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Sharpe's Peril [Blu-ray] (2010)

Sean Bean , Daragh O'Malley  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Raza Jaffrey, Velibor Topic, Beatrice Rosen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00319ECHO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sharpe's Peril [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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100-minute movie version
Making of Sharpe's Peril
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Sean Bean returns to his iconic role as Sharpe for a new adventure in India. But this time, the bad guys are closer than he thinks. It's India, 1818 and Lt.. Col Richard Sharpe and Sergeant Major Patrick Harper are traveling across India, escorting the beautiful Marie-Angelique Bonnet to meet her fiancée. While in bandit-plagued badlands, they come across the very dregs of the Crown's troops an ill-disciplined, rag-tag unit led by boy soldier Beauclare. As Sharpe and company sit down to have dinner with their hosts, the camp comes under attack by the notorious bandit Chitu. As the dust settles, it becomes apparent there have been many casualties, and of getting this wagon train to the safety of the next army garrison. Little does Sharpe know that the adventure has only just begun and that he has inadvertently stumbled across a massive opium trafficking ring.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series, but fun! April 4, 2010
Format:DVD
Richard Sharpe and the redoubtable Patrick Harper are finally on their way home from India. Both look exhausted but are attending a ball given by the Governor of India who asks just one last favor. Would Sharpe be so kind as to deliver a valuable piece of property to one of the hill outposts? He can do this, the Governor goes on to say, without any, repeat any, peril. That should have been a flashing red light of a clue, but of course, Sharpe says I'd be delighted or something like that, and so the adventure begins.

The 'property' turns out to be the spoiled young fiancee of a French officer, who won her in a game of cards. She's already gotten off on the wrong foot with Sharpe, so to speak, after she smacked him a good one because he wouldn't dance with her. Sharpe and Harper do some grumbling, but dutifully set out with Marie and soon come across evidence of bandits. Not just any bandits, though. OMG, THESE bandits kill women and children and old people. Shame on them, especially since everyone has so repeatedly demonstrated a high regard for the sanctity of human life in the previous episodes of Sharpe and all. Shame, I say.

When our merry trio runs into a group of travellers headed to the same destination, they immediately hook up. After all, there is safety in numbers and Sharpe and Harper see a glimmer of hope as they think they'll dump Marie on the travellers. She won't have any of THAT, no sirree, so Sharpe and Harper must tag along to the outpost. Finding out about the other travellers and their issues, of which there are many, occupies everybody's time and energy until they reach the outpost. OH NOES!!!! Devastation everywhere!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Indian Saga continues May 8, 2010
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For fans of historical military drama serials, Bernard Cornwell's enduring character, Richard Sharpe, is at or near the top of the list. The original series chronicled the rise through the ranks of an enlisted man who, after saving Lord Wellington, was promoted to officer (unheard of in the British army.) He served Wellington admirably during the peninsular wars in Portugal and Spain, and culminating in the famous Battle of Waterloo.The BBC television series, starring the durable Sean Bean, does an admirable and faithful job of adapting the various Cornwell novels, particularly considering some of the budget limitations inherent in television series. As book adaptions, they are not unlike the excellent Granada Television production of the Sherlock Holmes stories starring the late jeremy Brett.

In the latest two additions to the chronicles (including the preceding Sharpe's Challenge,) Sharpe, accompanied by his faithful partner sergeant Harper (played solisly by Daragh O'Malley) has resurfaced in India. What sets both episodes apart from the original series, is that they were shot in 16X9 format with HD cameras. Although the DVD for both Sharpe's Challenge and Sharpe's Peril are, of course, presented in standard definition, the widescreen format increases the technical quality immensely, particular on the modern digital widescreen televisions.

The episode for Sharpe's Peril offers nothing new, preferring to stick with the reliable Sharpe "format." While hardly a film masterpiece, it is a definite step up from most seies television, offering good, solid, entertainment for fans of military history and/or Sean Bean.
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40 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
Any fan of the series will enjoy this 16th outing for Sharpe and Harper. On par with 2006's "Sharpe's Challenge". The larger budget really shows in the scale of the scenes over the tv series.
Not sure why anyone would buy it from Amazon US though. They want $29.99+$2.98 shipping for a Pal format Region 2 DVD. That is twice the price from Amazon UK - $12.94+$5.00 after converting from pounds sterling. It is the same DVD!!! I love British Drama and Mystery and have ordered lots from Amazon UK - never took more than 7 days to arrive. Why would anyone pay over $15.00 more just to have it arrive 1-2 days sooner. Amazon still gets your money - just not twice as much!
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If you have followed Richard Sharpe's adventures on television over the past 17 years (yes, "Sharpe's Rifles" debuted in 1993!), the latest installment, "Sharpe's Peril" (filmed in 2008, but released in the US, in 2010), may seem a bit of a letdown, with Sean Bean and Daragh O'Malley, still in India after 2006's "Sharpe's Challenge", looking far older and more haggard than in the previous installment, and the 'original' story, a cut-and-paste of elements done better in several earlier Bernard Cornwell adaptations. Both Bean and O'Malley, in the 'Making of' special feature, imply that this will be the final adventure ("Sharpe's ready to retire from soldiering"), although the film has less of a sense of closure than 1997's "Sharpe's Waterloo".

But I was not completely disappointed by the film; it has some entertaining elements, and after discovering the hardships of the production (with over 100-degree heat every day, nearly inaccessible locations, and a variety of language problems involving a multi-national production team), the fact the film 'works' at all says a lot about the professionalism of a veteran cast and crew. I don't bemoan Bean's careworn features, now; nearly 50 when he made "Peril", in a hostile environment, he shows a higher energy level than many of the cast! I believe there is still a great final "Sharpe" story to be made, that will be more satisfying...

The wonderful team that gave us so much pleasure and entertainment with "Sharpe", should be given a better send-off, in a more hospitable environment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 17 days ago by Harold Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the series, you have to see these.
Love the series, loved both movies that take place after the series.
Published 28 days ago by Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 29 days ago by Dorcas
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe! :-)))
I loved the earlier series and have watched it many times. This one is just as good as all the rest. Sean Bean is a superlative Sharpe. Worth every cent.
Published 2 months ago by Nobilangelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd!!!!!
Sean Bean is great. His character is rugged and sexy yet intelligent and a gentleman. There is history adventure mystery and just overall a great movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by customer x
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of a great series
This is the last film of a great series and I was sad to see it end... I wish it could go on and on...
Published 4 months ago by Carl Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe delivers
Come on it is Sean Bean, it is what you expect of this series, the good guy wins and a some what real portrait of history of the time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by touristamou
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Sharpe??
Having read that Bernard Cornwell did not create this story, I wonder whether or not there will be any more Sharpe movies? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alberta Haught Goshorn
3.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as always-it is always enjoyable
Does not add to the series as much as one would have liked, still Ok. Wpould have liked to see a little less of the drama - and perhaps a bit more of a closure to the series,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stuart W. Hackett
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe vs Horatio
I have long waged an internal battle between the two series (I believe they came out at around the same time) Sharpe & Horatio Hornblower, same times, same war, oh so two very... Read more
Published 10 months ago by E. B. Sullivan
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Unfortunately, no. And this is a problem since the language is largely older version of English. Of course my Chinese friends have even _more_ trouble than I do understanding the dialogue.
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