The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

James Caviezel
Director: Kevin Reynolds Cast: James Caviezel
James Caviezel
, Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce
, Dagmara Dominczyk
Dagmara Dominczyk
Kevin Reynolds

DVD (Wide Screen / Thx)

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Based on the Alexander Dumas extended novel of the same name, The Count of Monte Cristo is a difficult story to adapt because of it's length. The DVD has a commentary track from director Kevin Reynolds, a feature on the writing of Dumas, a feature on the choreography of the fight scenes, and a feature on the production design. There are also deleted scenes, choreography on the final duel, an examination of the sound design of Edward's escape, and more. The film is in widescreen 1.85:1 aspect ratio and audio is THX certified with English 5.1 and French 5.1 Surround Sound, and Spanish subtitles.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2002
UPC: 0786936165395
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:11:00
Sales rank: 4,411

Special Features

Four Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Filmmakers; THX-Certified with Optimizer; Commentary with Director Kevin Reynolds; "The Napoleonic World": Production Design Featurette; "En Garde": Multi Angle Sword fighting Feature; "The Pen": Retrospective On Author Alexandre Dumas; "Adapting a Classic": Screenwriting Segment; "The Clash of Steel": Stung Choreography Piece; "Layer By Layer": Interactive Sound Design Feature

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caviezel Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo
Guy Pearce Fernand
Dagmara Dominczyk Mercedes
Richard Harris Abbe Faria
Luis Guzman Jacopo
James Frain Villefort
Henry Cavill Albert
Albie Woodington Danglars
Michael Wincott Dorleac
Alex Norton Napoleon Bonaparte
Fred Jones Col. Villefort
Helen McCrory Valentina Villefort

Technical Credits
Kevin Reynolds Director
Gary Barber Producer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Chris Brigham Executive Producer
John Byrne Set Decoration/Design
Chris Chrisafis Co-producer
Connor Devlin Art Director
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Derek Evans Co-producer
James Flynn Co-producer
Mark Geraghty Production Designer
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Robert Huberman Art Director,Asst. Director
Priscilla John Casting
Peter Joly Sound/Sound Designer
Morgan O'Sullivan Co-producer
Tom Rand Costumes/Costume Designer
Marcia Ross Casting
Rebekah Rudd Co-producer
Steve Semel Editor
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Andrew Somper Co-producer
Jay Wolpert Screenwriter
Chris Womack Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/The Island of Elba
2. A Letter From Napoleon
3. The New Captain
4. Secrets
5. False Arrest
6. A Complicated Betrayal
7. Chateau D'If
8. The Case of Edmond Dantes
9. God Will Give Me Justice
10. Tunnel Companions
11. Neglect Becomes Our Ally
12. Reaction
13. Death of the Priest
14. Edmond's Escape
15. Jacopo
16. Useful Information
17. Isla di Monte Carlo
18. Becoming a Count
19. Mondego
20. The Means to an End
21. Albert's Birthday
22. The Toast
23. Not the Same Man
24. Danglars
25. Villefort
26. Mercedes and Edmond
27. A Complicated Vengeance
28. The Duel
29. Promise

Customer Reviews

The Count of Monte Cristo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
sumteacher More than 1 year ago
The movie adaptation is much better than the book. I usually never like the movie as well as the book, but in this case - big improvement. The movie whittles down all the convoluted second half of the book and makes some agreeable changes in plot. The scenery and music are great and so is the acting. My 9-year old son loves this movie and we have watched it many times as a family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find it hard to beleive that anyone who has read the full version of the Count of Monte Cristo would be surprised this movie left out large portions of the book. The book is far too large to turn into a 2-3 hour movie. The entire background story on Lugi Vampa alone could have been turned into a movie. So to could have been my favorite par of the book; the Valintine and Maxmillion love story. The film did manage to capture the main themes of the novel; revenge, betrayl and Dantes' transformation from a gullible, innocent sailor to a jaded count. Overall it is worth watching. But, if possible, watch the movie before you read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Count of Monte Cristo is known to be a classic, but overall I didn't really enjoy it. I mostly enjoy mystery and action books and this book seemed very slow paced. In some parts you just wanted the scene to end and in others it was pretty hard to comprehend. The story felt like it just dragged on. I feel like if the book was shorter the story would have been more interesting. I also thought that when the story ended there should have been a little more of an ending. Although I didn't like the book, I did think that the author created a well thought out story line and plot. I liked how you read about the time when Edmond Dantes had a perfect life and he was about to receive everything he always wanted. Then all of the sudden his friends turned to enemies and his perfect life was stripped away from him piece by piece. I also liked how during the time he was in jail, his anger built up more and more until he created a “map to revenge” in his mind. He escaped and he followed that “map to revenge” until he ruined the people’s lives who put him in the situation he was put in for the last 14 years. In conclusion he realized what he had done, but only regretted how he ruined the lives of the people who were not a part of his enemies’ conspiracy. It was a pretty creative story. I don’t think I would recommend this book to people that like the same kind of books as me, or people who don’t enjoy reading a lot, because it is a super long book. I would however recommend it to people who enjoy historical books of any kind. It is actually a pretty good book it is just not for me. Maybe now I should watch the movie.
JRVA More than 1 year ago
This was one of the worst versions of the Count of Monte Cristo that I have viewed....Hollywood ruined the storyline and destroyed Dumas' book...bad...bad...bad...JRVA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book was wonderful!
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Great movie.....full of suspense, romance, and intrigue.
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actionfan40 More than 1 year ago
James Caviezel and Guy Pearce move you to feel the betrayal and desire for revenge in this story based on Dumas' novel. It is all too easy to imagine Dantes' deep hurt over the betrayal by his best friend. It's also fascinating to watch his intricate plan for revenge unfold. The sword fights are good too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like others, I was anticipating the theater release of this movie. The movie was good with it's swordplay and dialogue. Yet, having read the Dumas's book thousands of times, I've found little bits that were lost in the movie making. Some say I may be a harsh critic - analyzing it too much, but it still was a thoroughly engrossing movie. Both Cavizel and Pearce are phenomenal. Cavizel showing the truth and grit while being held capitive for years without understanding why, his miraculous escape, and the revenge he plots against the people that betrayed him. A wonderful story plot!
Vera-Iconica More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie adaptation of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other reviews. This is a great film. No, this is not the book, but it makes you want to get it and read it! I am not one to buy movies after I've seen them, but this one is a keeper. Richard Harris does a great job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie when I first saw it in the movie theater! I've been waiting a whole year to buy it, and tomorrow, it will be mine! This movie is great, with lots of action, deception, suspense, and romance. The main guy is the most gorgeous man on the plant, and the girl in it isn't too bad, so that should make all the guys happy. It was a great movie, and everyone will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best sword fighting movies next to the princess bride and the homemade ones my dad makes of my sisters fencing competitions its awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the better suspense movies I have seen in a long time! It was great and you could watch it over and over and see something new each time. I think this is a great family movie for 8+. No heavy love scenes or foul language. HIGHLY recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great tale about vengeance and back-stabbing. i loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is definitely one of the best, and unfortunately overlooked, films of this year. It was old-fashioned in its approach but not boring for one minute! The story features a delicious romance, a sinister betrayal, and a befitting quest for vengeance. The choreography was fantastic, much better than in other incarnations of Alexander Dumas' works. Lastly, the costumes and setting were transcending -- I felt like I was a part of Dumas' swashbuckling world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is really good. It is a little long, but it is totally worth it. It's exciting, emotional, dramatic, and captivating. Everyone should see this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. Even my grandaughter who is almost 9 likes to watch this. The acting is very good and so is the story. I highly recommend this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi this is Casey, since im in the years of being a teen and an adult, me and my mom never agree in movies, i like comedy and full-time adventure while my mom likes romance. and this movie bought us together cause it has what we both were looking forward to in a movie. we absolutely loved it and we hope you can enjoy it with YOUR family as well. :-)