Die Säulen der Erde
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England 1123-1173. Es ist eine Zeit blutiger Auseinandersetzungen zwischen Adel, Klerus und einfachem Volk, das unter Ausbeutung und Not leidet. Philip, ein junger Prior, dessen Eltern von marodierenden Söldnern abgeschlachtet wurden, träumt den Traum vom Frieden: der Errichtung einer Kathedrale gegen die Mächte des Bösen. Er und sein Baumeister Tom Builder, dessen Stiefsohn Jack und die Grafentochter Aliena müssen sich in einem Kampf auf Leben und Tod gegen ihre Widersacher behaupten, ehe Kingsbridge Schauplatz des größten abendländischen Bauwerks, der "Säulen der Erde" wird...
- Bildformat : 1.78:1, 1.77:1
- Produkten har slutat tillverkas : Nej
- Produktens mått : 17.1 x 13.5 x 1.1 cm; 101 Gram
- Tillverkarens referens : 31302499
- Körtid : 6 timmar och 56 minuter
- Utgivningsdatum : 7 December 2010
- Skådespelare : Sutherland, Donald, Sewell, Rufus, Redmayne, Eddie, Atwell, Hayley, McShane, Ian
- Språk : Tyska (DTS-HD 5.1), Engelska (DTS-HD 5.1)
- Studio : LEONINE
- ASIN : B003ZXD9Z2
- Antal skivor : 2
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Firstly it is extremely well acted by the three main characters, Eddie Redmayne, Rufus Sewell and surprisingly Ian McShane who you would not usually expect to find in a period drama of this type.
Secondly the whole setting about the building of a 12th century cathedral alongside a monastry is well done with convincing film sets throughout.
Lastly the main themes of the book are covered accurately until close to the end. Unfortunately it deviates greatly from the book here in concentrating on the demise of the villain of the piece rather than what could have been the historically accurate killing of Thomas Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral. Why the film makers chose to skip the book's ending and invent their own was my only disappointment.
The box set contains all 8 episodes on 3 discs. Features are sparse, containing play, English language and English subtitles for the hard of hearing and scene selection on each disc but with one special feature apiece, these being disc 1 a making of, disc 2 special effects and the final disc a titles progression feature. While the main feature runs for 7 hours and 8 minutes.
This well produced series has a fine cast of actors who play the characters well but everyone seems to have ‘dark’ secrets and their own agendas as we meet self serving clergy, power crazed aristocrats, double dealing knights and everyday villains. There is something for everyone, convincing battles, numerous stand-offs, rape, incest, witch burnings, ‘sinful’ lust, unrequited love, found love, betrayals, inadvertent betrayals and duplicity of all kinds, but is anyone above it all?
At the end of the day this is a fictional drama built around a real period in history so just suspend belief and allow this entertaining story to carry you along as it does tend to capture everyday life in a grubby manner, being almost an ‘Upstairs and Downstairs’ view on the period giving a decent indication of what ‘life’ may have been like at the time.
If you enjoy historical costume dramas like ‘Rome’, ‘The Tudors’ and ‘The Borgias’ then this will probably please you, but bear in mind if you’re looking for a copy of the book in film form, you’ll probably be bitterly disappointed.
Trying to summarise the whole plot would take far too long for a review so I'll give a very basic outline:-
England is just out of the Dark Ages as Tom Builder (Sewell) sets out on the road to find work and shelter for himself and his family. Events take a dark turn for Tom. Eventually he finds himself in a place where his dream of building a Cathedral comes true. Unfortunately, both the town and church around Tom are riddled with deep, dark secrets and his plans for the Cathedral bring corruption and mystery out into the open. Add a wonderful background of Monarchy (Queen Maud and King Stephen), double dealing Knights of the Realm, evil Bishops, corrupt churches/monasteries, poisoning, battles, escapes to France plus political intrique and you're not even half way into the plot.
The Pillars of the Earth is a piece of fantasy loosely based on the plot of a Ken Follet novel. There's more than enough (moderate-strong) sex, violence and strong language to reduce the whole series to little more than an historical romp at times. The market for this DVD is definitely aimed at those of us who enjoy TV drama such as The Tudors or The Borgias. I'm only adding those comments because I've read through some of the earlier reviews and seen how disappointed people were with the TV mini-series. For that reason I'll add a couple of words of advise: if you're expecting The Pillars of the Earth to be a true depiction of the novel you'll be disappointed. It's not. Neither is it historically accurate or particularly believable. You have to be prepared to suspend belief and allow this entertaining, gripping, darkly comic story to carry you along.
Age Restriction 15 (contains strong language, once very strong, sex and bloody violence).
Running time:- 7 hours 01 minute.
English language and English subtitles for the hard of hearing.
Special Feature - behind the scenes.
No problems with running the DVD and the picture/audio qualities are good throughout.
There is a power struggle taking place, not just for the throne, but for titles and land and most of all in the Church itself. The actors are great, especially Ian McShane as the evil cleric and Matthew Macfadyen as the idealistic prior. Of course, there were abuses and evil in the Church, but there is also piety. Ultimately, we have these marvels in architecture due, in most part, to the Catholic Church and this, thankfully, is made very clear in Prior Philip's address to the congregation. The other actors do credit to their parts, especially Rufus Sewell as the master builder, and his apprentice. I would recommend this DVD to all who love history and architecture. I am glad I bought this DVD and I shall watch it again and again.
First couple of episodes require a bit of patience - a lot of characters and the political context is established. After that we were hooked. Characters, story and production is fantastic. It must have had a massive budget because it looks great.
It has just 8 episodes, each about 50 minutes. We've got used to 'slow burner' shows like Mad Men where nothing much happens during each episode. Pillars of the Earth is completely different. Each episode is packed with action, intrigue, double crossing and plot-hatching! Waleron and William are nasty pieces of work. Jack and Aliena become the stars of the show. I know some people get hung up on the historical inaccuracies, but come on, it's just a piece of fiction.
Something a bit different and it gets five out of five from us.