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The Tudors : Complete BBC Series 1 - Limited Edition 'Headless' Sleeve (Exclusive to [DVD]

Jonathan Rhys Meyers , Sam Neill    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill, Natalie Dormer, Gabrielle Anwar, Jeremy Northam
  • Writers: Michael Hirst
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XQ7QDA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,678 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Pulling few punches and garnering its fair share of headlines as a result, The Tudors is a controversial yet compelling period piece that dramatically tells the story of the early years of King Henry VIII. Not for nothing, though, has it attracted its fair share of awards attention.

The Tudors is a complex drama, and not one to simplify its storyline. The young Henry, for instance, is exploring his muddled romances and his insecurities against the challenges his kingdom is facing. It’s a plateful for him to deal with, and in the hands of a superb performance from Jonathan Rhys Meyers--a real revelation in the role--as the young Henry, it’s all vividly and skillfully knitted together.

But The Tudors isn’t just about its central character, for there’s a terrific supporting cast at work here too. Sam Neill’s Cardinal Wolsey, Jeremy Northam’s Thomas More and Natalie Dormer’s Ann Boleyn are just some who earn plaudits here. Behind the camera there’s the pen of Elizabeth writer Michael Hirst at work, and he too deserves much credit, clearly getting his teeth into the fascinating subject matter.

The Tudors is, undoubtedly, a graphic production, and earns its 15 certificate comfortably. It’s also been knocked for the liberties it takes with history when putting its story across--with some justification. But it’s also most certainly terrific television, mixing high production values with strong performances. In short, the ten episodes here will simply have you thirsting for the next series. Not before you’ve re-watched season one a few times, though… --Jon Foster

Product Description

The 'Headless' edition of the award-winning series The Tudors is encased in a unique sleeve showing Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) on his throne, surrounded by four busty headless women--a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the controversial king's legacy of beheading his wives. This limited edition sleeve is an exclusive.

Passion, ambition and treachery collide in this compelling, daring, big budget drama about the tumultuous early part of King Henry VIII's infamous 40-year reign...Bold and passionate about his country and his women, King Henry’s obsession with ensuring his legacy led to beheading friends and foes, waging wars and challenging the Catholic Church – events that would forever change the British Empire.

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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical innacuracies - yes! But what a romp! 18 Dec 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Yes, its true, there are numerous historical innacuracies, but truly, do these really matter and affect the viewing pleasure? No! Not for a second. This is entertainment, pure and simple. Yes, a lot of it is fiction but its still fantastic viewing - the sets, the costumes, the casting - which are all fantastic. I read many reviews on this DVD and some nearly persuaded me not to buy it as I hadn't seen any of the BBC2 episodes. Now, I can't wait for the next series - its addictive. Poppycock to all those purists who just can't see good dramatic TV fiction for what it is. I say, sit back and enjoy!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a chance on the Tudors 17 Jan 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I hadn't watched the series when originally aired, but bought the series on recommendation from friends.

Well long story short my girlfriend and I put the first disc in, and watched all four episodes, and we're quite quickly consuming the rest of it :)

Well cast through out, and with strong primary and sub plots. The quality of the picture is outstanding on Blu-ray and is a clear step-up from conventional DVDs...
...unfortunately that just points out some of the cheapness of some of the CGI buildings, as well as some other lacklustre props. Luckily though, I'm not quite shallow enough for that to both me!

A note for the easily offended: there is fair amount of swearing, a healthy portion of nudity, and frequant bouts of high definition nooky ;)

All in all a good one for grown-ups but don't give it to the kids as an aide to their school homework!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware: Highly Addictive! 16 Aug 2008
By H. Pope
As a history student people assume I will be constantly annoyed by the historical inaccuracies that feature relatively frequently throughout this series but I honestly couldn't care less! The casting has been well done (I doubted Jonathon Rhys-Meyers at first but he becomes an excellent Henry VIII in my opinion) and the seductive and dramatic plot had me hooked from the first episode.
Can't wait for Season 2!
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
I won't go into specific plotlines since that could take all day. However, if you realize while watching it that they have taken a bit creative license with some of the facts, then you will enjoy it much better. The acting is SUPERB. I really wasn't sure about the casting of Rhys Meyers, a very average Irish actor I have only seen in "Bend it Like Beckham". But he quickly won me over. He truly commands the screen, is petulant when it calls for it and really makes you beleive he is Henry. The actress who plays Queen Katherine is also brilliant. The sets and costumes are lush and beautiful. You almost feel like you were transported back 500 years ago! The storyline moves along very quickly and at the end of the season, really left me wanting more - I was completely hooked and cannot wait till 08 to see season 2. There are however, factual errors in the script that I won't detail here - if you didn't notice them while watching, then I won't disappoint you by pointing them out now. If you enjoy period movies and television, then you will ADORE the Tudors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tudors 24 Mar 2011
By marieh
can highly recommend I never enjoyed history so much. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a fantastic role as Henry V111. the costumes are amazing. I just had to get season 2 3 and 4 fantastic if you like history you will love this. even if you dont like history you will find it entertaining and addictive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 13 May 2010
This is probably one of the best televsion productions to look at Henry VIII despite the numerous historical inaccuracies.

The most annoying inaccuracy is the merging of Margaret Tudor and Mary Tudor in one character but otherwise the attention to detail is awesome. Hirst successfully higlights the minutiae of Tudor life interspersed with the splendor of the court.

Hirst's characterisation and casting were his trump cards as the acting is first rate. Jonathan Rhys Meyer doesn't rival Henry VIII in stature or looks yet manages to convey the most convincing portrayal of the monarch ever seen. The cast is very strong: Wolsey (Sam Neill), More (Jeremy Northam), Cromwell (James Frain), Katherine of Aragon (Maria Donnelly) and Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) are all played superbly! Hirst triumphs in his characterisation of these key figures: they are not portrayed according to stereotpe or in a one dimensional manner. The portrayal of Cromwell, in particular, is a welcome one.

Even if you are not interested in British History or the Tudor period, give it a go anyway. It's a great bodice ripping romp with the added bonus of being well written, brilliantly acted, well shot with amazing attention to detail. This series is so gripping that, should you buy the series, you will wearout your DVD through overuse!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Divorced...beheaded..... 28 Oct 2009
Ermmm....died ?

I think so (Jane Seymour) but to be honest we never got that far as at the "climax" of the final episode, Henry is still married to wife number one Catherine of Aragon, and Anne Boleyn was still his mistress with her head still firmly on those lovely shoulders.

That was my main issue with The Tudors season 1. After a good start, plenty of jousting, intercontinental skulduggery and gratuitous sex, the middle episodes dragged like a dog with no legs as it concerned itself almost exclusively with Henry VIII's struggle to annul his marriage to Catharine. Whilst alliances and were made and broken with France and Spain, these were secondary to his obsessive battles with the Catholic Church. Personally, I would have liked to see a little more progress although the series did end on a cliffhanger with the death of Wolsey, Henry's patience with the Pope running out and the separation from the Rome looming.

The good parts were however, the main characters, namely Henry himself played with charisma and aplomb by Rhys Meyers though with a BMI akin to that of a grasshopper he hardly looked like the portly and beardy chap every schoolkid can instantly recognise. The contrasts between the regal and dignified Catharine of Aragon, daughter of the Emperor of Spain and the beguiling but cunning commoner Boleyn made for good viewing as the Queen held her ground in court. For me though, the star of the show was the Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, under-played fantastically by Sam Neill, owning the screen every time he was on it. The man in red made many enemies but for all his faults and double-dealing, his downfall was a loss to both the court and viewers. And why did he call the Pope's ambassador a "Stupid Count" ? At least that's what I think he said.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All met my expectations and were very enjoyable
Published 16 days ago by lesley gosling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, ended up watching all 4 series.
Published 18 days ago by Jay
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Published 19 days ago by marilyn noblet
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Music.
I'd just like to use this opportunity to give a shout out for Trevor Morris and his catchy, memorable and exciting themes for the start and end credits which are certainly a... Read more
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can highly recommend I never enjoyed history so much. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a fantastic role as Henry V111. the costumes are amazing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by paula shaughnessy
5.0 out of 5 stars Historically inaccurate but who cares!
I started on series 1 on a whim as it is in instant video! I knew it would be inaccurate but all the cast were outstanding! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sally
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The best insight into Henry VIII and his life i have seen. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to season 2
Published 4 months ago by debbie hale
5.0 out of 5 stars 5* says its all!
This series in my opinion is a huge success. Pleasing to not only the eyes but also the history buff in anyone. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ashleighlw
5.0 out of 5 stars bril
was not sure about this dvd at first so i gave it a go and well ive had to buy all the series to see what happened
Published 6 months ago by james
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Just had to buy the full complete series after watching this on TV.
I can now watch as many as I want following the series instead of waiting for another week for the next... Read more
Published 7 months ago by P. M. Boldy
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