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Offline Dinobabe

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"The Tudors"
« on: March 10, 2009, 11:44:36 AM »
I don't have Showtime so I can only judge from previews but the show looks a bit over dramatic and longing for historic (besides the whole it's a TV show license).  Has anybody here watched it?  What do you think?  Would it be worth renting if anything just as a good show to watch?
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2009, 01:18:44 PM »
I own both seasons and enjoyed it.  Yes it IS lacking in the historical issues from costuming (mostly Elizabethan with some medieval thrown in for good measure but no Henrican) to carriages (they used a moder Amish buggy complete with leaf springs) in the first season.  That however has changed a bit in the second season where the costuming is much more correct, though not completely and the carriages look right.  And yes they take some historical issues and twist them to fit with what they want like the fact the Henry was not 20 something when he married Anne Boleyn and other little things.  If you ignore all of this however and just enjoy the show, its quite engaging and very enjoyable.  I would give it a 7.5 on the entertainment scale and a 3 on the historically accurate scale out of 10.
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2009, 03:51:06 PM »
There's a discussion about the show over in the Books/Movies forum...

http://www.renaissancefestival.com/forums/index.php?topic=832.0

I've got season one in my Netflix queue, that's the best way to go for those who don't have Showtime.
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009, 07:00:19 AM »
I have seen the first two seasons, and I found them both most enjoyable. A little license was taken, (and the age thing is a little weird) but not enough to deter from the story.
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009, 10:23:23 AM »
I own both seasons on DVD... and dispite all that has been said about it.. I really like watching it.  My biggest thing is the costumes...  I don't know if anyone else noticed this or not, but Anne Bolyn wears 2 of the same costumes that Elizabeth wore in "Elizabeth the Virgin Queen" by Masterpiece Theater ( I own it also ).  The dresses are exact. Then there is a black and white one that she wears while riding that looks like the dress from "Elizabeth" with Cate Blanchett. 

It is in no way Historically Accurate.  But they never claimed that it was going to be historically accurate.  What I like is that more and more people are coming to faire because of it!!!

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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009, 12:02:25 PM »
I own both of those movies so I'm going to have to go and look for those dresses now.  And yes there are a LOT of people that are now coming to faire as a result and that is great!
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009, 01:00:13 PM »
So, it looks like I'll give it a try!  Thanks everyone!  ;)
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2009, 02:32:17 PM »
They ARE the same dresses, all of them.  I was in contact with some of the people who did the costuming, by way of a Yahoo Group, there were tons of costume "issues" which have to some extent been corrected.

I tried watching it, however a certain activity occurring in the first few minutes of episode 1, combined with the incredible anachronisms, made it impossible for me to enjoy it.  That's just me, I was raised on BBC, Lynn Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, etc. 

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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2009, 08:11:47 PM »
I have season I and want to get season II.  I loved the first one.  I don't have Showtime, so I'm hoping to acquire the second season SOON!

I must say I do enjoy "The Tudors" far more than I did the movie, "The Other Boleyn Girl"!  That movie was horrible, IMO, but the costumes were FAB-O, with the exception that in nearly every scene, both girls wore the same design, but in different colors!  I'm guessing that was intentional with some reason behind it?  Like the audience was too retarded to understand that the two girls were supposed to be sisters?  Duhhh!
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009, 11:24:21 AM »
I do think the second season was much better than the first season... However I balled like a baby when they did the executions... especially Ann Bolyns...

I have found some things are accurate to history however a great deal of it is not.  But it is very entertaining and I really like watching it... 
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2009, 01:24:54 PM »
Oh...now I have to get the second season set.  I knew that was coming, but you always hold out hope that it will be avoided somehow!  *lol*
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2009, 02:44:50 PM »
I adore the show, but not for the accuracy in any respect!  The costumes and plot are not accurate really at all, but it's extremely entertaining!!  As for costumes being the same, that's true of alot of femal gowns of the renaissance/elizabethan/medieval for TV and movies.  There's a website that tracks the garb and where it's reused...

I love anything on that period.  The other boleyn girl was a bit too far off, but a bit entertaining still... 

I own both seasons, but don't have showtime, so only see them after they've been syndicated!

I'm right now watching Elizabeth R, the BBC version for the first time and am loving it!  THe costuming is amazingly accurate as well as the plot!!  I've seen no fabrication or stretching of the truth thus far, it seems to be the most accurate of any TV/movie production I've ever seen!!
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2009, 05:14:36 PM »
After watching some of the bonus features, it's actually alittle more historically correct than some of you guys give it credit for. 

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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2009, 05:37:47 PM »
I've read a boat load of books on the time period and I'd say about maybe 50-60% of the material is correct... well that's my best guess.  The first season is the most inaccurate of the two, but still...  And as for the garb, truly, it is probably about the same percent correct or so...
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Re: "The Tudors"
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2009, 07:31:56 PM »
I just love the show. The costumes are so beautiful and I am getting a few ideas for this years garb.
Now, if ole Henry did look like Johnathan Rhys-Meyers.. ::)...who could blame the ladies for being at his feet??  :P
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