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Pillars of the Earth [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003UD7J94
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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I must admit when i saw the trailer for this tv series i was not that impressed and now i admit that my first impressions were entirely missleading. This production is fantastic especially since it has such a fantastic cast. Rufus Sewell and Donald Sutherland act really well in it making it pleasurable to view. The storyline was really intriguing thus making me finish the whole tv series in a night because *SPOILER* i just wanted to find out what the whole saga about the ring really meant.
I thought that the scenery was also really nice with all the numerous forests and castles. The fighting scenes were really well done but perhaps maybe a bit to bloody but hey, everyone needs different aspects to watch in a film.
What i liked about the tv series was it didn't just focus on the lives of the middle aged people but also went through the lives the young people during those times.
I highly reconmend this TV series t history fanatics because they can learn new facts especially about King Stephen who isn't really portrayed in the media. I must watch show which will forever remain amongst my beloved historical tv shows like Rome, The Tudors, The Borgias and Camelot.
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Sometimes tv production companies excel themselves when making something, and this is a case in point. It is some years since I last read Ken Follett's novel, but I can still remember most of it. The idea in making this was to try to create something that was inspired by the book, but not necessarily a strict word for word adaptation. Lets face it there will always be differences between book and screen versions and it is a brave person who takes on the task of adapting something that has been enjoyed by many people.

Ken Follett himself I believed praised John Pielmeier for his screenplay, which is magnificent. To a lot of people this story has been so good because the production shows more than the novel did what life was like back in the period it was set, and what a major part politics and favour played, as well as the power of the Catholic Church throughout our history. Indeed any historical programme cannot leave out the machinations of church authorites in these most troubulous periods of our history.

With a fine cast of characters and sex and violence this is what a lot of people enjoy, and in this household it has been must see tv. Although as I have said, there is sex and violence here, this isn't done gratuiously, and where it appears is relevant to the storyline. Who knows, perhaps it may interest some people to want to know more about the times it portrays, which is very interesting. I know when I read the book it made me find out more about architecture and how churches were built, and builders learnt from each others mistakes.
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Addictive, hugely entertaining and never meant to be taken too seriously - brilliant - and what a cast; Rufus Sewell, Donald Sutherland, Ian McShane, Mathew MacFayden and Hayley Atwell to name but a few.

Trying to summarise the whole plot would take far too long for a review so I'll give a very basic outline:-

England is just out of the Dark Ages as Tom Builder (Sewell) sets out on the road to find work and shelter for himself and his family. Events take a dark turn for Tom. Eventually he finds himself in a place where his dream of building a Cathedral comes true. Unfortunately, both the town and church around Tom are riddled with deep, dark secrets and his plans for the Cathedral bring corruption and mystery out into the open. Add a wonderful background of Monarchy (Queen Maud and King Stephen), double dealing Knights of the Realm, evil Bishops, corrupt churches/monasteries, poisoning, battles, escapes to France plus political intrique and you're not even half way into the plot.

The Pillars of the Earth is a piece of fantasy loosely based on the plot of a Ken Follet novel. There's more than enough (moderate-strong) sex, violence and strong language to reduce the whole series to little more than an historical romp at times. The market for this DVD is definitely aimed at those of us who enjoy TV drama such as The Tudors or The Borgias. I'm only adding those comments because I've read through some of the earlier reviews and seen how disappointed people were with the TV mini-series. For that reason I'll add a couple of words of advise: if you're expecting The Pillars of the Earth to be a true depiction of the novel you'll be disappointed. It's not. Neither is it historically accurate or particularly believable.
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I try not to get annoyed over films or tv series that appear to be based on historical events(and even include real characters from our history books)but don't actually deliver historical accuracy.

This mini series is based on a fictional novel by Ken Follett.Amongst the producers are the Scott brothers,Tony and Ridley.The series is directed by one Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.

It's exciting viewing,and has an intriguing plot with plenty of devious characters wielding awesome power whether for the State or the Church over ordinary mortals who are trying to do good and or just survive life in the hard times of 12th Century England.
The acting,although not Oscar level,is mainly believable but not helped by the script which was somewhat simplistic and cumbersome in my opinion.
Ian McShane's role as a Borgia-style climber was under used ;more could have been made of this terrific,meaty character and McShane has in his tank the performance of a lifetime in Deadwood Ultimate Collection Seasons 1-3 [DVD].Sadly the only time I saw his eyes sparkle was a scene in which a woman lifted her skirts in front of him and urinated on his bible.

There is little nudity throughout,some swearing and some violence.There is a thread of incest running between a mother and her son,and a brief rape scene also involving the son.

My own view is that somebody somewhere enjoyed this so much they decided on the idea of making Game of Thrones - Season 1 [DVD] [2012] with more nudity,violence,sex and intrigue.

G.O.T. works very well---'Pillars' is like an appetizer.But to be fair to the production it is entertaining without the excesses of G.O.T.
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