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England is on the brink of a devastating war with France that will last over a hundred years. A terrible plague which will wipe out a third of Europe’s population before it is done is spreading. Caris, a visionary young woman, struggles to rise above the suffering and oppression in order to lead her people out of the Dark Ages. With her loverMerthin, she builds a community in Kingsbridge that stands up to the church and the crown. Together, they unearth a dangerous secret and must fight to save their town from ruin, ultimately ushering in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0099114LA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In fact, it doesn't even feel like the same story.
taaj
The multiple story lines were well developed, and the characters were prfound.
Frank Nechvatal
One of the best books I have ever read, simply love this series!
Bruce

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Format: DVD
I always experience a fair amount of excitement, as well as trepidation, when I hear that one of my favorite novels is being adapted into a TV show or movie. That is certainly the case with Ken Follett's sprawling, unforgettable and absolutely massive "World Without End." The hardcover is such a doorstop in size, but I was genuinely connected to the characters and consider it an almost perfect reading experience. Ostensibly a sequel of sorts to "Pillars of the Earth" (they are set in the same location approximately two centuries apart), it is interesting to note that "Pillars" received the mini-series treatment from the Starz network in 2010. The fledgling Reelz network picked up this 8-part 2012 adaptation of "World Without End" for its broadcast debut. Reelz made a name for itself when it bought the mini-series "The Kennedys" after the History Channel bowed to pressures not to air it, and they picked up a basket full of Emmys for that decision. Here they team with Tony (RIP) and Ridley Scott as producers, Michael Caton-Jones as director, and an eclectic international cast for a bold production that lacks some of the pacing and nuance of the source material.

As in most cases, if you are approaching "World Without End" expecting a complete and literal translation of what was in the book--you will likely be disappointed. The story, for the most part, remains intact but there are also huge liberties taken with the presentation. However, that is to anticipated. As a television mini-series, the makers must be allowed to deviate as necessary for time, for content (this is not a premium cable production with explicit language and/or nudity), and for narrative flow. My biggest issue with these eight parts is that they vary considerably in their impact.
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72 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Evan Montgomery on November 16, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I am a huge Ken Follett fan and would probably consider "Pillars of the Earth" my favorite book of all time. Loved "World Without End" almost just as much. I thought the Pillars TV adaptation was fantastic and did the book justice. When I heard that WWE was getting adapted, I was thoroughly excited.

Sadly, my first clue should have been that this series did not air on Starz as Pillars did, with Starz's budget. It aired here in the U.S. on the Reelz Channel and looked every bit as cheap and low budget as you would think. Production values aside, the book was just horribly adapted. I always expect some liberties to be taken when translating a novel from words to film, but the amount of liberties taken here were absolutely ridiculous. Entire plots and entire characters were changed, minimized, or disappeared altogether.

Having accepted the fact that things were going to be changed, I tried to rewatch the series and tell myself to consider it as a standalone show. Unfortunately, I found it to be extremely lacking. Faithful readers of Ken Follett know that one of his greatest strengths is his rich and vivid characters. The characters in the WWE TV adaptation are horribly developed. Tom Weston-Jones' Merthin is supposed to be the lead male character, and we hardly know anything about him, other than the fact that he has this curious undying love for Caris and that he moved away to Italy. And just exactly why does he love Caris? From watching this show, it seems to me that it's because she's about the only female in town that's around his age.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Osmond on December 4, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie is SO incredibly different from the book. In fact, I could not even watch it all the through because I found the differences to be so distracting. On the other hand, what I did see seemed to be a fairly decent production. The acting was not bad, and the sets were tolerable. If you have not read the book AND like historical miniseries, I would say that you will probably enjoy this movie. If you have read the book, save your time. You will NOT like it at all.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C.S. 'Archer' Marks on November 11, 2012
Format: DVD
As with many who have read Ken Follett's "World Without End", I was dismayed to see so many rather...ummm...expansive liberties taken with the story. I like Follett's books for the most part. They read rather like soap operas at times, alternating between long descriptive segments and (sometimes overly) dramatic scenes. The last thing they need is ramping up the melodrama. We watched the entire miniseries in one go, scratched our heads a lot, (hey...why is he not dead? Hey...that never happened...hey!) and ended up rolling our eyes mightily. What they did with Godwin's character was just appalling. The dramatic scenes were so unrelenting and overdone that we started chuckling and saying things like "Well, THAT was uplifting!". Not a good sign.

I gave this 2 stars for the costumes, the scenery, and the really cool horses (especially Ralph's Friesian--another departure from good ol' reliable "Griff the Hunter"). The screenwriters would have been far better off conforming to the original story. At least then there might have been a moment or two of subtlety.

If I were Ken Follett, I'd be annoyed.
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