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The Wars of the Roses: A Bloody Crown (2010)

James Fowler  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: James Fowler
  • Writers: Steve Gillham
  • Producers: Martin Phillis
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004XC5LQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Using historically-accurate, battle-filled re-enactments and interviews with expert historians and noted authors, this definitive documentary brings to life the captivating true stories behind the blood soaked wars, which pitted the House of Lancaster (Red Rose) against the House of York (White Rose).

Bonus Features:
Detailed Re-enactments, Weapons Demonstrations, Forensic Investigations and Animated Maps, plus over 75 minutes of Bonus Featurettes (The Weapons, Combat Techniques, Finding Boswort, Towton Graves).


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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview January 3, 2012
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New archaeological evidence, and extensive historical research, are featured in this thoughtful examination of the series of battles that consist of the Wars of the Roses. The specials on weaponry, combat techniques, forensics, and the archeological site of Bosworth Field are all well worth watching. You may want to turn on the subtitles; at times, the music overwhelms the narrative. The role of "The Kingmaker," Richard de Neville, Earl of Warwick, is explored: this powerful force of the House of York was centered at his Warwick Castle, pitted against the House of Lancaster and the weak Henry VI. After the devastating Battle of Wakefield (December 1460) Neville's father, the Earl of Salisbury, was killed, beheaded at the direction of Queen Margaret (while Henry VI was having another bout of mental issues). The Earl's son (and Kingmaker's brother) Sir Thomas Neville was killed in battle. Queen Margaret kept the Plantagenet rivalries going, family feuds gone viral; all were related to one another. Richard's brother, John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu, was later killed at another decisive Roses clash, the Battle of Barnett, April 1471; the family lines continued despite all this. No one mentions that one of the The Kingmaker's daughters was Queen Anne (married to Richard III), while her sister Isabel married a great-grandson of Edward III's, George Plantagenet, the Duke of Clarence.

It would have been interesting if the backstory had examined how the powerful Plantagenet, Neville, and Percy (Duke of Buckingham, later Earl of Northumberland), and Beaufort families were all interrelated, with Scottish, Saxon, and various other lineages. This only makes the Wars of the Roses more perplexing.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of information November 26, 2011
By M.
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Very informative, if a little bit fast paced and dry. I watched this before I listened to the Philippa Gregory novel "The Lady of the Rivers" then watched this again. The two works blended well together. If you are a history buff, this is an excellent program!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars watch it June 26, 2013
By Mark H.
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This is an excellent way to either refresh your knowledge or supplement it with more detail of this period in English history. I watched this after completing a DVD take home course on Medieval England taught by Jennifer Paxton.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars accurate history October 22, 2013
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It is more of an audible story than a video. It did not hold my interest all the time. I like listening to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars war of the roses: a bloody crown February 12, 2014
By michael
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I thought it was a very informative documentory on one of the bloodiest periods in england. It was worth the money I paid for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great history. January 31, 2014
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Helped me understand the intrigue and political deceit that created one of the great English dynasties. I will watch again. Sure makes me glad I didn't have to go fight those guys.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly dissapointed. February 2, 2013
By spgreen
Format:DVD
I really love this period od English history. So, I was very excited when my husband got me this for Christmas...However, I am slightly dissapointed.

Pro:
It is detailed and accurate.
The Visuals are really good.

Cons:
The narrator isnt good.
The music over takes he audio and it makes it hard to hear the narration.

I kept having to pause and explain things to my husband (who is unfamiliar with the middle ages). I was hoping to enjoy this more.
Its not the worst but certainly not the best documentary I have seen.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars now I get it February 13, 2013
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Finally wrapped my head around all the in-fighting and back biting, and heard the best reply to all these bone heads who think Richard III was a misunderstood nice guy. Why did so many nobles "Suddenly" support this "nobody twice removed" if Richard hadn't done something they just couldn't deal with.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars The War of the Roses;A bloody Crown
It was not what I was expecting but full of information I wasnt aware of. quite interesting for a history buff.
Published 22 days ago by Cindy Young
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but distracting
Strictly on an informational front, this is a worthwhile documentary to learn about the Wars of the Roses. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Kelly
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a facinating subject, but was presented poorly.
I do wish you wouldn't be so demanding in regards to the customers rating. This is required??? Demanding the customer fulfill a word count is strange.
Published 1 month ago by Debra Girvan
4.0 out of 5 stars War of the Roses
We learnt a thing or two about English History.We didn't know that the roses, red and White represented the Houses of Lancaster and York and they were fighting to see who was going... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacko
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great documentary on the war of the Roses
This is a great documentary, however, be forewarned it is 3 hours, so you'll want to view it when you have enough time scheduled.
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars I had some trouble following this war story
The War of the Roses is a period of England history that I heard about, but had not really got a chance to look into and this film does that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard B
4.0 out of 5 stars very informative
Good for those who are still confused with the complicated timeline and events. Very well illustrated and narrated. I recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Wars of the Roses...a great historical romp.
One of the most complex periods in History the Wars of the Roses is replete with the complex historical minutua of the time.
Published 3 months ago by viking
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
Just ok. Poor production values but informative and interesting. History channel should upgrade the dvd to be on par with their more modern ones.
Published 6 months ago by Glenn Corbett
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative program
The war of the roses was a very informative documentory. I gained a much better understanding of the conflict between the houses of york & Lancaster as a result of viewing this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sweetfeetcrips
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