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The Borgias - Season 3 [DVD]

Jeremy Irons , François Arnaud    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Colm Feore, Joanne Whalley
  • Format: Box set, 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Oct 2013
  • Run Time: 483 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


All ten episodes from the third season of the drama starring Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia, the head of the powerful family that dominated Italy during the Renaissance. In this season, Rodrigo, having survived an assassination attempt, works to maintain his power and influence in the church and his son Cesare (François Arnaud) struggles to prove his worth to the family. The episodes are: 'The Face of Death', 'The Purge', 'Siblings', 'The Banquet of Chestnuts', 'The Wolf and the Lamb', 'Relics', 'Lucrezia's Gambit', 'Tears of Blood', 'The Gunpowder Plot' and 'The Prince'.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CUT OFF IN ITS PRIME 24 Jun 2014
All is not well at the Vatican. Incensed Pope Alexander VI vows revenge on those who plotted his death and annihilation of his family. Cardinals and other foes will be brought firmly back into line, at least the ones that are allowed to survive.

Welcome ten more episodes of plotting, double-dealing, sex and destruction.

As always, the series is visually stunning. Again one appreciates how much the scripts and acting have improved since the uneven first season. Jeremy Irons impresses as the beleaguered Pope, as does Gina McKee as his archenemy, the siege of her castle an awesome highlight.

Gore continues to be interwoven with passion. Lucrezia spends her wedding night with brother Cesare rather than her husband. Demises are sometimes spectacular - one victim aflame as he runs, another destroyed by lampreys. Sly humour abounds - as with the Pope's "shocked" discovery of cardinals' debauchery (at an event he masterminded). Shameless money-raising tactics include blatant blackmail, indulgences, "holy" relics, con tricks very much a speciality.

Although enjoyable, it shocks to reflect how those in control of Christianity are as far from Jesus' teachings as can be.

Interesting bonuses include features on the food and drink of the time, plus historical backgrounds of key figures.

The series had a lot of life in it yet (unlike many of the characters involved). It thus saddens the plug has been pulled. No more decadence, alas!

But it was great whilst it lasted.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear god, this show is perfect. 17 July 2013
I love this show, and series 3 was easily the best they've done. Everything was turned up a notch, and finally giving us a real romance with Ceserae (Francois Armund) and Lucrezia (Holiday Grainger) was just the icing on the cake. Micheletto (Sean Harris) having a real story line was also an amazing bonus, and proved just haw underused he previously was, knocking every single scene he was in out of the park. If this show isn't nominated for any awards for season 3, then it is a travesty of justice, as it was easily the best produced show on television this year (oh yeah, even better than Game of Thrones third series... I said it.) Anyway, amazing show, amazing actors, devastated it's been cancelled.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Lush Production of Historical Legend 27 Nov 2013
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This series is worth seeing over and over again for it's outstanding acting performances from all the characters, the visually rich production (costumes, interiors and locations) and the intelligent and entertaining dialogues.

It is obvious that no cost was spared in producing this series. It is also obvious that great care was taken in casting all the roles - all the actors are serious professionals, making every person seem important (as they are) to the telling of the story. It's a pity this series didn't receive more media attention and awards.

The story line of the Borgias in this series is based primarily on the worst poisonous rumors about their lives, but understandable since it makes the story easier to tell, and in some ways, far more interesting. However, some of the outlandish scenarios that seem too ludicrous to be true did actually happen - but just did not involve the Borgias!*

The packaging was a disappointment. The season 1 and season 2 DVD sets consisted of 2 plastic boxes each containing 2 discs each, so that you wouldn't have to wrestle with all four discs (being layered on top of one another) at once, as is the case with this season 3 set.
It also would have benefitted from more information about who played which roles, as well as production credits.

*For a well researched and astonishing look at the real lives of the Borgias, try "The Borgias, The Hidden History", by G.J. Meyer, also purchased on this site. A riveting book that is hard to put down! The Borgias: The Hidden History
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Lavish Beauty - Where's Season 4? 19 Jun 2014
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I don't know if finances prevented another season of this lavish and totally absorbing production but it is a crime to the world of drama that it finished at only three seasons. This is wonderfully well acted and scripted and although the direction has been varied by different directors having separate episodes, the standard has been very high throughout. This is not just well-dressed nonsense like one or two other "history" productions. Terrible liberties have been taken with Italian history in the name of entertainment but the growth of public interest in real Italian history because of this series must compensate for it.

Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander VI is magnetic and majestic. Francois Arnaud and Holliday Grainger as Caesar and Lucretia dominate with their beauty and passion. The talented Peter Sullivan, as the long-suffering, sharp-witted Cardinal Sforza is unforgettable and Gina McKee as the bold and beautiful Catherina Sforza nearly steals the show. David Oates who played the mercurial and entertainingly wicked Juan is much missed in this final series. But the stunning beauty of the Popes mistresses played by Joanne Whalley and Lotte Verbeek, showing off the most wonderful costumes, almost made it a fashion show worth watching in its own right.

The final series has one or two things that I didn't enjoy as much as the previous ones. The gay love scenes went on a bit and I felt the blood-letting was beginning to be a bit of a fetish. We lost some of our favourite "bad" cardinals and the emphasis went from the Vatican to the commando exploits of the battlefield rather too much. Some people will have enjoyed this no doubt and this series has just as many original and highly dramatic scenes as the previous two.
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