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National Geographic - The Madness of Henry the VIII (2006)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, 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: National Geographic Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FL7C9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Madness of Henry the VIII brings to life the riveting story of one of England's most iconic monarchs and the scandals behind what ultimately brought about the separation of church and state. Drawing on present day experts and historical records, this

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108 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie December 28, 2008
This is a brilliant piece of documented work. The costumes and backgrounds were stunning. I've seen different movies depicting Henry, and (WHAT I've read) they never depict the real King that he was. Most movie versions of his life depict him as a a type of lovavle bulldog. As if he was nothing more then a grumpy uncle. That depiction resembles a half truth about Henry the 8th. In real life he was ruthless, a bully, and by the end of his life insane with power. This is a wonderful dvd. I don't know why it matters who was interviewed, like other reviewers have rambled on about. Whether from England or USA, both sides have had to pick a book up to learn their, and other nation's history. Who cares!
Personally, I've watched this dvd several times. This tops my favs. along with the History Channel's "The French Revolution" (both French and American historians were interviewed...hope no one finds out ;) )
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not That Bad...Pretty Accurate August 3, 2007
This was a real-world representation of his monarchy. It concentrates on how the king started out as an excellent statesman and devout Catholic, but how his philandering and desire for a male heir (along with snubbing the church) led to his downfall. So what if the lady used the B- word? Get over it! This is the 21st century, and she was right. As for the reference to the fact that all of the people were interviewed were Americans again I say so what? I happen to think that some aspects of European histroy much more interesting that American history. Is the reviewer attempting to imply that Americans are not qualified to comment on British history?

Like I said, the story was pretty accurate, I have read many books on the subject. The tension between Boleyn and Wolsey was depicted very well. The only problem I have is the fact that they spent so much time on Katherine and how Henry was scheming to get rid of her that even the conflict with Ann (by far the most exciting) took a back seat, and his last four wives were crammed into about 30 minutes. Either the part with Katherine should have been shorter or the documentary should have been longer.

Just one American's opinion,

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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
I read the negative views on this doc, and they do not know what they are talking about. I am a grad student in social psychology and I happened to run into this doc on NGC looking for something to watch. I was glued to the set after 5 minutes after seeing the special effects and how the narrator's voice was excellent. A lot of dramtic re-enactments, but they are so well done and entertaining. I used to hate history and most of all the history documentaries (since they had boring voices and turned into sleep aids in class), but the Icons of power series which includes this DVD has gave me an interest in history now and I enjoy going on the internet and learning more about Henry 8 and the tudor dynasty. This DVD might confuse OLD fashioned "BORING" speaking history buffs, but I think NGC made this to tailor interest to young viewers to keep it from being boring and they did their job perfectly!!!!!! Be happy that for once in a long long time that younger people are interested in 14th century history with the help of NEW AGE history documentaries!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True to historical fact. April 16, 2011
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Excellent source of factual history. I actually came to have an interest in King Henry the VIII from watching The Tudors but wanted a more credible source. This film provides information brought to life and certainly differs from The Tudors in information. lol an understatement.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work National Geographic! February 21, 2007
Excellent and informative film. Puts a lot of emphasis on the kings "Great Matter." I would recommend as a research tool. Good for classrooms if you are studying Early Modern English history. I highly recommend. This is not your average boring documentary.
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36 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best informative documentary August 5, 2008
I was excited to watch this DVD due to the good reviews, but was quite disappointed. I should start by saying that I didn't make it past Anne Boleyn because I found it so dreadful, but here is my review of the first half.

The reviewer before me who said this documentary is "flashy" was spot on. The producers seemed to be too concerned with making it over-dramatic than informative. But I think what was worst about the documentary is that there were no well-known, respected TUDOR historians doing the commentary (not even the prominent American Tudor historian, Retha Warnicke). I don't count someone who wrote a book called "Sex with Kings" as an authority on the subject. I could maybe overlook this if these so-called "historians" even got the facts right. I think I turned it off shortly after two of them talked about the fact that Henry made Wolsey break up Anne Boleyn's engagement to "her true love" Henry Percy because Henry VIII wanted Anne for himself. They fail to mention the fact that this engagement was made in secret between Anne and Percy, much to the embarrassment of their families--rather, these "historians" act as if this was a planned betrothal. They also fail to mention that the reason the marriage was broken off was because Percy was already promised to Mary Talbot, and Anne was not highly ranked enough to marry a future Earl. I can only assume that the "historians" made this mistake because it dramatized the story even more.

To sum up, the documentary is inaccurate and over-dramatic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
National Geographic's presentation is fantastic.
Published 1 month ago by AEP
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great documentary - DVD was perfect.
Published 2 months ago by Kay Comeaux
3.0 out of 5 stars Henry VIII
This is a good video, but didn't have much more information than any other video about this king. I expected an explanation on exactly why the maker of this film felt he was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars National Geo. - The Madness of King Henry VIII
As always, a National Geographic production enlightens and is watchable. However, I thought the repetitious use of camera shots, even as the story unfolded, a bit surprising. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. L. Arwine
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough info
I wasn't particularly impressed with this video. If anyone knew anything about Henry VIII, none of the information was new. It was interesting, but not that informative
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen M. Cielak
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fair Representation of History
I was disappointed in this production. I will get BBC's "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" and shelve this DVD. I have the book and the BBC's production lives up to the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Racella M. Sieberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting , brutal king
Whenever King Henry VIII found something standing in his way, he brutalized it or erased , or killed it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by "Ali"
3.0 out of 5 stars Love history
This was a very informative DVD, I like it but the book on Henery the eighth gave more historical details
Published 7 months ago by Ms G
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay
Something about he narration of this one grated on me, I am not sure why.
I have read a number of non-fiction and historical fiction about the Tudors. Read more
Published 10 months ago by mary callan
1.0 out of 5 stars historically inaccurate
Full of mistakes, over dramatised, they manage to get dates and names wrong on a few occasions. There is only one actual historian on their panel of people. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jack
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