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The Man in the Iron Mask

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  • Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jourdan, Jenny Agutter, Ian Holm
  • Directors: Mike Newell
  • Writers: Alexandre Dumas père, William Bast
  • Producers: Norman Rosemont, Roy Stevens
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004SX7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,562 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man in the Iron Mask" on IMDb

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I was very impressed with this movie when I first saw it, a very long time ago. Richard Chamberlin was excellent in his dual role; it's hard to imagine a more egotistical and rotten Louis XIV than his portrayal- a much greater villian than Leonardo DiCaprio's performance. This version also has a stellar supporting cast, with Sir Ralph Richardson, Jenny Agutter, Louis Jourdan and playing the corrupt and foul Finance Minister Fouquet is Patrick McGoohan- an incredible actor who plays his part with relish. The chemistry between Chamberlin and McGoohan is unbelievable- you can easily believe that these two would plot to start World War III just to have something interesting to do on a Saturday night, and maybe make a few million francs on the side. But the end scene, the conversation between Phillipe and the Queen as they dance the minuet before the whole court, is the icing on the cake- delicious, dramatically satisfying and unforgettable. This scene alone is better than the whole 1997 Leonardo DiCaprio movie. It doesn't follow the book, but it's a good movie to introduce the younger set to the wonders of great literature. And this is worth something. Following the movie too closely, after all, satisfies most only those who have read the book first. The individual imagination is still the best filmmaker, and I think that any film that makes you want to run out and buy the book is not a bad film. This is the best version of this story available, and worth having in your library.
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I have waited a long, long time for this 1976 version of the Alexandre Dumas classic MAN IN THE IRON MASK to get an official DVD release - what an extra special treat that it not only received a DVD but a BLU RAY release as well!! Richard Chamberlain does an outstanding job in his dual roles as 'heart of stone' King Louis XIV and his unassuming identical twin brother Philippe living out of reach of any knowledge that he is actually the rightful heir to the throne. This film enjoys a very large roster of premium stars including: Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jordan, Jenny Agutter, Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson and Vivian Merchant.

As for the picture quality on this blu ray release - it is simply outstanding! With 1080p, in High Definition and 16x9 Widescreen, the definition is razor sharp with hues and flesh tones spot on. The DVD release enjoys the same outstanding picture quality with 16x9 Anamorphic (1.78:1). They did a beautiful job restoring this long awaited release (for Richard Chamberlain fans) and I have no reservations giving this 5 stars.

Purchase with confidence - I'm very pleased to have this in my blu ray collection. Subtitles included for the hearing impaired in English.

Format: Color
Run Time: 105 Minutes
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Richard Chamberlain had already proved himself a fine actor before starring in this TV production of "The Man in the Iron Mask," but here he truly gives the performance of a lifetime. Performances, I should say, because he plays two different (VERY different) roles: King Louis XIV and his long lost twin brother, Phillippe.

Louis is a spoiled, infantile (his courtiers know perfectly well to deliberately lose at croquet lest they "risk another tantrum") and often cruel man, who lives in splendor while his subjects starve. He treats his long-suffering wife like garbage, openly flirting and carrying on with other women, and at one point he even viciously rips her wig off in public after calling her a "mountain of sallow flesh." Not surprisingly, no one likes Louis all that much; even his mother is hard pressed to say anything nice about him.

Meanwhile, Phillippe, totally unaware of his relation to Louis, is mysteriously kidnapped from his cozy home and thrown into the Bastille. But it's not what you think -- his kidnappers are the ageing Three Musketeers, who, fed up with their "water lily" of a ruler, have a plan to oust him and replace him with his identical twin, Phillippe. (Though Phillippe was born first and is therefore the rightful king, they insist that he rule as Louis XIV because of France's instability.) The Bastille was a "safe place" to stash Phillippe, or so they thought; at least two people, upon accidentally seeing Phillippe, are struck by his resemblance to Louis. One of them reports to Fouquet, the king's closest adviser. Upon verifying Phillippe's identity, Fouquet breaks the news to Louis, who, quite rightly fearing usurpation, hatches a cruel plan: imprisoning Phillippe for life in a run down castle in a distant part of France.
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In an age where action is becoming more important than story, this version of The Man in the Iron Mask has refreshingly excellent acting and dialogue.
Chamberlain did well in this movie in his dual role, and equally well the other TV movie he made at nearly the same time, The Count of Monte Cristo. Patrick McGoohan and Ralph Richardson could not have been more perfectly cast as the dishonest Fouquet and the scheming Colbert, respectively, and the acting all-around was superb.
The score was decent, but entirely forgettable. The action scenes will excite no one, as all fighting is done with obviously plastic swords, and very little dramatic dying goes on. Most of the action and fencing goes on in court, which the ensemble cast (thank God) proved fully capable of doing.
And that, of course, is where this film really shines: at the court of Louis XIV. The pomp and cruel subtleties are conveyed very well, and the unattentive viewer will probably miss a lot. The royal 'we' is employed unselfconsciously by Newell, whereas the latest adaption seems hesitant to use such a little-known speech mannerism with the "uneducated" public. In one particularly well-done scene, Fouquet reveals to Louis that his brother, Philippe, is still alive. While initially respectful to the King, Fouquet asserts his power over Philippe, and thus over Louis, culminating in sitting down while Louis remains standing, normally something that Louis might be fickle enough to execute someone for.
If you want great acting and story rather than great action, this movie comes highly recommended.
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