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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a chance on the Tudors
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...
Published on 17 Jan 2008 by Geoffrey Swayne

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3.0 out of 5 stars File under 'guilty pleasure'
England, 1519. King Henry VIII rules England and is beloved by his people. His wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, is popular and the king's chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, is able and formidable in administering the country and defeating plots against the throne. Another of Henry's advisors is Sir Thomas More, a man of great conscience and integrity whose respect and...
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV series ever, 3 Mar 2008
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Carol (Chigwell, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Tudors: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I love this so much and can't wait to see the 2nd series. He doesn't look like the real Henry but he is more handsome than the real one. Hey, this is on TV, forgive the casting. I think this is one of the best made, best acting and best produced TV series that I have ever seen so far. This is liked watching a well made movie, very nice picture too. if anyone miss this on TV, this is another chance to see on DVD.
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well acted but..........., 28 Oct 2007
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This review is from: The Tudors: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The Tudors series is well acted, the stories are interesting. The sets great......... but Tudors has some huge, massive historical mistakes!

This would be better as a fictional series than one which attempts to be historical.

Buy if you like a good story, forget it if you know some of the real history.
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11 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars RENAISSANCE SOAP !?, 20 Oct 2007
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Anthony S "FANJUVEEN" (France- Languedoc Roussillon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Tudors: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Yes, it is 'lush' and well acted - ALL productions from Britain ARE, let's face it!

Yes, there's plenty of 'Eye Candy' (what an expression - anyone who uses it would adore a piece of blah such as this!? Baywatch, Neighbours, et al as well? - plenty of 'that' there too!)

When we already have 3 SUPERB Henry VIIIs (2 with Keith Mitchell & 1 with Ray Winstone) which are ACCURATE & as well, if not better, acted - why this latest piece of nonsense?

(In amongst all the inaccuracies, already mentioned, are the basic facts that - Henry VIII was 'sturdy', even in his youth, & BLONDE, curly, not a sallow, skinhead racing snake in the current popular ('eye candy') image -& Anne Bullen (Boleyn) was a redhead - hence their daughter!)

Yes, presumably we WILL go from this, after interminable episodes, to Elizabeth I, who is equally represented thrice & magnificently by Cate Blanchett, Glenda Jackson & Helen Mirren (& a not bad more recent, but unnecessary, BBC offering.)

No, you're right - Henry VII (fascinating), Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey,
Mary I & Mary Queen of Scots will presumably not be covered other than in passing.

So much for "The TUDORS"!

'SOME Tudors' would be a better title - such a shame that HBO cannot get away from the old Hollywood habit of tailoring history, predominantly ours - the British, but I suppose other countries than the USA suffer similarly at their hands - to pander to the lowest common denominator in audience terms.

Look at the sublime Band of Brothers, from the same stable - but then that was American!

Sorry, but this is an inconsequential, wastefully extravagant piece of tosh going back to the 'Errol Flynn & Robert Taylor' bad old days of period FICTION!
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8 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worthless trash, 22 Dec 2007
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M. HELLEBERG "MH" (Denmark, Elsinore) - See all my reviews
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A very badly written piece of pornographis trash. Badly written by an old man who thinks all people are as stupid as himself. try real stories in stead. try real artists instead of this kind of trash.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but limited, 9 Dec 2007
This review is from: The Tudors: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
The title The Tudors is misleading. The Tudor dynasty covered about 100 years and covers some fascinating history including the reign of Elizabeth I, though I believe this was the subject of a different film. This series cuts that back to about 10 years. The first part of the reign of Henry VIII. Although this was a very significant period in British history, covering Henry's first and second troubled marriage's and the extremely important break with Rome, this cavalier approach to accuracy and facts nullifies much of the otherwise fine points in what could have been a significant series.
What we have is excellent. The portrayal of Henry as an idealistic but at the same time hedonistic young man and the effects this had on history are beautifully done and the portraits of the other major characters, Wolsey, Sir Thomas More, Katharine of Aragon and Ann Boleyn are fascinating and spot on. But it's not enough. This ends up as soap opera not history and stops just when it was getting interesting. Whatever happened to the rest of Henry's wives? OK, Shakespeare's histories were not very accurate either. What I can't understand is why if this was just going to be a pop shot at history they chose such a grandiose and misleading title.But then what would I have called it? Not Henry VIII and his Two Wives for certain.
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