Network / Region 2 / Released 12 April 2010
It’s a return to the classic action adventure of the 1950’s when derring-do-tastic Count of Monte Cristo gets a complete series release on 12 April courtesy of Network.
Made in 1956 the series stars George (Father of Mickey) Dolenz as Edmond Dante who in 18th Century France finds himself falsely convicted of crimes against the state and locked up in the The Chateau D’If which just happens to be one of the most notorious prisons in all of France. In Prison Dante is brefriended by the elderly Abbe Faria who reveals to him not only his vast knowledge but also passes on the key to his incredible treasure hoard. Dante is determined to escape from the Chateau and wreak his revenge on those who have wronged him.
He quickly makes good his escape and now wealthy beyond imaginings he retakes his place in French High Society as the renamed Count of Monte Cristo.
This thrilling five disc set features all 39 half hour episodes of the series which is similar in style to other such classic fifties filmed series as The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Of course the production team, led by Sidney Marshall and Dennis Vance, take a lot of liberties with the Alexander Dumas source material and turn Dante into a kind of all purpose action hero who travels around Europe righting wrongs and getting one over on the bad guys. It’s all completely fab though and not to be missed!