Count of Monte Cristo [VHS]
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  • Did Not Purchase This as It was Not Available So I Got It Elsewhere
    When this product was first listed, I was excited, but then after waiting, it was listed as Discontinued by Manufacturer before it was to go on sale, so I WENT ONLIN AND GOT THESE MOVIES ON DVD - ELSEWHERE ! First time I have been disappointed with Amazon....more info
  • Quality Seriously Lacking
    This is the only version of "The Count of Monte Cristo" in the 1934 version I was able to find. It's awful. And I had to use it for film class - this is one of the worst DVDs ever. Not worth the hassle or price. Only buy this product if you absolutely have to. ...more info
  • Original Count of Monte Cristo
    I bought this for my father who loves classics. The tape was a bit staticky and it was clear it was an old tape, but still a good movie....more info
  • $27????
    Horrible! THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO is unwatchable! Amazon should be punished for carrying this product....more info
  • Save your money
    The quality of the movies is the worst I have ever seen on a DVD. Save your $26.99. The trouble also is you cannot return it for credit. The picture is very dark and is very "jerky". Also very, very poor images. ...more info
  • A revenge served cold, a woman's hose alluringly discarded, and a ghost's mischievous riddle - what's not to like?
    English actor Robert Donat, a dapper yet unassuming dude, only made 20 films before he passed on at the age of 53. Of these twenty films, three are absolute, absolute classics (THE 39 STEPS; THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO; and Goodbye, Mr. Chips). THE ROBERT DONAT COLLECTION happens to feature two of these - THE 39 STEPS (1935) and the hard-to-find THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (1934). THE GHOST GOES WEST, filmed in 1935 and a wacky, whimsical comedy, is also here to stir in a different flavor, capturing Donat at his lighthearted best. Shabbily, all three films are contained in one disc, with THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (as well as a text bio of Donat) on Side A and THE 39 STEPS and THE GHOST GOES WEST presented on Side B.

    The main reason to get your paws on this one is THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, of which uncut version is finally made available on dvd. This lavish 1934 adaptation may well be the best cinematic retelling of Alexander Dumas's celebrated novel of lingering obsession and soul-staining revenge. This is certainly my preferred version. Robert Donat is riveting as wronged man Edmond Dantes, who escapes imprisonment and begins to realize his elaborate vengeance on the three who framed him. With a running time of 112 minutes, this one stays reasonably true to the novel. While not action packed in the traditional swashbuckling sense, there's a sense of tautness and anticipation on the screen. There's still that electric thrill when Dantes pulls off his prison escape. And the fun lies in watching the Count cunningly manipulate the weaknesses of his three mortal enemies and in seeing these rotters, one after the other, get their just desserts. Man, I have been hoping and hoping that a dvd release of this film would surface. And here it finally is. I'm all happy.

    THE 39 STEPS is definitely one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock efforts. Filmed in 1935, this is one of the master's earliest and very best. It's so good that it's been remade twice, in 1959 and 1978, both of which pale when compared to the original. So accept no substitutes. This movie - along with YOUNG AND INNOCENT, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934), and THE LADY VANISHES (collected in Alfred Hitchcock Classics : Rich and Strange; The 39 Steps; The Lady Vanishes; Young and Innocent; The Man Who Knew Too Much) - is largely why I dig Hitchcock's pre-Hollywood gems much more than his later bigger-budgeted stuff. THE 39 STEPS is a briskly-paced romantic spy thriller recounting the adventures of resourceful Canadian-on-holiday Richard Hannay, who is forced to go on the run when a woman is murdered in his apartment and the police come to suspect that he-dunit. The only way out for Hannay is to expose a murderous ring of spies.

    And just what is the 39 Steps? Well, it's a McGuffin, is what, and you shouldn't really pay too much attention to it. Instead, eyes should be firmly locked on Donat and the stunning Madeleine Carroll. These two manage to create chemistry that is sizzling but well-mannered (in a naughty kind of way). Gifted with crackling suspense and sharp dialogue, bolstered with deft comedic touches, THE 39 STEPS is about as timeless as it gets and is replete with many memorable scenes. That playfully sexy sequence at the inn between the handcuffed-together Donat and Carroll is one of my all-time cinematic highlights (Gawd, when Madeleine Carroll takes off her hose!), with Hannay's impromptu filibuster speech not too far behind.

    Still, if you're looking for the best, most comprehensive dvd release of THE 39 STEPS, then you should probably look into the Criterion release (The 39 Steps (Criterion Collection Spine #56)).

    When an ancient, run-down Scottish castle is purchased by a brash American entrepreneur and transported, stone by stone, to Sunnymede, Florida, it also brings along its lived-in ghost. THE GHOST GOES WEST stars Donat as Murdoch Glourie, the disgraced 18th century spirit doomed to haunt Glourie Castle until he addresses old wrongs done to the family name. Donat also plays Murdoch's easy-going modern-day descendant, Donald Glourie, whose destitute state forces him to sell the castle.

    This light, madcap comedy is in the same frothy vein as I MARRIED A WITCH and Topper/Topper Returns (Or is that the other way around? Since THE GHOST GOES WEST came before any of these?). This one is amusing enough in its screwball elements; it even flaunts a certain satiric bite. It's a bit startling to see an old and proper haunt fall prey to the whims of ruthless American marketing and advertising. Eugene Pallette, one of the great character actors of the 1930s, is reliably good and predictably raspy-voiced as the businessman who schemes to profit from his new castle and its spectral inhabitant. THE GHOST GOES WEST is an hour and 18 minutes' worth of harmless smiles and giggles, even if the romantic angle kind of falls flat.

    So these three flicks all date back to the mid-1930s; they're old stuff. I'm no expert on audio and video quality, but you can't expect these to be pure in clarity. Certainly, concerning THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and THE GHOST GOES WEST, the audio fizzed and crackled in spots and, in THE GHOST GOES WEST, the picture stuttered in two places (admittedly, it could simply be that my dvd copy is faulty). Only THE 39 STEPS played perfectly. But, overall, I thought the movies looked and sounded fairly good. Could they have done more with the presentation? Maybe put out the three films on two discs, instead of all on one? Of course. But I'm just happy that I finally get to own THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and THE GHOST GOES WEST. THE 39 STEPS, I already have two copies of.

    Robert Donat should've had a longer, more lucrative film career. Not quite as flashy as Ronald Colman, Donat held his own in the gallant and debonair department and he exuded a certain accessible quality, as if he's just regular folks (only with a posh accent). He was classy, and a prominent actor on stage. Hitchcock certainly wanted him for other parts. Donat also missed out on the lead role for what would become classic films (CAPTAIN BLOOD, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD). But, to a great extent, chronic asthma, his personal kryptonite, crippled his chances to commit to more feature films. Also, the Hollywood life wasn't really to his taste. As it is, he made his mark in the few movies he did manage to be in. Other actors should be so lucky to be part of three all-time classics (and THE CITADEL was pretty darn good, as well). To see just how good Robert Donat was, check out this collection. And then check out GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS....more info
  • Robert Donat collection
    This trio of vintage films, starring the excellent English actor Robert Donat, is a treasure. "The 39 Steps," available for some time now, is one of the leading mystery classics of the 1930's. "The Count of Monte Cristo" is an excellent retelling of a marvelous adventure story. But the absolute gem is "The Ghost Goes West," a quietly hilarious comedy in which Donat plays two roles: a Scottish ghost who is condemned to haunt the ancestral castle, and his modern impoverished descendant who is forced to sell that castle to an American grocery magnate. The magnate moves it, stone by stone, to Florida (along with the resident ghost). The only regret I have is that for a Donat "collection," I wish they had included "The Winslow Boy." The Donat version is easily as good as the later film with Jeremy Northam....more info
  • the robert donat collection
    the count of monte cristo has a flaw sometimes it double tracks blurie at times ,other than that the other two movies are great,all in all good bargin for the price!!...more info
  • At Last Count Of Monte Cristo OnDVD
    I Have Been Waiting Years For THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO to Be On DVD
    This I believe To Be The Complete Movie/It Does Not have Subtitles But
    With Robert Donat You Don't Need Closed Caption/It Has Not Been Restored
    The Way LOST HORIZON Was(Lost Horizon The Best Restoration Of A Film
    with Great Extras That I Have Ever Seen/Count Of Monte Cristo Is Still
    In The Best Shape Of Any Tape That I Have Ever Had/And All My Tapes Are Much Shorter Including The Colorized Version Which I Hated/I Bought The Box Set Just To Get Count Of Monte Cristo And Until They Restore A New
    Version And Sell It By Itself Well Then I Will Buy That//
    The Ghost Goes West Is The Worst Robert Donat Movie That I Have Ever
    seen And I Am I Big Fan Of Robert Donat I Know He Must Have Hated It/
    39 Steps A Good Movie I Have That As A Single And In many Box Sets//
    Speaking Of Robert Donat When Are They Going To Put Out The Magic Box//
    and Edward G.Robinsons Great Movie The Hatchet Man

    For You Out There Who Never Saw The Count Of Monte Cristo You're
    in For A Treat///

    Stanley Cooper Jupiter Florida ...more info
  • Anything to have the Count
    I agree with Claudia. "The Count of monte Cristo" has always been a favorite of mine. I never was able to find it on VHS and until recently, had only my copy from comercial TV. When I saw the price for this, 29.99, I was again fooled that "If it cost more than it must be good quality." But alas, it isn't much improved over my VHS tape. Criterion...fix this one! ...more info
  • Quality Of This Collection
    I will not delve into the movies themselves but rather into the quality of the three films included in this collection. "The Ghost Goes West" is perhaps the best print of the three leaving "The 39 Steps" and "The Count Of Monte Cristo" as rather poor renditions. They are both dark and not well presented. To say they were in anyway restored, would be to misinform. I have seen a better print of "The Count Of Monte Cristo" on VHS tape.
    Criterion did a fantastic restoration of "The 39 Steps" leaving this version far beneath it.
    This collection is only worth the asking price if you really want "The Count Of Monte Cristo" on DVD no matter what the quality of the print. ...more info
  • Three good films get a mostly bare bones release
    Two hard to find Robert Donat films joins an already released Hitchcock classic on DVD for the first time. The films themselves are of course quite good and are definitely worth seeing. What I'd like to do is fill in some of the details concerning this DVD release.

    Essentially a no frills version the films the films come on a single double sided DVD with The Ghost Goes West and 39 Steps on one side and The Count of Monte Cristo plus DVD ROM extras on the other. (I should say I have not checked out the the extras which are suppose to be the original novels for the 39 Steps and Count of Monte Cristo as well as radio show versions of the three films as MP3s).

    The films themselves look good. They are not perfect and certainly were not really restored to any degree, which is fine because the films as presented here look quite good. The problem with the films is that they don't have any chapter stops. The films simply run from start to finish with no way to break them. Well,actually Count has one stop which jumps you past the opening credits. This to me, is the major draw back of the release since it makes going away from the films, once you start them, a difficult thing to do.

    I have bit of a question concerning the source of the prints used. The running times seem slightly short. Count runs about 114 minutes which puts it right where it should be according to the back of the box and IMDB however the Leonard Maltin Film guide lists the run time of 119 minutes which may have been a typo if someone hit a 9 instead of 4. (rest assured its not the 90 minute TV version). The 39 Steps runs 82 minutes (not the 86 minutes on the box) and The Ghost Goes West runs 78 minutes (7 minutes shorter than the 85 minutes on the box). I'm not sure why the films run short, though if the films are sourced from an English source (the packaging seems more in keeping with a UK release rather than a US one and the films opening credits seem devoid all US studio origin) the films may have come from a PAL master which would run slightly faster than the US NTSC.

    Is the disc worth picking up? If you are a fan of the three films it certainly is. My quibbles are ultimately minor since the films look quite good, certainly 39 Steps looks better than many bargain DVD releases, besides its great to have Count of Monte Cristo finally on DVD....more info
  • Three of Robert Donat's best movies
    (from the cover) THE GHOST GOES WEST [1935] When an American family purchase an old Scottish castle from its struggling owner they get more than they bargained for when, shipping it stone-by-stone to Florida, they discover an unexpected resident... An eighteenth century ghost intent on avenging a family insult from a rival clan in Rene Clair's charming whimsical comedy. THE 39 STEPS [1935] Richard Hannay (ROBERT DONAT) meets a mysterious woman who confesses herself as a British spy escaping foreign agents. When she turns up dead at his apartment, he finds himself at the center of a conspiracy and the most wanted man in the country. On the run, he must not only prove his innocence but break the spy ring in a race against time in Alfred Hitchcock's fast paced romantic thriller. THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO [1934] Restored to it's original length, for the first time on DVD, comes the legendary 1934 version of Alexandre Dumas' immortal novel... Snatched from his betrothed, convicted without trial and condemned to a living death...the soul of the simple sea captain died. In its place emerged a flaming figure of vengeance... The Count Of Monte Cristo!...more info
  • count of monte cristo robert donat
    this is a review and a ques. this movie is great. r. donat is fantastic. i have a copy from years ago , however it is edited for time. i hate that. before i buy i would like to know if this copy is unedited. the scene left out was when edmond dantes
    hires a great detective to find himself. can someone answer my ques.?...more info
  • A Bitter Man transformed into An Avenging Angel
    This is a tale of jealousy,deceit ,greed and betrayal callously worked on a young man just at the point of his life's greatest hopes coming to realization. Innocently imprisoned in one of France's worst , the lesson he learns after accidentally befriending a fellow prisoner is often lost on the audience .
    Rather than becoming a revengeful demon as most would think , he is transformed into an avenging angel who facilitates the self undoing of those who wronged him years before.The very vices that wounded him become thier own doom with devastating effect.
    Robert Donat's performance far outstrips all other adaptations of this wonderful tale of one man's triumph over hatred and the all too easy to succumb to desire for revenge. The intertwined plots that run throughout the story coupled with a superb supporting cast will keep the viewer riveted to the screen. The screen play follows the original book's story line faithfully as it should.
    The costuming and sets are faithfully reproduced to depict the Napoleonic era of this story.
    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of literature's greatest works and this film is equal to mirror such a work on film. Enjoy !!...more info