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Heroes and Villains [DVD] 
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Lavish, all-action dramatic spectacles based on the lives of six men who shaped the world around them, either by sheer force of will, genius, courage or even greed. Powerful, magnetic personalities who have earned their place in the world's imagination, all prepared to die for what they believed in - whether it was God or gold, the pursuit of power and glory or a magnificent ideal.
From Spartacus, the gladiator who brought Rome to its knees, to the audacious military genius Napoleon, this series combines absorbing drama with CGI to ask what were the motives, the strengths and even the weaknesses that drove these men to achieve what no one else had dared.
The amazing stories of Hernan Cortez, Attila the Hun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Richard the Lionheart are also included.
Series comprising the dramatization of events surrounding six of the most enigmatic historical figures. Each episode focuses on a particular person, these are Cortes, Richard the Lionheart, Napoleon, Spartacus, Attila the Hun and Shogun.
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The big difference with this series is that it takes a broader approach, covering the lives of some of history's most famous warriors and generals, from Spartacus to Napoleon.
Each episode is directed by a different team, which makes the series a bit uneven. Therefore it's worth discussing each episode individually, in the order they appear on the discs:
This episode covers the life of Spartacus, from his arrival at the Gladiator school of Capua, to his final battle against Crassus.
The first episode is the weakest of the lot in my opinion. A poor script, bad directing, a re-hash of scenes from 'Ancient Rome', and the most historically inaccurate episode to boot. A bad introduction to the series.
This episode covers the rise to power of Attila, and how he came to be defeated by a Roman-Barbarian coalition at the Battle of Chalons.
This episode has some interesting scenes, including a well choreographed siege of Naissus by Attila's army. Some ropey CGI effects here and there, but very well done considering the budget. The script is ok, and the acting is generally good. It does contain quite a few inaccuracies, especially concerning Attila's murder of Bleda.
This episode covers Tokugawa Ieyasu's attempt to become supreme ruler of Japan, and how this led to the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. This story makes a nice change from the other euro-centric episodes, and is very well made. The battle scenes in this episode are the most epic of the series, although the Japanese actors speaking in English is a bit distracting at first (I'm used to watching Japanese films). Generally a good episode.
Richard the Lionheart:
This episode covers the Third Crusade, and how Richard came to defeat Saladin's army at Jaffa. The opening moments of the episode are the best, although it begins to lose steam as the story progresses. The acting is generally good, although the script isn't up to much. The costumes are very well made though.
An interesting take on a often ignored but very important part of human history - the conquest of the Americas by the Europeans. This episode covers Cortes's attempts to subdue the Aztec Empire from 1519 to 1521. I have an interest in this period, so I found this a good episode. The reconstruction of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitaln was well made in my opinion, even if the CGI effects were a bit off here and there.
They seem to have saved the best till last, as this was the best episode of the series in my opinion. It looks at the 24 year old Napoleon Bonaparte, when he was only an obscure captain during the siege of Toulon in 1793. This episode benefits from having the events taking place over a month, giving it a sharper focus (the other episodes take place over several years). The acting, script and directing for this episode are high above any of the others in the series. I was also less distracted by the historical inaccuracies as I don't really know much about 18th century France.
Generally speaking this series is rather hit and miss. Some episodes don't work as drama, and the numerous deviations from the historical events keep them from being real documentaries. That said they do contain some great spectacles, mostly concerning the large scale battle scenes. As a matter of fact, the series is often at its weakest when it avoids the battles, as it's then that the weak scripts are at their most noticeable.
Still, those with an interest in history will find this series interesting. Others might find it worth a watch too, and it might spur you on to find out more about these figures and their lives.
DVD Info -
No.of Disks: 2 (3 episodes on each disk)
Audio: 5.1 Suuround and 2.0 Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
No Special Features
Length: 353 Minutes (6 hours Approx).
Of the six episodes of this series my favourite has to be the one detailing the rise to power of Tokugawa Ieyasu. I have a great interest in far eastern history and this episode was a great representation of the period with some surprisingly lavish battle scenes considering that it was made to a TV budget. I did find the Cortes episode slightly less interesting than all the rest but that is because I have little interest in that period of history.
Heroes & Villains has been an excellent series, well researched and able to portray the various periods in a fascinating and entertaining manner. This series would be a worthy addition to the collection of any history buff but would be of particular interest to people studying the periods covered.
Amazing really as it is brilliant. I have only seen three of the epsiodes so far - Richard the Lionheart and Attila the Hun which were fantastic and spartacus which didn't quite reach the same heights- mostly due to the actors not being as interesting.
I am purchasing the Dvd which I think is good value, and should be praised for its authenticity as well as quality entertainment.
In an aside anyone who is into the Total war series on PC - you will love this.
The scripts are sometimes sparse, not always offering a convincing central character, much less finding any moral drama in the story. I felt "Spartacus" was especially flat in this respect, and "Attila The Hun" a little arbitrary; but since these are the first episodes, it does mean the series improves as it goes along. The "Shogun", "Richard The Lionheart" and "Napoleon" episodes are great, but there is entertainment to be had from all of them.
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Attilla especially was simply brought to life.
It's programs like this that makes paying a TV licence worth it.