The queen of The Three Musketeers Blu-ray
The new Three Musketeers film was one of my favorites in the theater last year. With great action scenes, impressive sets, engaging CGI elements, especially the intro, the film is a fun and visually outstanding adventure.
Summit recently released the Blu-ray edition which comes with a few special features. You can read my review of the theatrical release of the film here.
Unfortunately, most of the special content is packaged inside an interactive viewing of the film which they call Access: The Three Musketeers. Much of what’s there is a bit juvenile, including the audio commentary, and a ‘fight meter’ which tracks the fighting progress of the heroes.
We do get, however some interesting featurettes, including a couple interviews with Paul W.S. Anderson about his filmmaking philosophy. He chats to the camera, on set, about how much he likes to use real sets. The castles for example, are all real castles with real French and Italian architecture, something he felt was important to telling the story in a new way. In addition, we get to see that the airships in the film - my favorite part - were constructed 1:1 on a sound stage, where the scenes were all played out with only minimal green-screening.
Most interesting to me however, as usual, was the collection of deleted and extended scenes, giving us the bits of the film which ended up on the cutting-room floor, and sometimes shedding great light on key moments and characters as they were originally intended.
With this one, we get to see that D’Artagnan originally got a lot of help in his final fight scene, against the vile Rochefort, from his friends and girlfriend - a whole sub-plot was cut out there - on the airship with a rifle.
Also, we are able to view several scenes in which the shining Juno Temple, who did not get anywhere near the screen time she should have in the film, further develops the character of the queen in scenes which I think would only have enhanced the theatrical release.
Her portrayal as a strong but uninvolved person now makes more sense, seeing as it was intended originally for her to have a few more lines which really would have helpled.
Overall, I still say that every action fan should catch The Three Musketeers, if they haven't already - though a second viewing is certainly in order - and the Blu-ray Special Edition release, which is out now, is the best way to do that. Follow me on Twitter for a chance to win a copy in the next few days.