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Camelot - Season 1 [DVD]

Jamie Campbell Bower , Eva Green , Mikael Salomon , Stefan Schwartz    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jamie Campbell Bower, Eva Green, Joseph Fiennes, Tamsin Egerton, Claire Forlani
  • Directors: Mikael Salomon, Stefan Schwartz, Ciaron Donnelly, Jeremy Podeswa
  • Writers: Michael Hirst, Chris Chibnall, Thomas Malory, Louise Fox, Steve Lightfoot
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051ZH412
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Television has always managed to thrive, and find new angles, on period action adventure shows, returning in many cases to stories and legends of old. That’s what’s happened with the US television series of Camelot, which takes similar material that inspired the BBC’s Merlin show, but tries to do something a bit more grown up with it. That translates to more menace, more violence, and darker themes bubbling underneath.

This time, Jamie Campbell Bower takes the role of Arthur, with Eva Green faring well as his half-sister, Morgan. The cast is rounded out by the likes of Tamsin Egerton and Joseph Fiennes, and the show is billed as the Camelot story “that has never been told before”. That’s a bit of dubious claim, really, although it does try a few things with the legend that give it some distinction. But not as much as you’d hope.

The problem, though, is that Camelot never sparks consistently into life. There’s a lot to like here, from the quality of the production design, some of the direction, and the terrific turn from Eva Green that sits at the heart of many of the show’s best moments. But the acting performances are up and down, while the writing, too, lets the side down a little too often. Common sense doesn’t always prevail where this Camelot is concerned.

Camelot remains an enjoyable show, and one that’s certainly worth checking out. It’s not too hard, though, to work out the reasons why its light flickered out after only one season run. Eva Green, though, is really rather special here. --Jon Foster

Product Description

Britain is steeped in war and deception when a young and reckless Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), unknown son and heir to the murdered king, is installed to the thrown. His enemies, including Arthur s ruthless half sister Morgan (Eva Green) are quick to declare war and the young king has to defend his kingdom with only one supporter on his side: the mysterious sorcerer Merlin (Joseph Fiennes).... Forget everything you think you know... this is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Most of the reviews of Camelot have been fairly negative, calling it a whimsical attempt to challenge Game of Thrones as well as criticizing Jamie Campbell Bower as Arthur and generally labelling the series a ridiculous adaption of Arthurian legends. The comments about it being a poor challenge to Game of Thrones are relevant but only because Game of Thrones is an exceptional series, and it would take a very standard of television drama to match HBO's production. It is no insult to Camelot therefore to negatively compare it to the more or less unmatchable Game of Thrones, and this review praises, rather than insults, starz Arthurian drama.
Camelot is a version of King Arthur unlike any ever seen before on TV and it is this that causes some of its negatives. Lancelot is replaced by a character called Leontes, who is so noble and good its annoying; Merlin is given a ridiculous make over, looking more like a cross between an Anglo-Saxon war general and Obi-Wan-Kenobi as opposed to the Grey Mystic of legend; and there are plot lines that have been absent from previous Arthurian tales that are very slow and silly, such as Morgana le Fey (or in this series "Morgan Pendragon") acting like a good queen. Overall however, the show is vastly superior to recent adaptions of Arthurian legends, keeping some of the key plot-lines of the tales with some of the new characters and plot-lines adding to the positives of the series.
The characterization and acting is generally excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Camelot blu ray region B German Import 21 Dec 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Camelot blu ray region B German Import the blu ray quality of the series was excellent but I was dissapointed as I could not turn off the sub-titles when selecting the english language option from the audio menu
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aspiring, but doesn't quite pull it off 13 July 2011
By Isis TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Camelot" is a bit of a mixed bag. It has its good points, to be sure, but it also has its bad points, and whether the negatives outweigh the positives is something that I think is going to be down to individual tastes - already the series is receiving rather mixed reviews. So let's break this down.

The Good:

* The cinematography. Money has been poured into this production and you can really see it here. Sweeping vistas, use of CGI, even the title credits look slick and are thematically and artistically very similar to "The Tudors" and "The Borgias" (not too much of a surprise as some of the same people also worked on "Camelot" and apparently the show was aiming to follow in that vein).

* The cast. Again, one can sense the big spending here. You've got Eva Green as Morgan Pendragon, Joseph Fiennes as Merlin, Sean Pertwee as Sir Ector, and James Purefoy as King Lot. All bring a lot to their roles, putting in layered performances that bring the characters to life. Some of the lesser known, younger members of the cast such as Peter Mooney also succeed in pulling out some good, solid acting here.

* The show isn't afraid to be dark. Unlike the BBC's "Merlin", "Camelot" is much darker and contains a good deal more blood, sex, and language - most definitely aimed at adults, not children. If you felt that "Merlin" was a bit too wet behind the ears, you'll appreciate the darker "Camelot".

The Bad:

* Jamie Campbell Bower has been miscast as King Arthur. Arthur, who is after all the hero of the Arthurian legends, seems to be a whiny teenager here, cast on the basis of his prettiness. The character comes off as basically decent, but careless, reckless, driven by lust, sulky, and totally ignorant of the consequences of his actions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity 2 Mar 2014
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What a missed opportunity this was. The Arthurian legend is too long and sprawling to be a film but lends itself well to a tv series, but sadly Camelot failed to capture its magic. The writing was dull, the characterisation was thin and I wouldn't have followed Arthur to the pub never mind into battle. It lacked the budget and confidence of a Game of Thrones and sometimes struggled too hard to be different to the legend (Excalibur being a girls name!). They got some things right though, like the dark age setting rather the usual quasi-medieval one and making the tone adult. Joseph Fiennes' Merlin is interesting but without doubt the star of the show is Eva Green's Morgan. She just dripped with malice intrigue. Camelot might have improved as shows often do in the second series. Sadly we'll never know.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Came-not-a-lot 29 Jun 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I love King Arthur and his legendary knights, whether it's gritty "historical" stories or a pile of medieval anachronisms a la Malory.

But the once and future king has really gotten more than his fair share of rotten movies and TV, and the latest disaster is "Camelot." No, not the Broadway musical or the movie adaptation -- this is Starz's attempt at updating the timeless Arthurian legends (which don't NEED updating), which just turns into a silly, sloppy and overly PC mess.

The evil princess Morgan (Eva Green) murders her father Uther, exiles her stepmother, and allies herself with her dad's enemy King Lot. But Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) is having none of this, and hunts down Uther's secret illegitimate son Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), who has been raised by an adoptive family in the country. With Merlin's guidance and training (in rock-climbing), Arthur claims the throne --and gains Morgan's wrath.

He also falls in love with Guinevere (Tamsin Egerton), the beautiful young wife of a loyal knight, and is deftly manipulated by Merlin in decidedly unmagical ways, sometimes with bloody outcomes. As young Arthur struggles to unite Britain under him, he must deal with Morgan constantly trying to undermine his rule and his power -- but with little idea of just how far she will go.

The idea behind "Camelot" is not a bad one, and even the rewriting of Arthurian lore (the origins of Excalibur) aren't that bad. The problem is in the execution. This series wants to be a plot-heavy, gritty, authentic "Game of Thrones"-esque story, but it's actually more of a silly, anachronistic BCC "Robin Hood" (complete with multiculturalism and modern feminism, which makes it doubly ridiculous).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a watch
Loved this DVD set, have always been a fan of the Camelot legends and this one didn't disappoint it was violent when needed but not over the top. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vix
5.0 out of 5 stars Camelot
What a great series, despite some of the critics reviews, its just a pity they did not follow up with a second follow up.
Published 5 months ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Camelot - Season 1
Great DVD and worth to watch if you got bored, The TV Series is okay, bit bored. Not too bad and really shame not making of season 2. :-( Thank you
Published 5 months ago by Bobby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast and good storytelling
I am shocked to see such bad reviews for this excellent adaptation of Camelot.
I found it well cast, especially Eva Green and Jamie Campbell Bower who portrayed a new version... Read more
Published 6 months ago by readyreader
5.0 out of 5 stars good flim
my daughter really enjoyed this flim but was disappointed to learn that there was no second season, so it all ended on a cliffhanger with nothing to look forward too!
Published 6 months ago by ellena
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
French actress Eva Green definitely is the star of this particular version of the Arthur story. She oozes evil in every take. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TruthTelling777
3.0 out of 5 stars good just not great
Like many other reviewers I was puzzled by the casting of Arthur and gutted that there is no season two. Read more
Published 9 months ago by listy
4.0 out of 5 stars Got its faults but I LIKE it
Its got its faults, as covered in other comments, but Joseph Fiennes and especially Eva Green are really good in it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by NGSpeaking
4.0 out of 5 stars Check your DVD players?
I liked the slightly raunchy TV offering - my concept of King Arthur [if he ever existed]. This item does not work well on all DVD players... but that is no fault of Amazon.
Published 12 months ago by D. Mosley
5.0 out of 5 stars Camelot
Very satisfied with this buy. Very good condition. I will definitely be using them again and recommend them to friends.
Published 13 months ago by Sophia Howland
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