The Count of Monte Cristo [WS] [DVD] [2002]

Based on the Alexander Dumas extended novel of the same name, The Count of Monte Cristo is a difficult story to adapt because of it's length. The DVD has a commentary track from director Kevin Reynolds, a feature on the writing of Dumas, a feature on the choreography of the fight scenes, and a feature on the production design. There are also deleted scenes, choreography on the final duel, an examination of the sound design of Edward's escape, and more. The film is in widescreen 1.85:1 aspect ratio and audio is THX certified with English 5.1 and French 5.1 Surround Sound, and Spanish subtitles.
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Kevin Reynolds
  • "The Napoleonic World" production design featurette
  • "En Garde" multi-angle swordfighting feature
  • "The Pen" retrospective on author Alexandre Dumas
  • "Adapting a Classic" screenwriting segment
  • "The Clash of Steel" stunt choreography piece
  • Layer-by-layer interactive sound design feature
  • 4 deleted scenes with commentary by filmmakers
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • THX-certified with optimizer
  • Widescreen (1.85:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • French language track - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Spanish subtitles
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

The Count of Monte Cristo
The classic tale of swashbuckling adventure by the senior Alexandre Dumas comes to the screen in its umpteenth incarnation, this time from Kevin Reynolds, directing his first feature in five years. James Caviezel stars as Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who plans to marry his beautiful lover Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Edmond doesn't know that his best friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) secretly desires Mercedes for himself and schemes with fallen aristocrat Villefort (James Frain) to frame Edmond for a crime he didn't commit. Sentenced to life on the remote island prison of D'If, Edmond becomes consumed by plans for revenge. Thirteen years pass and he meets a fellow innocent convict, Abbe Faria (Richard Harris), who becomes Edmond's mentor in swordfighting, finance, and escape, confiding that a vast treasure awaits a discoverer on the island of Monte Cristo. Eventually, Edmond is able to get away using Faria's tunnels and makes his way to Monte Cristo, where he retrieves the fortune and uses it to make himself over as the wealthy "Count of Monte Cristo." With the help of a loyal sidekick (Luis Guzman), Edmond insinuates himself into French royalty and sets about getting revenge on Villefort and Fernand, who is now married to Mercedes. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) also stars Michael Wincott and Albie Woodington. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • James Caviezel
    James Caviezel - Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Guy Pearce
    Guy Pearce - Fernand
  • Dagmara Dominczyk
    Dagmara Dominczyk - Mercedes
  • Richard Harris
    Richard Harris - Abbe Faria
  • Luis Guzman
    Luis Guzman - Jacopo

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