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The Borgias - Season 1 [DVD]

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Jeremy Irons , David Oakes    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, David Oakes
  • 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: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052WHLCQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,392 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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From the makers of The Tudors, The Borgias is the sordid saga of one of the most remarkable and legendary families in history. Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons) to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth for himself and his family. The unbounded audacity of this original crime family went on to inspire Machiavelli's The Prince and Mario Puzo's The Godfather. Don't miss a minute of the lavish, sexy, scandalous drama from the creative mind of Academy Award® winner Neil Jordan.
“The epic saga of Rome’s original godfathers”--The Mail On Sunday 

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85 of 100 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting & Cinematography; Solid Writing 30 Oct 2011
There is a great deal to admire in this series. Visually it is superb. The costuming and sets manage simultaneously to be both beautiful and realistic to the period; or at least, they seem so to my untutored eye. The actors uniformly do an extraordinarily good job. So much so that it is difficult to know whom to focus upon in this review, because whatever choices I make I will be omitting mention of some truly outstanding performances.

However, I am going to begin in the obvious place: with Jeremy Irons' interpretation of Rodrigo Borgia. I do so if only because so much hinges on this pivotal character. The Telegraph critic Rachel Ray criticised this series on the grounds that it "lacks the amoral aura of a psychopathic family", and specifically criticised Irons' own performance as "disappointingly undiabolical". On a strictly literal level Ray's perception of this series is entirely accurate. However, I would argue that it also entirely misses the point.

The Rodrigo Borgia we find in this show was never intended as an inhuman monster who would not have been out of place cackling maniacally atop Snake Mountain. Rather, what we gaze upon here is far closer to the true face of evil as it most often exists in the real world: ordinary, resigned in the face of the dictates of Realpolitik, and when confronted with the moral reality of where such dictates lead, by turns a true believer, actively self deluding, and at times even self doubting. Not unlike a concentration camp guard who can go home at night and be a loving father to his children. I am very much reminded here of political theorist Hannah Arendt's famous phrase "the banality of evil".
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130 of 154 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does power corrupt, or is corruption powerful? 25 Aug 2011
By Dancer
It is 1492 Columbus has just discovered the America's, Ferdinand and Isabella have kicked the moors out of Spain, and with the pope on his deathbed Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons) makes a power play to ascend to the Holy See. The stage is set for another Showtime historical Drama.

Coming off the back of the very successful Tudors series (even Henry ran out of wives in the end), Showtime have stuck with their audience and lavished the Borgia's with the big budget treatment. The story will be less familiar here in the UK, but in Renaissance Italy the Borgia's were a dynastic family (from Spain), contemporaries of the Medici's and Machiavelli. The tag line for the series is `The original crime family' and with good reason - Rodrigo and his family will stop at nothing in their quest for temporal and spiritual power, even Tony Soprano could admire their black manoeuvres, indeed the family's reputation for ruthlessness inspired Mario Puzo's to mold the characters featured in "The Godfather" after the real life Borgia's, yet like Tony they have to grapple with the reality of their actions.

The first season runs to just nine episodes, setting the stage, inviting us into Renaissance Italy, and introducing the players. The premiere starts with the death of the reigning Pope, which leaves a vacancy that ambitious Cardinal Rodrigo (Irons) intends to claim at any price. Through back room deals and other nefarious deeds, Rodrigo ascends to power while making a firm enemy of Cardinal Della Rovere (a solid Colm Feore)--an act that will have long range repercussions as the exiled Cardinal aligns with outside forces to unseat the Pope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff 6 Jun 2013
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pretty dramatic and sexy stuff all the actors played their parts t perfection well worth the money and time welldone all
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sets, another 'epic' drama 27 Sep 2011
These Americans/Canadians are really stepping up their game with how TV series are shot. There's Spartacus, Camelot, this - all with presumably large budgets and tackling folklore or historical fact in a way that was only ever seen in a movie previously.

Not everyone will love this show - it's really not that graphic (in comparison to Spartacus: Blood and Sand/Gods of the Arena) but don't tune in hoping to see a whiter than white Pope. There's sex, violence, plotting, battles, etc. Basically a reasonably accurate depiction of life during this time - the Pope was 'king of kings' and Borgia was all about gaining power by trying to bribe others or marry off his family into the different Italian provinces.

As someone else said, Jeremy Irons is ok. He plays the role in a very subdued way, he's always very contemplative but I quite like it.

It's very interesting as I previously wasn't too aware of this period in time. From the Wikipedia entry on the House of Borgia, it would appear that the producers have taken some artistic licence as Giulia Farnese and Lucrezia were actually a lot younger than is portrayed in the show.

It's all very cloak and daggers - religion is but an after-thought and way of keeping people under control.

The series ends well with the promise of more but it seemed to accelerate time quite quickly towards the final episode.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Embarassingly dreadful
Simply awful. Ham acting, terrible script and extremely annoying music. The actors are all well known and are very capable of excellent work so I can only conclude that the... Read more
Published 27 days ago by A. Mills
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not very good.
Published 29 days ago by Valerie Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a gift so think they happy
Published 1 month ago by terry lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars ... catholic and offended by it but postage etc was fine
Im a catholic and offended by it but postage etc was fine
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Derek Behan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Happy with purchase
Published 1 month ago by William George Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Season
Really Enjoyable Season, Lots of Exciting Story lines happening at the same time.
Published 1 month ago by Optimusprime
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as 'borgia'
I can honestly say after watching both series I prefer 'borgia' with John doman. I find myself getting easily distracted while waiting for Jeremy irons to finish his sentence. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ashleighlw
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody messes with the Borgias
Saw this originally on the tv. Bought the following two series on dvd and wanted an inexpensive used
copy to complete my collection, and remind me of how it all started. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GRobertson
1.0 out of 5 stars buy something else
Posh English people pretend very hard to be Italians during the early Renaissance. Jeremy irons discovers a whole new way to pronounce English lengthening his consonants to such... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a good series
I would really recomend this series to anyone, who likes to gain more insight on how life was in the past, but with a twist of entriques, seduction, politics and struggle for... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stingi
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