Angelique Collection


Angélique, marquise des anges (1964) .... Angélique
Merveilleuse Angélique (1965) .... Angelique: The Road to Versailles
Angélique et le roy (1966) .... Angelique and the King
Indomptable Angélique (1967)... Untamable Angelique
Angélique et le sultan (1968) .... Angelique and the Sultan

 


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Based on the best-selling French novels by Anne and Serge Golon that captured hearts worldwide, the Angelique films chronicle the life of an adventurous heroine in the Louis XIV era. Five classic film adaptations star the beautiful Michele Mercier and the dashing Robert Hossein as her husband and true love. A swashbuckling blend of action, intrigue and passion, the Angelique films seamlessly capture the amazing life of a French country girl whose quest for love and happiness leads her from the gutters of Paris to the Palaces Versailles.

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The potential for turning the Angélique books into movies was first realised in the 1960s when five French language films based were released.

They starred Michèle Mercier, a young but experienced actress from Nice, as Angélique, and Robert Hossein as Joffrey de Peyrac.

It is believed that Mike Todd, who was famous for producing Around the World in 80 Days and perhaps more famous for one time being married to Elizabeth Taylor, had been interested in producing the films, but he died in a plane crash before he could undertake the project.

Instead, they were directed by Frenchman Bernard Borderie. All five were produced by Francis Cosne - the final two in partnership with Francois Chavane.

Today the films are still shown regularly on TV in French-speaking countries as well as in Italy, Japan and Russia, so were certainly a commercial success.

Excerpt from World of Angelique website located HERE
 

Posters

Theatrical Releases: Various from 1964 - 1968

  DVD Reviews

DVD Review: Lionsgate (3-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Lionsgate - Region 1 - NTSC
Time: over 7+ hrs. total on 3 discs
Audio French (original), DUB: English
Subtitles English (CC), None
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Release Information:
Studio: Lionsgate

Aspect Ratio:
All Original Aspect Ratios - 2.35 

Edition Details:

• none


DVD Release Date: April 29th, 2008

3 spooled double thick keepcase (2 overlapping) inside a cardboard box
Chapters:
10 each X 5 = 50

 

Comments:

The three discs are divided as follows:

Disc 1 (DVD9):
- Angelique - dual-layered

Disc 2 (DVD10):
- Angelique: The Road to Versailles - single layered on one side of disc
- Angelique and the King - single layered on opposite side

Disc 3 (DVD9):
- Untamable Angelique - dual-layered shares same side with:
- Angelique and the Sultan - shares same side

The 5 main features of this boxset are housed in a double thick keep case and are NOT sold separately at this time.  All five features are coded for region 1 in the NTSC standard and all features are anamorphic in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, progressively transferred. I suspect they are a converted-standard port of the Universal French boxset HERE. In fact all start with the Studio Canal logo. Each have original French audio, an English DUB and options for English (CC) subtitles in an white font with black border (see samples below). There are no extras and I endorse this pragmatic concept of packaging - but I do have a few observations.  

Image: It looks very strong throughout, even the single-layered transfers. Detail is at the high end and the occasional softness appears to be from the cinematic-lens level. Colors are a bit faded at times but contrast is very good and I see no digital manipulation. These look exceptionally good for standard definition, very clean - without speckles or damage - I can't see anyone being unhappy with the way these films are represented. 

Audio - All original (monaural or 2.0 channel) but in the first segment the sync is really off. I had to look closely to make sure it wasn't a language DUB. I also tested the English DUB option at this time and for this first film, Angélique, marquise des anges, I think I preferred it. The mismatched sync can be distracting but I didn't notice the issue with any of the other 4 features. Subtitles seem competent but occasionally précised.  

I have a few gripes with Lionsgate. The menus are all in French ?!?! - they obviously didn't bother converting them. My boxset text, also, was completely in French!

Overall impression: I had never seen even one of these films before and I can now appreciate the appeal. Some may find it somewhat cheesy but the sets and costumes spared little expense. The productions approach the lavish end and their episodic nature leans towards an enjoyable soapy quality. Michèle Mercier has moments of incredible sexiness but the films themselves have no blatant nudity - just some cheesecake innuendo. She has some incredible camera appeal. I imagine this is part of the attraction for some. I expect she could have escalated from this series to be a more notable star but, hence, I guess that was not in her future. For entertainment value - yes, I was sold - I was anxious to see the next segment and follow her 'adventures'. As for most things - the value (price for what you get) is another strong Lionsgate offering. Each film is about $6 each and I do feel they are very much worth it. I can't see anyone being disappointed in this purchase.          

Gary W. Tooze



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Angélique, marquise des anges (1964) .... aka Angélique
 

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Merveilleuse Angélique (1965) .... Angelique: The Road to Versailles

 

 

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Angélique et le roy (1966) .... Angelique and the King

 

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Indomptable Angélique (1967)... aka Untamable Angelique
 

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Angélique et le sultan (1968) .... aka Angelique and the Sultan

 

 

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Distribution Lionsgate - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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