After challenging "The Three Musketteers,"Athos (Reed), Aramis (Chamberlain), and Porthos (Finlay), to a duel, D'Artagnan (York) joins forces with them to protect their Queen (Chaplin) from the evil Cardinal Richelieu (Heston). With the help of the maiden Constance (Welch) and the use of their swords, the group goes into battle with whomever gets in their way. And after proving himself to be one of them, D'Artagnan finally becomes a musketeer himself. Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. (Tricia Littrell)
Despite some obvious dated characteristics for both movies within The Complete Musketeers set, the anamorphically enhanced DVDs (both framed at 1.78:1) offer accurate fleshtones generally deep blacks. Occasionally, costumes or tapestries exhibit bold reds or blues that pop from an otherwise understated color scheme. Images can be sharp and detailed, but many scenes have a slightly soft edge. Contrast is nicely balanced, but visual information is expectedly limited (for the period of the movies) in the darker scenes. The source elements are quite clean, with few artifacts and no obtrusive film grain. The appearance of edge enhancement is not excessive, and pixelization is also limited on both DVDs. (Suzanne Hodges)
The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtracks are big fat mono. When Pro Logic-decoded, the audio is properly placed in the center channel. As expected, the audio is substantially dated-sounding and distortion is prevalent, as well as stridence. The restoration of the original soundtrack has resulted in background noise being remarkably low, however. (Perry Sun)
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