World Without End 2013

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The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.

Starring:
Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 14 minutes
Starring Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley, Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Peter Firth, Tom Weston-Jones
Director Michael Caton-Jones
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 18 March 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 14 minutes
Starring Ben Chaplin, Charlotte Riley, Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Peter Firth, Tom Weston-Jones
Director Michael Caton-Jones
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 18 March 2013
Main languages English

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The bookloving Norman on 8 Sep 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I suppose if one watches World without end without having read the book it can be saisfactory. If you are a fan of the book, though, be prepared to be disappointed, because the simplifications and changes are much worse than those in "The pillars of the Earth". Not that it is a bad show: the acting is good, the filming and costumes are great, but the plot tends to be repetitive at times, substituting the subtle steps the characters take, their evolution, with some gruesome act of vilence; every time the horrid Godwin finds an obstacle on his path, his mother Petranilla poisons, drawns or murders someone in some other gruesome way in a feat of motherly dedication, and around the third or fourth murder this tends to be slightly ridiculous. Some of the changes in the plot are understandable, even necessary considering the novel's length, others are just gratuitous. Sometimes the cuts make it difficult to understand who is who: who is Lady Philippa? If you haven't read the book you can't make it out, and anyway, why should she kill herself not to marry Ralph is a mystery.
Bigger problems arise if you are even vaguely familiar with medieval English history. I suppose the show was writtenwith American viewers in mind, and for them I suppose the intricacies of Plantagenet family ties can be even more trying than the plot of "Game of Thrones". Anyway, King Edward III may not be your ideal ruler by modern standards, as he was certainly fond of war as a way of settling international controversy, but he was a great monarch whose reforms had profound effect on his realm, and he grew very popular over his long reign. Here he looks like Disney's King John, subjugated by his mother Isabelle whom, in reality, he got rid of when he was 17.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hotdog on 19 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Unlike Pillars of the Earth I approached this series having already read the book so I was slightly dissapointed to see the number of changes that were made for this adaptation but that is exactly what it was meant to be- an adaptation! I would have liked to have drawn a few more similarities between the book and the series and I was also dissapointed at the lack of a theme tune so if these had been present then I could hardly have faulted the series. The acting was of a good standard and although the King was hardly in the book, I did enjoy the inclusion of the battle scenes which made the series a bit more epic then the book.
I did not enjoy it quite as much as Pillars although I still had that slightly sad feeling when it ended so all in all I would recommend it, but I would ask people to take it for what it is (and not a complete copy of the book!).
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Buckle on 17 Feb 2013
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Enjoyed the earlier Pillars but this was far better. Great cast, blood and guts, over the top characters, great swathes of history (sort of), peasants, the great pestilence and much more. Been a real pleasure to watch and a fairly decent finale as well. Looking forward to the DVD set arriving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Dec 2013
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Ken Follett stories are always good - but definitely adult oriented - not for easily offended maiden aunts, or pre-teen children.
Pillars of the Earth is a better production, so if you can't afford both, go for Pillars of the Earth
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 28 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
Having just read the poor write up for this series written by another reviewer, I feel even more compelled to express how fantastic I think this series is. I actually haven't read the book, so my review is based on the TV series and not how closely adapted it is from the book.

If you've watched and enjoyed The Tudors, Rome, Game of Thrones, you'll enjoy this. If you've watched and loved Ken Follett's The Pillars of The Earth you will love this equally. By all accounts it's not 100% based on the book, but regardless, this series is dramatic, tense, entertaining and visually stunning. As with a lot of quality TV these days, World Without End has a great cast, including Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin and Peter Firth. The series also stars a number of talented younger actors and actresses who will no doubt go on to do great things like Eddie Redmayne and Hayley Atwell from The Pillars of The Earth.
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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By I Know My Place on 6 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Why do people who have read the book ever bother watching a film or series about the book? Are they masochists? Do they expect the book to be reproduced faithfully? Has there ever been a decent review of anything by someone who has read the book and doesn't realise this simple fact?

I have read the book and loved it as I have watched this series and loved it.

If you like historical dramas then this is for you. A great cast, locations and interpretation of the book.

I can't go into much more detail with out spoliers (why do people insist upon SPOILERS!!)

If you enjoyed Pillars of the Earth (great book too by the way) you'll love this.
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Format: DVD
It is a sensible idea to watch "The Extras" before the actual movie. This will give a better insight to how it was made and also the Ken Follet.s thoughts on why the scripts had to be changed. To really get full enjoyment from the DVD spread viewing over a least 4 days. Six hours is much too long/
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By Andrea Gideon on 13 July 2014
Format: DVD
Not at all doing the book justice.
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