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Empire [DVD]

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Jeremy Paxman    Exempt   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Paxman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058O9O0A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,774 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Making sense of modern Britain is a tough call. But the explanation, more often than not, lies in the British Empire. Jeremy Paxman believes that unless we come to terms with our Imperial past, we’ll never understand who we are and where we’re going today.

So in this series, he cuts through our national embarrassment, turning his forensic and unapologetic gaze on to this most compelling period of our history – and tracing its far-reaching influence on the present.

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Making sense of modern Britain is a tough call. But the explanation, more often than not, lies in the British Empire. Jeremy Paxman believes that unless we come to terms with our Imperial past, we'll never understand who we are and where we're going today. So in this series, he cuts through our national embarrassment, turning his forensic and unapologetic gaze on to this most compelling period of our history - and tracing its far-reaching influence on the present


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Simes
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Jeremy Paxman's BBC documentary on the British Empire takes the viewer on a journey that is epic, inspiring, shocking, at times shaming - but at other times awe-inspiring. Paxman skilfully illuminates many interesting events that are little known about by most people, such as the Opium Wars, the rubber trade - mixing a grand historical narrative with personal interactions (in his own unique style) with everyday folk who are relevant to the overall part of the story being related. One is left with the insight, that for better or for worse, the British Empire, which was so vast, & so very British, has shaped the world irreversibly in its image. The series leaves one excited & thrilled for the next instalment & episode of Empire!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring insight from a new point of view 29 April 2012
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Paxman has taken an interesting approach in order to discover the British Empire from a variety of perspectives and thus trying to highlight the ideals, power relations and the forms of organisation at work to both cretae and control such a vast territory. Travelling to a number of places himself, he interviews the descendants of those that still experienced British rule themselves, while interspercing today's points of view with tales about certain historical events that were decisive in the rise and fall of British rule. A DVD that is both informative and entertaining!
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful documentary 4 April 2012
By LC
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I haven't watched the DVDs but I've watched the whole series on BBC. This is a wonderful series. While curry has become part of British national food, not everyone knows much about the culture and history of its ex-colonies. Paxman did a great job in introducing us on both the good and bad deeds of the empire. The British Empire did bring harm, violence and slavery in a lot of places, but it also brought modernization to its colonies too. I'm a student from Hong Kong, and we Hong Kong people are grateful to the British rule which brought us law system, education and infrastructure. It is good to see the story from British's perspective and it is actually the first time I get to know about the history of the other ex-colonies of the British Empire.

What I find not enough is how the local people react to the post-colonial era. e.g. what's the legacy of British rule in Africa or South Asia? The division of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan is much of a result of the last years of British rule. How did it affects the current relationship of these countries? Are there still a lot of racial problems left behind in South Africa? British's short occupation of Tibet is not discussed in the series. Although Tibetans died fighting with British, the British period was actually a time that Tibetan enjoyed a bit more freedom, in compare to the current China's rule. What is also lacking is how Hong Kong people think about the "handover" to China. HK citizens didn't have a say in the whole handover process. While the communist China regard it as the "return" of Hong Kong, we regard it more as the "fall" of Hong Kong, and it is now obvious that the freedom of press is oppressed. We are not freed from colonization, but being re-colonized by a much more ruthless regime.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to reflect 18 April 2012
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This is an interesting and challenging TV series that faces up to the legacy and responsibility of Empire. Not a shock attack on PC views and not a dismissal of history. You may not agree with everything Paxman says. But he does not sit on the fence and you have food for thought.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 10 July 2012
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A greast series, so much I wanted to get a copy, never has our Empire been explained so well and the effects it still has on our everyday lives. Brilliant Jeremy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Explains a lot about our heritage... 6 May 2012
By Paul Madge #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This 2 DVD set provides an insight into Britain's past and goes some way to explaining a lot about its' heritage and contemporary culture. The series covers the geographical/political issues as well as explaining the origin of some of the stereotypical perceptions of the British such as their "sense of fair play" etc. Empire also portrays the exploitation, discrimination, and, in some aspects, the political ineptitude of the British Empire.

No one is condoning many of the things that were done in establishing and running the Empire, however, as some of the indigenous people interviewed for the series make clear, there were, arguably, some positive aspects to what the British tried to achieve. The British motivation and aspirations around the Empire need to be seen in the context of what was a very different world to the one we live in now. I have docked a star on the basis that I think Jeremy Paxman could have been more balanced in this aspect of his coverage.

In summary, this DVD set does serve to show much about where contemporary Britain has evolved from. It also chronicles the creation of what are now some of the globe's most powerful economies. The production quality is excellent, and, it is an atmospheric, thought provoking and insightful set of DVDs. (The run time is just under 5 hours in total). Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colonialism Explained. 29 Dec 2013
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Very absorbing and quite addictive. Some of my international friends now know why the British act the way we do in certain circumstances. Paxman is a thorough presenter and informative.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An excessively journalistic view... 26 Mar 2013
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I confess I haven't seen the whole series - just episode 1 - but I'm afraid it is a bit of a disappointment, in the sense that the story line is all over the place. In one episode, Paxton takes us from the 1763 Paris agreement that 'gave' India to the British, all the way up to Laurence of Arabia and the Balfour Declaration. There is no background to British expansionism into the rest of the world (e.g. the American colonies), and the chronological jumps just confuse, rather than illuminate. Simon Schama's History of Britain was much more structured in its episode on colonialism. Paxton is a great journlist, no doubt about it, but as with Andrew Marr, journalists venturing into the realms of history can be a mistake ....they are good at finding the right people to interview and find good stories to tell, but lack the overview to give the whole thing sense and provide deeper understanding. Still, I will watch the other episodes, and see if things improve!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good seller
good item; good delivery
Published 9 days ago by P. Hutt
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent programme.
Arrived as promised. An excellent programme.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Linda Mary Law
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Jeremy Paxman is great in this DVD. He obviously has a passion for the age of Victoria. Go buy it
Published 9 months ago by T. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but disjointed
I was looking forward to watching Empire and understanding far more about our imperial roots. The series did allow me to understand more in an engaging way however the structure of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ian Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Empire
Everything connected with this DVD is excellent including content and service. I look forward to buying more of Paxman's work
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. J. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Empire
A great piece of history about our country.I could watch it over and over again.An historic record of the empire.
Published 11 months ago by Cheryl Lowden
4.0 out of 5 stars Prompt delivery
Delivered promptly. This video gives a different purspective to the history of British empire. Now I know why Gandhi was so determined to get rid of British from India.
Published 12 months ago by Kingram
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy Paxman EMPIRE a must see for all children and adults
Very well documented and informative, there was no bias told it just the way it was. This should have a place in all school history departments!!
Published 12 months ago by LUCY
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
It was my first experience of Jeremy Paxman, and I thought he did a wonderful job, though I believe he isn't to everyones liking.
Published 15 months ago by gallmica18
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking at the Empire from an intellectual and not a stereotype point...
I enjoyed watching this video. Jeremy Paxman looked at the Empire from its evolution, its development and its effect on the history and culture of the people it ruled. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Minty
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