Ultimate DVD - 04/01/2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Y]ou'll be ogling at the screen to marvel at every intricate period set and every stitch in those lavish costumes. If you liked ROME, you'll love this."
Mining one of history's most infamous figures to create a rich episodic drama, Showtime's THE TUDORS takes on the early life of King Henry VIII, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers (MATCH POINT). With enough rivalries, scandals, and debauchery to make MELROSE PLACE blush, the engrossing series follows the 16th-century monarch's rise to power, political conflicts, and personal ruthlessness. Filled with lavish sets that flawlessly evoke the era, this first season charts the headstrong leader's shifting allegiances at home and abroad, his notorious affair with Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer), and his eventual rupture with the Catholic Church. No stuffy costume drama, THE TUDORS features a talented acting ensemble that includes Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK) as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Jeremy Northam (GOSFORD PARK) as Sir Thomas More, and Gabrielle Anwar (SCENT OF A WOMAN) as Henry's sister. This collection presents all 10 episodes of the first season.
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