The Three Musketeers/The Four Musketeers (Two-Movie Collection)
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Originally planned as one long epic movie (including a then standard intermission in the middle) the decision was made at some point during the production of THE THREE MUSKETEERS that they would either have one four hour movie or two separate movies. Rather than cut out some of the fantastic scenes that had been shot to make the movie more manageable the production company made the more sensible decision to cut the production in two releasing THE THREE MUSKETEER' one year and then THE FOUR MUSKETEERS shortly after.
Not everyone involved in the production of the movie was happy about the decision. Actress Faye Dunaway publicly stated that (had she known about the splitting of the movie into two) she would have refused to do it since her role in the first was so small. The move led to some litigation and was eventually settled but today movie contracts include what is termed "The Salkind Clause" (named after the Salkind's who produced the MUSKETEER movies) to protect actors from such moves.
It is perhaps for this reason that Faye Dunaway is one of the only still living members of the main cast who does not appear on camera for the excellent hour-long documentary THE SAGA OF THE MUSLETEERS that Anchor Bay has put together for this release.
Perhaps a deliberate reflection of the movie (or perhaps simply due to limited space on the DVDs) the documentary is split into two half-hour parts on each disc.Read more ›
So this is the set to get if you're looking to purchase these movies.
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My only caveat with Lester's vision: the fencing almost always devolves into a fight with fists, furniture, and laundry. I wish he'd stuck to the classic Fred Cavan's-style dueling. Still, that's a minor quibble with an otherwise splendid pair of films.
These are perhaps the last true swashbucklers put on film, throwbacks in many ways to a vanished era.
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Difficult to find, but I enjoyed it immensely. Better than the Disney or Gene Kelly versions.Published 20 days ago by davegw78
In my opinion best version of the 3 Musketeers story. Sword fighting is down dirty and realistic, and lacks a lot of the typical Hollywood flash. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. L. Arnold
I'm not sure, but I think these were the first non-Disney films meant for older people that I had ever seen. The art direction and direction for these two movies is superb. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Raisuli the Magnificent
The epic, comprehensive *complete* cinema version of Dumas' exceptional classic.Published 2 months ago by Thomas M. Cate