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  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Feb. 14 2012
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  • ASIN: B0068Y4NBY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,492 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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James Whale's exciting adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel centers on twin heirs to France's throne who are separated at birth. The first-born Louis, is raised as a prince, but Philippe is brought up ignorant of his true identity. When Philippe is arrested with his companions, d'Artagnan and the three Musketeers, he meets his brother, now the king, face-to-face. The tyrannical Louis decides Philippe could be useful to him as a look-alike, but complications arise when Philippe meets the king's beautiful fiancée.

Whale's film is a swashbuckling adventure tale, full of palace intrigues and thrilling sword fights.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa20a8b40) out of 5 stars 44 reviews
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa20ed8dc) out of 5 stars Overdone, but still one of the best June 18 2004
By Bryan F OMalley - Published on Amazon.com
I remember watching this and other old movies on tv all the time. However, I haven't seen this in at least 25 years. All I remembered is that it was one of the greatest ever.
I bought a copy recently, which was in excellent condition. Not at all to my surprise after watching as a kid and seeing it now for the first time as an adult, I had a different take.
What I like about all old movies, is that they move quickly. They speak fast and change scenes fast, except the romance scenes.
This movie completely ignores two of the three (4) musketeers, but maybe the book does too. I haven't read it. Everyone is unrealistically fearless, even at their death.
Having said that; the movie is still so much fun and is still the best version made. The good guys are great and the bad guys are horrible.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa21328b8) out of 5 stars Many Take A Hand In Superb Screen Adventure. June 4 2006
By rsoonsa - Published on Amazon.com
Screenwriter George Bruce, a specialist with swashbuckling tales, is at his best in this rather loose adaptation of the fanciful Alexandre Dumas novel that relates how the Three Musketeers won their final battle. The scenario tells of the birth of twin sons to King Louis XIII of France and his wife, and of how, since there can be but one dauphin, the latterly born is secretly given to the care of the King's favorite swordsman D'Artagnan who, along with the Musketeers, raises him in Gascony. The return to Paris of the untitled and untravelled son, Philip, along with the four veteran warriors, at the request of Minister Colbert, one of the few who is aware of the twin birth, and the resulting adventures largely brought about by a sharp contrast in humanity between the brothers, forms the basis for the subsequent fast-moving and exciting events. Louis Hayward brilliantly plays the dual parts of the twins King Louis XIV and the unrecognized Philip, providing a proper degree of personality disparity, along with a display of excellent fencing skill and a robust penchant for romancing the Infanta of Spain, nicely performed by Joan Bennett. Walter Kingsford and Joseph Schildkraut are sterling as ministers in competition for the King's ear, as are Albert Dekker and Doris Kenyon as Louis XIII and his queen, but it is Warren William, whose profile puts that of John Barrymore to shame, who steals the supporting cast honors with a very strong performance as D'Artagnan. James Whale's flamboyant style of direction is perfect for this cinematic transposition of the classic novel, and the editing is well-nigh perfect, capping a delightful performance by all.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa20eba44) out of 5 stars Only Game in Town Feb. 7 2009
By D. Michael Cook - Published on Amazon.com
The movie gets five stars, while the "Movieology" dvd version gets between three and four stars. The bottom line with "The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)" is that this version is the only dvd available. I saw this movie a few times on tv in my youth and absolutely loved it. Several years ago, I was finally able to obtain a pricey VHS copy, and now, thanks to Firecake Entertainment, I can enjoy the movie in dvd format. Yes, I certainly wish somebody will eventually restore it and that the quality of the print would be much better, but until that time, this dvd is the only game in town and it was offered at a very reasonable price. As for the movie, it is Louis Hayward at his best, with Joseph Schildkraut stealing the movie.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2132930) out of 5 stars Unmasked Iron Mask Jan. 5 2009
By Garry Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunatley this DVD is a major disapointment.This is a wonderfull movie classic but there has been no digital re mastering,and what we have here is a dub of an average quality film print,or possibly video print, onto the DVD. Why bother,unless you are going to enhance the already available video. Sorry chaps,not this time .
Garry Stewart- Melbourne ,Australia.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2132b1c) out of 5 stars Great swashbuckler! May 28 2006
By kitkat - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very entertaining film, even though it didn't have any of the big stars of the era in it. Louis Hayward did a great job as the sniveling, spoiled king and the noble, good-hearted Philippe. I enjoyed this movie very much. The characters seemed pretty realistic, even though I have a feeling that the ending at least differs from the novel. I've never read the novel, but the happy ending seemed too Holloywood to be Dumas. Of course, I could be mistaken. Over all, I highly recommend this film as a nice example of 1939 Hollywood.

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