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The Pillars of the Earth

Ian McShane , Matthew Macfadyen    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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A cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked power, this Starz adaptation of Ken Follett's massive page-turner offers all the scheming and plotting of royal potboilers like Elizabeth and Showtime's The Tudors. The story takes place in the 12th century, when King Henry I loses his son at sea. After Henry's death, his nephew, Stephen (Tony Curran), assumes the throne, against the wishes of the Earl of Bartholomew (Donald Sutherland, star of Follett's Eye of the Needle) and Henry's daughter, Maud (Alison Pill, convincing as a Brit), which pits them against Bishop Waleran (Deadwood's Ian McShane) and Lady Hamleigh (Sarah Parish) and her bloodthirsty son, William (David Oakes). Tom (Rufus Sewell), a mason, and his apprentice, Jack (Savage Grace's Eddie Redmayne), enter the fray when they offer to construct a cathedral for Prior Philip (Matthew Macfadyen).

In the decades to come, Philip and the earl's children, Aliena (Hayley Atwell) and Richard (Sam Claflin), battle the bishop and the Hamleighs to complete Kingsbridge Cathedral and restore their family name. Jack's mother, Ellen (Natalia Wörner), aids in their efforts, while Jack and Alfred (Jared Leto look-alike Liam Garrigan), Tom's ne'er-do-well son, compete for Aliena's affections. As fortunes rise and fall, there's rape, incest, and executions, resulting in nudity, profanity, and splashes of blood. There are also over-the-top sequences, like a strange smothering, but the multi-character story line is involving, and the principal cast, particularly Sewell, is up to the task. The eight-part series includes extra features that explore the digital effects, the animated opening titles, and the production with Follett, executive producer Ridley Scott, actor/writer John Pielmeier, and director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop watching... Dec 5 2010
WOW! Watched a few episodes of this on it's T.V.broadcast, and couldn't even take my eyes off the screen long enough to have a drink. Excellent production, watches like a novel reads...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Dec 31 2010
By Terry
Not quite an exact replica of the book but phenomenal all the same. A story that will go down in history along side of other greats such as Gone With the Wind and North & South. Great acting and awesome story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pillars of the Earth Jan. 30 2011
By Freddie
This is just about the best mini-series I have ever seen. Everything about it is perfect. The adaption is faithfull to the book. The acting is topnotch. The costumes and setting made the story come to life. This is not for children but it makes a spectacular viewing for adults. We ended up watching the last four episodes none stop as we were hooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite novel now favourite DVD Jan. 5 2011
This series was just as gripping as the original novel. Although the screenwriter didn't follow the book exactly, it flowed like a Ken Follett novel always does, leaving you wanting more at the end of each "chapter", in this case "episode". And what a pleasant surprise and treat to see Ken Follett himself in a minor role in one of the episodes. Highly recommended for Follett fans!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing April 12 2011
By Jessie
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I couldn't stop watching. I watched the whole thing in one day! The acting, character growth, screenplay, cinematic is all amazing! I love the love story and battle scenes and they fit together so well. The family drama, church politics and architecture many not seem like they can go together, but they do and it is wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pillars" does not disappoint. May 13 2012
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I read the book and loved it. It was highly detailed...a long read...but worth it. I purposely didn't watch the series on TV because I didn't want to be interrupted by commercials. The video really captured the vision I had from the book. Obviously, many smaller details were left out and I missed those but for first time viewers, it would be a great series to watch.
I did miss the "golden" eyes described in the book as belonging to the beautiful "witch".
Wonderful acting by everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ken Follet brought to the small screen April 23 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Excellent cinematic adaptation of Follet's, "Pillars of the Earth". Follows the book story line very well. The series is well scripted and acted with major and minor Hollywood stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!! Aug. 5 2011
By JonBoy
This series was epic!!!

It followed the story line from the book quite well. Definitely a must see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot say enough good things about this DVD
Cannot say enough good things about this DVD. The acting is superb, good dialogue & well produced...I enjoyed it even more than the book. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Pamela Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great piece of work all round loved it
Published 10 days ago by margaret hammond
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Published 12 days ago by Serge Spenard
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Published 2 months ago by Carol Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pillars of the Earth is a great read and a great miniseries
The mini series was remarkably true to the book. Any differences did not alter the story. The story is powerful and the actors and filmmaking did it credit.
Published 6 months ago by Valerie Beasley
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction
Enjoy the theme and the setting, costumes etc. Gives one a taste of what life must have been like in the 12th century.
Published 8 months ago by Terrence Geere
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have not watched the videos yet and I am very disappointed as I waited longer than I thought to receive it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joanne
1.0 out of 5 stars broken product
The dvd has a crack in it and doesnt work, and I want it replaced, it was a christmas gift for my boyfriend.
Published 8 months ago by tenia domjan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the book
The movie was okay, but could have been better. As always, recommend the book over the movie. Not a movie to watch more than once.
Published 8 months ago by Maureen Britton
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed -
After reading the book I was a little concerned the series would not live up to the book, however I was pleasantly surprised, it followed the story line precisely and actors... Read more
Published 14 months ago by P. Hall
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