No, not that pretender movie with Leo Dicaprio. While I am a big fan of Gabriel Byrne(good Irishman you know), John Malkovich, Gerard Depardieu, and Jeremy the voice Irons, I am put off by the liberties taken with Dumas' story. I vastly prefer the 1977 version with our fine American actor Richard Chamberlain. Dicaprio's Louis/Phillipe would have his arse kicked by Chamerlain's personnas. It a worthy swashbuckler at a time in history when the genre(other than the 3/4 Musketeers) was taking a bit of a beating. Ralph Richardson, Louis Jordan, and the stalwart Patrick McGoohan were all top flight in the supporting roles.
This would lead you all to think that I should have this DVD safe in hand for viewing at my leisure, yes? No. It's not easy finding this film whether it be on VHS or DVD. I have a VHS copy taped from tv almost twenty years ago and it's showing the ravages of time and the earth's magnetic field. I fear it won't last another few years and it will be unviewable. So, a google search turns up some used VHS copies on ebay and Amazon for shady prices and unsure quality. The only DVD version I can find is region 2, PAL format. I have that situation covered. The last DVD player aquired for my daughter was easily unlocked to region "0" with a remote code entry. Voila`, instant world DVD player. It has the PAL capability too so I've got the format covered as well. The only DVD references I can find are http://tinyurl.com/ntcy4 and http://www.richardchamberlaintribute...nIronMask.html
There are other references to this movie on DVD but these are the main ones that actually amount to anything. Actually, link #2 is more about the movie itself but will give you an idea of what I'm looking for. The last link from play.com is great but they don't ship to the U.S. Bummer as this is(I think)an American made movie. Maybe one of our UK friends could do a bit of local scouting and see if this DVD is available. I would be more than willing to recompense someone for sending it to me. I would only ask that you open the package and play the movie at home first to see if it plays okay. I have gotten bad discs before even if they were new. Besides, you'd get to see a great swashbuckler. Thanks for any help.