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Richard the Lionheart


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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: Total Content
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ARXFPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Of all the Kings of England, none captured the public imagination quite like Richard 1, the Lionheart. To his subjects, Richard was tall, handsome and athletic, a true hero, a fitting monarch and for more modern enthusiasts, the legendary protector of the much-loved outlaw Robin Hood and his band of merry men. Where Richard the Lionheart's concerned, it has however been a case of the truth never being allowed to get in the way of a good story, because this is an incredible tale of a Plantagenet King who was not necessarily quite what history would have us believe. Of the ten years Richard was on the throne, he literally spent only seven months in England and he cost the nation an abolute fortune, firstly to fight the Crusades in the Holy Land and secondly for payment of a King's Ransom when he was captured. ''Richard the Lionheart'' is a programme designed to take you on a journey of discovery to follow in the footsteps of this powerful, Royal, Crusader Knight who convinced the world, past, present, and probably future, that he truly was the best King of England that money could buy.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Silver Whistle on August 6, 2006
Format: DVD
This is an extremely low-quality documentary: an over-simplistic script, with poor quality graphics (hideous cartoons of the kings, and some of the castles depicted are not the ones that are mentioned), and a narrator, Sue Hosler (also the producer), who sounds as if she's reading very slowly for the benefit of small children taking dictation.

It is very Anglo-centric, looking at Richard's acts only in terms of how they affected England, and ignoring the fact that the mainland part of the Angevin Empire was far more important. It makes the Third Crusade look like Richard's doing, and ignores the dispute over the succession to the throne of Jerusalem. It omits the real reason for Richard's arrest by Leopold of Austria - suspicion of the murder of Conrad of Montferrat, King of Jerusalem - and simply blames Richard's "poor people-skills" for alienating Leopold. "Poor people-skills" is an interesting euphemism for being suspected of arranging a stabbing.

The Robin Hood legends are mentioned, as if they grew out of the circumstances of Richard's reign in 12C; in fact, they are 14C, and Walter Scott is largely responsible for associating them with the 12C in 'Ivanhoe', a novel. The Blondel myth is also trotted out, and that of the crock of gold at Chalus.

I can only think that this is aimed at schoolchildren, and even then is of such a low standard, I would be worried by its use in schools. Avoid.
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Enjoyed watching this documentary. Helped me to understand the story of Richard the Lionheart. Some good detailed information about the events and places. Although the pacing could be a bit faster I enjoyed this program and will show it to my family.
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