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The Count Of Monte Cristo (Bilingual)

Jim Caviezel , Guy Pearce , Kevin Reynolds    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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Audio Commentary With Director Kevin Reynolds

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Jim Caviezel (HIGH CRIMES) and Guy Pearce (THE TIME MACHINE) give sizzling performances in THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO -- the greatest tale of betrayal, adventure, and revenge the world has ever known. When the dashing and guileless Edmond Dantes (Caviezel) is betrayed by his best friend (Pearce) and wrongly imprisoned, he becomes consumed by thoughts of vengeance. After a miraculous escape, he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, insinuates himself into the French nobility, and puts his cunning plan of revenge in action. This swashbuckling thriller will have you sitting on the edge of your seat until the last ounce of revenge is exacted.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Adaption of a Classic Story June 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I read Dumas' book, though an abridged version, and really enjoyed the pace of his story. So when I had to stay over at my uncle's house for the weekend, I got a chance to view this movie adaption from his movie library. After first choosing a Guy Pearce movie called "Memento", which had something to do with memory loss, I turned that movie off after 20 minutes, when I got too confused with it. To my surprise, Pearce is also in the The Count of Monte Cristo. I first saw Pearce in the superb L.A Confidential. Pearce is an impressive actor, even after the "what's the plot" story of Memento. Pearce plays the chief villain in the movie, Fernand, jealous of Edmond Dantes played by Jim Caviezel.
Dumas' classic story of wealth and revenge is unforgettable. Caviezel is very good as Edmond Dantes, the wrongly accused scapegoat of the Assistant Prosecutor, Villefort. The scene in which he is imprisoned and whipped with full beard, long hair made me wonder if Mel Gibson chose Caviezel to play Christ after viewing this scene. It reminded me of the crucifix scene of Gibson's "Passion" film. Dantes (Caviezel) is aided by an imprisoned priest played by an unrecognizable Richard Harris. The priest helps Dantes by helping him learn to read and improve his dexterity in dueling. The priest's death however helps Dantes the most, for Dantes uses the body bag meant for the priest to make his escape and find the treasure that will make him the Count of Monte Cristo. Once he becomes the Count, he exacts revenge (the fun part of the movie) on those who wronged him.
I suggest reading the book first, because you'll be imagining the actions taking place as you read Dumas' words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Matter of Taste April 16 2013
By Argus TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
This swashbuckler from Kevin Reynolds has enough going for it to leave one ultimately satisfied and entertained but I can't escape a conviction that the film achieves no more than the sum of its parts. With so many screen adaptations of Alexander Dumas' literary classic, it was a monumental challenge to come up with something fresh and relevant without losing the spirit of the book. Other critics have pointed out that the film departs substantially from Dumas towards the end. Much is changed although the main storyline of betrayal, imprisonment and revenge remains. Strictly within its own terms of reference the production works quite well.

Director Reynolds, like Ridley Scott, excels with lighting, colour and framing his pictures to "force the eye." He captures an appropriate classical look with rich, deep colours, and the shadow contrast in scenes with candles or firelight is noticeably good. Acting is uniformly accomplished in the main roles. Jim Caviezel offers a thoroughly believable hero in Edmond Dantes and Guy Pearce is a delight as the dissolute and cynical betrayer Count Mondego. My own favourites are Richard Harris who brings a gentle wisdom and humanity to the part of the Abbe Faria, and the extraordinary Michael Wincott as the deliciously sadistic warden of the Chateau d'If, Armand Dorleac.

One can revel in neat lines of dialogue like "treason is only a matter of dates," or "I lied....I am a priest, not a saint." There are also many humorous asides that are guaranteed to elicit a chuckle, but here I think is a problem. The dialogue contains sudden lapses into modern idiom which, while often amusing, conflict with the general period language of the story and this may break the spell for certain viewers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably dull April 26 2004
Format:DVD
I love the book, which supposedly means I'm in no condition to enjoy a good movie, much less know a bad one when I see it. Anyway, I put off watching this thing because I figured they would screw it up. But actually, the first third of the movie was pretty good. My hopes rose, foolishly, and then the harsh glare of bad scripting sent them crashing into the sea. The 1975 version is vastly superior, being much more believable and stylish. This 2002 effort isn't exactly awful, mainly it's just boring.
The Caviezel fellow did a nice job in the first part of the film, playing the naive sailor/prisoner. The conversion to the Count was never believable, however, always coming off as a bit of a putz. He simply didn't fill the role. The scenes with the Abbé Farria were the most successful. And although the Chateau d'If whipping scenes were gratuitous, and the book never actually portrayed the landing on Elba, I think they enhanced the story. So there!
So the betrayal, false imprisonment, suffering, and relationship with the Abbé weren't badly done. Caviezel played the prisoner bit very well, and it seemed a real evolution was going on as the years went by. Thus, the set-up of the main plot was accomplished, but the execution was definitely botched.
It all went downhill with the hot air balloon bit. It was stupid. I like Luiz Guzman, but what was he doing in this movie? His absurd portrayal, I guess some see it as "comic relief" was just campy, just plain bad, and the rest of the movie sank like a stone. Caviezel's "Count" was merely foppish and ridiculous. With Caviezel as Count Clown dandy, instead of the dangerous and inscrutable figure of the novel, it all just fell apart. That's not being a stickler to the book, that's just translating the basic character to film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSUFFICIENT ADVERTISING
Having seen this movie before I already knew I liked it. The issue is that I cannot play it in Canada because of it's coding. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie is great.
The movie itself is a great movie. The only problem I had was the format of the DVD.

I am in North America, and the DVD was in European format, so most of my devices... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brett Umlah
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work in north America
This DVD is a waste of money if you are from North America. It will not play in your DVD player
Published 7 months ago by Brenna
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work!
I am unable to view this DVD as it is not compatible
With a North American DVD player! I have wasted my time and money.
Can It be sent back? Thank you.
Published 8 months ago by TDiFrancesco
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and intrigue the way Dumas imagined it
I read Dumas as a young reader.
It was great to visualize it in this adventure movie.
Dumas meant it as an "action" story, so no damage here was done to great... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Silvia B
5.0 out of 5 stars Monte Cristo
I was on the edge of my seat through this movie,.
It really the struggle between good and evil.
Love the ending and romantic side of it.
Published 8 months ago by Diana Brigden
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
Wow! This story has it all: romance between a handsome man and a beautiful woman, pirates, deception, betrayal, huge adventure, amazing story line with unexpected twists and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by George Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Colourful
I'm a fan of Jim Caviezel so I am a tad biased. But of course the story was good, if different from the original, but the actor was excellent in the role and Guy Pearce was... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars movie ratings
all these movies are worth watching again and again, well i do at least. same as dances with wolves and serendipity .
Published 14 months ago by phil curston
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie!
This film does the novel justice. It is wonderful to watch for the language that is used. Nobody talks like that any more. It's such a timeless classic.
Published 15 months ago by Christine Thompson
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