Tristan + Isolde [Blu-ray] 
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From executive producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator) comes an action-packed saga of epic battles, political intrigue and forbidden passion. Rufus Sewell, James Franco and Sophia Myles star in this rousing adventure set in a time when the lines between heroism and savagery were etched in fire and carved out with broadswords.
Luscious cinematography and even more luscious stars make Tristan & Isolde a feast for the eyes. Adapted from the medieval love story, the movie begins with with young Tristan (played as a child by Thomas Sangster, Love Actually) as he sees his parents killed by the tyrannical Irish, who ruled over a fractured Britain after the Roman occupation. Taken in by Marke (Rufus Sewell, Dark City), who rules one of the British tribes, Tristan (James Franco, Spider-Man) grows up to be a young prince and a mighty warrior--and when he's believed slain in battle, he's given a royal funeral, which sends him out sea in a burning boat. But the fire goes out and Tristan washes ashore on Ireland, where Isolde (Sophia Myles, Art School Confidential), the daughter of the Irish king, nurses him back to health. Being a lovely pair of young folk bursting with hormones, they fall madly in love... and set in motion a tragic tale that's lasted for centuries in many variations. Some reviewers have criticised Tristan & Isolde for deviating from the most common classical version, but the movie's storyline--though certainly altered to appeal to modern audiences--is fairly strong. Myles and especially Sewell turn in strong performances; Franco, however, though surprisingly persuasive as a warrior, never burns as a lover. Nonetheless, the loving shots of Franco's muscular physique will make this a must-have for his fans. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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First of all the film shows the "real" historical context of this fable. It pushes it back to an undetermined period after the fall of the Roman Empire. But the various Germanic tribes are already in Britain, the Jutes, the Angles and the Saxons. The Celts were already there and the Picts are added to the picture with little real involvement. The Irish in Ireland are the only faction that is living in an island that had never been occupied by the Romans. They take advantage of the divided situation in Britain to prosper on these divisions by inciting systematic rivalry between the various entities, raiding the various regions and first of all Cornwall and capturing young men and women to become slaves in Ireland. The only missing element is King Arthur, but I guess that would be too much legend for us, the modern audience, so it was kept out of the picture though it is very much present in the old tradition of the 12th century.
Then the film becomes a savage, wild and brutal film of action that would not be saved by anything if it were only action because it is not reasonable and believable.Read more ›
When the Romans left Britain in around 430AD, the country was left weak and fragile. The preyed-upon tribes, the Jutes, Angles, Saxons and Celts, among others, were yearning to unite against the region's Dark Ages dominant power, Ireland. Tristian (James Franco) finds himself caught up in this battle, when as a boy, Britain's powerful Lord Marke (an excellent Rufus Sewell), rescues him from a certain death after his parents are killed in an Irish attack.
Meanwhile, over on the west coast of Ireland, the lovely Isolde (Sophia Miles) is mourning the loss of her beloved mother who died by "ill vapors," leaving her at the mercy of her brutal father, the Irish King Donnchadh (David Patrick O'Hara), who is more concerned with using his gorgeous daughter for political expediency. When Tristian is mistaken for dead, and ends up shipwrecked in the Irish coast, Isolde finds him, nurses him - and loves him - without revealing her royal identity.
When his cover is blown, Tristian is forced back to Britain and when the couple next meet, she's the surprise "prize" wife, who will be donated to the winner of a tribes-of-Britain gladiatorial showdown, won by an unsuspecting Tristan on behalf of Lord Marke. Numerous torn loyalties, treacherous schemes, broken hearts, and bloody battles follow.Read more ›
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a very interesting film on the dark age kind of like king Arthur in away but a entertaining filmPublished 27 days ago by mrs rose francis
A good love story but a little dark in places, but a good one to be engrossed in on a dull, rainy day.Published 7 months ago by panders