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5.0 out of 5 stars 1066 delivers the best of history television., 1 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: 1066 [DVD] (DVD)
The angle of telling the historical story from the fighting man's
perspective, was suspensefully implemented. I witnessed the view of the
invading Vikings, shared their long journey via the North Atlantic ,
the excitement of pillaging the anglo -saxon villages, and their thirst
for a adventures battles. The main focus however was on the anglo -
saxon peasants, who had to leave their homesteads and their loved ones
behind, to fight the invaders. Expecting an attack from William the
Conquerer from Normandy they had to guard the Sussex Coast. When News
arrived, that a mighty Viking force was attacking the Midlands, 200
miles north. Imagine untrained farmers turned soldiers with few
professional soldiers (the Kings Guard)commanding them, it was quite an
archivement to cover that distance in 4 days, with only dirt path's in
that direction. The old roman cobblestone streets run mostly east -
west. The hardship of it, is illustrated in great detail, specially
when you have watched the extras of the DVD, before you have watched
the movie series. This is what I recommend to all viewers. After having
seen the extra features, you will appreciate the movie more. Footwear,
food, clothing and weaponry really round up the " you have been there "
feeling. No Superheroes, or corny over-dramatized characters, just real
people trying to survive. The battles however are graphic, nothing for
the fainthearted. With fear, panic, cut of limbs, the movie is also not
without humor. I remember the Stamford Bridge Battle scene, where eager
soldiers from the rear ranks and file pushing the frontline without
caution, where an "ole battle hand" in front kept swearing at them,
going into certain slaughter. I haven't seen anything like that, so
authentic in a period peace battle. King Herold,King Harald and William
the Conquerer, take a backstage in this film, it's all about the common
fighting man. A very interesting approach, that worked very well in
this movie. A refreshing detour from the "300" type of making history
movies. The movie is 4 hours short, more than 2 hours are of it spend
for the 3 great battles: Midland, Stamford Bridge and Hastings. Yes,
the anglo - saxons had to march all the 200 miles back to meet another
enemy at Hastings, telling more would spoil the movie. I feel fortunate
to own a region free DVD player, otherwise I couldn't see all the great
historical movies from europe. There is nothing like this movie here in
north America.
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2009 13:19:01 GMT
Ironically, I feel the same way about my region restriction free DVD player; but for the opposite reason, many excellent films, TV series and documentaries etc.... are available in the USA but not in Europe. It really does show the short-sighted stupidity of the manufacture and retail giants, who are prepared to go to such effort and expense attempting to enforce a totally artificial 'zoning' system, the only point of which is to push up prices within the various zones!!! If they would only dump the whole stupid restrictive system and treat the world as one market, they would obviously make more profit in the long run anyhow, as we could all buy more of the DVD's we actually want!!!

Posted on 1 Dec 2009 20:12:59 GMT
Colonnata says:
I was looking for information like: what's the lenght of the film on dvd? 148m like Amazon says or 4h like a customer wrote in his post? I read of available extras: amazon doesn't provide us with this information either. And what about subtitles? Would somobody be so kind to answer? It is difficult to buy a product when we know so little. I'm Italian and I cannot check in stores: these films are always neglected by our distribution, and it's a pity. We can only rely on some kind British customer apparently, because Amazon is becoming very poor even in terms of basic information. Thank you in advance.
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