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|Horatio Hornblower Boxed Set|
Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Cherie Lunghi, Christopher Fulford, Ronald Pickup
Director: Andrew Grieve
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
The epic saga of the legendary sea-faring hero comes to life in these epic films based on c.S. Foresters classic novels. Set against the bloody backdrop of the napoleonic wars. It charts a course for high adventure followi... more »
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Daniel V. (DVassily) from SALEM, MA
Reviewed on 4/24/2010...
Well done but with some major changes to the orginal story line from the books by C.S Forester, not C. S. Lewis as stated above.
Fans of the hornblower books will be happy with this set as well as lovers of the classic navy/pirate movies like mutiny on the bounty and and newer movies like Master and commander: far side of the world.
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Anne R. from OGDEN, UT
Reviewed on 12/9/2009...
This is great move. Well made and great story line.
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Honor and Duty, Heroes - Not Antiheroes - Make This Special
Blackhawk | Huntsville, AL USA | 02/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The four movies in this set (The Duel, The Fireship, The Duchess and the Devil, and The Wrong War) are adapted from C.S. Forester's "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower." The movies' writers have done an excellent job of transferring the novel to the screen. Although they have made changes that may offend some Hornblower purists, I found the changes worked well in this medium. There is plenty of action with sea and land battles, as well as individual acts of heroism. But the characters are also developed in the writing and in the superb performances by a very talented cast. The DVDs are well done. The video looks very good, considering that this was originally made for television. The picture is sharp and the colors are true. The sound is good, though it won't strain your system. The disks are surprisingly well stocked with supplemental material. The first two movies provide a bio of Forester and a glossary of nautical terms in text. The third disk contains the "making of" documentary that was shown on A&E and the History Channel when the series was originally aired. And the last disk contains a documentary about the Royal Navy, contrasting Nelson's era with the present. This show is hosted by (Prince) Edward Windsor and originally appeared as one of the Great Ships episodes on the History Channel. Any fan of the Hornblower novels should see this series. Any fan of historical movies should see this series. Any one who enjoys a good movie that tells a story full of heroism and honor should see this series! I can't recommend it enough."
One of the best DVD drama boxsets available
Colin Neal | Reading, Berkshire. England United Kingdom | 06/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Hornblower series, a joint venture between ITV's Meridian and A&E consists of 4x 90 minute TV Movies following the life and times of Midshipman Hornblower.The DVDs are top quality, with a clear full screen image and great sound effects in Dolby Surround. The extras on the DVD are also excellent with a decent 'making of' documentary. It's the variety in the movies that makes the box set so amicable. The Duel is a good introduction to the characters and Hornblower's rise through the ranks, the fire ships is a tense sea battle (with a great scene with the ships in the fog).Ioan Gruffudd is brilliant and destined to be a new James Bond I'm sure. With Robert Lindsey as a very Captain Picard Captain too! It's really really good, buy it!"
Confusing description of this item
Paul | 09/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wanted to get the whole series of these because they are great films, but the descriptions of the episodes on this boxed set are misleading. "("The Even Chance"); ("The Examination for Lieutenant"); ("The Duchess and the Devil"); and ("The Frogs and the Lobsters")" are actually called "The Duel," "The Fire Ships," "The Duchess and the Devil," and "The Wrong War" and are also part of the 6 movies Complete set."