Sharpe's Rifles Review
The hero of Bernard Cornwell's novels is brought to life in these telemovies. When they were made in the '90s, they were the most expensive UK TV productions ever. Sharpe is a soldier in Wellington's army, fighting in the Peninsular War against Spain, then against Napoleon's forces. While the novels are historically accurate, the TV movies throw in a lot of romance, and gritty Sean Bean is adept at fluttering petticoats. The battles, some staged by the Russian army, look marvellous, and the locations are worth seeing in themselves. These double-disc packs (there are seven) each contain two 100-minute shows. The letterboxed 4:3 pictures are detailed and colourful and stereo sound is fine; extras are subtitles, photo galleries and trivia.