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  • Actors: Blake Ritson, Charlotte Riley, Tom Weston-Jones, Ben Chaplin, Nora von Waldstätten
  • Directors: Michael Caton-Jones
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Hindi
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb. 2013
  • Run Time: 389 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AIGYVBK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,968 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Discover a new take on Ken Follett’s bestselling novel, with the 8-part television adaptation of World Without End.

England is on the brink of a devastating war with France that will last over a hundred years. A terrible plague, which will wipe out a third of Europe’s population before it is done, is spreading. Caris, a visionary young woman, struggles to rise above the suffering and oppression in order to lead her people out of the Dark Ages. With her lover, Merthin, she builds a community in Kingsbridge that stands up to the Church and the Crown. Together, they unearth a dangerous secret and must fight to save their town from ruin, ultimately ushering in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.

Special Features:

Includes an in-depth behind-the-scenes featurette, “The Making of Ken Follett’s World Without End,” providing a look at the making of the film.

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Based on the book of the same name by Ken Follett, World Without End finds England in trouble. It's on the eve of war with France, and the plague is spreading. And in the midst of it all, there's a plot again the king too. That sets the scene for a strong historical drama, with this adaptation spanning eight entertaining episodes.

World Without End is the follow-up to the excellent The Pillars Of The Earth, which itself made a successful transition to the screen. And while the television adaptation isn't totally faithful to the text, there's a lot to like here. It's a rich, engrossing drama, made firmly for adults, and an extremely entertaining one. Sure, there are points where it can feel a little over the top, and it's competing in the midst of a strong time for such historical shows on the small screen. But it's a consistently entertaining piece of work, with the cast led ably by Ben Chaplin.

The disc release is fleshed out by the welcome inclusion of a good, solid behind the scenes look at the making of World Without End. As the name suggests, this digs into the behind the scenes story of the adaptation, and it's a nice accompaniment to the main attraction. That main attraction? It's, at its finest, a glorious slice of historical anarchy, brought to the screen by people who clearly, clearly know what they're doing. --Jon Foster

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Unlike Pillars of the Earth I approached this series having already read the book so I was slightly dissapointed to see the number of changes that were made for this adaptation but that is exactly what it was meant to be- an adaptation! I would have liked to have drawn a few more similarities between the book and the series and I was also dissapointed at the lack of a theme tune so if these had been present then I could hardly have faulted the series. The acting was of a good standard and although the King was hardly in the book, I did enjoy the inclusion of the battle scenes which made the series a bit more epic then the book.
I did not enjoy it quite as much as Pillars although I still had that slightly sad feeling when it ended so all in all I would recommend it, but I would ask people to take it for what it is (and not a complete copy of the book!).
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I suppose if one watches World without end without having read the book it can be saisfactory. If you are a fan of the book, though, be prepared to be disappointed, because the simplifications and changes are much worse than those in "The pillars of the Earth". Not that it is a bad show: the acting is good, the filming and costumes are great, but the plot tends to be repetitive at times, substituting the subtle steps the characters take, their evolution, with some gruesome act of vilence; every time the horrid Godwin finds an obstacle on his path, his mother Petranilla poisons, drawns or murders someone in some other gruesome way in a feat of motherly dedication, and around the third or fourth murder this tends to be slightly ridiculous. Some of the changes in the plot are understandable, even necessary considering the novel's length, others are just gratuitous. Sometimes the cuts make it difficult to understand who is who: who is Lady Philippa? If you haven't read the book you can't make it out, and anyway, why should she kill herself not to marry Ralph is a mystery.
Bigger problems arise if you are even vaguely familiar with medieval English history. I suppose the show was writtenwith American viewers in mind, and for them I suppose the intricacies of Plantagenet family ties can be even more trying than the plot of "Game of Thrones". Anyway, King Edward III may not be your ideal ruler by modern standards, as he was certainly fond of war as a way of settling international controversy, but he was a great monarch whose reforms had profound effect on his realm, and he grew very popular over his long reign. Here he looks like Disney's King John, subjugated by his mother Isabelle whom, in reality, he got rid of when he was 17.
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Why do people who have read the book ever bother watching a film or series about the book? Are they masochists? Do they expect the book to be reproduced faithfully? Has there ever been a decent review of anything by someone who has read the book and doesn't realise this simple fact?

I have read the book and loved it as I have watched this series and loved it.

If you like historical dramas then this is for you. A great cast, locations and interpretation of the book.

I can't go into much more detail with out spoliers (why do people insist upon SPOILERS!!)

If you enjoyed Pillars of the Earth (great book too by the way) you'll love this.
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I am a big fan of Ken Follet's writing so I had read the book before seeing the mini series, as is usual with these conversions there are some changes to the book, not enough to really detract from what was being shown on screen, some characters were changed a little to make them more evil than in the book and some characters had bigger parts to play than in the book, but overall it was a very enjoyable watch and fully deserving of five stars
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Enjoyed the earlier Pillars but this was far better. Great cast, blood and guts, over the top characters, great swathes of history (sort of), peasants, the great pestilence and much more. Been a real pleasure to watch and a fairly decent finale as well. Looking forward to the DVD set arriving.
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Having just read the poor write up for this series written by another reviewer, I feel even more compelled to express how fantastic I think this series is. I actually haven't read the book, so my review is based on the TV series and not how closely adapted it is from the book.

If you've watched and enjoyed The Tudors, Rome, Game of Thrones, you'll enjoy this. If you've watched and loved Ken Follett's The Pillars of The Earth you will love this equally. By all accounts it's not 100% based on the book, but regardless, this series is dramatic, tense, entertaining and visually stunning. As with a lot of quality TV these days, World Without End has a great cast, including Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin and Peter Firth. The series also stars a number of talented younger actors and actresses who will no doubt go on to do great things like Eddie Redmayne and Hayley Atwell from The Pillars of The Earth.
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Sequel to the first movie, Pillars of the Earth, which was based on Ken Follett's novel, set in 12th Century England, in the fictional town of Kingsbridge. In Pillars of the Earth, his epic story revolves around the building of a cathedral and follows the lives of three men over 40 years as they each deal with politics, war, romance and personal ambition. First movie: FIVE STARS. Book: SIX OUT OF 5 STARS (no, that is not a mistake).

Enter World Without End:
England is on the brink of a devastating war with France that will last over a hundred years. A terrible plague which will wipe out a third of Europe's population before it is done is spreading. Caris, a visionary young woman, struggles to rise above the suffering and oppression in order to lead her people out of the Dark Ages. With her lover Merthin, she builds a community in Kingsbridge that stands up to the church and the crown. Together, they unearth a dangerous secret and must fight to save their town from ruin, ultimately ushering in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.

The first movie is reasonable priced. Buy it if you wish. Rent the second one or forget it. Just buy the book and really enjoy it.
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