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From midshipman to commander, experience the thrilling escapades of the ultimate high-seas hero with the HORATIO HORNBLOWER COLLECTOR'S EDITION, an eight-volume treasure chest of sweeping naval adventure and lavish historical drama.
Joining the British Royal Navy at the outset of the Napoleonic Wars, the enterprising Horatio Hornblower rises quickly from raw recruit to seasoned sailor, charting a course from the West Indies to the coast of Africa in the name of the Crown. Along the way he encounters roiling sea battles, mutiny, plague and love, but always proves himself equal to the task. Gorgeously filmed and richly produced, A&E's Emmy®-winning adaptations of C.S. Forester's classic novels star Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four, Black Hawk Down) and a stellar supporting cast that includes Robert Lindsay (Wimbledon), Jamie Bamber (Band of Brothers) and Paul Copley (Queer as Folk).
The HORATIO HORNBLOWER COLLECTOR'S EDITION contains all eight feature-length Hornblower films (with many a bonus material below deck):
The Duel, The Fire Ships, The Duchess and the Devil, The Wrong War, The Mutiny, Retribution, Loyalty, Duty
DVD Features: Exclusive Interview with Ioan Gruffudd; Filmmaker Commentary on Loyalty and Duty ; 3 Bonus Programs: England s Royal Warships, Sail 2000: Aboard the Eagle, and The Making of Horatio Hornblower ; About C.S. Forester; Nautical Terms and Definitions; Interactive 3D Naval Cannon; Guide to Royal Warships; C.S. Forester Biography; Cast and Crew Biographies; Photo Gallery; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
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The disc number along with the U.S. titles & dates are as follows: 1) The Duel 10/7/1998 2) The Fire Ships 11/19/1998 3) The Duchess & The Devil 2/24/1999 4) The Wrong War 4/2/1999 5) The Mutiny 3/24/02 6) Retribution 3/25/02 7) Loyalty 1/5/03 8) Duty 1/6/03.
This series was originally aired on NET Television and was a excellent series.
However, I give the 5 stars predominantly because I just think the movies are of exceptionally high quality. The packaging is about par-for-the-course in terms of build quality. The movies themselves have not been remastered since release and thus do not look as good as I would like, nor will they display properly in widescreen. This does not, however, detract from enjoying these amazing movies.
As for the plot, I don't want to ruin anything - if historical fiction, naval movies, or adventure are things you look for in films then I can't recommend these strongly enough.