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Camelot: Season 1 (2011)

Jamie Campbell Bower , Joseph Fiennes  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jamie Campbell Bower, Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green
  • Producers: Graham King, Michael Hirst
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 515 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,040 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Camelot: Season 1" on IMDb

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The Knights of Camelot
The Women of Camelot
On The Set: Mooney’s Movie
Scene Breakdowns
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In the wake of King Uther's sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther's unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur's cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new king, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur's harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination. Forget everything you think you know…this is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.

The story of King Arthur and Ye Olde Round Table has proven sturdy enough to support a variety of cinematic approaches, ranging from the Disneyfied antics of The Sword and the Stone, the action-movie gloss of First Knight, to the gory, hallucinatory mysticism of John Boorman's Excalibur. (To say nothing of that one version with the killer bunny and "ni"-saying knights.) Camelot, the lavishly melodramatic 10-episode television series produced for Starz, attempts to infuse the classic tale with the same mixture of cranked-up sex and violence that made the network's Spartacus such a hoot. Although the deliciously evil supporting cast and gorgeous Irish scenery help keep the show above the level of mere guilty pleasure, the decision to portray its central character as a whisper-thin teen heartthrob (The Twilight Saga's Jamie Campbell Bower) may leave some viewers biting their thumbs. Series creators Michael Hirst (The Tudors) and Chris Chibnall (Torchwood) kick things off at an initially disorienting full gallop, placing country boy Arthur on the throne and under the tutelage of Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) by the middle of the first episode. This streamlining of the main story quickly proves to be a good thing, however, as it allows the show to devote more time to its secondary figures, including a grieving queen (Claire Forlani), an amusingly gung-ho Sir Gawain (Clive Standen), a vengeful rival lord (James Purfoy), and Merlin himself, winningly portrayed by Fiennes via a disarming mixture of roof-raising histrionics and ominous whispers. (Much like Game of Thrones, the show depicts magic as a seriously unstable force.) Engaging as all of these characters are, MVP honors go to Morgan le Fay (Casino Royale's Eva Green), Arthur's half-sister with a continent-size yearning for the throne. Purring her words and gliding through the baroque sets in a succession of stylized gowns (that is, when she can be bothered to wear anything at all), Green creates a wonderfully slinky villainess for the ages: a woman scorned who finds a new method of attack whenever her foe turns his back. Arthur's story may give Camelot its foundation, but she keeps the fires burning. --Andrew Wright

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236 of 271 people found the following review helpful
There are some classic tales that have been so oft told, I could probably go my whole life without revisiting the topic. The legend of King Arthur is certainly one of those stories which has been covered from every angle possible. And I've seen them all--from classical interpretations (Boorman's Excalibur), musical productions (Lerner and Loewe's Camelot), modern day variations (Romero's Knightriders), introspective art house pieces (Bresson's Lancelot du Lac), and countless other incarnations. Yet the story is so vivid and enthralling, it's hard to resist its allure. When I heard that the Starz network was planning to reinvent the legend of "Camelot," I was somewhat apathetic, somewhat worried, but also strangely hopeful. The network is coming off a huge success with its over-the-top bloody sword and sandals epic "Spartacus." So it makes sense they wanted to tackle another period adventure. Love it or hate it, though, "Spartacus" is a graphic spectacle that will assault your senses and leave you reeling. "Camelot" doesn't attempt the same type of visceral in-your-face aggression, but it seems to want to have it both ways. This version is completely sanitized for modern viewers (I'll speak to that later) but still wants to be edgy and provocative (oh look, there's Guinevere topless).

I'm not going to recount the plot of the boy King, other than to say that this version sticks to the primary elements of the tale while trying some creative sleight of hand to reimagine peripheral aspects. When King Uther dies under mysterious circumstances, his sorceress daughter Morgan (Eva Green) seems the likely heir. But cunning Merlin (Joseph Fiennes), who is having visions of foreboding, has a big secret to reveal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The one that got away December 5, 2012
By Mena P.
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*Two very mild spoilers below*

You must understand, I am a big history buff. So when a friend and I went to the theater some time ago and I saw the trailer for this, I was both elated and saddened (as I don't have Starz.) When I learned that the brilliant mind that helped craft The Tudors, another of my favorite (albeit historically innacurate) series, I was on board, one hundred percent. And while I may have had to wait for streams to go up online to see it, you better believe I was waiting eagerly in front of my computer screen every weekend.

The basic tale of King Arthur is known by all, so no need to repeat that. Here, King Uther has recently died, and his quick witted daughter Morgan sees this as her perfect opportunity to claim the throne she has so long coveted. Merlin, however, has something else in mind. Arthur, having been raised in the countryside unaware of his parentage, is quite surprised to find the sorcerer in his home spewing tales of being the son of a king. Merlin sees a future in this boy, a way to mend a country torn apart by warlord kings, and it will all start in one place, a crumbling stronghold that will stand as a beacon for a new era: Camelot.

It's pretty much common knowledge that a lot of peopele don't like this series. Even as a fan, I admit there is some to be desired, and certain things could have gone better. But there is still a lot to appreciate.

A big sore spot for a lot of people is the casting of Jamie Campbell Bower as the well known king. While yes, I'm sure someone out there could have carried the role better, this choice wasn't a horrible one. This Arthur is not the one we tend to immediately think of.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This show just screams MORE February 16, 2013
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I wish they never made season one of this series as there will be no more seasons to come. According to IMDB a number of the actors are scheduled for other projects & that is why production has stopped. I love Arthurian themed tv and movies and the castles & village sets seemed so much more authentic to the era.

Arthur starts off as this skinny kid with no regard for Guenevere's relationship and the actor seemed positively wrong for the roll. He started evolving into a man and king and a 2nd season would have developed his character much further, stronger and better. Merlin was magnificent. An entirely different yet fully workable & fascinating spin on the man. I was sorry to see a few of the characters killed off in the first season, I think they were rich for more storytelling.

I truly am extremely disappointed that this has come to an end. I really am. I find myself waiting for whispers of a second season with the original cast even though there is no evidence to support my wish.
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1.0 out of 5 stars PC and highly unlikely camelot...Don't even bother! July 14, 2011
I majored in history in College, and even studied Medieval history at Cambridge one summer...but Starz's Camelot is just plain awful. I went into the season open minded, meaning that I was ready for another version of the king Arthur legend since I liked Excalibur and several other versions; however, please note that even I couldn't ever like First Knight. I don't want to give away too many details if you want to watch the series, but be forewarned it sucks due to miscast, poor script,small budget (needed more extras as warrior knights and common folk) and political correctness (modern feminism, multi-cultural/post-racial, etc.). It also smacks of hollywood trying to ride the ambiguity fence...that the characters are neither good nor evil, lies somewhere near the gray area of fallibility etc soap opera. Where are the knights trained in combat arms of the day (heavy cavalry)? They must have spent the whole budget on a few talent and camelot castle CGI because Camelot lacked in depth in many ways.

The opening scene of young Arthur caught after sleeping with his brother's girlfriend...was just wrong. I don't believe that would have occurred back then, but note that it was more revealing of Arthur's character later in the series. Merlin (Joseph Fiennes) was absolutely believable and Fiennes gave an amazing portrayal of a cunning yet "might-be-mad" sorcerer. King Uther's sorceress daughter Morgan (Eva Green) was brilliantly played and deserves recognition. Arthur's knights seemed like real men yet too "clean" and not like the battle-tested rustic knights like Templar Knight James Purfoy from the movie "Ironclad". (and a black-african knight? in England? New one for me.) With Jamie Campbell Bower as King Arthur??? One of the biggest miscasts ever.
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Came on time and is just what I expected.
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An interesting twist on the Arthurian legend. Only wish they had made a Season 2. Eva Green is the ultimate evil sorceress. Read more
Published 23 days ago by J. Babin
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Published 25 days ago by R A H Ruther
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a history bluff and I loved the interpretation why did it cancel
I am a history bluff and I loved the interpretation why did it cancel? I don't have regular tv so I bought this subscribe it
Published 27 days ago by dedawn
4.0 out of 5 stars :(
I like it so far. Why did they cancel it?
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Published 1 month ago by BEAVER
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad its only 1 season
Loved this show!
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Whitehead
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Wish they woud come back with Season 2...
Published 1 month ago by D. Gentile
2.0 out of 5 stars The casting of the boy for King Arthur was just plain bad. He comes...
I bought three episodes and had to drop it. The casting of the boy for King Arthur was just plain bad. He comes off as a skateboard kid from Cally totally confused by the role. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Garvin
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Thank god! This show was dismal, it got worse with each episode. Compared to Starz other hit series Spartacus, Camelot looked like it was produced, written, and acted by pre-schoolers.
Jul 9, 2011 by Ryan |  See all 2 posts
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