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  • Actors: Richard E. Grant, Ronan Vibert, Gerard Murphy, Jonathan Coy, Ron Donachie
  • 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 (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767026128
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The settings, costumes, the story were very well done.
Even if I could have gotten past the fact that it wasn't anything like the book I still have to say that it wasn't a good movie.
Sir Percy is played by Richard E. Grant who does a very good job.
D. Fitzgerald

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184 of 192 people found the following review helpful By E. Holmes on February 24, 2005
Format: DVD
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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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By M. Ferrer on March 28, 2004
Format: DVD
The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of those books any child, or teenager should read. It has all the ingredients adventure, a hero in disguise, an evil villain, a great heroine and action and adventure.
I really like this version. I thought that no one could surpass Anthony Andrews , but , as usual I was wrong. Richard E. Grant is utterly perfect. He can be a stupid snob while he is Sir Percy and a great, sensible hero when he is the Pimpernel. His performance is elegant, wit and funny.
Elizabeth Mac Govern plays a real Marguerite. Not a stupid, simple woman as others have done before. She was a great actress before her marriage. She has a past and that is why I like her. A real heroine who matches the heroe, not one who is crying all the time and waiting for him to save her.
Martin Shaw is the best Chauvelin. He is a villain, with that dark secret that makes him more human. But also his wicked sense of humor keeps the high level in the film.
And plus, add a great score. A wonderful music with a catchy melody and you have a great serie. BBC always keeping its standars. Let's hope they will going up.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By "clothar1964" on February 12, 2002
Format: DVD
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Whenever people review a movie based on a book, they seperate into two distinct groups. 1- Those who love the book and are disappointed and 2- Those who have not read the book and love the movie. I will try to write a review that will help everyone.
I am a Scarlet Pimpernel fan. I was happy to hear about the new videos and bought the set. I must say that as a fan, I was let down. As a movie fan, I found them to be tolerable. The pros and cons of the movies:
Tape 1-
SP Fan- The plot was of course mangled but one comes to accept that as a given in any SP adaptation. Ms. McGovern was not as vile an actress as I expected. The villains are well played. However, I found the utter change in the tone of the books to be distressing. In the books, the SP would come up with a brilliant and usually non-violent rescue. In the movie, they kick down doors, hack through anyone who gets in their way and generally make like a SWAT team. Once again, Marguerite and Chauvelin are made out to be ex-lovers, never in the book by the way. This is not giving away key plot points: Lord Tony is quickly killed! Lord Tony who survived a dozen SP books killed and forgotten about!
Non-SP- Okay historic adventure. The costumes are good, the acting is solid. Robespierre is especially good. Too violent. The "get a room" factor is high. Worth a rent, not a buy.
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SP- Better than the first anyway. The arguments between our favorite married couple are cute. Again, not true to the tone of the books. The villainess is quite good though. How did Marguerite's hair grow back so quickly? Would they really have allowed her a wig in prison? I think not!
Non-SP- Interesting relationships. The priest's plight was truly moving.
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Season 1? Season 2? or both?
looks like series 1 only :-(
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