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The Three Musketeers (Blu-ray)

"The Three Musketeers" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

After a failed mission that ends in Athos' betrayal by his lover Milady, the Three Musketeers are disbanded by Cardinal Richelieu and left to live as paupers.  Just then, the brash and ambitious D'Artagnan rides into Paris and immediately crosses paths with the Musketeers challenging all of them to separate duels.  Captain Rochfort and his guards have other ideas however, and the duels turn into a battle of four against forty as the guards are soundly defeated.  Richelieu brings them before the King expecting them to be punished but Louis surprises everyone by offering his congratulations.  The Cardinal in his anger decides to hatch a plot that will bring about war with England, the execution of the Queen and his own rise to power.  He hires double-agent Milady to steal the Queen's diamonds in order to frame her for the crime.

The Musketeers decide to recover the diamonds in order to prevent the war that the evil Lord Buckingham is only too happy to engage in.  In a bold move, they attack the Tower of London and get the diamonds but in the process, they are in turn attacked by Richelieu's secret airship.  The battle rages all the way back to Paris where the Musketeers and D'Artagnan are finally victorious.  Rochefort is killed and Richelieu is exposed.  The story doesn't end there though as Buckingham and his vast fleet of ships is seen advancing on France as the movie ends!

Specifications

  • Summit Entertainment
  • 2011, Rated PG-13, 110 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Orlando Bloom, Luke Evans and Milla Jovovich
  • Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

If you're expecting a period film that brings Dumas' brilliant novel to life, this isn't your movie.  If you're looking for a fun action flick that wraps fantastic stunts, seamless CGI and over-the-top acting in a gilded 18th century costume, this is your movie.  Drama is not the goal here.  The pacing is fast and furious though and you won't be bored for a moment.  Even the few quiet, dialog-driven scenes are laced with comedy that makes this movie hard to dislike.  Though it was obvious from the get-go The Three Musketeers would not be a factor at the next Academy Awards, I did enjoy the spectacle very much.  The only actor who delivered a balanced performance was Ray Stevenson as Porthos.  He was truly funny; perhaps even rivaling Gerard Depardieu's portrayal of the same character in The Man in the Iron Mask.  At the other extreme, Orlando Bloom and Milla Jovovich as the principal villains were not only poorly cast, they pretty much phoned in their roles.

Technical

I so wanted to give this disc five stars for video but a few instances of elevated black levels spoiled the party.  Other than that miniscule flaw, this picture looks incredible.  Color is richly saturated while always remaining natural and true.  Detail and sharpness could not be any better.  Contrast is deep with excellent blacks and bright highlights.  Aside from the aforementioned scenes, it's pretty much perfection on disc.

Audio is also flawless with a huge dynamic range and immense impact from the DTS Master Audio encode.  Bass plays a huge role in all the battle sequences with crushing realism and tremendous feel.  If you have a big sub in your theater, it will get a workout, rest assured.  I actually turned my sub down a few clicks as it got a tad fatiguing after a while.  Music and dialog are clean and crisp at all times.  The surround effects are done masterfully as the sound stage is huge and convincing.  No doubt this disc will go on the short list of show-off titles for new home theaters everywhere.

Extras

Bonus features include audio commentary by the director and producers, deleted scenes, four short documentaries (under three minutes each) and a PiP feature that runs during the film with little nuggets about the making of the film.

The Three Musketeers (Blu-ray)