Film lovers looking for a swashbuckler should enjoy “ON GUARD.”
Daniel Auteil stars as an incredible swordsman using his skills to
right the wrongs inflicted upon a Duke while also raising the Duke’s
daughter in 18th century France.
“ON GUARD” is epic in scope and feel. Everything about it is “big!”
The costumes, locations, music and practically everything else,
swirls up a lavish atmosphere. Of course, what really makes up the
best part of the film are the swordfights, and there are plenty of
While elements of the story are a bit too cartoonish at times, the
overall pacing and dramatic momentum often help help in overcoming
these flaws.
KOCH INTERNATIONAL has presented the film in its proper 2.35:1 aspect
ratio, with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid and often vibrant.
While contrast is decent, darker scenes vary in quality. Fleshtones
appear natural.
The Soundmix is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0, offering excellent
separation and plenty of surround effects. The music is well
complimented, but lacks a sweeping presence that the film calls for.
Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Several extras are included.  Cast members and director Philippe de
Broca are interviewed in the longest segment, all in French with
subtitles.  There is also a section made up of short “behind-the
scene” moments, but they’re witout narration. Two trailers for the
film are also offered.