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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
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. --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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. Read morePublished on April 18 2013 by Andrew Dockrill
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!
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... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2010 by John R. Aldridge
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 morePublished on March 30 2010 by Kona
The Tudors: The Complete First Season (Uncut Edition) [Blu-ray]
While not being completely historically accurate, the major players are authentic and if the whole is in the... Read more
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
I guess could say that "The Tudors" isn't much more than dumbed-down English history for the MTV generation. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2009 by B. C. Whitcomb
"The Tudors", season one was terrific, however it's too bad it did not have sub-titles for the hearing impaired. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2009 by Ernest R. Giardino