The White Queen - Series 1 2013

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The White Queen is a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, vibrantly woven through the stories of three different yet equally driven women - Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville.

Starring:
Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • White Queen, The - Series 1 - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • White Queen, The - Series 1 - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • White Queen, The - Series 1 - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
  • White Queen, The - Series 1 - Disc 4 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 50 minutes
Starring Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, James Frain, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay
Director James Kent
Genres Drama
Studio Starz
Rental release 19 August 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • White Queen, The - Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • White Queen, The - Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • White Queen, The - Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
  • White Queen, The - Series 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 4 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 50 minutes
Starring Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, James Frain, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay
Director James Kent
Genres Drama
Studio Starz
Rental release 19 August 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Pepper on 10 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
I feel that this series has been unfairly criticised. It was never marketed as a documentary, and doesn't claim to tell the factual story. One should enjoy it for what it is- a drama. And as far as drama based on history goes, it is actually quite a good one. Yes, elements of the plot are not factually correct, but then we should also remember that they are possibly not factually incorrect either, as with the series set in the 1400s it is impossible to know the whole concrete truth. Many aspects included in the books and series are things that may have been true. For example, while some dismiss the witchcraft storyline as ridiculous, it is fact that Elizabeth Woodville and her mother were accused of being witches. While it may not have been true that they practised 'witchcraft', I actually find it interesting that the series portrays the allegations as true.

The White queen is based on the 'cousins war' series by Philippa Gregory focusing on three woman caught up in the 'Wars of the Roses'. These women are Elizabeth Woodville the wife of King Edward IV, Margeret Beaufort the mother of Henry Tudor (who we know as Henry VII), and Anne Neville the wife of Richard III. Gregory's novels bring to light the lives of these women who were key players in the Wars of the Roses, although their war 'would not be won on the battlefield.'

The series begins with Edward IV meeting Elizabeth Woodville, and ends with Henry Tudor's victory at the Battle of Bosworth. This covers the power struggle between the house of York and house of Lancaster, as well as the mystery of the Princes in the tower, all this intertwined with the stories of relationships. Amanda Hale (Margeret Beaufort) and James Frain (Lord Warwick)stand out for me as the stars acting wise.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By dosk on 7 Sep 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This series is a decent historical drama, a sort of prequel to the Tudors, with less violence.

It covers a long period in the lives of the main characters, but the producers have chosen not to indicate the passing of the time in any way, which leads to some confusion (of two women aged twenty something, which one is supposed to be the lady mother?) and, I can only assume unintended, humour (two agile radiant youths lying in bed telling each other 'we are not young anymore'). Therefore it is sometimes difficult to see how much time is supposed to have passed.

Many have commented on too much magic present in the series - Elizabeth's mother has been tried for witchcraft and the contemporaries believed Elizabeth herself to be a witch too. I don't think the magic is bad - we see things happening, like storms, after some curses have been cast, but it is up to us to believe that the curses may actually have caused the storms. There is a nice parallalel to Elizabeth's magic in Margaret's religious devotion, she too is very involved with higher powers, always on the lookout for signs and miracles. And she too interprets the events as being divinely directed.

The dvd itself - a disaster. There are no subtitles - as if this was a 40 year old production only recently restored and nobody bothered with subtitling it. There is almost nothing to choose in the menus: there is no scene selection! You may just select an episode. And, as an extra bonus, of the four dvds, three force you to watch commercials (yes, and no way can you choose the menu directly!), which I find the cheapest trick, since this is no bonus dvd delivered with a morning paper for and extra pound, this is a relatively expensive, brand new box-set.
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54 of 64 people found the following review helpful By BD on 23 July 2013
Format: DVD
We are on episode 6 here next week, I am thoroughly enjoying this tv series. Although I am not from the UK, I have great interest in reading about English history. I have read a few factual history books so I know this series doesn't follow the history exactly to the letter but I believe this story works for a tv series and is adapted very well considering three books are combined to make a ten part tv series. I believe that the actors are all perfect in their roles and I don't agree with other reviewers comments about wooden acting etc. Also I see negative comments about sets being too clean, too nice etc again I don't agree. I think the setting is fabulous and I believe they shot The White Queen in Bruges. I am not a nit picker I am enjoying it for exactly what it is, history fluffed up a bit for tv. If it gets more people interested in history, I'm all for it. Watch it, make your own mind up. Personally. I am loving it.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Robson on 4 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
When I watched this on the TV (with subtitles) I loved it, and was so excited to get for my birthday. Imagine how gutted I was when I put it on and discovered there was no subtitles for the deaf and HOH. How can a dvd in this day and age not have subtitles? Sadly, I have to stick to the books, even though this is one adaptation I really enjoyed! Really disappointed
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jan C. MacLennan-Kennedy on 5 Sep 2013
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This is a great series. Unfortunately, with no english subtitles or closed captioning it was very difficult for me to follow as I'm hearing impaired. Too bad and shame on the dvd producers who should know better.....
Jan C MacLennan-Kennedy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 25 Jun 2014
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I watched this on TV first. Really enjoyed the series. Taught me some history too. Very enjoyable. Shame it was just one series though.
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