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The Tudors: The Complete First Season

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The Tudors: The Complete First Season may cover the same subject matter as the 1970 BBC series The Six Wives of Henry VIII, but in every other respect it is a different idea of historical drama. Sexy and violent, The Tudors envisions Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) as a young man of both passion and ambition, driven by boundless sexual energy and the desire to establish a legacy early in his monarchy. When he isn't sleeping with any available beauty--heedless of whose daughter or wife a lover might be--he's getting fired up about going to war with France. He is amenable, however, to alternative ideas, including the counsel of his Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey (Sam Neill), who wants his king to sign a treaty of universal peace with all of Europe. Henry's fiery temperament endangers such a move, but Wolsey persists in hopes of gaining France's support for his own, possible ascendance to the papacy. His ambitions are not to be, however, and his fortunes go downhill as Henry's desire to wed Ann Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) puts Wolsey in the position of petitioning Rome for a hearing on the legitimacy of Henry's marriage to Queen Katherine.

Henry's shrewd alliance with the king of Spain is also testament to his desire to have more influence over European affairs. But his even greater desire for another woman proves an obstacle there, too. Over the course of the ten episodes on The Complete First Season, Henry's confidence grows as a monarch while his self-interest undercuts his better judgement about making a difference to Europe's progress. While the series makes the historical events rich and captivating, it also makes Henry's love life a voyeuristic delight, full of candlelit flesh and romps in the royal bed. Some of the most fascinating characters in the show are those who figure out the link between Henry's libido and his exercise of power--including Boleyn's own father (Nick Dunning), who encourages Ann to keep up the good work. Sheesh. --Tom Keogh

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The Tudors is an intimate, delicious, and daring drama revealing the early years of Henry VIII, an idealistic, lustful tyrant torn between bedding wives and mistresses and conquering Europe. King Henry VIII executed people with little excuse, and single-handedly tore apart the Roman Catholic Church, the most powerful institution in medieval Europe. Passionate, vibrant, and scandalous, he forever altered the course of history.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tudors....Sinfully Good Fun! Oct. 9 2007
This series takes a look at WHY Henry the VIII married Anne Boleyn, and the events leading up to Englands original break with the Catholic Church. While some people believe that Jonathan Rhys Meyers was a miscast in the title role mainly due to the lack of physical resemblance (he's a bit lanky compared to what historians suggest the real Henry to have been...robust and "built") however I believe that his acting abilities outweigh any physical discrepencies that might be present. Obviously the events that take place during the show occured over several years instead of what seems like a short period of time, and there's no difference in the physical appearance of Anne in the show, despite the historical proof that towards the end of their courtship, Anne was getting quite on in years (for the time period of course)and her peers at court, who obviously were her enemies, would come to describe her as a "crone".

All in all however, this is a nice delightful period soap opera/drama that is quite enjoyable to watch! Similar to "The Other Boleyn Girl" in paperback, "The Tudors" represent the time period well and the costumes are amazing!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars decent series, good presentation, but... Dec 19 2007
Either you love "The Tudors" or you hate it. I have never met anyone who simply "liked" it, so I won't waste time talking about the show itself. Instead, I will address the subject of the Canadian DVD set release, which is superior to the US release when it comes to extras, but does cost a bit more as a result. This set includes:

+ All ten uncut episodes (the CBC trimmed them for content when they aired)
+ Deleted scenes
+ Blooper Reel
+ Cast & Crew Interviews
+ Promotional Material

The episodes are lovely. Nothing much to comment on there, apart from the fact that you can now enjoy the "porn lite" of the original show if that's your thing.

The Deleted Scenes include about fifteen minutes of moments trimmed for time or interest. They break down into the following segments (all included in a jumble together):

+ A missing scene from the opening segment, in which Henry's uncle the ambassador to Italy waits around in the court before being told he has been granted a private audience (and goes off to his death)

+ Thomas Tallis coming to court -- nothing much to see here. I'm bored just writing about it.

+ Buckingham at desperate prayer before his execution, before the guards come and drag him away.

+ The painter crafting his portrait of Katharine of Aragon and Henry Tudor, in which he experiences a vision of Anne Boleyn coming to stand between them. I'm not surprised this was taken out, as it was a little too surreal for the series, and including it would have been, in a word, absurd.

+ Margaret and Brandon on the ship together, presumably either on their way to France, or returning from it. Margaret is half hopeful that they will founder on the rocks.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Cette série est une magnifique évocation de l'Angleterre du roi Henry VIII, malgré quelques libertés prises avec l'histoire (le personnage de Margaret, la soeur d'Henry, correspond plutôt à Mary qui a épousé le roi de France et non le roi du Portugal, Marguerite de Navarre n'a jamais couché avec Henry VIII...).

Je trouve que la distribution est particulièrement bien réussie. Je pense en particulier aux actrices qui interprètent Catherine d'Aragon et Anne Boleyn.

Les décors sont magnifiques et les costumes superbes. La série est très audacieuse et c'est ce qui en fait sa grande force. Les principaux personnages sont très bien campés et on a très bien cerné leur personnalité complexe.

Une très belle réussite
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Religion and Politics in Technicolor Nov. 4 2010
This Tudor series is of incredible quality - well worth the $s. I saw an installment on Canadian broadcast TV while circling Lake Superior in a Canadian built Road Trek RV - (a Mercedes Sprinter), in October. I was very impressed both with the marvelous production quality, and the acting and writing in this series. I was also struck by the freedom you Canadians have in what you are permitted to broadcast. If the episode had aired on broadcast as opposed to cable TV in the US, our Public Broadcasting System would have been fined $500M for indecent exposure for a brief view of a breast. We residents of the lower 48, have a terrible phobia about the cataclysmic things that might happen if a breast is exposed; never mind that all mammals - male and female alike have some mammary tissue. Phooey on our superstitious puritan USA ancestors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tudors what else can be said April 18 2013
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Awesome show for anyone who loves history. The director of the show currently the same as that of the show "vikings" does an awesome job. Johnathan Rhys Meyers kills it as Henry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Dec 24 2012
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Excellent! Great casting, acting, costumes and story-telling.
Can't wait. To start season two. I wish I'd watched this before reading Wolf Hall!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Fiction Jan. 3 2010
The Tudor era, while it has intrigued the modern public, has never been portrayed accurately in film or television. The Tudors shares in that tradition and is entirely a fictional tale never to be confused with fact. There were real people like Henry VIII, Anne Boelyn, Thomas More et al. but the series blightfully ignores what actually occurred. Henry Fitzroy, the king's illegitimate son, is killed off when he lived past Anne's execution. The Duke of Suffolk marries Margaret Tudor (who also is terminated)when he really married Mary Tudor and Margaret married the King of Scotland (allowing the Stuarts to assume the English throne in 1603 after the death of Elizabeth). And in the interest of twenty-first century values, the Tudor court supposedly was a hot bed of seduction and sex. Not. Read Eric Ives's biography of Anne Boelyn for something more realistic. And, of course, everyone is far too pretty, physically. Jonathan Rys Meyers bears no resemblance to Henry VIII and almost looks wimpy since he lacks the age (not old enough) and the physique of a middle-aged king who truly was a big man. Anne was not a stunning beauty, though like Cleopatra she always is so portrayed. The series, nonetheless, is addictive fun despite these sorts of faults. The key weakness is a proliferation of dumb and irrelevant sub-plots like the relationships of Tallis or Wyatt. It is well acted, with nice location shots, and a good build-up to the inevitable series of crises: the Great Matter; the fall of Wolsey, More, Anne, Cromwell and Norfolk; the split from Rome. Heads will roll and the audience gets to revel in the fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
As the season opens, Henry VIII is bored with his wife and frustrated with his lack of a male heir. While satisfying his carnal desires elsewhere, he's also beset with political... Read more
Published on March 30 2010 by Kona
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Published on March 22 2010 by Marcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old fashioned drama!
Graet series if you like the old fashioned english drama with some history thrown in. Well acted.
Published on Jan. 10 2010 by Paul Holscher
4.0 out of 5 stars OH, YOUR HIGHNESS!!!
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The reason the blooper reel is out of sync on some sets [and I happened to get one of these sets] is because, although the sound is there for it, an entire scene is missing... Read more
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