiny, and Retribution. After watching my husband and I were hooked. I just bought all 8 available and we watched the first 4 and M/R again (my friend had to go and buy the rest too). We save them for our Friday night movie nights and now I'm sad that we've watched them all. It's kind of hard to describe how they grow on you, but they do and are really great! We joke about naming our next pet (or child if there would be another) Horatio - how he's our "hero" - he's someone for both the men and women out there, young and old. We look forward to watching them with our kids when they're a bit older, loaning them out to anyone interested, and re-watching them. There are a FEW instances of language and violence, but nothing compared to what you'll find on TV or in an average Hollywood movie. Everything you read in the reviews is true (except the 2 negative ones) so I won't repeat what's already been said. You will enjoy!
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