The Tudors 4 Seasons 2009

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1. The Tudors - Episode 1 AGES_15_AND_OVER

As Henry VIII takes Jane Seymour as his third wife, a revolt against his brutal crackdown on Catholicism brews in the north.

Starring:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers,Max von Sydow
Runtime:
49 minutes

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The Tudors - Episode 1

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Ciaran Donnelly
Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Max von Sydow
Supporting actors Joss Stone, Henry Cavill, James Frain
Season year 2009
Network Sony Pictures International
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
The third series to this fantastic drama sees a bit of a departure in tone; whereas the second series showed the lust between Henry and Anne Boleyn through fiery passion, this series sees first of all the more demure Jane Seymour, followed by Anne of Cleves who Henry has no passion for. What this manages to do is to track the possible psychological changes within Henry. It also reflects the change in society in general, as the tension between Catholicism and Protestantism grew.
Although the series may not be the most historically correct in regrad to the minute details, what THE TUDORS does do is bring history to the general public. The necessary facts are there. And the entertainment value remains very high too.
This is a great series - highly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Harman on 4 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
So the Tudor saga rolls on, with Jonathan Rhys Meyers giving his usual great performance. He is ably supported by a wonderful cast, and it would seem that the producers have endeavoured to follow the historical events as far as the facts can be ascertained.

King Henry Vlll does not change much in appearance; there are references, to be sure, to his leg ulcer but will we ever see the fat, bloated Henry of history? By series four perhaps? The actress portraying Jane Seymour is lovely and her death-scene very poignant. However, King Henry, true to type, recovers quickly and re-marries; it must be remarked in passing that Anne of Cleves as played here, is not the "Ugly Duckling" of history and indeed it must have taken great courage to accept such a role in which one would have that reputation.

In contrast, Catherine Howard wastes no time in filling Anne`s shoes (and bed!) is she fortunate or unfortunate that she cannot see into the future? There is, in fact, an interesting parallel between the saga of Anne Boleyn and mistress Howard. But the viewer must wait for the fourth series to see the next bloody event! (not swearing!) Wonderful drama.

John Harman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Dondershine on 24 Mar. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Although I enjoyed season 3 of The Tudors, I have to say that this is the worst quality Blu-ray transfer I have ever seen. It borders on defective. There is so much shimmer in almost every indoor scene as to render the entire disk barely watchable. It is only slightly better on disk two than disk one, but still a serious problem. I have confirmed that this is not a case of my having defective disks because the complaints are echoed on other blu-ray forums. I can not believe that any company would actually try and sell such a low quality transfer at blu-ray prices. You are much better off getting the standard dvd version and watching with up-conversion. What a hideous disappointment, especially in comparison to the stunning blu-ray transfers for season 1 & 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
England, 1536. Anne Boleyn has been executed and King Henry VIII has married Jane Seymour. Henry is incredibly happy with his new wife, who soon bears him his much-longed-for son. However, Jane is also keen for Henry to reconcile with his daughters Mary and Elizabeth, and Henry is concerned that Jane is meddling in affairs beyond her interest. Such matters become less important when the north of England rises in rebellion against the crown, furious with the dissolution of the monasteries and what they see as the corruption of the king's chief minister, Thomas Cromwell.

The third season of The Tudors covers the period running from 1536 and the immediate aftermath of the execution of Anne Boleyn, to 1540 and the king taking Catherine Howard as a mistress. In terms of wives, it's the busiest of the four seasons as it has to get through three of them whilst also addressing the popular rebellion known as the Pilgrimage of Grace, the downfall of Thomas Cromwell, the rise to prominence of the Seymour family (who would retain some power even beyond Henry's death) and the religious opposition of Cardinal Reginald Pole, who stirs up opposition to Henry VIII in Europe. Furthermore, it only has eight episodes to do all this in (as opposed to the ten apiece of the other seasons). They even fit in a somewhat bizarre episode in which Henry has a mini-breakdown and works through it with the help of his fool (a great performance by David Bradley).

The third season is therefore quite impressive in that it manages to pack all of these storylines into a very short space of time and explore them quite thoroughly without feeling rushed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
After the spectacular fall of Anne Boleyn at the end of series 2, this was always going to be a slightly more difficult series to get right. It's still very good, but does lack the emotional intensity and narrative coherency of the first two series which got their focus from Anne's story.

Here Henry marries first Jane Seymour, then Anne of Cleves (surprisingly ably played by Joss Stone), and is involved with Catherine Howard by the end. Alongside Henry's ill-fated marriages, we have the Pilgrimage of Grace, and the fall of Thomas Cromwell.

Others have complained that the characters don't seem to age but I'm not sure I agree. Rhys Meyers conveys Henry's increasing irrascibility and instability very well and while he certainly doesn't don a fat suit (which I don't think any of us could condone), he does show us a Henry who is emotionally older as well as portaying his physical decay through the limp, the gory leg ulcer, and even that scraped back, receding hairline. Brandon even comments in the show that they are no longer young men and, with hindsight, we can see that the sexual romps of series 1, especially, were an indication of youthful exuberance and virility - both of which are in rather short supply by this series.

So yes, there certainly are manipulations to historical 'truth', but this is still an excellent evocation of the spirit of the times.
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