Pillars of the Earth [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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]  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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I read the book and wondered whether the video would be as good. I was not disappointed, although the storyline is obviously shortened this does not distract from the main plot of... Read morePublished 14 days ago by superronnie
Captivating and thrilling Loved watching this, just wish they had made more and morePublished 25 days ago by Kaarina
Excellent series. saw it on the T.V. so impresses I bought this and the sequel, World without End. Thoroughly recommend it.Published 1 month ago by J. Stevens
Item as described. Played all through like New. Prompt delivery and well packaged.Published 1 month ago by Andy Pink
Brilliant series and well worth buying, hours of great entertainment and a good representation of the original story.Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Janet V. Shaw