Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: The Three Musketeers

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray $30.49, Blu-ray 3D $34.99
Studio: Summit Entertainment


The Three MusketeersAlexandre Dumasnovel is perhaps one of the most adapted for the big screen, and the 2011 The Three Musketeers movie is closer to the source material than the 1993 film of the same name.

Matthew Macfadyen (The Pillars of the Earth), Luke Evans (Immortals) and Ray Stevenson (Thor) play the Three Musketeers in the 2011 version, with Logan Lerman (Gamer) as hot-headed D’Artagnan. The three once-legendary French swashbucklers are now down on their luck but are called to reunite for a new mission. They must defeat Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich, Stone), a beautiful double agent whose villainous employer has his eyes set on the French throne and pushing Europe into war.

Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean movies) also stars in the action adventure movie as the Duke of Buckingham, as well as Christoph Waltz (Carnage) as Richelieu and Juno Temple (Dirty Girl) as the Queen.

The film was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, whose action films include AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Death Race and two of Jovovich’s Resident Evil movies: Afterlife and Retribution.

Rated PG-13, The Three Musketeers was a relative bomb in theaters, grossing only $20 million. The film got little love from audiences and less from critics. Says Orlando Sentinel critic Roger Moore: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime fiasco, an epic fail like none we have seen this year, a bad idea by a very bad director and a career-crippling credit for all concerned.” Major ouch!

Ebert Presents At The Movies‘ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky has maybe a kinder take: “If you want over-the-top entertainment that doesn’t respect the laws of physics, you can’t do much better than this.”

When it hit theaters, the movie was heavily marketed for its 3D, so its no surprise the film is available on Blu-ray 3D the same day as DVD and Blu-ray.

All three versions include the same set of special features:

  • deleted and extended scenes
  • cast and crew stories
  • “17th Century Action”
  • commentary with director Anderson and others.

The Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D editions also contain “Access: Three Musketeers.”

The trailer makes the film look better than its reviews. Check it out:

 

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.