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The Tower (2001)

 NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 384 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDFHX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,115 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

One of Britain’s most majestic and recognizable symbols, the Tower of London has stood on the banks of the River Thames for over 900 years. A fortress, royal palace, state prison and treasure house, it has been the setting for magnificent opulence and the darkest of deeds. It is here that Kings were murdered, Queens put to the axe, spies and traitors executed, and innocents killed to suit ruthless ambitions. Featuring dramatic reenactments, expert interviews and computer-generated recreations, this eight-part series explores the Tower’s storied past, going behind the scenes to witness private ceremonies and uncover forgotten secrets.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive! January 9, 2008
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I lived in London for six years and every minute was wonderful! I visited the Tower numerous times. I knew a lot about the Tower, but this DVD exposed much more in-depth than I could have imagined! It goes into stories that most people would never know, nor will have the opportunity to know. It shows ceremonies which have NEVER before been seen by the public. It enters places that are "off limits" to the public. Truly an excellent exploration of the Tower! I cannot recommend it higher!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Koch Vision present "THE TOWER" (2001) (384 mins/Color) (Widescreen/Dolby Digital) --- The rich history of the Tower of London is examined in this eight part show --- The historic building is examined in detail, and CGI technology is used to recreate scenes from the Tower's illustrious past --- Channel Four has taken it upon itself to try to separate the romance from the truth with an eight part documentary called The Tower --- Each of the eight episodes focus on one specific aspect of the construct --- The program breaks the tower down to be examined from every relevant physical and historical angle --- At nearly eight hours in total, it would seem to be thorough, but in many ways the series just touches the tip of the iceberg, but what an iceberg it is!

Koch Vision Entertainment has released this 2001 production in a two DVD set that is well presented visually, with an outstanding narration by Sean Pertwee --- The Tower is a very entertaining primer on the history of this English landmark --- notice the tabloid style of production here, as The Tower is truly an awe-inspiring piece of work for the viewer to soak up --- as sturdy and affecting as The Tower itself --- the true story of Britain's most notorious past and living history of The Tower of London --- is as good as it gets!

1. Fortress
2. Prisoners
3. Treasure House
4. The Tower At War

5. The Lost Palace
6. Who Goes There?
7. The Bloody Tower
8. Tower Top Brass
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive and entertaining July 3, 2007
By hudson
This 8 part series on the Tower of London originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK. It's incredibly well done, fascinating, and is recommended viewing for anyone interested in military history, architecture, British history and the British monarchy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD! January 21, 2008
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This DVD on the Tower of London is great! It's very informative, includes loads of history, and is presented in a very interesting way! I have visited the Tower of London twice, and watched this DVD after my first visit. Knowing so much more about the TOL made me enjoy my second visit so much more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Kate
Interesting mini-series has a little of something for everyone. I watched it because when I was in London I had a great time at the Tower. At one point I asked a question of one of the Yeoman Warders in the armory and he lit up, going into great detail. That wonderful enthusiasm comes across in the series.

Overal I thought this was a decent mini-series. The filmmaker interwove contemporary and history themes. The three things I would have liked to have seen handled better:

1. More and varied shots of the Crown Jewels.

2. The topic of the Princes in the Tower made a very weak attempt to convey the controversy.

3. Better sound editing. The sound editing was very poor on some episodes.

I watched all the episodes streamed from Netflx and may do so again. I am not sure I would pay $25 for it (the current price) even though the content was good. I would rather wait for a remixed version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tower of London DVD October 28, 2008
This DVD chronicles the history of the Tower of London. It's done in a very interesting way and caught my attention from the beginning. My children and grandchildren have watched it also, and have the same opinion as I. I highly recommend it to any audience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who mixed this? June 9, 2012
I was very interested to watch this video on netflix. However it was unwatchable. The sound of the trumpets and keyboards drown out the narrator. The copies of this video should be scrapped, remixed, then rereleased. The tower is a great place to visit, as I had a tour several years ago.

Shame on the company that released this.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE sound editing March 12, 2012
By Kayto
This seems to have been a problem others have experienced. Even on Netflix this series is unwatchable: The "background music" is significantly louder than the narrator, making it near impossible to decipher more than 25% of what he's saying. If you enjoy documentaries, you know how important narration is. This wouldn't be the end of the world if there were subtitles/closed captioning. Though it is advertised to include that, THIS SERIES IS NOT CLOSED CAPTIONED. It's really a shame to see something that could be great be completely unwatchable due to extremely poor sound editing, as if the producers of this series never even actually watched their own final product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of variety in this video.
Each segment of this video has another fascinating aspect of the Tower of London. I loved seeing the training of the present-day guards.
Published 8 months ago by Cirrus
3.0 out of 5 stars not great
I was disappointed by the Saturday, afternoon nothing else is on T.V feeling of this lame documentary. Read more
Published 12 months ago by mary callan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good history and details of the famous Tower of London
This is an excellent historical history of the Tower of London and goes into interesting, if not well known facts and history of the famous Tower Of London. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joe Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Tower
Saw most of this series on Netflix before it was deleted from availability of streaming customers.

This series is historically accurate and offered in a concise but... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Carolyn Koper
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tower DVD
When I first placed the order for this item, I thought it was a book. I was a little surprised when I received a DVD, but WOW! Read more
Published on July 7, 2012 by Daniel S. Ciurro
1.0 out of 5 stars 8 part documentary on "How to NOT do sound mixing"
This could have been an excellent documentary, but instead it is garbage due almost solely to the horrendous sound editing and mixing. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by TravelNut101
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad sound
Too bad a one star rating is required. It deserves zero stars. I bought the set and had to return it. (NO CCs as advertised by Amazon. Read more
Published on September 20, 2011 by J. Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're interested in the Tower ...
If you're interested in the Tower of London specifically, or just British history in general, this is a really good program. Read more
Published on April 16, 2011 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Like going back in time
My husband and I have been fortunate enough to have visited the Tower twice, and were fascinated by it's history. Read more
Published on December 1, 2010 by Amazon Queen
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