The Tudors 4 Seasons 2007

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1. The Tudors - Episode 1 AGES_15_AND_OVER

When England's King Henry VIII wants to wage war with France, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey proposes a treaty that will ensure their place in history as the Duke of Buckingham plots to assert his own claim to the throne.

Starring:
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Sam Neill
Runtime:
53 minutes

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The Tudors - Episode 1

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Season 1
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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Charles McDougall, Steve Shill
Starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Sam Neill
Supporting actors Natalie Dormer, Henry Czerny, Gabrielle Anwar, Jeremy Northam
Network Sony Pictures International
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct 2009
Format: DVD
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Swayne on 17 Jan 2008
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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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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Rosie Girl on 18 Dec 2007
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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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By H.J.P. on 16 Aug 2008
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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 By Terri from the US on 22 Sep 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By marieh on 24 Mar 2011
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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. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rumplestaleskin on 13 May 2010
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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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