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  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Feb. 7 2012
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  • ASIN: B0064MT1L2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,847 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Robert Donat stars in this classic swashbuckler based on the 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas. It tells the story of Edmond Dantes, a common seaman falsely accused of spying during the Napoleonic Wars. Imprisoned without trial in the infamous Chateau d’If, he spends over a decade in solitary confinement. With the aid of a fellow captive, he makes a daring escape. Once outside, he fabricates a stately new identity as the Count of Monte Cristo and vows to bring the villains who framed him to justice.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa22f6948) out of 5 stars 163 reviews
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1e93438) out of 5 stars FINALLY!!! Feb. 14 2012
By Scott Prazak - Published on
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Even back when all that existed was the original Nostalgia Merchant VHS, this has always been my favorite version which is curious to a degree, because it is probably the least faithful adaptation of the story to the screen. I have never heard of Hen's Tooth Video before this, but believe me, they have earned my deepest respect by bringing original UNCUT classics such as this, Louis Hayward's Man In The Iron Mask, and Fairbanks Jr.`s The Corsican Brothers (coming in April) to DVD.

Hen's Tooth did a pretty good job cleaning this up from the original fine grain print for what they had to work with. I'm sure if a major company got their hands on it, it would have silkened a bit more. However, I can't complain. This is as crisp and clean as I've ever seen it.

Donat's Edmund Dantes is like Connery's James Bond. Yes, there have been other fine actors who carried the role but nothing quite like this. He has always been a fair-skinned actor. Given that plus the fine grain film and soft focus lens in the production, it's like watching a ghost. The additional cast of villains is just solid. Calhern's DeVillefort is just chilling, and Walbern's Danglars is the perfect skunk. Sidney Blackmer playing the role of the Spaniard Mondego definitely seemed miscast at first, but it worked well overall with the atmosphere.

Also, if you're a nitpicky fan of the book, and have never seen this, the story adjustments may well knock your head back. I won't reveal too much, although I will say that the fates of the three villains (not four; Caderousse is completely absent) are completely flipped around from both the book and the Chamberlain version from 1975. It was certainly "Hollywoodized", and the film moves along at a surprisingly fast clip. Given the time it was made (1934), that was a common tactic in filmmaking. Overall, getting this DVD in the mail, I feel like Edmund finally getting the Spada fortune!
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d45120) out of 5 stars The Count Has Never Been Better April 10 2012
By Phillip - Published on
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I read the complete unabridged Dumas novel last was long ( Dumas was paid by the word ) but wonderful. What a story teller he was..........Hollywood has used his stuff so often ( Three Musketeers, Man in the Iron Mask, Camille, and The Count of Monte Cristo ) he should be awarded a screen writing Oscar posthumously............and for good measure the opera La Traviata by Verdi is based on a Dumas repeat: this guy could tell a story.

The Count can not be filmed as written...too long, too many sub plots, too, adapting requires a lot of creativity. This movie veers from the book a lot particularly in the end, but it is well adapted and the story flows very well. I like this screenplay better than the 2002 version.

The movie itself is pure delight...Elissa Landi is a great Mercedes, Robert Donat is magnificent as the Count, the actor,O.P. Heggie, who played the blind hermit in the Bride of Frankenstein does a wonder job as the Abbe, and film noir icon Louis Calhern makes a great villian as the magistrate who sends Edmund to prison.

The pace, editing, and crisp dialogue all combine to make this the Count you want to keep.....great transfer on the dvd with darned good audio. Highest Recommendation!!
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2151dec) out of 5 stars Best Original Version Dec 15 2004
By Stanley Cooper - Published on
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Best Version Of This Movie Ever Made

Robert Donat Is Wonderful

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4e066c0) out of 5 stars Very poor copy of an old movie. Sept. 7 2013
By Richard Franks - Published on
I've been watching this movie off and on for decades and apparently there have been no attempts to "save" any of the quality of the original film. This is a wonderful movie for its time but this copy is too dark and scratchy. What a shame.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa23b7fc0) out of 5 stars Best Video Presentation to Date March 11 2012
By Dreepwill - Published on
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This DVD presentation of The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) is quite a surprise! If you remember the colorized VHS version from GOODTIMES or the VHS version from NOSTALGIA MERCHANT from decades ago this new DVD from HEN'S TOOTH is a vast improvement. I'd give the video quality a "B" and the audio quality a "B" as well. The inclusion of the re-release trailer is another plus. Highly recommended!

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