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The Scarlet Pimpernel

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: 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
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 1 2016
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00BC0JGUW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,785 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The tumbrels roll through the streets of Paris, carrying enemies of the new French Republic to their appointments with �Madame Guillotine.� But to the revolutionaries� fury, more than a few of France�s hated aristocrats have escaped execution thanks to the actions of a dashing young Englishman known as the Scarlet Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews, Brideshead Revisited). One aristocrat interests him above all the rest, the beautiful Marguerite St. Just (Jane Seymour, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman). In his pursuit of Marguerite, he has a dangerous rival, Citizen Chauvelin (Ian McKellen, The Lord of the Rings, X-Men)�a revolutionary leader charged with tracking down the elusive Pimpernel. Based on the classic novel by Baroness Orczy, this adaptation of the swashbuckling tale aired on CBS and was nominated for three Emmy� Awards, including outstanding drama special.

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Some may think that Anthony Andrews over-acts his part, but if you actually understand the Regency period and have read the book, he plays Sir Percival Blakeney perfectly. It doesn't follow the end of the book, but as it states, it is a combination of The Scarlet Pimpernel and Eldorado. I would love to see a remake of this one but only if it stays true to the book.
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By A Customer on June 26 2004
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I took a chance and purchased this dvd purely based on your reviews. I must say that I am simply enamored by this movie. Yes, it differs to the book but it is certainly forgivable. One simply has to understand that it is based on two of Baroness Orczy books and then it all falls into place.
Now, for the movie. Anthony Andrews as the foppish/valiant Sir Percy was excellent. I thought he delivered an exceptional performance. I could not find any fault in his performance especially since the book Percy is so inane and a complete idiot...well, at least, his alter ego in any case. At times, it is so amusing to watch him, especially when he tries to undo Chauvelin. **smiles** I cannot say enough about his performance. When he is also conflicted by his love for Maguerite and his cold treatment of her, it is also beautifully done. His expressions are so real. His concern for the families of the aristos adds such a beautiful side to his character as well. You can actually see that he cares.
Jane Seymour as Maguerite was wonderful as well. The chemistry between her and Anthony Andrews was superb. They conveyed so much fire simply by a glance.
Ian Mckellan was also good. I must admit that when I realized he would play the villian that did not sit well with me (I love him as Gandalf but he really looks different out of the wizard's costume), however, it worked out well.
In conclusion, I thought this was a splendid movie. The sets, the music, the dances, etc were all engaging. There was never a dull moment. I actually ordered the film for my mum since I figure she would love it as well. Though I have never seen any of the other versions, I cannot imagine another one uprooting the love I feel for this one. It would be demmed near impossible.
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When the first second of the first scene shows you little cubes instead of people's heads, the walls, and the torches, you might think the DVD transfer has some problems. When not even the letters in the credits stay stable, you begin to wonder whether you wouldn't be better off buying an old VHS copy and turning it into a tiny-sized Divx file. ARRRRGH!
Which breaks my heart, because this version of The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my all-time top ten movies. I'd be rating this with one star if the movie wasn't five-star. Too bad I can't actually see it!
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The original program aired on CBS as a 2 part, 4 hour mini series, which I have on VHS, commericals included. Total running time for the mini series was approximately 170 minutes. However, for syndication, CBS reduced this to a 2 hour movie, for a running time of 86 minutes. I was very pleased to see the running time of 136 minutes but unfortunately there is about 30 minutes, mostly the amazing choreographed sword play scenes which are still missing. I would have rated this 5 stars if the DVD showed the mini series in its entirety.
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Them Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in Heaven?
Is he in Hell?
That damned elusive pimpernel.

By Sir Percy Blakeney/The Scarlet Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews)

It is the French revolution and everone is losing their heads. Sir Percy Blakeney must fake being ridicules and may even lose the love of his life Lady Marguerite Blakeney (Jane Seymour.) This is necessary to save their friends from the guillotine.

How long can he pull this off while right next to him is Citizen Chauvelin (Ian McKellen) who is trying to track down The Scarlet Pimpernel. He even threatens Marguerite’s with the life of her brother to find the pimpernel.

The story, originally a play then a novel has been remade and in some ways improved through the years. However, this version will always be the classic that by others are measured.

This Play that still has the feel of a play was made into several films. The most popular is the 1934 version starring Leslie Howard. It is hard to improve on that version. However, I think it has a rival in this production. We have a little more swordplay and a few of the character were more fleshed out.

Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
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If you need your swash buckled or your derring done, there's just no better place to go than this version of the Pimpernel's adventures. The speed and fluidity with which Anthony Andrews morphs from prissy fop to deadly serious hero and back again will leave you reaching for your fan. And he's a hero with a twist. Where other heroes of the genre are almost cartoonish in the laudability of their motives, Andrews conveys a deep, sober humanity that encompasses all social classes in his concerns for truth, justice, and fair play.
Equally well cast is the dazzling Jane Seymour. Not called upon to deliver the schizophrenic hijinks of Andrews, she instead delivers a compelling portrayal of a woman who joined a revolution for the values upon which it was founded, hewed to those values as the revolution veered into chaos and hideous extremism, and had the courage to stand her ground even as her own neck fell into the noose. When she finally forsakes her stand, it is only to keep those she loves from harm. It's high melodrama, but played with such subtlety that true grand drama emerges.
And so it goes with the other cast members -- all well-chosen, all utterly convincing in telling a tale that is inherently unbelievable . . . and all dressed fit to kill.
I prefer my costume dramas a bit more anchored in historical accuracy than this one so, even though I had bent my principles to accept the premise of the Pimpernal himself, I still expected to be annoyed that the dauphin was rescued. In fact, this film is just too much of a rollicking good time to care about such quibbles. You'll laugh. You'll cry. And you'll play it over and over as the years wear on.
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