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  • Actors: Robert Powell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Pegasus
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00081MWZW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,496 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It was a time of bitterness and hatred, a war which pitched father against son, brother against brother in the bloody battle for the soul of the nation. It was winner takes all. After seven years of turmoil, even the dramatic execution of King Charles I could not bring peace, more bloodshed still lay ahead. The most tragic and dramatic chapter in English history is recorded in this spectacular and entertaining DVD. It features superb battle re-enactments and reconstructions, dramatised eyewitness accounts and delightful period imagery to chronicle the events, the major personalities and the battles of the war. The programme also includes 3D computer graphics and expert analysis from leading historians to tell the story of the English Civil Wars. Narrated by Robert Powell. Previously available on VHS HW005

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Cestrian on 10 Jan. 2008
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This eighty minute program needs watching more than once to absorb all the facts and figures. It is well-researched and written, narrated by Robert Powell.
It needs more than one viewing as the military re-enactments, narration and background music can get confusing. It was sometimes difficult to hear Powell's narration against the competing background noise.
Aside from this one criticism, this is an informative and eminently watchable account of "the most tragic and dramatic chapter in English history".
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By English/Danish Girl on 1 Jun. 2009
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The subject of 'The English Civil' war was only touched on when I was at school so I was delighted to see that a, value for money, DVD was available covering this turbulent time in British history. It would take a very long essay for me to do this documentary justice. However, if you value your heritage and enjoy maps, re-enacted war scenes and detailed explanations of why, who and when then I would recommend this as a worth while purchase.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Bradbury on 16 Nov. 2009
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An ideal introduction to the English Civil Wars for those wishing to learn the basics without spending too much time or money doing it. Part of The History of Warfare DVD series by Cromwell, this DVD brings to mind the Ladybird Books of my childhood, with short, neatly presented 50-55 minute programmes, packed with basic information put forward in a clear, simple, but entertaining style. I have no hesitation in advising that you buy and enjoy this DVD. The English Civil Wars [DVD]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Humphries on 20 Feb. 2014
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Good quality narration, descent battlefield re-enactment, dubious quality actors speaking parts of Charles, Welsh ensign etc.

If you are already something of an expert in this period of history then there will be nothing here that you don't already know.

If on the other hand you know only the very basic facts about this conflict then this is a good place to start expanding your knowledge.

If, like me, you fall somewhere between the two you will, likely find something informative here.

It is well presented and easy enough to watch.

There is a good deal of oversimplification regarding the political situation pre and during the conflict but that, I suspect, is probably due to time constraints. The major political and religious factors are, at least, alluded to.

Overall, not bad at all.
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