- Actors: Adolfo Celi, Oliver Cotton, Barbara Shelley
- Directors: Brian Farnham
- Format: PAL, Colour
- Language: Italian, English
- Subtitles: Italian
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Number of discs: 5
- Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Studio: Yamato Video
- Run Time: 531.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B002VL7AH2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,531 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Borgias (I Borgia) (1981) (5 DVD) [Import w/english audio]
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In un kolossal in dieci puntate prodotto dalla BBC e basato su un libro di Sarah Botsford, si rievocano l'ascesa al potere, gli scandali e la caduta di una delle famiglie più infl uenti e discusse del Rinascimento Italiano. Protagonisti di grandi amori come di incesti, omicidi e brame di potere, i Borgia vissero onori come l'elevazione al Papato del capostipite Alessandro, ma dovettero fare i conti anche con le imprese criminali dei fi gli Cesare e Lucrezia.
Top customer reviews
The performances are excellent, particularly the representations of Alexander VI and Cesare Borgia. The series provides a glimpse behind the scenes of papal politics at the outset of the Renaissance, but it shouldn't be taken too literal as history. Many of the popular bits of spicy rumour about the Borgias make their way into this drama. So, it may not be reliable history, but it's lots of fun.
The storytelling and performances hold up quite well against the current Showtime reworking. The characterisations are not quite as colourful as the Showtime telling and the colours and general quality of pictures certainly are not what we are used to in this day of high definition and digital recording, but this version has its own pleasures. Adolfo Celi makes for rather more 'Mediterranean' Pope (basically because he was a native of that part of the World). That he is also convincingly villainous is probably helped by his far more famous performance as Emilio Largo in 'Thunderball'. Oliver Cotton's Cesare is also excellent and quite a lot more sinister and less likeable than the HBO version. Given Cesare's reputation that is probably much closer to reality.
So, if you have just enjoyed the Neil Jordan directed take and want more, or if like me you saw this long ago and want to see it again, then this version can provide good entertainment and proves that some TV criticism is bast just ignored.
If you like a BBC Documentory with Italian Sub Titles OK but not for me as I wished to add it to my collection.