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The Tudors: Season 3 [Blu-ray] [Import]
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The Tudors is one of the most compulsively watchable TV series in recent memory. It's (mostly) true to history and shows the undeniable power, corruption, enormous appetites, and drive of King Henry VIII. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a vengeful, lustful king, who does nothing without carefully considering the consequences--unless, of course, it involves women, wives, and mistresses. In season three of The Tudors, Henry has dispatched with bothersome second wife Anne Boleyn and has his eye set on the coolly lovely Lady Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis), who dies suddenly after the marriage. Henry then, mired in a giant battle with Rome and the Pope (Peter O'Toole, splendid as always), agrees to wed Anne of Cleves, in an attempt to gain Cleves as an ally in his battle against the Catholic Church. However, Henry does not find this Anne attractive (a little hard to buy, since she is played by the lovely and winsome singer Joss Stone). Much of this season weaves in the story of Henry's trying to figure out a way out of this politically important wedding and finding a new love interest. This season also finds rebellion in the north, as devout Catholics react to the king's demolition of their churches and statues. Henry, never one to take much personal responsibility, decides the rebellions are the fault of his loyal henchman, Thomas Cromwell (the coolly calculating James Frain), so fissures begin to appear within the king's inner circle as well. Into this cauldron of chaos wanders the lovely young wench Catherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant). Her beauty is bewitching, and what the king wants, the king gets. Rhys Meyers is riveting as King Henry, conveying entitlement, rage, calculation, regal vision, and venal lust in equal measure. He's still a handsome, trim specimen of a man, in a departure from history--and though the camera dutifully records his famous festering leg wound, its fetid stench is never mentioned, nor does it seem to inhibit young lovelies like Miss Howard. Meanwhile, Henry's daughter from his first marriage, Mary (Sarah Bolger), is already setting up future conflict in her devotion to Catholicism and her insistence on her birthright. For any fans of history, deep drama, and a powerful protagonist one can admire if not like, The Tudors is a must-watch, and season three one of the best of the lot. --A.T. Hurley --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Twenty seven years into his reign, Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is at the height of his powers. Not long after the execution of Anne Boleyn he takes a third wife - Jane Seymour (Annabelle Wallis), a woman with inner beauty and noble character whom he clearly loves and who has a calming effect on the King. But while her influence is welcomed by her new husband, her Catholic background causes disquiet and discomfort for Thomas Cromwell (James Frain), Henry’s most senior courtier and the ruthless driving force behind the English Reformation. Cromwell has one aim: to confiscate the moral authority and worldly goods of the Catholic Church.
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From the moment it starts you are gripped again with the ways of the world in those times, weddings weren't for love they were to seal a deal or an alliance, love played in sometimes if you were lucky.
The church is just as bad as the king, maneuvering as needed to accomplish their agenda and amass more power.
The cinematography in this series is fabulous, the scenes, the castles, the clothing. the jewelry, the pomp and ceremony, the treachery and violence, gives one an insight into the times that brings books we read to life.
Only complaint was the cost of this season were high when we bought for Christmas, probably cheaper now. This season will not disappoint.
Kudos to the producers.
Regarding the Blu-Ray element of this product, the picture quality is beautiful and the menu screens are quite lovely.
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Not as good as BBC's Six Wives of Henry VIII staring Keith Mitchel, but still very entertaining.Published 18 months ago by Me
Loved this show while it was on tv and always wanted the dvd when they would be at a good price. I always come to amazon for that.Published on May 17 2013 by Charmed_6719