S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
The last of the D'Artagnan-Three Musketeers books by Alexandre
Dumas, serialized between 1847 and 1850 but set in the late 1600s during the
reign of Louis XIV, formed the basis of The Man in the Iron Mask (1939),
a much-filmed tale of a despotic king, his wronged identical twin brother, and
the four heroes who contrive to rescue the imprisoned twin and place him on the
throne. First filmed in Germany in 1923, it got its initial Hollywood treatment
in 1929 under the direction of Allan Dwan with Douglas Fairbanks as D'Artagnan.
It was adapted to the screen many times after this 1939 version: France in 1962
(with Jean Marais) and Russia in 1993, a TV version directed by Mike Newell with
Richard Chamberlain and an all-star British cast in 1977, as The Fifth
Musketeer (1979) with another international name cast, and the most recent
remake (1998) with Leonardo DiCaprio as king and twin and Gabriel Byrne, John
Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu and Jeremy Irons as D'Artagnan and his three
legendary compatriots late in their lives.
Theatrical Release: June 26th, 1939
DVD Review: Henstooth Video - Region 1 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 4.88 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
I *think* there have been some other DVD editions of this title, but I don't own one to compare. From comments I have read from others - I expect that this is the best to-date. There is only one small section with noticeable damage marks (see last capture) and they appear to be frame specific. Other than that this single-layered transfer is acceptable with some grain showing through. It has decent contrast and consistent detail. Along with the unremarkable, but even, audio - it gave me a worthy presentation.
There are no extras but the region 1, NTSC, DVD has optional subtitles. I fondly recall watching this when I was a boy - and enjoying it and Dumas titles like The Count of Monte Cristo (Robert Donat). For those keen on these vintage renditions - The HensTooth edition supplies a worthwhile viewing, if housed in a bare-bones package.