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The count of Monte Cristo
Uniform Title:
Count of Monte Cristo (Motion picture : 2002)
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 2002.

Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas.

Bonus features include deleted scenes, audio commentary, "The Napoleonic world," "The clash of steel," "En garde," and "Sword cinematography: the final duel" featurettes, documentaries, "The pen" and "Adapting a classic," theatrical trailers, scene access, interactive sound design player, interactive menus.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG-13, for adventure violence and some sensuality.
Relates a sailor's preparation for and execution of revenge against the three men responsible for his fifteen years in prison.
System Details:
DVD; region 1, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) aspect ratio, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound (English), Dolby 2.0 stereo sound (French), dual layer, NTSC.
Language Note:
In English or French dialogue; with optional Spanish subtitles. English subtitles (SDH) and closed-captions (CC) available for the hearing impaired.


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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