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Borgia - Complete Season One [Blu-ray]

Isolda Dychauk , Art Malik , Tom Fontana    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Isolda Dychauk, Art Malik, Diarmuid Noyes
  • Directors: Tom Fontana
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DCXZEA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The last decade of the 15th Century, the Renaissance, an enlightened era of immense scientific advancements, where intellectual and artistic endeavours changed the world and Europe became the centre of global commerce. It was the time of Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Botticelli. But amidst the deadly shadows of an archaic and crumbling Rome, extreme violence, depravity and corruption still have a stranglehold on the eternal city. Within this murderous abyss of treachery and death stands the infamous Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (John Doman – The Wire). A ruthless man whose relentless lust for power is about to lead the church and the world into one of the most controversial and darkest chapters in known history. 

Created by Tom Fontana (Oz) and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall), Dearbhla Walsh (The Tudors), Metin Hüseyin (Merlin) and Christoph Schrewe, Borgia - Complete Season One contains 12 episodes.

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- Behind the Scenes
- Cast Interviews

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It's an interesting comparison, to see this series following the machinations of the Borgia family from 1492 onwards, so soon after the somewhat higher profile seemingly identically pitched Jeremy Irons starring version. While the two cover pretty much exactly the same ground story wise, they do dwell on different aspects of the Borgia and although I had seen the Irons version, I still enjoyed this.
I would suggest the performance of Pope Alexander here is a little more nuanced.. as I started watching it, I felt his performance was too reserved, but as the character developed it really did have layers.. not just an inhuman Machiavellan character, but someone who can order heinous crimes one moment, and cherish their family and show a soft spot for them the next. The supporting cast all work well, and the character of Cesare in particular is well developed here.
There is certainly an abundance of sex, but then there appears to have been in the Papal household at that time.. and if it seems "unattractive" to watch the pensioner Pope thrusting himself at a beautiful young waif.. well perhaps you're supposed to be uncomfortable. And on the other side of the scale, some of the tortures / executions are quite horrific, to the point of feeling voyeuristic rather than informative. Production design works ok, it's not as convincing and varied as the Hollywood version, but enough quality to keep you from being distracted from the plot, and the sparingly used cgi in establishing shots is pretty good by TV standards.
All in all a perfectly interesting historical series worth watching,though on the sensationalist side.. and if you've seen the Irons version, it does cover much of the same ground. Both of them, it has to be said, have been accused of not being terribly close to the known facts.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Borgia 16 April 2013
By Nathan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As most will know, there are 2 Borgia series running parallel with each other. The Borgias starring Jeremy Irons is the one most watch or know; it being stylistically similar to the 'The Tudors'.

'Borgia' by comparison, is slower paced and grittier. What flashes by in half an episode on 'The Borgias', is detailed over an episiode on 'Borgia'. I make no pretence at being a historical expert on either Italy or The Borgias, but of the 2, 'Borgia' appears more authentic. This might have to do with the quality of writers on board, including Larry Cohen (In Treatment) and Gina Gionfriddo (Law & Order). About the accents: I readily confess, it took me an episode to attune myself to John Doman who sounds like he just stepped out of The Godfather (actually he stepped out of The Wire), which I suspect was the producers intention, as there are obvious comparisons between The Borgias and The Corleones.

To sum up I am enjoying both series, but if I had to make a choice as to which one I would invest my time in, it would be 'Borgia'. That said my instinct tells me 'Borgia' might be cancelled before the story is finished.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Borgia 18 Feb 2012
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This set contains the complete ist series split into 12 episodes of "Borgia" (not to be confused with the much tamer version with Jeremy Irons called "The Borgia"). It was made for the German and Austrian market but also shown in France and Spain. The quality is almost as good as the HD version shown on Spanish Canal+. Historicaly speaking some gross liberties have been taken with the subject matter, but this seems to be the prevailing trend nowadays (i.e. The Tudors, Rome, Spartacus...). It does however portray in a rather realistic way a gruesome period of Italian history when life was cheap and people did almost anything to get to the top (not much change here from the current corporate or political world then). All in all a rather disturbing and very realistic look at the world of the so-called Rennaissance, which combined terribles crimes on the one hand and a flourishing of art and culture on the other. Highly recommended viewing for people who want to get a feel (in more ways than one) of a turbulent period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story of the Borgia family 10 Nov 2013
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If you are "Roman Catholic" and don't know History, you might be chocked. But I think it's a very interesting point of view on the story of Borgia, a family that "ruled" the church in the XV century. I think it's based in History, but I can't tell for sure, because I don't know very well History in this period. For what I know, it's fair and this version tells better, in my opinion, what had happened at that period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-see drama! 2 Jun 2013
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I rate Borgia five stars because I love this gritty, interesting tail of the Borgia family enormously. The cast and the scrips go beautifully together and I sincerely hope they relase season two soon. I need to know what comes next.I'm hooked!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series 20 Dec 2012
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Speaking as someone who doesn't know anything about about the period of time that the series is set in I found it very really engrossing and enjoyable. As with many TV series, I prefer to watch on DVD so there aren't any adverts or week long waits for the next episode. Definately worth a watch if you are a fan of the tutors or romans.
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1.0 out of 5 stars More Cheesey Burgher than Cesare Borgia 29 July 2012
By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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PLEASE NOTE THIS REVIEW IS OF 'BORGIA', NOT 'THE BORGIAS' WITH JEREMY IRONS!! (Amazon, get your listings sorted.)

I'm all for a bit of gratuitous nakedness on tv. But when a programme embeds it in its title sequence it tends to make me a little suspicious about its prime selling point and its target audience. (Not being sniffy; I like a glimpse of bosom as much as the next man - hence, perhaps, the second star.)

Sets are impressive, costumes, when worn, are admirable, and I suppose if throwing money at a project would guarantee success then this would be a winner. Unfortunately, for me, it's a bit of a disaster. The script is awful, weighed down with the clunkiest exposition: characters so frequently address each other with reminders of precisely what their relationship is, that it is exceptionally irritating. Knowing who's who and what they have done, plan to do or dream of doing to each other is always a problem in this sort of series, but rarely has it been handled with such awkwardness. Characterisation, too, is dire: Cesare's struggle between spirituality and the world of brutal political intrigue is incredibly crudely represented. It's like televisual painting by numbers.

I'm not going to get started on historical accuracy, as it really doesn't matter in a programme that clearly simply aspires to be entertaining. But there's the rub: it ISN'T, at least to this viewer. It is deadly dull and couldn't even lure this non-sporting type drowning in Olympic coverage to continue watching it after episode three.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the more well known version
This is a much more entertaining portrayal of the Borgia family. I didn't like a US accent for the pope, but.......
Published 27 days ago by Scott K
4.0 out of 5 stars The Better Borgia, but not without Issues
Borgia is a StudioCanal production which is a collaboration between several French, German, Czech and Italian studios - it is a different series to the better-known 'The Borgias',... Read more
Published 1 month ago by HyakuShiki1234
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping series
Maybe just personal preference but I found the "Borgia" series far more gripping than "The Borgias" with Jeremy Irons. Read more
Published 6 months ago by PNP
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior to "The Borgias"
The European "Borgia" series is far superior and much more intelligent in every way when compared to the shallow and completely fictional "The Borgias" series starring Jeremy... Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. Robinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Accents all over the place but grittier than The Borgias
Having watched The Borgias seasons 2 and 2 (and I'm eagerly awaiting the DVD version of season 3), I decided to watch this series for comparison's sake. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. K. Johnston
3.0 out of 5 stars Careful - many of the reviews are the wrong product!
There are many reviews on this product about "The Borgias" with Jeremy Irons. The trouble is, this DVD is NOT "The Borgias" with Jeremy Irons. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kevin
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it.
This isn't "The Borgias" by the way. It is a different series, more like a historical drama than an medieval soap opera. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Dk Hamm
4.0 out of 5 stars Now on season 2
I really got in to this show. It is like any well made US Drama. the story ticks along at a good pace. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hawk
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - this is NOT the series featuring Jeremy Irons!
Let's be clear - Amazon has merged reviews of the US tv series the BORGIAS (starring Jeremy Irons) with this DVD the BORGIA which is a European tv series which DOES NOT FEATURE... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Grev
5.0 out of 5 stars Far better than the Showtime version The Borigas
Borgia is the Franco-German production based on the historical papal family the Borgias. You should note this isn't the series shown on Sky over the past few years. Read more
Published 13 months ago by claireodactyl
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