Rewriting history on the whim of soap opera
Whilst The Tudors pays close attention to many aspects of historical account there are many incidents where it certainly does not. I find this very disappointing because I bought the series in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the times. This has been achieved but largely because when I check references to people and events I learn how far the series took flight of fancy. I can see no justification for suggesting that Cardinal Woolsey commited suicide nor that Henry's illegitimate son died in childhood. I'm very suspicious about the events surrounding Thomas Tallis - especially as, according to all the records I can find, Tallis didn't enter the royal court until 1534. Nowhere can I find any suggestion that he had a homosexual relationship.
In spite of some accuracy to events there seem a strong tendency to rewrite history in the form of soap opera. Henry Tudor is portrayed as one who commits acts of atrocity for the sake of personal indulgence. This may be true to a degree but any true rendition of Henry's life would also highlight his fear of the Plantagenet threat, international tension and divine judgement as a strong influence on his increasing hysterical behaviour.
I found the visual recreation of the times very well done. Period costume and architecture made the series very engaging. Ultimately however, I would say that deliberately misrepresenting historical people is not, in my view, the way to do history.
After being thoroughly engrossed once again in the new second series of this superb period drama I decided it would be good idea to collect the DVD's to allow me to watch the complete series at a later date. The acting is brilliant from everyone in the cast and even though we all know the storyline and how it all ends it doesn't detract from the quality or the excitement of this first class production. I will be looking out for the 2nd series when it is released on DVD to add to my collection and any more they may decide to make in the future.
The Tudors - Complete First Season DVD
I bought this DVD because I was so impressed with the two episodes I'd seen on TV.
It is a truly brilliant production, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn about the early years of the reign of Henry VIII in a few highly entertaining evenings! Even if you don't have any real interest in history, you will enjoy an interesting insight into 16th Century English royalty, religion and politics. The costumes are very accurately reproduced and the standard of acting is second to none.
Any room for improvement? I would have liked Mandarin subtitles.
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Review Title: Must-see film classic; shame about the extras
Having converted most of my old video collection to DVD I was thrilled to find this film gem in digital format. If you watch this in widescreen format, it really does the battle scene great justice; coupled with surround sound, you'll be gripped by the amazing cinematography. I would recommend the director's cut that includes scenes about the relationship between the lead character and his estranged wife and helps you to understand the motivation behind his decision. The run time is 183 minutes for the directors cut and 120 minutes for the cinema version. I was, however, disappointed by the lack of extras, which any fan of this classic would expect to be included. There's only a 20-minute interview with the director and other shot "making-of" vignettes.
THE TUDORS 2007
This is entertainment, pure and simple - if you want a history lesson get David Starkey's Henry VIII.
Alhough there is a bit to much sex in it for my liking, Henry was well known for his numerous mistresses, so it is not that far fetched. He was also known to be fickle and changeable.
The acting is good, Katherine of Aragon being exactly how I imagine her to have been. The costumes are beautiful, but a little more attention did need to be paid to the acuracy of styles.
Yes, there are some historical errors, but like with every adaptation of a historical story you have to take it with a pinch of salt and if you are interested in the story go and read about it yourself from a reliable source. If you can't wait to see what happens next, you don't have to wait until 2008, just get a book on the Tudors out of the library or watch the version with Ray Winstone (as a far superior Henry).
However the one major historical inacuracy must be pointed out so just for the confused out there - Henry had 2 sisters, Margaret- Widow of James IV and Mary who married Louis XII of France in 1514. Take a look at the history of the monarchy on royal.gov.uk Neither Margaret or Mary were married to a Portugese King (nor to my knowledge were ever implicated in suffocating their husband !!)
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