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The Scarlet Pimpernel Boxed Set (1999)

Peter Jeffrey , Robert Langdon Lloyd , Edward Bennett , Patrick Lau  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Jeffrey, Robert Langdon Lloyd, Julie Cox, Denise Black, Robert Perkins
  • Directors: Edward Bennett, Patrick Lau
  • Writers: Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Richard Carpenter
  • Producers: Delia Fine, Hannah Rothschild, Johan Eliasch, Julian Murphy
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767026128
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Scarlet Pimpernel Boxed Set" on IMDb

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179 of 186 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tongue-in-cheek Scarlet Pimpernel February 24, 2005
Having read most of the reviews here and on other websites, there seems to be 3 main groups of people checking out this DVD set.
1. Those who love the books and want to see an adaptation of the books.
2. Those who loved the 1982 version (with Andrews and Seymour) and want to see more of that.
3. Those interested in seeing the work of Grant, Shaw, Vibert or McGovern.

Group 1 is generally sorely disappointed. This version changes the main character of Percy in ways that will be highly discomforting: he uses minimal disquises, he kills people willy-nilly, he uses Bond-esque gadgets instead of wit and cunning, small things like that. Not to mention, some well loved league members are killed off for no reason. To see a hilarious list of grievances from Group 1 go to: [...]

Group 2 is generally disappointed too. That whole love affair/courtship thing between Percy and Marguerite is missing here. #1 of this DVD starts right off with Percy giving Marguerite the cold shoulder after their marriage. Group 2 is also upset by the change in Percy (that no disguises and murdering bit). And then Elizabeth McGovern is not as beautiful (or animated or witty) as Jane Seymour and many in Group 2 are bothered by that. Group 2 absolutely ADORES Anthony Andrews as Percy, and Grant isn't Andrews.

Group 3 generally really like this DVD set -- especially if they are not burdened by preconceptions of this famous literary story. However, Group 3 is likely to be a little lost in the beginning. Note: Percy and Marguerite were madly in love with each other before getting married (you won't believe this when you see the first DVD, but it's true). On the wedding night, he receives information that she has betrayed some aristocrats.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Grant Does a Great Pimpernel February 12, 2002
This may well be my favorite version of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I had always adored the 1934 version with Leslie Howard. Richard Grant does not merely reprise Howard, he rethinks the character of the Pimpernel.
The Howard version, done at a time when England was under attack by Germany, is solidly patriotic. Howard's Pimpernel is a patriot and a humanitarian. Richard Grant's Pimpernel obviously enjoys the thrill seeking, living on the edge of destruction. As someone else said, an adrenalin junkie. Rescuing aristos from the guillotine is an extreme sport for him.
Lady Blakeney is played as an older character, about mid thirties, rather than 25, as in the book, which is delightful. She is more experienced, less an ingenue, and her mistakes arise from desperation, not pique. When they relax together, she and Sir Percy obviously enjoy one another, physically and mentally.
Which brings me to the character of Chauvelin. His character is given more depth. There's hints about his character that need to be explored in more depth (could we have another movie or two, please?. He reminded me of Raphael Sabatini's Scaramouche, a middle class character who was drawn into the Revolution without a full understanding of what he was helping to set in motion. However, make no mistake, Chauvelin is looking out for himself first and foremost.
France of the Revolution is shown to be a madhouse, where the Guillotine is an icon, sculpture of the heads of the fallen becoming decorations in a coffeehouse. It is both horridly decadent and fascinatingly stylish.
All combined I would give these movies 4 1/2 shiney stars.
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60 of 74 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars VERY Disappointing - NOT Recommended for Percy Fans September 10, 2005
By Harmony
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am a big Percy Blakeney/Scarlet Pimpernel fan and have read Orczy's book at least 3 times. Based on the strength of a customer review on this webpage, I purchased the boxed DVD edition, featuring Richard E. Grant & Elizabeth McGovern. The scripts were written by Richard Carpenter.

I was VERY DISAPPOINTED by this screen version of the story. I do NOT recommend it to any true Percy fan.

I have viewed 3 movie versions of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and this one is by far the worst. Perhaps screen-writer Carpenter never read the book; perhaps he simply decided to take ENORMOUS LICENSE with the characters. In either event, the script eliminated much of what was delightful about Orczy's Percy and turned Marguerite into a mild-mannered wimp without the wit or resources to save herself from her own stupid decisions. Even worse, Marguerite was constantly in need of being rescued by her husband or, ironically, her former lover/the series villain, Chauvelin.

Here are some reasons for my conclusions:

Percy Blakeney, whom Orczy described in her book as the "master of disguise" never ONCE dons a disguise in this movie series (unless you consider wrapping a black scarf around the lower face a disguise). And **HELLO!!** wouldn't the French be a tad bit suspicious of 3 black-cloaked, black-masked figures strutting around the streets of Paris in broad daylight? (The French certainly arrested other characters for less!) These scenes were so contrived, they were painful. And yes, while it was certainly clever to have Percy escape ala James-Bond gadgetry -- this contrivance negated Orczy's portrayal of Percy as a man whose WIT was his first and primary weapon for defense and escape.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great condition and enjoyable
I enjoyed this boxed set and it was like new. This version of the Scarlet Pimpernel is nothing like the Merle Oberon/Leslie Howard version (which is my all time favorite) but I... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Lynn Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Have almost all of the Scarlet Pimpernel Movies
As an intro - I've all (TV Series included) of the Scarlet Pimpernel movies with the exception of "The Bumbling Pimpernel" with Danny Kaye. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charles J. Ingerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie
I love this adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Both Richard Grant and Elizabeth McGovern are superb and have great chemistry. I recommend this film to everyone.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth81091
3.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Meaning Pimpernel
I only recently got the chance to watch these episodes, but I am glad I did. For background, let me explain, I have read the book and love the Anthony Andrews adaption. Read more
Published 6 months ago by readalot
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively Pimpernel Series
This is a lively version of the Scarlet Pimpernel. The actor cast as the Pimpernel is perfect for the role. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bohemian1
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scarlet Pimpernel Boxed Set
After seeing the Scarlet Pimpernel on TV years ago, we particularly liked this actor and looked online for more of his movies in this role. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ChihuahuaMom
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks
This was a present to one of our children. We had already checked it out of our library many times, and we almost have it memorized, but when it came there was a flurry of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh. Don't bother.
There is irony in the fact that when I came here to review this the advertisement shown was for "The Dark Knight Rises. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Aunt Book
3.0 out of 5 stars It all Depends on how you Look at It
If you're a harcore fan of the novels, don't watch this. You will be disapointed.

If you found this off of the 1982 version of the movie, go ahead and watch it but you... Read more
Published on September 18, 2011 by Olene Quinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cheese...
Okay, first off: I have read several of the books by Baroness Orczy.

That, if you catch my meaning, is not THIS. Read more
Published on September 4, 2011 by Abedsbrother
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Season 1? Season 2? or both?
looks like series 1 only :-(
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