Napoleon [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • 2 hour bonus program from A&E: Napoleon and Wellington
  • Napoleon Bonaparte: The Glory of France Episode of A&E's award-winning series biography
  • Cast biographies and filmographies
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene selection


Filmed in France, Hungary, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Morocco, and Canada, this ambitious biographical TV miniseries chronicles the life and times of the "Little Corporal" from Corsica who managed to conquer nearly all of Europe within a period of a dozen years. The narrative begins in the mid-1790s, as Napoleon Bonaparte (played, curiously enough, by comic actor Christian Clavier) makes his mark on posterity with spectacular victories in Austria and Egypt. On the home front, Napoleon woos and wins the lovely (and considerably older) Josephine (Isabella Rossellini), but finds time for extracurricular romances with other women, notably Countess Marie Walewska (Alexandra Maria Lara). Ultimately, Bonaparte's ambitions destroy him, first in Russia, then at Waterloo, consigning the general-cum-emperor to live out his life in humiliation and exile. When originally broadcast in France in October 2002, Napoleon ran six hours (plus commercials), with four episodes. For its American presentation on the A&E cable network beginning April 8, 2003, the production was literally sliced in half, shown in two installments with a running time of three hours. What remained was all highlights and few insights, though a few brilliant moments remained, many of these supplied by the supporting cast, which included Gérard Depardieu (who also produced) as Fouche, and John Malkovich as Talleyrand. Thankfully, the full six-hour version was made available in the U.S. on DVD and VHS in 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Biography: Napoleon Bonaparte - The Glory of France
This edition of Biography, the long running documentary series from A&E, explores the life of general and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. In 1799 a coup d'état ensued in which Napoleon assumed power as First Consul, instituting a military dictatorship. He consolidated French domination a Concordat with Rome and the Peace of Amiens with England. Elected consul for life, he assumed the hereditary title of emperor in 1804. His administrative, military, educational, and legal reforms (notably the Code Napoléon) made a lasting impact on French society. War with England was renewed, and extended to Russia and Austria. Believing that Russia was planning an alliance with England, he invaded, defeating the Russians before entering Moscow. Napoleon was later forced to retreat, his army broken by hunger and the Russian winter. In 1813, he was routed at Leipzig, and France was invaded. Forced to abdicate, he was given the sovereignty of Elba. He regained power for a period known as the Hundred Days, but was defeated by the combination of Wellington's and Blücher's forces at the Battle of Waterloo. ~ John Patrick Sheehan, Rovi

Napoleon and Wellington

Cast & Crew

  • Christian Clavier
    Christian Clavier - Napoléon
  • Isabella Rossellini
    Isabella Rossellini - Joséphine de Beauharnais
  • John Malkovich
    John Malkovich - Charles Talleyrand
  • Heino Ferch
    Heino Ferch - Marquis de Caulaincourt
  • Sebastian Koch
    Sebastian Koch - Marshal Jean Lannes
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