Monday, 13 January 2014

A 'must have' purchase!

I have been a fan of Boris Akunin's 'Erast Fandorin' stories ever since they were first published in English, and my favourite book is THE TURKISH GAMBIT. This is a spy story set during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877 and revolves around the event of the Siege of Plevna.


Some years ago the book was made into a film by a Russian film company, but it was not – until recently – released as a DVD other than for Region 5 ... which is why I am now the proud owner of a DVD that was made in Russian, dubbed into German and formated for Region 2, and that has English subtitles!


So why was this a 'must have'?

Well besides being a very good story, with lots of action, the film has some wonderful battle scenes ... if what I have seen online is anything to go by!

I am looking forward to watching the DVD at the earliest opportunity ... which will probably be later this week.

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like something worth looking into! Book and DVD both!

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  2. Archduke Piccolo,

    I certainly think so!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Ooh yes, that sounds excellent! I bought the Russian film The Sovereign's Servant a few years ago about the battle of Poltava and that was really good so another Russian historical film would be a good buy.

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  4. Legatus Hedlius,

    I have seen various clips of the film on YouTube, and was very impressed with what I saw. I hope that I will not be disappointed when I watch the DVD ... and expect that I won't be!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. I hadn't come accross Boris Akunin before. Thanks for the recommendation. I have now downloaded the first of the series to my Kindle. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks Bob.

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  6. Good man Bob, you can not go wrong with Erast Fandorin.

    Where did you get the DVD?

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  7. Alan Charlesworth,

    I hope that you enjoy reading his books as much I have. I have hardback copies of everything of his that has been translated and published in English, including the 'Sister Pelagia' stories.

    Boris Akunin is a very popular writer in Russia, and his 'Erast Fandorin' stories are all written in a different style or genre.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. Conrad Kinch,

    I am looking forward to watching this DVD even if the dubbed German dialogue might be a bit off-putting.

    Somehow I found the DVD on Amazon. The Region 5 version has been available for some time, but the Region 2 one only appeared when I did a recent search. The full German title is TURKISCHES GAMBIT: 1877 - DIE SCHLACHT AM BOSPORUS. It was not cheap ... but it was a 'must have'!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. I ordered mine from Amazon Germany half the price even with the postage and you can use your existing account details.

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  10. Legatus Hedlius,

    I must admit that it never occurred to me to order it from Amazon Germany. Sounds like you made quite a saving by doing it that way.

    That is a tip to remember for the future.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. I didn't care for the books but I'll look out for the film.

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  12. Tim Gow,

    I am sure that you will enjoy the film ... and it would appear that it can be bought via Amazon Germany for a reasonable price.

    All the best,

    Bob

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