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Biography - King Arthur: His Life And Legends (2005)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFUP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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He built his fabled kingdom in the name of honor chivalry and loyalty. Yet in the end he was ultimately betrayed by those he loved most. King Arthur was a gallant military commander who courageously fought in defense of England. He was also a noble king whose belief in comradeship equality and unity inspired the formation of the legendary Knights of the Round Table. Yet despite myriad acts of bravery at the core of this monumental hero was a vulnerable lover eventually undone by his unwavering devotion to Queen Guinevere. Through stunning re-creations and images from centuries past BIOGRAPHY-® examines the social political and emotional elements of Arthur's story that have long captivated Western culture. Explore the adventure romance and great mystery surrounding one of the most celebrated legends of all time in KING ARTHUR: HIS LIFE AND LEGENDS. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Overall, this is a great DVD. It gets a little "documentary-esque" at times, but it's full of fascinating archaeological information and research. Some of the archaeologists' accents might be a little difficult for students to understand, assuming it's used in a classroom setting like I chose to do. My students seem to really enjoy it, especially when we compare King Arthur to modern-day "superheroes" so they can see how there are certain literary and historical consistencies that we share with a foreign people who existed over a thousand years ago.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summary of the legend April 4, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Biography tells the origin of the variations of the story of King Arthur and the knights of the round table. Good for those who know little about him but, as a fan of the legends, i learned nothing new from the video. But it was only 50 minutes of my life and it was worth being told again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Arthurian legend January 2, 2009
This video is an excellent introduction to Arthurian legend. There are a few pieces of information that do not jive with the Malory version that I teach, but there are so many versions of the legend that I get a chance to explain the differences to my students. Overall, I highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classroom use October 20, 2009
By Ninoris
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This is not a bad medium to introduce Arthur to high school or college survey classes. It's not the greatest film-making; images are somewhat repetitive, presented as backdrop over the main narration, and the dialogue is mixed a bit low in the soundtrack, but it is still visually interesting while providing students a basic orientation to the rather difficult notion that the Arthurian legends actually developed over time to serve evolving societal needs; Druid mysticism, prophetic kingship, the legitimacy of divine rule, the French influence of chivalry, recovering the loss of the Holy Land, Romanticism,and more recently, utopian constructions, and neo-pagan interests. They won't catch all this one time through, but it's a memorable referential for further study.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I'm guessing that if I was part of the creation of this video or had a lot of money invested toward the marketing of this video, I might feel compelled to consider a higher rating than 2 star. Unfortunately, I have seen more than one other video of King Arthur legends. If you want a truly enjoyable recounting of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, or an academically valid documentary that captivates adults; you're still looking. This one is a snore. The narrator tries to add their own flourish of style to how they think Merlin might have talked. I sure wish they hadn't done that. Walt Disney Studios might be looking for him though.
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