The Man in the Iron Mask
With France on the brink of revolution thanks to the reign of callous King Louis XIV, the fabled Musketeers reunite and hatch a scheme to replace the sovereign with his unjustly imprisoned twin brother in this star-studded swashbuckler.
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- Randall Wallace
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
I like the look of MGM DVDs and The Man in the Iron Mask continues theirhigh quality releases. This one qualifies as a special edition as itincludes a commentary from Randall Wallace (the film's writer anddirector), conceptual drawings for the iron mask and storyboards andother concept art.
These features are packaged with a very attractive menu design thatplays a minute loop of the film's soundtrack. There is no animation,but the art is attractive and keyed to the film.
The transfer is excellent: the colors rich, the images sharp and all ofthe action sequences well transferred. The sound is specialstrength-the music and effects track add a nice dimension to this periodfilm.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this Three Musketeers adventure film based on the classic novel by Alexandre Dumas includes some fairly overt sexual references (but little nudity) and violence (but little blood). The womanizing, revenge-driven Musketeers themselves are a mixed bag when it comes to role models, but ultimately the movie does advocate teamwork and honesty. Although the slow-moving story not hold teens' interest, fans of Leonardo DiCaprio may be curious to see the baby-faced heartthrob playing dual roles, both good and evil. Parents can take the opportunity to introduce kids to Dumas' books and some of the Musketeer stories that came before this one.
- Sexual Content
- Porthos is a womanizer and is seen with his hand down women's tops and literally "rolling in the hay" with three women. There are references to his anatomy and performance (such as "hung like a donkey" and "my 'sword' is bent"). The king is also a serial seducer and is seen (and heard) in bed with more than one woman. Nudity consists of a naked male behind. One romantic kiss between D'Artagnan and the queen.
- Frequent swordfighting, with lots of stabbing but not a lot of blood. One character is stabbed in the back. There are also guns, some disturbing images of men in prison, and many threats. One character is killed in battle; another character commits suicide by hanging.
- Language includes "t-ts," "piss," "s--t," and "God" (as an exclamation).
- Social Behavior
- The movie's key theme is that the king is wrong to treat his subjects with contempt and rules through fear, rather than kindness. The movie also advocates teamwork and telling the truth.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Porthos appears drunk, and there is a toast during a celebration scene.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it