Borgia (Complete Season 1) - 7-DVD Box Set ( Borgia ) ( Borgia - Complete Season One )
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Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Box Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Documentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: At the heart of the world order was the Vatican, the arbiter of conflicts between kingdoms and empires. And at the center of the Vatican was a man whose quest for power would propel him to seek the ultimate prize, the holy see of Rome. He was a man whose name would become synonymous with ruthlessness, and whose reign as pope would be remembered as the most infamous chapter of the history of the Catholic church - Rodrigo Borgia. His four children - Juan, the oldest, a prideful, lazy, unscrupulous sexual predator, Cesare, a young man torn between a faith that was not his calling and his dark violent nature, Lucretia, a young girl discovering the secret power that a women's sexuality holds, and Goffredo, an innocent child who would come of age in a family riven by conflict- would provide Rodrigo with a challenge as great as the political maneuvering of his political and religious rivals. 'Borgia' is a dramatic series that chronicles the rise to power of this Catalan Cardinal and his clan, who would seek to establish a dynasty that would hold sway over the entire world. Though a man of faith, Rodrigo was also in thrall to the pleasures of the flesh. Not only did he have to deal with the plotting and conspiracies of his fellow cardinals and the representatives of the great powers, but he was locked in a struggle to contain the bitter sibling rivalries that threatened to tear his family apart. ...Borgia (Complete Season 1) - 7-DVD Box Set ( Borgia ) ( Borgia - Complete Season One )
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I would suggest the performance of Pope Alexander here is a little more nuanced.. as I started watching it, I felt his performance was too reserved, but as the character developed it really did have layers.. not just an inhuman Machiavellan character, but someone who can order heinous crimes one moment, and cherish their family and show a soft spot for them the next. The supporting cast all work well, and the character of Cesare in particular is well developed here.
There is certainly an abundance of sex, but then there appears to have been in the Papal household at that time.. and if it seems "unattractive" to watch the pensioner Pope thrusting himself at a beautiful young waif.. well perhaps you're supposed to be uncomfortable. And on the other side of the scale, some of the tortures / executions are quite horrific, to the point of feeling voyeuristic rather than informative. Production design works ok, it's not as convincing and varied as the Hollywood version, but enough quality to keep you from being distracted from the plot, and the sparingly used cgi in establishing shots is pretty good by TV standards.
All in all a perfectly interesting historical series worth watching,though on the sensationalist side.. and if you've seen the Irons version, it does cover much of the same ground. Both of them, it has to be said, have been accused of not being terribly close to the known facts.Read more ›
'Borgia' by comparison, is slower paced and grittier. What flashes by in half an episode on 'The Borgias', is detailed over an episiode on 'Borgia'. I make no pretence at being a historical expert on either Italy or The Borgias, but of the 2, 'Borgia' appears more authentic. This might have to do with the quality of writers on board, including Larry Cohen (In Treatment) and Gina Gionfriddo (Law & Order). About the accents: I readily confess, it took me an episode to attune myself to John Doman who sounds like he just stepped out of The Godfather (actually he stepped out of The Wire), which I suspect was the producers intention, as there are obvious comparisons between The Borgias and The Corleones.
To sum up I am enjoying both series, but if I had to make a choice as to which one I would invest my time in, it would be 'Borgia'. That said my instinct tells me 'Borgia' might be cancelled before the story is finished.
I really like this series, I think it has real potential and I intend to buy series two. Some of the scenes are very graphic and bloody, but hey that was the times.
All in all a good watch.
"Borgia" isn`t perfect by any means, but once you get past the amusement of a Spanish pope with an American accent, the episodes become more and more watchable and highly addictive. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the main stumbling block is the portrayal of Rodrigo Borgia as a violent, aggressive, mafia boss, who displays a constant morose, intimidating coldness. He shows no warmth or charm whatsoever and there is nothing likeable in him. He is constantly berating and threatening those around him, especially his children Historical records clearly reveal a sly, sensual, charismatic man, who was very laid back, fun loving and who loved to spoil his offspring excessively. This does reduce the authenticity of the story somewhat, but fortunately the rest of the characters more than make up for this distortion. Cesare is portrayed as an intelligent, vindictive, moody character who develops nicely as the series progresses and although the series does take huge liberties with the truth and invents several incidents which never took place, thankfully for the majority of the time, it does manage to follow the facts.
The script is excellent and the crucial events which occured during the Borgia reign are covered in detail. The filming, the costumes and the scenery are amazing. A lot of thought and research has obviously gone into this production and a beautiful, brutal, artistic, yet grotesque era is starkly brought to life.
Personally, I can`t wait to watch a season 2 and for this reason, I give "Borgia" 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding series - religious hypocrisy at it height. Brilliant cast, wonderful production & direction and lots of blood, gore, guts and sex. Read morePublished 17 months ago by AVLaughton
One of the biggest complaints I have noticed is the American accent being used for our head Borgia and at first I have to admit that this very broad state accent is hard to listen... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Naomi_B
Such a shame the US network abandoned this series. Not un-typical of the US to shaft its viewers for cornflake adverts.Published 23 months ago by OO54DWL
love it love it love it, far more exciting than the sky version of the Borgia, very addictivePublished on 7 Aug. 2014 by dannyS
This is a much more entertaining portrayal of the Borgia family. I didn't like a US accent for the pope, but.......Published on 27 Mar. 2014 by Scott K
Borgia is a StudioCanal production which is a collaboration between several French, German, Czech and Italian studios - it is a different series to the better-known 'The Borgias',... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by HyakuShiki1234
If you are "Roman Catholic" and don't know History, you might be chocked. But I think it's a very interesting point of view on the story of Borgia, a family that... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2013 by Laura Isabel Furtado