Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Sharpe's Collector's Edition|
Actors: Sean Bean, Assumpta Serna, Pete Postlethwaite, Brian Cox, Daragh O'Malley
Director: Tom Clegg
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
The SHARPE Adventures....
M. Orona | Whittier, California United States | 03/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have this fantastic set of movies depicting the steady rise of Richard Sharpe from the ranks of the English Army of the early 1800s. Sean Bean plays the role of Richard Sharpe who, as we are first introduced to him, is a sergeant in the British Army in Portugal during the campaign to drive Napoleon's Army out of Spain. He begins his rise from the ranks after saving the Lord Wellington from three French Dragoons single handedly. He then is assigned to the 95th Rifles Regiment as an officer and the adventures begin.
Some of the earlier films are rough looking production wise but still make for great viewing. I love how the troops are shown to be a rough motley looking bunch as the armies of the period truely looked while on campaign. The stories have plenty of action, adventure, romance, and drama. It is definately a worthwhile purchase."
Much, much cheaper in region 2
Darren Harrison | Washington D.C. | 12/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those of you with region-free DVD players (and to the rest of you what in the world are you waiting for) the complete Sharpe series is available on DVD at amazon's UK site for under $100.
Really, that's a saving of almost $200 and the Region 2 DVDs of course are in the technically superior PAL format. So pick up a region free DVD player and the complete Sharpe series on Region 2 DVD and you'll still be spending less than on this one USA set. Plus, the Sharpe DVDs are readily available to ship in less than 24 hours from Amazon UK.
These series of movies are amazing. I started watching them on ITV in the UK (correction to previous review: this was NOT a BBC production) and then on A&E here in the US. The production values are great, the stories/plots exciting and the acting compelling.
UPDATE: The price on Amazon UK has been increased. The new price (2/21/05) is $129. Still a great deal cheaper than for the US Region 1 release.."
K. S. Roelandts | Los Altos, CA | 01/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, so some of you guys who read the books first, were disapointed with this miniseries. GET OVER IT! As a person who was introduced to Sharpe via these movies, I have to say they are absolutely FANTASTIC! Sean Bean IS Sharpe! They are a great way to get to know the period, the characters, and the history. The cast is fantastic, the costumes are authentic, and yes the production is low budget, but so what. That "BBC Charm" is part of the over all effect, and adds to that dirty, desperate, rag-tag feel that was authentic of the British army at that time. A big buget "Lord of the Rings" production isn't always the way to go, and would have harmed more then helped in this case. Film brings many pluses, that books can't. For example, the many songs and accents which only a cast of top british, irish, french, spanish, etc can provide. These movies have produced a fantatical Sharpe fan in me, and if they can do that, then they are definately worthy of the Sharpe name."Over the hills and faraway...""
Through Flanders, Portugal, and Spain
Terri P. Brown | Stockton, Ca | 06/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Expensive? Sure. But if you're not impatient, you'll find a good price. Is the wooden crate important? No, of course not. But you'll probably love it even if it doesn't fit on your DVD shelf.Price and production values are not what Shape's about. There are heroes and terrible villians, high lords and lowlifes, horseguard and rifemen, buffoons and ballads. It's about the stories! Wonderful stories you'll enjoy seeing again and again. Follow Sharp's climb through the ranks, through dangerous, impossible missions, and you'll end up caring about every ragtag rifleman in his company, even Isaih Tongue. And every time you hear these lyrics, you'll be so glad you bought it:Ore the Fields, and Ore the Maine
Thru Flanders Portugal, and Spain,
King George commands, and we obey.
Over the hills and far away"