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Blu-ray Review: The Three Musketeers (2011)

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The audio is present in the form of a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track which matches the video excellence beat for beat. Dialogue is focused in the center, yet is filled with the right amount of ambiance, notice scenes in some of the cavernous halls and how the dialogue sounds natural with just a touch of echo. The soundstage is well used and nicely balanced, notice the use of surrounds and effects during the fight where the Musketeers team with D’artagnon against the soldiers. The score also has a nice epic presence.

Extras.

  • Commentary. This track features Anderson along with producers Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer. It is a good track as they discuss many aspects of the film from shooting digitally to blending in CGI elements, from casting, to updating the story. This is well worth a listen.
  • Access: Three Musketeers. This is a pretty nice feature that gives us behind the scenes clips and interviews, some playing along picture in picture style and others interrupting the film. There are also text pop ups and a countdown to the next featurette.
  • Paul W.S. Anderson’s Musketeers. An interview clip talking about updating the story.
  • Orlando Bloom Takes on the Duke. A brief look at Bloom’s take on Buckingham.
  • 17th Century Air Travel. This talks of a desire to shoot much of the film practically and the building of the airships.
  • Uncovering France in Germany. The benefits of shooting in Germany.
  • Deleted ad Extended Scenes. A bunch of clips that dd not quite make the cut.

Bottom Line. Yes, you may not be as taken with the silliness as I, that is all right. This really is a fun movie. It is ridiculous in its execution, goofy in its storytelling, and wholly unbelievable. Still, it is certainly fun to go for a silly ride.

Recommended.

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