The Man in the Iron Mask [DVD] [1998]

Randall Wallace's action film The Man in the Iron Mask comes to DVD with a choice of images. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. In addition to a director's commentary track, the disc contains the theatrical trailer, alternate versions of the titular mask, and a collectible booklet. This is a very good disc, made all the more appealing thanks to its inexpensive list price.
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Overview

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Overall Customer Rating:
4.6
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (9 out of 9)

Special Features

  • Audio commentary by writer/director Randall Wallace
  • Alternate mask prototypes and conceptual drawings
  • 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes, and the making of the film
  • Original theatrical trailer

Synopsis

The Man in the Iron Mask
Oscar-nominated Randall Wallace (Braveheart) made his directorial debut with this adaptation of the 1848 classic by Alexandre Dumas (1802-70), featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role. Years have passed since the Three Musketeers, Aramis (Jeremy Irons), Athos (John Malkovich), and Porthos (Gerard Depardieu) fought together with their friend D'Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne). The arrogant, tyrannical King Louis XIV (Leonardo DiCaprio) desires the beautiful Christine (Judith Godreche), so he orders her suitor Raoul (Peter Sarsgaard), the son of Athos, off to face death at the front. He also sends Aramis to kill the leader of a Jesuit rebellion. Louis is unaware that his loyal protector and informant, D'Artagnan, is the secret lover of his mother, Queen Anne (Anne Parillaud). Louis' younger twin brother, Philippe (also DiCaprio) is the man in the iron mask, imprisoned for the past six years. Arthos and Porthos plan to free Philippe, abduct Louis and replace him by putting Philippe on the throne. French location scenes include the Chateau de Fontainbleau. Previous adaptations: Allan Dwan's The Iron Mask (1929) with Douglas Fairbanks, the 1939 James Whale version with Louis Hayward, Patricia Medina in Lady in the Iron Mask (1952), Henri Decoin's Le Masque de Fer (1962), Mike Newell's 1976 TV movie with Richard Chamberlain, and Ken Annakin's The Fifth Musketeer (1978, aka Behind the Iron Mask) with Beau Bridges, Lloyd Bridges, Sylvia Kristel, Ursula Andress, Cornel Wilde, Jose Ferrer, Rex Harrison, and Olivia de Havilland. A second film titled The Man in the Iron Mask was released in 1998, a low-budget effort from director William Richert. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    Leonardo DiCaprio - Louis XIV, Philippe
  • Jeremy Irons
    Jeremy Irons - Aramis
  • John Malkovich
    John Malkovich - Athos
  • Gabriel Byrne
    Gabriel Byrne - D'Artagnan

Overall Customer Rating

4.6 out of 54.6
9 Reviews
100%of customers recommend this product.

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