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Horatio Hornblower - The New Adventures

Ioan Gruffudd , Robert Lindsay , Andrew Grieve    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Dashing Ioan Gruffud stars as dashing Horatio Hornblower, unparalleled British naval hero, in two more delightful episodes from the A&E series. In Loyalty, a peace with France has left Hornblower decommissioned and short on funds. Only the help of his landlady's daughter Maria (heartbreaking Julie Sawalha, Absolutely Fabulous) keeps him from being kicked out into the street. Fortunately for our hero, Napoleon's armies are afoot, and Hornblower soon finds himself sailing to France in command of the Hotspur, grappling with Irish traitors and French skullduggery. Duty picks up where Loyalty leaves off; Hornblower marries Maria with some ambivalence, but the day after his wedding sails for the coast of France to find a missing ship. After rescuing a supposedly Swiss man and his American wife in a storm, Hornblower finds himself caught between an old foe in France and diplomats in England. Though the derring-do is sometimes melodramatic, Horatio Hornblower swiftly becomes engrossing and suspenseful. Credit is due to smart scripts, efficient direction, Gruffud's heroically curly hair, and a superb supporting cast, including Robert Lindsay and Paul McGann (Withnail and I). --Bret Fetzer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Loyalty" and "Duty" are the titles of the latest two episodes of the A&E Hornblower saga. These episodes are loosely based upon C.S. Forester's novel "Hornblower and the Hotspur" which is one of the very best Hornblower novels. For those who are unaquainted with this series, Captain Horatio Hornblower is a fictional British naval officer set in the Napoleonic Wars period circa 1800. The novels are wonderful. So is this series by A&E.
In this latest production by A&E we see Hornblower become master of his own ship, with Lieutenant Bush and many of the earlier characters in the series at his side. In my opinion all of the leading actors, and for that matter the supporting ones, turn in exemplary performances. Ioan Griffudd continues to be magnificent as Captain Hornblower, and Robert Lindsay is fabulous as Admiral Pellew. Watch the series--I'm not too lavish with my praise--these guys really do a bang-up job. They do not over-act, and they are very authentic.
The effects in this series, while perhaps not as lavish as might be found in a big-budget movie, are nonetheless superb, and no improvement is needed in my opinion. A&E does a great job with the sets, costumes, and effects.
"Duty" and "Loyalty" in common with the rest of this series, depart significantly from the storyline of the novel ("Hornblower and the Hotspur") upon which these episodes are based. Now, I am a fanatical Hornblower afficianado, but I am here to say that this is OK--the A&E stories are excellent, and will not offend the Hornblower purist. Every time I felt that the story was departing completely from the original novel, it would suddenly revert to the novel's storyline.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
For the third set of Horatio Hornblower adventures the producers have returned to following author C.S. Forester's stories more closely. This time the the pair of two-hour made for television movies, "Loyalty" and "Duty," each stand on their own, although they occupy the same period of time, when Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd) is in charge of H.M.S. "Hotspur," and war with the France of Napoleon Bonaparte starts up again.
In "Loyalty," Hornblower and the "Hotspur" are dispatched to the shores of France to see if Napoleon intends to keep the peace. This mission comes as a welcomed relief to Hornblower, who has been idling on half-pay for a year, during which time he has captured the eye of Maria Mason (Julia Sawalha), the daughter of his landlady. However, what Hornblower does not know is that there is at least one traitor aboard his ship. If that was not a big enough problem, Hornblower has to deal with Styles being his new steward.
"Duty" begins with Hornblower being sick to his stomach for a different reason that finding his sea legs for once and then being dispatched on the "Hotspur" to find a missing ship. Along the way he picks up a young couple who were trying to get ashore. The husband has a French accent but claims to be Swiss, while the wife is an American. Clearly there is more to their story than they are telling. Meanwhile, once again Hornblower stumbles across one of Napoleon's plans against England and has to take matters into his own hands.
Once again in addition to the grand adventures during the Napoleonic wars, the chief attraction of these Hornblower stories are the relationships between the characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Sequel Jan. 15 2004
Format:DVD
This set is a wonderful follow up to the previous Hornblower adventures. In "Loyalty" we find Horatio dealing with spies and a French port that is well fortified. His capture doesn't keep him and the crew from completing their mission and saving the British Fleet once again.

In "Duty" we find Horatio taking a wife, and then off to sea he goes again. This time in search of a missing ship. Once again he must best Napolean's fleet and army. The return of the cast we loved in the previous episodes, aged a little along with Horatio, they are great to watch in action. Horatio returns to England finding good and bad news.

Great quality as previous DVDs in this series. Includes same features as other Hornblower DVDs. Any fan of seafaring movies like "Damn the Defiant" and "Captain Horatio Hornblower" will love this set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horblower's back...and in command! Oct. 29 2003
Format:DVD
Having viewed the Australian releases of "Loyalty" and "Duty" twice in the last two months, I can say that all the non-Australian fans without region-free players will find their wait has ended on a good note.
Great casting, superior location shooting, and some unique special effects will make these DVDs can't miss for Hornblower fans. Old friends are back, and old foes, along with new enemies to deal with, and new allies as well. Look for plot twists galore, some excellent ship battles, and a very unique climactic battle in the midst of snow at sea.

Very close to being my favorites of the episodes, these are so well done as to rank very highly indeed. Four stars, since Horatio fans know, Hornblower is held to a higher standard!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horatio Hornblower - a fitting end to the series
The movies were wonderful and the ending allowed the series to finish. This is an exceptional series and we loved these last two movies. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cherie Plamping
4.0 out of 5 stars Horatio Hornblower
Ever since this program aired on TV - I've looked forward to adding this to my collection. Contrary to other reviews I'm not disappointed.
Published 11 months ago by Lloyd Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet!
Of all the hornblower movies, the two newest are my favorite. All the old charecters are still there- Bush, Matthews, Pellew, Stiles- and better than before, with some interesting... Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Craig K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny
Our boy is back. This time he is on a secret mission to return a French defertor to France. I know that doesn't make any sense but you have to see the show to understand. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by General Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!
Horatio Hornblower and the crew of the Hotspur are sent to investigate Napoleon Bonaparte and the rising threat of the French. Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by Serene Night
5.0 out of 5 stars great for all ages
great action, story line, and something the whole family can watch together. If hollywood would only make more like this!
Published on June 14 2004 by Zipporah of TSOO
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the series!!
What I love best is getting to see the scenes A&E cut out so they could show commercials. The scene between Bush and the landlady were great! Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by Mary Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Hotspur of an adventure
Another of A&E's made for TV versions of the Hornblower saga. This time Hornblower and the Hotspur are divided into two films and have quite a bit of new material added. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by The Old Philosopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next adventure!
With all the garbage out there, this is simply a great adventure! It's fun! It's not out to shock with crude language or sexual innuendo, it's simply fun. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Melinda L. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Picture Quality
Though these two new episodes are in Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1 format, the picture quality is very poor when compared to my other Hornblower DVDs. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004
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