Sharpe's Peril [Blu-ray]
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The BBC drama series adapted from Mary Gaskells classic novels of small town gossip, secrets and romance. 1842. Cranford, a market town in the North West of England, is a place governed by etiquette, custom and above all, an intricate network of ladies. It seems that life has always been conducted according to their social rules, but Cranford is on the cusp of change…]]>
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The 'property' turns out to be the spoiled young fiancee of a French officer, who won her in a game of cards. She's already gotten off on the wrong foot with Sharpe, so to speak, after she smacked him a good one because he wouldn't dance with her. Sharpe and Harper do some grumbling, but dutifully set out with Marie and soon come across evidence of bandits. Not just any bandits, though. OMG, THESE bandits kill women and children and old people. Shame on them, especially since everyone has so repeatedly demonstrated a high regard for the sanctity of human life in the previous episodes of Sharpe and all. Shame, I say.
When our merry trio runs into a group of travellers headed to the same destination, they immediately hook up. After all, there is safety in numbers and Sharpe and Harper see a glimmer of hope as they think they'll dump Marie on the travellers. She won't have any of THAT, no sirree, so Sharpe and Harper must tag along to the outpost. Finding out about the other travellers and their issues, of which there are many, occupies everybody's time and energy until they reach the outpost. OH NOES!!!! Devastation everywhere!!Read more ›
In the latest two additions to the chronicles (including the preceding Sharpe's Challenge,) Sharpe, accompanied by his faithful partner sergeant Harper (played solisly by Daragh O'Malley) has resurfaced in India. What sets both episodes apart from the original series, is that they were shot in 16X9 format with HD cameras. Although the DVD for both Sharpe's Challenge and Sharpe's Peril are, of course, presented in standard definition, the widescreen format increases the technical quality immensely, particular on the modern digital widescreen televisions.
The episode for Sharpe's Peril offers nothing new, preferring to stick with the reliable Sharpe "format." While hardly a film masterpiece, it is a definite step up from most seies television, offering good, solid, entertainment for fans of military history and/or Sean Bean.
But I was not completely disappointed by the film; it has some entertaining elements, and after discovering the hardships of the production (with over 100-degree heat every day, nearly inaccessible locations, and a variety of language problems involving a multi-national production team), the fact the film 'works' at all says a lot about the professionalism of a veteran cast and crew. I don't bemoan Bean's careworn features, now; nearly 50 when he made "Peril", in a hostile environment, he shows a higher energy level than many of the cast! I believe there is still a great final "Sharpe" story to be made, that will be more satisfying...
The wonderful team that gave us so much pleasure and entertainment with "Sharpe", should be given a better send-off, in a more hospitable environment!
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Perhaps not the best of the Sharpes series but it is a must see and must have for your collection. Take care to get the version that can be played on US DVDs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David J. Hirn
Very true to the feel of the original Sharp series in its story and presentation. The authentic Indian location made this picture very good as well as the logical progression of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Conlin
I have not watched this yet but if it is like the others I know I will enjoy it. I have read all 21 books in the series in order. The movies are great. Just loved them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jy Didlick
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