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. --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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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!
+ 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.Read more ›
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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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