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The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.

Starring:
Peter Firth, Ben Chaplin
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 14 minutes
Starring Peter Firth, Ben Chaplin, Cynthia Nixon, Tom Weston-Jones, Miranda Richardson, Charlotte Riley
Director Michael Caton-Jones
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 18 March 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles Arabic, Hindi, English, French
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 14 minutes
Starring Peter Firth, Ben Chaplin, Cynthia Nixon, Tom Weston-Jones, Miranda Richardson, Charlotte Riley
Director Michael Caton-Jones
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 18 March 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles Arabic, Hindi, English, French
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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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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This is a truly dreadful miniseries. When I saw a knight being pursued by two horsemen firing bolts (arrows) from their small crossbows with machine-gun like speed I thought this miniseries had to be a spoof. I wound the video back and looked at this sequence again. Yes, the relentless pursuers were not reloading their crossbows with bolts before each apparent discharge. They appeared to be just plucking the strings repeatedly as if their crossbows were toys fitted with rubber bands instead of normal strings. They were firing invisible bolts! To confirm the failure of the producers of this miniseries to understand medieval weaponry, we see a 10-12 year old boy pick up an archer's discarded bow and kill a man in mail (metal link) armour with it. If it had been only a hunting bow instead of an English longbow, the draw weight could be expected to be at least 50 pound weight which would almost certainly be well beyond the strength of a small boy. If a longbow, draw strength would have been at least 80 pounds, and usually much higher. To compound this historical nonsense, we see peasants and townspeople, including women, holding their own with spades, pitchforks, and hoes in pitched fighting against trained soldiers in mail armour and wielding swords.

The historical nonsense continues with Queen Isabella exercising regal power to secure her evil ends when in fact King Edward III had already deprived her of any role in the government of England. She was initially banished when her lover Mortimer was removed from power by Edward, and thereafter, she played no role in the government of England.
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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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