The Musketeer

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Overview

Writer Alexandre Dumas' exciting novel is completely re-imagined for the screen in director Peter Hyams' The Musketeer. Universal has done a very nice job at making this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer look fantastically clean and crisp. The colors all display a deep richness and detailed texture while black levels appear sharp and solid. This is a very nice picture with hardly any imperfections. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and French, as well as DTS in English. Both of ...
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Overview

Writer Alexandre Dumas' exciting novel is completely re-imagined for the screen in director Peter Hyams' The Musketeer. Universal has done a very nice job at making this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer look fantastically clean and crisp. The colors all display a deep richness and detailed texture while black levels appear sharp and solid. This is a very nice picture with hardly any imperfections. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and French, as well as DTS in English. Both of these soundtracks are very full and explosive with the use of Surround Sounds being very expansive. With the dialogue, effects, and music all clear of any distortion or hiss, these audio mixes should give any home theater system a beneficial workout. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English. Extra features on The Musketeer are slim to none, including two very short featurettes (around two minutes each) on "the Casting of Justin Chambers" and "the Stunts" featured in the film, as well as a few talent bios on the cast and crew, some weak production notes, and a theatrical trailer for the film. Someday there may be a better edition of this film; until then, these slim supplements are what fans are stuck with.
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Special Features

Justin Chambers's screen test; stunts; cast and filmmaker bios and film highlights; production notes; DVD-ROM features; trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In the season’s most outrageous stylistic gambit, The Musketeer melds traditional swashbuckling with martial-arts action -- a highly improbable mix that nonetheless produces a thoroughly satisfying, even invigorating adventure film. Adapted loosely very loosely from Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, this opulent extravaganza is set in 17th-century France, where a weak Louis XIII is dominated by ruthless Cardinal Richelieu Stephen Rea, and the evil cardinal's henchman Febre Tim Roth commits hideous atrocities in the name of his king. When Richelieu’s machinations imperil the queen Catherine Deneuve and her loyal dresser Mena Suvari, gallant young D’Artagnan and his faithful friends, the King’s Musketeers, ride to their rescue. If you’re a fan of cinematic swashbucklers, you’ve seen this tale before -- but not as presented by director Peter Hyams The Relic and stunt choreographer Xin-Xin Xiong, who stage battle scenes with the brio of a Jackie Chan outing. This definitely isn’t your father’s Three Musketeers; simple swordfights are never employed when Hyams and Xiong can incorporate sets and props into a donnybrook. The actors aren’t exactly chopped liver either -- Rea and Roth are deliciously malevolent, and Deneuve approaches her potentially stodgy assignment with tongue firmly in cheek. Still, it’s the eye-popping action that makes The Musketeer such an enjoyable romp. DVD special features include cast-crew biographies, production notes, the theatrical trailer, and DVD-ROM content.
Los Angeles Times
Philip Harrison's superb production design, Raymond Hughes and Cynthia Dumont's wide range of costumes, Gigi Lepage's gowns for Deneuve and David Arnold's rightly thundering score all help bring alive Dumas' romantic, tumultuous world one more time. Kevin Thomas
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • UPC: 025192176524
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / DTS
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 51,045

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Queen of France
Mena Suvari Francesca
Stephen Rea Cardinal Richelieu
Tim Roth Febre
Justin Chambers D'Artagnan
Bill Treacher Bonacieux
Daniel Mesguich Louis XIII
David Schofield Rochefort
Nick Moran Aramis
Steven Speirs Porthos
Jan-Gregor Kremp Athos
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Planchet
Tsila Chelton Madame Lacross
Luc Gentile D'Artagnan's father
Catharine Erhardt D'Artagnan's mother
Max Dolbey Young D'Artagnan
Florent Bigot De Nesle Deleon
Stefan Jürgens Darcy
Anne Marie Pisani Buxom woman
Carrie Mullan Mathilde
Joachim Paul Assböck Hessian
Oscar Ortega Sánchez Marquis de Spota
Sve Walser Man 1 at bar
Marco Lorenzini Innkeeper
Jean-Francois Wolff Cardinal's guard 1
Bertrand Witt Dumas
Stefan Weinert Mercenary 2
Patrick Dean Febre messenger
Christian Bergmann Last Febre man
Sascha Schiffbauer Jail guard 1
Sve Nichulski Guard at door
Frank Ferner Jail guard 3
Jean-Luc Ristic Pastry chef
Roland Stemmer Musketeer 1
Jo Stock Another musketeer
Dean Gregory Musketeer 2
Ciaran Mulhern Musketeer 2
Gilles Soeder Cook
Sigal Diamant Josephine
Nicolas Dodd Conductor
Technical Credits
Peter Hyams Director, Cinematographer
David Arnold Score Composer
Mathilde Bouts Asst. Director
Luigi Cecchini Camera Operator
Rudy Cohen Executive Producer
Sabrina Curkgian Asst. Director
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Claude De Broux Camera Operator
Moshe Diamant Producer
Illana Diamant Casting
Limor Diamant Associate Producer
Anja Dihrberg Casting
Cynthia Dumont Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Dupont Asst. Director
Monique Durlacher Casting
Ralf Eisenmann Asst. Director
Zoltan Elek Makeup
Louis Elman Casting
Jan Fantl Co-producer
Detlev Fichtner Sound Mixer
Celestia Fox Casting
Philip Harrison Production Designer
Frank Hübner Executive Producer
Raymond Hughes Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Jenny Asst. Director
Damien Lanfranchi Art Director
Adele Marolf Art Director
Sarah Marty Asst. Director
Caroline Mazauric Casting
Steven Paul Executive Producer
Penny Perry Casting
Grahame Peters Editor
Gene Quintano Screenwriter
Hubertus Rath Sound Mixer
Terry Rawlings Editor
Romain Schroeder Executive Producer
Olivier Servais Camera Operator
Keith Slote Art Director
Willy Stassen Camera Operator
Raoul Torresi Camera Operator
Ben Turkson Asst. Director
Charlie Watson Asst. Director
Peter Weber Art Director
Fabrice Ziolkowski Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. The Musketeer's Son [:22]
2. The Supreme Swordsman [:15]
3. Bad Times for Musketeers [:29]
4. Three Against Fifteen [6:11]
5. A Would-Be Musketeer [:07]
6. Uninvited Guests [5:07]
7. The King's Protectors [1:52]
8. Richelieu's Invitation [7:03]
9. The Queen's Escort [:11]
10. Assault on a Queen [4:53]
11. No Mercy, No Heart [2:08]
12. Madman [5:37]
13. Alone Against Febre [1:22]
14. All for One [2:06]
15. The Tower [4:20]
16. Swords to the Death [:37]
17. Champions of France [3:11]
18. End Titles [5:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English Dolby Digital Surround
      Spoken Language: English DTS Surround
         Do You Wish to Continue?: Yes
         Do You Wish to Continue?: No
      Spoken Language: Français Dolby Digital Surround
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: None
   Bonus Materials
      The Stunts
      Casting Justin Chambers
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Catherine Deneuve
         Mena Suvari
         Stephen Rea
         Tim Roth
         Justin Chambers
         Peter Hyams
      DVD-ROM Features
      DVD Newsletter
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Short on plot and logic!

    The musketeer boasted unbelievable fight scenes that rival the Matrix. That may have been true, but the fighting style doesn't match with the setting. The musketeers did not use the martial arts in fighting. THey were more acustomed to a fencing style of sword fighting. Plus, many things do not make sense in the film. The lead character uses his pistol and a grapple hook to climb a building. To my knowledge, guns at that time were so inaccurate that it would be hard to shoot at a distance. And besides, a pistol ball fired from a primitive weapon, could not throw a grappling hook up the length of a building like that. He also speaks of finding horses a few kilometers up the road. That is odd. The metric system was not invented at the time or used as the legal measurement of France until 1799. The plot seems like no thought was put into it. We have seen this hundreds of times before. By the end of the movie, it seems like we haven't learned anything about the characters. Who are they? Where did they come from? What is their complete relationship with each other?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS WAS AN EXCELLENT MOVIE

    I love movies of this time era. The way people dressed, lived, and the action scenes in this movie were great. I especially enjoyed this one because it was decent for everyone to enjoy(except for children 11yrs. and younger)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WARNING: THIS IS A VERY BAD MOVIE!

    This is absolutely one of the worst movies that I have ever seen. This is the type of movie that could have been shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It is horribly acted, horribly written, horribly directed, horribly... well you get the idea. Just stay away from it unless you like to laugh at bad movies.

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