We also get some memorable supporting shows by the likes of Luis Guzman (Jacopo) who is all menacing charm, Richard Harris (Faria) who provides some comic relief and Michael Wincott (Dorleac) who had me on the floor with his deadpan evil antics. The film’s only weakness would actually be the love story, not really in the way that it is written but more so in how it’s communicated. The character of Mercedes always felt drowned out by the stronger leading men around her and that slightly hurt the love angle of the film. Maybe with a more stellar actress than Dagmara Dominczyk, the part would’ve shined through more. But all in all, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO is a dazzling and engrossing high class adventure that’s well worth sitting through. There’s something for everyone here: an epic like feel, stunning visuals, grandiose landscapes, engaging action sequences, a love story and edge-of-your-seat swordplay. Count on a good time at the movies!
An Epic Reborn: These are 4 featurettes which we can either watch individually or all together. The Pen gives us some insight on famous writer Alexandre Dumas’ background, Adapting a Classic has screenwriter Jay Wolpert discussing how he approached the adaptation of the book to screenplay, The Napoleonic World has director Kevin Reynolds discussing the search for the proper locations, while the actors give their two cents on how it felt shooting there, while The Clash of Steel takes a look at the sword training and has the actors speaking about the experience. These 4 featurettes are fairly informative and interesting to watch. The only one I didn’t dig was The Pen which felt like a history lesson to me. Yes, I flunked history… (~ 34 minutes)
Deleted Scenes: We get a general intro by Kevin Reynolds and his editor, who give us their brief insight on the editing process and then get to watch 4 deleted scenes with either an intro by them preceding the actual scene or a commentary running over the scene explaining their reasonings behind the cut. Reynolds does most of the talking in this involving, from a filmmaking point of view, feature. Future filmmakers…take notes!
En Guarde: Multi Angle Dailies: Here, we get to see dailies of the final swordfight with commentary by Kevin Reynolds addressing the action and the reasons behind the camera angles while the scene takes place. This cool feature allows us to watch two camera angles at the same time and Reynolds’ insight is food for thought on a technical filmmaking standpoint. Again…future filmmakers...take notes! (~ 3 minutes)
Layer by layer: Sound designs: This feature allows us to watch the scene where Edmund escapes and with our AUDIO button, either select to only hear the composite track, the dialogue track, the music track or the sound effects track as the scene rolls on. An okay feature that’s fun once.