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These three screen adaptations, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III, tell the story of 'The Wars of the Roses', an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and Sally Hawkins, these films feature some of Shakespeare's most eloquent and powerful language.
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PBSHollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses DVD
 
3.8

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(12 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Comments on the Hollow Crown mini-series

By Liz M

from Virginia Beach, VA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about PBS Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses DVD:

I am not well versed in the Shakespearian plays nor in the exact history of the times the plays are depicting. But never the less I find this series excellent and has allowed me to fined a new appreciation for Shakespeare and British History prior to Queen Elizabeth I. The acting is superb and the filming on historical locations is perfect. I have been riveted to this series and will most likely purchase the series on DVDs and do more research on the complete history of the times depicted in the series.

(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb!

By words words words

from Lovell, Maine

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Comments about PBS Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses DVD:

Riveting rendition of Henry VI which is rarely performed and forms a perfect companion to the earlier Hollow Crown plays. Spectacular direction with such peerless actors, it can be watched multiple times with fresh appreciation. If you love these plays, it is not to be missed.

(29 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is Shakespeare, not Historical Record

By Professor Lois

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about PBS Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses DVD:

In his very poor rating, the previous reviewer doesn't take into account that this is an adaptation of Shakespeare's plays, not an assessment of historical accuracy.

Anyone who knows even a little about Shakespeare's histories knows that Shakespeare was more concerned with the drama of the plot development than with purely factual reporting of historical detail in the way one expects good newspapers to be that cliched "first draft of history." Shakespeare's academic contemporaries did not have a 21st Century philosophy of history either.

Assess The Hollow Crown as drama, and adaptation at that. It's wonderful. The line up of actors is A list, although after the recent Downton Abbey frenzy, it's hard to see Hugh Bonneville as anyone other than Robert Crawley!

I hope many more young people and those who would spurn the opportunity to see reruns of those old 16mm black and white Shakespearean relics in school halls will buy and pass on this easy-access Shakespeare at its best.

(27 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Superb Psychological Studies

By C'est Moi

from Daly City, CA

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Comments about PBS Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses DVD:

Drastically redacts Shakespeare's Henry VI trilogy but does justice to Shakespeare's characters and their imbroglios. The three Henry VI plays are compressed into two easy-to-follow dramas that portray the predicament of the Medieval Lancastrians confronting Plantagenets who are gradually evolving into Machiavellian Yorkists. Like Spenser, Shakespeare is an apologist for the Tudor Renaissance in England, a dynasty that at its height under Elizabeth R lead a nation focused on dispatching foreign enemies whilst quickly crushing division at home, a dynasty that successfully equated national unity with international power. The writers of the Wars of the Roses series get it. Theirs is a respectable adaptation of Shakespeare's history plays for modern English-speaking audiences.

(28 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not the best film about the War of the Roses

By Lou

from East Texas

Comments about PBS Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses DVD:

The best I can say is that the names helped me understand who was involved. I enjoyed the Shakespeare like language. I did not like the assault on the Plantagenets. I believe the story has been told in a much better way, more colorfully and tastefully done. I learned some things for my studies.

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