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Sharpe's Peril [Blu-ray]

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Sharpe's Peril (BBC/2008/BD)

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Special Features

100-minute movie version
Making of Sharpe's Peril
Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00319ECHO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sharpe's Peril [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Jody TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 4, 2010
Format: DVD
Richard Sharpe and the redoubtable Patrick Harper are finally on their way home from India. Both look exhausted but are attending a ball given by the Governor of India who asks just one last favor. Would Sharpe be so kind as to deliver a valuable piece of property to one of the hill outposts? He can do this, the Governor goes on to say, without any, repeat any, peril. That should have been a flashing red light of a clue, but of course, Sharpe says I'd be delighted or something like that, and so the adventure begins.

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!!
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For fans of historical military drama serials, Bernard Cornwell's enduring character, Richard Sharpe, is at or near the top of the list. The original series chronicled the rise through the ranks of an enlisted man who, after saving Lord Wellington, was promoted to officer (unheard of in the British army.) He served Wellington admirably during the peninsular wars in Portugal and Spain, and culminating in the famous Battle of Waterloo.The BBC television series, starring the durable Sean Bean, does an admirable and faithful job of adapting the various Cornwell novels, particularly considering some of the budget limitations inherent in television series. As book adaptions, they are not unlike the excellent Granada Television production of the Sherlock Holmes stories starring the late jeremy Brett.

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.
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If you have followed Richard Sharpe's adventures on television over the past 17 years (yes, "Sharpe's Rifles" debuted in 1993!), the latest installment, "Sharpe's Peril" (filmed in 2008, but released in the US, in 2010), may seem a bit of a letdown, with Sean Bean and Daragh O'Malley, still in India after 2006's "Sharpe's Challenge", looking far older and more haggard than in the previous installment, and the 'original' story, a cut-and-paste of elements done better in several earlier Bernard Cornwell adaptations. Both Bean and O'Malley, in the 'Making of' special feature, imply that this will be the final adventure ("Sharpe's ready to retire from soldiering"), although the film has less of a sense of closure than 1997's "Sharpe's Waterloo".

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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I missed the Sharpe TV series first time around, but have been enjoying episodes on DVDs and public media. They are somewhat dated in production value compared to the quick-cut, super action thrillers being produced today, but I really enjoy Sean Bean's portrayal of the main character. As he's commented, he does anger very well. I understand the author of the Sharpe books was thrilled with Bean's performance and incorporated some of the series characters into his later books.
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