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The set up is fairly simple and compelling. One day Sir Arthur Wellesley (David Troughton), early in the career that would see him become the Duke of Wellington, is out for a ride on his horse when French dragoons come after him. Wellesley escapes death through the heroic efforts of Sergeant Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean), who is promoted to lieutenant on the spot by the grateful commander of British forces in Spain. Of course, promoting from the ranks makes Sharpe neither fish nor fowl, with the gentlemen in the officer's office refusing to consider him an equal and the enlisted personal dismissing the idea that he is a "real" officer.
Just to make things interesting Major Hogan (Brian Cox), Wellesley's master spy, sends the new lieutenant off on a secret mission. The story is that the men have not been paid in two weeks, going on three, so the mission is to find a missing banker who has funds (although why the men in the field need money strikes me as odd: after all, we are talking pounds and shillings not Euros).Read more ›
The Richard Sharpe series based on the novels by Bernard Cromwell are absolutely fabulous, and they deserve a FAR better treatment than is presented here! The viewer does not even have the option of going directly to a menu screen, but is forced to fast forward through the opening titles and theme song.
Whomever transferred these made-for-tv episode films to MPG2 should be publicly humiliated - this is a disgrace! The picture is fuzzy and grainy as heck! The VHS cassettes actually look better, if you can believe that! I never thought VHS would beat DVD in quality until I compared the Sharpe's series side-by-side. The VHS won out every time.
The sound quality is extremely poor on the DVDs too, it has a hiss and sounds muffled. Again, the VHS wins out!
Buy these on VHS until enough of us complain and they discontinue these "Joke DVDs" and deliver the public the Sharpe's Series at a transfer rate that is not just acceptable - but worthy of this incredibly brilliant historic series!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is only the first episode. the information on the page lists all the episodes in collection 1 but this is only 1 showPublished 15 days ago by Steve Varty
The first movie in this excellent series, we are introduced to Richard Sharpe and see him rise from Sergeant to Lieutenant during the Napoleonic War and the struggle this entails. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kevin Brown
Having read the entire Shape's series, I have enjoyed the adaptations. They don't rank with the detail of the books or the character development, but Bean makes the role work.Published 19 months ago by Kevin E. Martin
Love, love, love this series. What is not to like about it especially when it has Sean Bean playing the title role.Published 21 months ago by C. B.
The sharpe series on dvd is good entertainment but If you have read the actual books by Cornwell the dvds make a lot more sense. Read morePublished 22 months ago by gary w petersen
I am slowly watching my way through this great British series, Sean Bean is excellent in his role, better than most shows on todayPublished on October 19, 2013 by Carl T. Wirth
This is the video that started the Sharpes saga on BBC.
Sean Bean is excellent as Richard Sharpe and the supporting cast was well put together.
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|Closed Captioning on Sharpe's series||
I thought all DVDs were " CC ", I feel cheated even though the show looked very promising , I won't buy any more.
Jun 19, 2010 by Michael N. Smyth | See all 4 posts
|Are these Sharpe sets digitally remastered or widescreened?||
Does this product (Sharpe's series) have CC or Subtitles or SHD?
Dec 8, 2009 by Mocha's Mom | See all 3 posts