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Tudors, The: The Complete First Season

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 128 (Feb 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill, Callum Blue, Henry Cavill, Henry Czerny, Natalie Dormer, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Nick Dunning, Jeremy Northam & James Frain

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features on this four-disc set are the following featurettes: Production Design (four minutes), Costume Design (five minutes), and Tudors Historical Sites (23 minutes); a chance to win a trip to Ireland; the ability to download free upcoming episodes of series on Showtime; biographies on ten of the stars from this series; a photo gallery; and additional previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 85160
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $42.99
(DVD Type): Four-Disc Set: DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 556
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/01/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Charles McDougall, Steve Shill, Brian Kirk, Alison MacLean & Ciaran Donnelly
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
It is indeed, good to be King, that is if you are a young, handsome, and powerful, King Henry VIII (Meyers). From his 20-year marriage to Catherine of Aragon (Doyle-Kennedy) and his infamous dalliance with Anne Boleyn (Dormer) to his split from, what was at the time, the only recognized Church in the British Isles. The Tudors dramatizes the tumultuous, early years of the King that would remain famous for his six wives and the deconstruction of the Roman Catholic Church in England. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD exhibits a somewhat soft picture, with fine details looking somewhat under-defined. Black levels are somewhat milky, and the image generally has a washed out look to it. Still, colors are generally bold and vibrant, with good saturation. The image looks decidedly flat, unfortunately, further limiting its effectiveness. There are many scenes that show very good detail, especially close-up shots, but it is woefully inconsistent. Edge enhancement is not overly obtrusive, but minor pixilation and compression artifacts can be recognized. (Danny Richelieu)

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