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Story of Wales (2012)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 354 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008F0QBI2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,832 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The Story of Wales is packed with heroes and triumphs, grand dreams and great endeavors. From a land of storytellers, this is the little-known story of the land itself and of the people who have shaped it. Presented by Huw Edwards (BBC News at Ten)

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating February 20, 2013
A very exciting and expertly presented history documentary by the Welsh historian Huw Edwards who shows himself to be a master presenter. Her he takes us through 30 000 years of Welsh history to demonstrate with the use of filmography of the beautiful Welsh landscape of deep landscape of broad low mountains and deep green valleys and picturesqe Welsh towns and cities. As well as well acted dramatic sketches.
It takes us from prehistoric times through Roman occupation and the Viking and Anglo-Saxon harrowing of that country through the resistance to English domination led by Welsh princes.
Wales involvement in the Wars of the Roses and the seizure of power by a welsh born nobleman Henry Tudor as King at Bosworth in 1485 are here presented.
So with the moulding of Wales into the United Kingdom, the boom of the Industrial Revolutions and the terrible deprivations suffered by the Welsh working classes, leading to a series of riots and struggles for better conditions including the struggle of the Chartists and the Rebecca uprisings.
Britain in the 19th century was a kingdom divided. 'Two nations'Disraeli called it-the rich and the poor. And nowhere was there greater deprivation than Wales. Eventually the workers begain to protest their appalling conditions, their pitiful wages, their homes that were breeding grounds for such virulent diseases that two out of three children were dead before they reached the age of five.
As the profits of the colliery and ironworks owners rose, so the plight of their labour plunged to horrific depths.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've seen December 8, 2012
By Oldfrat
I'm about 75% Welsh and was raised to value "the old country". I've had the pleasure of touring there, meeting distant relatives, and seeing the houses where two of my grandparents were born.

I've viewed a number of DVDs abut Wales and found themn to be quite disappointing. But this one is stellar! Really, really good! I'm going to circulate it among my three sons.

If you have a connection to Wales, I highly recommend this 6-hour DVD set!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the few movies about Wales November 27, 2012
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Since I was born and raised in Wales I was very interested in viewing this movie. I found it very interesting and quite authentic
compared to my experience of living there. It seemed to demonstrate a good sense of the history and day to day life of the recent past. Worth watching for those with a welsh connection!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wailing for Wales. November 8, 2013
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In the year 2000, the BBC launched a true crowning achievement for their company and the industry that is historical documentary. They produced "A History of Britain." From that came a true template for what made a documentary worthy of the story it was trying to tell. It was honest. It was real. It allowed for self-congratulation to it's people, but it never once shied away from the grim realities of a time-line of poor decisions. Nevertheless, AHB did manage to focus primarily on England's story. And this is not to say that the Scottish, Welsh, and Irish in particular were left from the story -- no, but that merely it almost seemed like the history as the English saw it. To that end, in the decade that followed the BBC saw a potential to fine tune the delivery in provincial attempts, i.e. "Story of Wales." I liked the presentation. But perhaps because AHB and "A History of Scotland" spoiled me so much, I was ready for an epic. I was ready for a journey that had me, as a viewer, as a scholar touch face with the different eras in way where I could and would feel somewhere deep in my soul a true sense of Welshness - of wanting for them what they wanted for themselves. It was that unique feeling that both Simon Schama and Neil Oliver were able to expertly craft in their telling of the national sagas of a people, but Hew Edward seemed more like a Welsh face for a Welsh series. To that end, sadly, it only seemed an asterisk to the general disposition by others for the Welsh, that being the quaint other in a land no longer deemed theirs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WALES November 29, 2012
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Wales October 15, 2012
By Rncdol
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I was looking for scenes of Wales ,but I still loved this! My great, and grand parents came from Wales and I thirst for anything about Wales! I especially liked Huw listening to his accent,and I learned so much about Wales! Would recommend it !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview January 23, 2013
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Very nice history of Wales with much new information to me. I think that anyone interested in how the UK came about would like this disc as well as The History of Scotland. It certainly helps an outsider understand the differences in outlooks as one moves about the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 15, 2014
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Very well done and very informative. We watched it several times prior to our first visit to Wales and watched it again when we returned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. Comprehensive and interesting.
Published 22 days ago by Donna M. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars and has really enjoyed this!
Hubby is from Wales, and has really enjoyed this!
Published 24 days ago by Diane Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great dvd on the history of Wales
Published 27 days ago by R. Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Unspaded Territory
So little information on Wales available in the states. This certainly fills a needed gap. As an Irish-American I had no emotional attachment to the subject, but learned much about... Read more
Published 6 months ago by General Phil Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of Wales
I watched the series on tv and wanted a top class copy to keep , for my grandchildren to watch in the future.
Published 7 months ago by jeff john
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of Wales
Yr oedd bendigedig iawn! It was absolutely fantastic! It truly shows the history of Wales over the years. Cymru am byth!
Published 7 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars STORY OF WALES
I love castles, history, England, Scotland and Ireland; and all the vast information out there about these places. This is a very interesting subject and well done.
Published 8 months ago by kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Interested in your ancestors?
Our ancestors came from Wales so we wanted to learn more about them.
This presentation is long, and sometimes pretty slow with the repetition between
segments, but there... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Wales History
This DVD set is giving me a personal tour of the history, geography, and my connection to my Williams line in Wales.
Published 9 months ago by Charles H Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely history of Wales
Really well done and very interesting, just the countryside alone is worth watching. Enough detail without getting bogged down in useless details.
Published 10 months ago by therightway
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