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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Four Musketeers, The
The Complete Musketeers 2 Disc Set
Genre: Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 73 (June 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Frank Finlay, Christopher Lee, Geraldine Chaplin, Jean Pierre Cassel, Simon Ward, Faye Dunaway & Charlton Heston

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One includes

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number): DV11480
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $34.98
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 107
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1974
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/04/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Lester
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After earning his place in their ranks, D'Artagnan (York) became one of "The Four Musketeers" and joined Athos (Reed), Aramis (Chamberlain), and Porthos (Finlay) in their quest against evil. When Lady de Winter (Dunaway) plots to remove the Queen (Chaplin) from power the group foils her plans, but Ms. de Winter has plans of her own. Learning of D'Artagnan's feelings for Constance (Welch), the bad Lady seeks her revenge and arranges to have Constance kidnapped. But the musketeers quickly rescue her and continue with their quest of seeking justice against Lady de Winter. Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
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)