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The Three Musketeers [Blu-ray]

Oliver Reed , Raquel Welch , Richard Lester  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Frank Finlay
  • Directors: Richard Lester
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Optimum Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00525QKNO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this DVD Version! Get the newer release March 24, 2003
Filmed in 1973, the one that began it all. The book was actually split into two movies to fit all the plot! This is the first half of the book. An amazing, star-studded cast, great attention to detail and it's funny to boot!
Let's see. Oliver Reed as Athos, Richard Chamberlain as Aramis, Frank Finlay as Porthos, Michael York as D'Artagnan. Christopher Lee, Raquel Welch, Geraldine Chaplin, Faye Dunaway. Just about every performance is amazing.
This has the REAL plot - not the entirely made-up one Disney foisted on us. D'Artagnan is cheating on his landlord with his landlord's wife. The Queen of France is cheating on her husband, the King, with the Duke of Buckingham. The cardinal is trying to gain power of France. The Musketeers gladly steal food and cheat when necessary. It's a rough world out there!
The attention to detail in the film is simply amazing. From the stunning costumes, to the silver-and-white ball at the end, to the interiors of the buildings, to the food they eat, wine they drink, games they play - it's all fully authentic. You could watch this in a history class and learn quite a bit.
And the swordfighting!! None of this pretentious sword-waving and back-flipping. These guys were professional soldiers. They fought to win. This involved rough-and-tumble brawl tactics at times. I compare Athos' fighting style to Aragorn's in Lord of the Rings. His aim was to stay alive and to keep his comerades alive, not to look pretty when he fought.
Now for the BIG WARNING. I wore out several copies of the video tape before getting this on the first DVD available. Fox Lorber put out the DVD version. I was thrilled to have it on DVD. I was less thrilled when I saw what they did to the movie!!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why can't Fox-Lorber do it right? May 27, 1999
By A Customer
Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers deserved a state of the art transfer, in correct aspect ratio, a director's commentary, and a full range of access features. Fox-Lorber didn't even bother to give us the correct aspect ratio!
The film is presented in a 1:66 that lops off information from what may have been a 1:85 image. This is unbelievable!
Richard Lester's The Three and Four Musketeers together comprise one of the most memorable films of the 1970's. They are as fresh now as they were in their original theatrical release. They deserved the kind of treatment that The Criterion Collection has given other acknowledged classics. They certainly deserved better than the miserable results that Fox-Lorber has served up.
If you are as offended by what Fox-Lorber has done as I am, then let me urge you to write to them and voice your complaints.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie--Disastrous DVD March 4, 2001
By A Customer
Although several other reviewers have pointed out the aspect ratio problems with the Fox-Lorber version of this DVD, I wanted to add my own comments on the off chance that it will convince others to avoid buying, or even renting, this version.
This is one of my favorite movies, and after seeing it hacked to pieces on network TV, I couldn't wait to show my kids a classic treatment of a classic book. Initially we were disappointed in the sparseness of the DVD itself: No subtitles; what seemed to be a monaural soundtrack; and no commentary or additional features such as trailers, promos, or background on the film.
But then we started watching and even my kids realized that we were watching a widescreen movie with the left and right portions of the image cut off. This wasn't even pan-and-scan. This was an outrageously lazy transfer from widescreen to standard format showing only the center of the horizontal image. And there are these mysterious black bars above and below, as if someone meant us to think that we were watching the widescreen version. But they merely cut off parts of the image on the top and the bottom of the screen. What were they thinking?
The movie is still great. Everyone in the family enjoyed it. But everyone was also very disappointed that a movie studio would do something so inept and insensitive to its customers. I was more than disappointed. I was stunned and angry.
For now, buy the VHS version. The DVD is an unmitigated disaster.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the definitive version of this title. January 13, 1999
By A Customer
Collectors have wanted The Three Musketeers (1974) and The Four Musketeers (1975) on disc for years, so it's nice that these titles are finally available, but this Fox-Lorber release is not up to the standards of the best DVDs.
This 2-part version of the classic Dumas tale was directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Day's Night) and includes a lot of his trademark slapstick, along with elegant production design, lots of action and a truly all-star cast. The Three Musketeers is the breezier of the two films, with an outstanding performance by Raquel Welch as a klutzy heroine.
Although this title is priced at $29.95, it is presented in a bare-bones format, without even a listing of the chapter numbers. The video quality is inconsistent, ranging from very good to fair. The image is letterboxed at 1.66:1, but it appears to have been cropped from 1.85:1, causing people to disappear from the edges of the screen. It has not been enhanced for 16:9 TVs. The monaural audio is average.
If you like The Three Musketeers, you'll have to decide whether to go with this somewhat inferior version or hope that a better version comes along later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as I remember...
I thought the streaming version looked quite good given the age of the film and because of this have given it 4 stars.

However the movie itself has not aged well. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Illustratedman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
Best musketeers movie in my opinion. It is almost identical to the book by Alexandra Dumas. This three musketeers only tells the first half of the story though. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars one version you really shouldn't miss. EVER.
possibly the best version of the book yet to date. a bit slap-stick but then the Beatles were the original stars of the film. what luck they broke up and didn't make it! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars never fails to bring a smile
Classic comedy full of laughs and stellar acting. What a cast !! A must see for everyone.
Published 11 days ago by Argus Collingwood
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest rendition ever
no has ever come close to matching the quality and wonder of this timeless classic. the acting the scenery the sense of humor and the period are all sensational.
Published 1 month ago by will crow
4.0 out of 5 stars What a cast!
This is a fun film that holds up very well. It's hard to believe it was made 40 years ago. My pre-teen children enjoyed it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lexton3
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun show with lots of action and laughs
I have enjoyed the show over the years. Some times we do not want to be involved in very serious drama. This show is light hearted and funny. plus lots of adventure. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William T. Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars The best adaptation so far
This movie has it all - swashbuckling, slapstick, intrigue, romance, fireworks, spectacular costumes, dwarves, dogs, and a dancing bear. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Slapstick , Adventure, And Rmance Film
1974 saw the release of The Three Musketeers, and I was lucky enough to see it in the theatre. Raquel Welch, and Faye Dunaway starred in this unforgettable classic tale. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Nolting
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but predictable
Fun but predictable! Some well know actors with over-the-top acting. Fun costumes, locations and sets. Watch for what it is a 1974 costume film.~K
Published 3 months ago by Karola
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