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The 5th Musketeer

Sylvia Kristel , Ursula Andress , Ken Annakin    Unrated   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful costumer that fizzles July 20 2004
Format:DVD
This movie is loaded with stars, Ian McShane, Ursula Andress, Beau Bridges (in the duo role) and Lloyd Bridges, Alan Hale Jr., Cornel Wilde, Rex Harrison, Olivia de Havilland and Jose Ferrer. The costumes are scrumptious and the locale work all help this movie along. It's good to see the old 50s movie stars having one last swashbuckle! Bridges is miscast and nearly sinks the movie, and the directing is stiff, but everyone does a good turn in the old Man in the Iron Mask story. McShane seems to have fun as Fourquet.
The much-filmed Dumas tale has the Philippe, twin brother of the King of France, raised and protected by the Musketeers. Fourquet, acting for the King, has the twin arrested and hidden by the iron mask. He plans to use the twin as a decoy in public, and kill him with a bomb. Then when the King surprisingly survives the attempt, it's supposed to make everything believe he is invincible. Only the musketeer is Johnny-on-the-spot to foil the plot, save their ward and then pull the switch by stuffing Louis the King in the iron mask and place Philippe on the throne of France.
It's a good transfer. Just a shame the younger Bridges hurt the effort in the dual role and the directing could not have been stronger.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why censor? July 15 2004
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Format:DVD
I have a copy of the full version of this movie on VHS and was looking forward to owning a copy on DVD. After receiving a copy of the DVD, I noticed the PG rating. To my dismay, I found that they had censored the 'juicy' parts of the movie. The 'juicy' parts actually portrayed the relationships between the King and his mistress and that between the future Queen and the King's twin brother. I did not find the 'juicy' parts to be offensive in any way but rather it contributed to the storyline as a whole. For censoring the movie, I give it 3 stars. However, I must commend the Studio for the quality of the transfer. The video quality is relatively good compared to the tape version but the audio quality in some parts of the DVD could be improved. I hope that the Studio will produce the full version in due course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old stars play old heroes Jan. 12 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is a fun little diversion for swashbuckling fans. D'Artagnan (Cornell Wilde), Aramis (Lloyd Bridges), Athos (Jose Ferrer), and Porthos (Alan Hale Jr.), prove they still have what it takes to be heroes as King Louis XIV (Beau Bridges) tries to eliminate his twin brother (Beau Bridges) and marry the infanta of Spain. The sword work is not quite as sharp as good Bob Anderson work or as excitingly realistic as William Hobbes, but there is plenty of it in a variety of creative scenarios. It is fun to watch the old actors Ferrer and Bridges work together as Hale tries to keep up and Wilde holds himself aloof. Ursula Andress adds camp appeal as the king's lover. Olivia de Havilland adds credibility in a cameo as the King's mother. There is also a good deal of political intrigue and mistaken identity to keep the story moving along.
Trivia: The role of Athos, here played by Jose Ferrer, is played in the recent "Man in the Iron Mask" by John Malkavich. There is another pair of historical sword-fighting movies set in France where these two actors play the same character. In "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman, Ferrer plays the Dauphin. The same role was played by Malkavich in "The Messenger: the story of Joan of Ark" with Milla Jovovich.
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