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|The Tudors - The Complete First Season|
Actors: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill, Callum Blue, Henry Cavill, Henry Czerny
Directors: Alison Maclean, Brian Kirk, Charles McDougall, Ciaran Donnelly, Steve Shill
Genres: Drama, Television
The Tudors presents the rarely dramatized, tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII?s nearly 40 year, omnipotent reign (1509-1547). In addition to his famous female consorts and 20+ year marriage to Catherine of Aragon to... more »
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Sheena M. (hadleyhopes) from HANOVER, IN
Reviewed on 1/11/2014...
I LOVE this show!! If you are a history buff like myself, you will find this series very intriguing!! Not only is the story of Henry VIII and his wives fascinating, but Jonathan Rhys Meyers (who plays King Henry) is divine in the role. Very well written to be sexy, seductive, and provocative. I have EVERY season of this show and will never be able to part with it!! Highly recommended!!!!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Joan W. from TACOMA, WA
Reviewed on 2/27/2012...
This was excellent.
1 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Penny R. from NORTH PORT, FL
Reviewed on 6/22/2008...
the tudors was excellent finally get to see the woman anne boyeln as a pawn in her fathers game. Can't wait for the 2nd season on dvd what i've seen it was better than the first season. highly recommend
5 of 9 member(s) found this review helpful.
Cindy L. (Cindylou) from JASPER, GA
Reviewed on 1/26/2008...
LOved this moni series, the sets and acting were wonderful
4 of 10 member(s) found this review helpful.
Not much history here
Carla Lilie | Des Moines, Ia. United States | 08/20/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard about Showtime's series "The Tudors," I was really looking forward to seeing it. I've always had an interest in English history and in particular a fascination with Anne Boleyn. I also understood that this was not a documentary; I expected there to be some straying from the historical record. However, when a series purporting to be based on factual events strays as far from the historical truth as this one does, it becomes not merely laughable but maddening.
Other reviewers have pointed out the inaccuracies regarding Henry's sisters. He had two, Margaret and Mary. Margaret married the king of Scotland. In "The Tudors," he has one sister, inexplicably called Margaret. I say inexplicably because her story more closely follows Mary's life, but with glaring differences. The writers have this Mary marry an entirely different king than the real one did and on top of that they have her kill him. I don't get it. It's as if the writers decided that Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the break with Rome just weren't interesting enough in and of themselves, so they threw in some murders, duels, and lots and lots of sex. Also, the timelines are just plain screwy. There are events happening concurrently that in reality happened years apart. And what's ironic is that in an ongoing series like this one, they could have taken the time to show events in the correct order.
I applaud the casting of Sam Neill as Cardinal Wolsey and Jeremy Northam as Sir Thomas More. They are excellent. However, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is badly miscast as Henry VIII. Henry was a tall and imposing figure. Jonathan Rhys Meyers lacks the physical stature to carry the role off. He also seems a bit young to be playing Henry at this stage of his life. I can't believe they couldn't find a more physically impressive actor to play Henry.
On the plus side, "The Tudors" is beautifully filmed. It certainly is visually appealing and I can see why some viewers find it enjoyable. I just hope they don't kid themselves that they are learning much about English history. I wish the producers would have given a fictional name to this series rather than tying it in to the Tudors, because history this isn't.
Inaccurate but wonderful show
AkashaReign | FL | 05/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Completely hooked after first episode. JRM, Henry Cavill, and Maria Kennedy give stellar performances. Absolutely love this show but there are a few inaccuracies, such as combining King Henry's sisters into one, Margaret, whom did not marry Brandon, but sister Mary did and bore his chldren.Henry Fitzroy dying at such a young age when he had a great deal to do with Anne Boleyn's trial was mind blowing. Do not watch this if you believe you are "learning" about the Tudors, it clearly deviates from the truth, but it is an amazing piece of fiction with a gorgeous cast!!!"
Dazzlingly beautiful, and a great invitation to study the pe
Anne Rice | Little Paradise, California | 05/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, there are inaccuracies, as others have pointed out here. This is a dramatization and this is elegant popular entertainment. As an armchair historian, in love with the stories of Henry VIII, I find it absolutely gripping. The acting is for the most part marvelous, and the idea of doing these great personages as compellingly attractive people is a brilliant one. I think there is plenty enough here to draw a person into good books about Henry and the English Reformation. One thing I do like very much is that Anne Boleyn is being presented as the complex woman she obviously was; and Catherine of Aragon has been presented with immense dignity and respect. But the reason I've signed on here to recommend this series is that I really think it will encourage serious study on the part of many as to what really went on when Henry broke with the Catholic Church, and when popular entertainment invites us to study, to learn more, as well as giving us delight, well, that is worth something. The portrait of Thomas More is excellent, and the actor playing Anne Boleyn's father is quite remarkable. Finally, let me confess: there is something delicious about this series, something thrilling. I find myself charmed by it. Of course I wish the Catholic Church was presented with considerablly more understanding on the part of the writers. But in spite of that I continue to watch the second season, as enthralled as I was by the first. And I've ordered a whole slew of new books on Henry just because of this series, so I'm proof myself of what I'm suggesting here: this will encourage the serious study of history. --- The art direction and the costumes are gorgeous. The lighting is breathtaking. --- The sets are glorious. I hope Showtime gives us more of this top notch entertainment."