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The Three Musketeers

4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Alexandre Dumas’ timeless tale of epic adventure and swashbuckling romance comes to life in this classic BBC production starring Brian Blessed, Jeremy Young and Gary Watson. Determined to fulfill his dream of becoming a musketeer, D’Artagnan leaves home with only an old horse and a letter of recommendation to the Captain of the King’s Musketeers. Although the letter is stolen, he quickly proves himself worthy and joins the ranks of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The four become fast friends and band together to protect the King of France from the devious Cardinal Richilieu who plans to overthrow the monarchy.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Blessed, Jeremy Young, Gary Watson, Jeremy Brett, Mary Peach
  • Directors: Peter Hammond
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 247 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GDIBSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,929 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Three Musketeers" on IMDb

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 8, 2006
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In 1966, BBC unveiled The Three Musketeers, a television mini-series shown in 10 black & white episodes, each about 24 minutes long. This full-screen dvd release is certainly worth a look for all swashbuckler fans and, specifically, for readers of Alexandre Dumas. I'm not sure how many film adaptations there are out there about the Musketeers. Off the cuff, the versions I remember starred Douglas Fairbanks, Don Ameche (a musical!), Gene Kelly, Michael York (excellent!), and Charlie Sheen. There was even a crappy version a few years ago wherein D'Artagnan's fighting style combined elements of gymnastics and martial arts!

This BBC mini-series sticks pretty closely to Dumas's classic tale of love, honor, and swordplay. In ten chapters, we get to witness the high points of the book: our young Gascon, D'Artagnan, on his way to meet M. Treville in hopes of becoming a Musketeer, initially ruffling the feathers of Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and consequently scheduling dueling appointments with them on three successive hours; D'Artagnan meeting and falling in love with Constance, the lovely but married seamstress and confidante of the Queen, who, unwisely but very Frenchlike, engages in secret liaisons with the Duke of Buckingham; D'Artagnan's heroic mission for his queen and his friends' noble sacrifices along the way so that D'Artagnan's mission is successful. And so on...

The cast is comprised of outstanding British actors. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis are respectively and vigorously played by Jeremy Young, Brian Blessed, and Gary Watson, who are all very, very good and passionate in their roles - in particular, Jeremy Young, whose tortured character has always stood out in my eyes. Unfortunately, Constance remains a tepid character, much like in the book.
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Compared with some of the grandiose technicolored widescreen versions pf "The Three Musketeers" this 1966 black and white production looks cramped and primitive, but it has virtues of its own: the acting is of excellent quality throughout the cast and the personalities of the musketeers are more sharply defined. What is wryly amusing is that even in the DVD version, Jeremy Brett gets only second billing; his name does not even appear on the front cover of the box! Yet even in this youthful appearance the sensitivity and emotional range of this gifted actor are apparent. For his prtformance alone this set would be worth buying.
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Good BBC production.If you like the three musketeers you'll like this.
The best is Jeremy Brett playing D'artagnan.
Of course a must have for any Brett's fan.
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I found this 1966 BBC television production of "The Three Musketeers" quite satisfying, despite its limitations. The casting is good, and the acting is intense and energetic -- if perhaps occasionally a bit too much so -- and it's a real pleasure seeing Brian Blessed and Jeremy Brett (many years before his marvelous Sherlock Holmes) at the beginning of their careers. The costumes are excellent, thought it's a shame that the modest budget prevented this from being a color production, and the ten 22-minute films hew pretty closely to Alexandre Dumas' novel. Again, the biggest pity is the small budget, necessitating far from razor-sharp black and white photography and apparently no music allocation whatsoever -- though effective use is made of Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique" in each episode (but couldn't they fade to black for a couple seconds before slamming us into the end credits?). Still, this is a much more successful rendering of Dumas' peerless novel than many other big budget productions. I recommend it for fans of swashbucklers, Dumas, Jeremy Brett, and Brian Blessed.
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These "Three Musketeers" have all the charm of the old english series. Young Jeremy Brett is absolutely dashing. I was astonished not to see his name on the DVD box. He PLAYS THE PART OF D'ARTAGNAN, the great and illustrious d'Artagnan!But we are used to see him underrated (those who want him awarded, at least, with a posthumous Bafta, may go to facebook:"posthumous BAFTA for Jeremy Brett").Nevertheless, I'm very satisfied with my English musketeers!I'm french, I'm fond of d' Artagnan and I like to see what our foreign friends make of him. We can trust the skills of our neighbors from the United Kingdom.
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This is an old black and white series closely based on the original story line from the book starring a very young Jean luc Picard of Star Trek fame. This is a BBC b/w version from the sixties. Fun to watch but frustrating to follow since there are some issues with filming or transfer to DVD, also it shows age as contrast is somewhat faded. I you like the story of the three musketeers this is a faithful reproduction with some sixties ethos thrown in. Enjoy
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a BBC version of the Three Musketeers which is a refreshing change from the efforts of the last couple of decades. The films are black and white and show a bit of their age but none the less, they make for very good viewing enjoyment. For Brian Blessed, it is an interesting view of him as a musketeer and then fast forward 20 years to remember him in Henry V.

I highly recommend it for fans of Alexandre Dumas.
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