Count of Monte Cristo

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A well done update of Alex Dumas' classic. Very good acting from a superb cast of Jim Caviezel (Frequency, Angel Eyes), Guy Pierce (Memento, LA Confidential), and veteran Richard Harris. Luis Guzman is a likeable supporting cast. The plot is plain and simple: pure revenge. Revenge for being jailed for a crime he didn't commit, by his best friend. And the plan is carried out well, but there's always a catch. The movie captures revenge at a basic level and what men would do and sacrifice for their hate, as well as what jealousy and envy will do to you. Again, a job well done by all actors/actresses, and good action. A worthy film/DVD for the collection.

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Surprisingly entertaining throughout

by Keith M Wills on 9/18/2002

A well done update of Alex Dumas' classic. Very good acting from a superb cast of Jim Caviezel (Frequency, Angel Eyes), Guy Pierce (Memento, LA Confidential), and veteran Richard Harris. Luis Guzman is a likeable supporting cast. The plot is plain and simple: pure revenge. Revenge for being jailed for a crime he didn't commit, by his best friend. And the plan is carried out well, but there's always a catch. The movie captures revenge at a basic level and what men would do and sacrifice for their hate, as well as what jealousy and envy will do to you. Again, a job well done by all actors/actresses, and good action. A worthy film/DVD for the collection. Read More

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Very likeable adaptation of the Dumas classic

on 2/14/2007

As with the screen adaptations of the Tolkien novels, some would argue that this one has been made into an action movie, thereby marring the purity of the novel. But as the screenplay writer notes in one of the Special Features, he did not set out to make a book - "If you want to see the book, read the book". At its heart, though, "The Count of Monte Cristo" does involve many sequences that are easily converted into action scenes. The movie itself is well acted and well-paced. The cast, especially Jim Caveziel, does a wonderful job of luring the audience into the story. Caveziel carries the lead well, and you can see him transform his character from the idealistic sailor to a wretched prisoner at Chateau Dif and finally into the vengeful Count. Watching the DVD in the comfort of my home theater setup on a lazy evening was a treat. The translation from film to DVD was 8 out of 10 as far as picture quality, and the sound 8.5/10 on DTS. The blacks are black, and the soft candle light used for most of the movie lent a gloomy but nostalgic feel. Overall, a fine DVD to watch with the family, as long as your expectations are not that high. Read More

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Product Overview

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous friends, escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge

Specifications

Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40170841
UPC 786936165395
UPC 14 00786936165395
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 2951
Keywords
Classic
Crime
Prison
Revenge
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In this highly entertaining, beautifully photographed rekindling of the classic French novel by Alexandre Dumas, director Kevin Reynolds choreographs a fantastic adventure replete with breathtaking scenery, fiery swashbuckling battles, lavish costumes, and, above all else, sweet revenge. In 19th-century Marseille, Edmond Dantès (Jim Caviezel) is the optimistic but uneducated son of a sea captain. He cherishes his friendship with the son of a count, Mondego (Guy Pearce), and is deeply in love with his fiancée, Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Young Dantès is so innocent and naive that it is positively shocking when Mondego turns on him, accusing him of treason, and having him sentenced to life in the dreary dungeon of Chateau D'If. Years of isolation and torture nearly defeat the revenge-thirsty Dantès, but with the help of invaluable lessons from the Abbé Faria (Richard Harris), his luck slowly changes. An incredible prison break starts Dantès on his way to a new life, and from there Reynolds' COUNT truly takes off. Battles with pirates lead to hunts for sunken ocean treasure, and soon Dantes is living in Marseille as the transformed, newly rich, self-proclaimed Count of Monte Cristo. Installed in a ritzy chateau, he slowly unfurls his excrutiatingly careful plans to exact his revenge on Mondego and all those who ever wronged him.
Reviews
New York Times "...The period details are meticulous....[The director] is well served by his hardworking cast....Hard to resist..." 01/25/2002 p.E13
Box Office "...Opulently produced and superbly acted....Caviezel embodies the transformation of his character completely..." 02/01/2002 p.54
Sight and Sound "...Handsomely mounted....[The] costumes and furnishings are scrupulously detailed and give off a sense of authenticity..." 05/01/2002 p.41
Total Film "...Caviezel's quiet intensity and now trademark haunted eyes means it's him you'll be watching....Very enjoyable..." 05/01/2002 p.88-9
Variety "...A lavishly mounted and appealingly old-fashioned swashbuckler....The pic boasts a compelling human element to complement lively storytelling and sporadic action highlights..." 01/28/2002 p.27-36
Chicago Sun-Times "...It's the kind of adventure picture the studios churned out in the Golden Age -- so traditional it almost feels new..." 03/24/2002 p.5
Entertainment Weekly "...Caviezel makes a good fall guy..." 09/13/2002 p.134
Directors
Kevin Reynolds
Actors
Guy Pearce
Jim Caviezel
Cast & Crew
Richard Harris - Actor
Guy Pearce - Actor
James Frain - Actor
Jim Caviezel - Actor
Alexander Dumas - Based On Novel By
Tim Wooster - Cinematographer
Andrew Dunn - Cinematographer
Kevin Reynolds - Director
Ed Shearmur - Original Music
Gary Barber - Producer
Roger Birnbaum - Producer
Jonathon Glickman - Producer
Jay Wolpert - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 2401903
UPC 00786936165395
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 131 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Count of Monte Cristo is a movie that incorporates piracy, Napoleon in exile, betrayal, solitary confinement, secret messages, escape tunnels, swashbuckling, comic relief, a treasure map, Parisian high society and sweet revenge, and brings it in at under two hours, with performances by good actors who are clearly having fun. This is the kind of adventure picture the studios churned out in the Golden Age--so traditional it almost feels new.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French
Product Attributes
Actor Caviezel,James
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Jessica Winter, The Village Voice ...gorgeously photographed, sumptuously designed...
Bob Graham, SanFrancisco Chronicle Pearce is something else.

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