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The White Queen: Season 1 (2014)

Max Irons , Amanda Hale  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Max Irons, Amanda Hale, James Frain, Rebecca Ferguson
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 580 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E1LT41K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on Philippa Gregory's series of best-selling novels, "The Cousins War.”

Set against the backdrop of England's Wars of the Roses during the 15th century, the story revolves around women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne. They are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love. “The White Queen” will be told through the stories of three equally driven women -- Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville -- in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history.

Series to premiere on Starz August 10, 2013.

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The White Queen is a riveting portrayal of one of the most dramatic and turbulent times in English history. A story of love and lust, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, it is uniquely told through the perspective of three different, yet equally relentless women - Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. In their quest for power, they will scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne.

Special Features: The Making of The White Queen, Series Overview, Book To Series, The History Behind The White Queen, The White Queen: Set Tour, Queen Elizabeth, The King, The Heir Apparent, Woman In A Man's World, Conjuring Up The Queen/Magic, Dressing The Queen/Wardrobe

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123 of 136 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the white queen August 10, 2013
there is a way to watch bbc as it plays in England, and so i have seen parts 1-8. two more to go. i have not been this pleased by a docu drama in a long time, and this one is right up there with the tudors. the writer is a history teacher at one of the prestigious colleges in uk, and she writes with passion and accuracy. its about the cousins war, or war of the roses. The writer concentrates not on the men involved but the 3 women behind the scene. The costumes are documented, and the buildings are historical. the women are powerful, clever, driven, and with elizabeth, in love. its about protecting their right to the throne, and they do it vengeance and devotion to their cause and families. it is rich in colour, and i was wishing there was 15 parts, not 10! if you liked the tudors, you will love this, minus some of the fun but sometimes brutal sex scenes. there were a couple but tastefully done, the concentration being on family pride.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "You Will Be Queen of England, as I Once Was..." December 4, 2013
Forget historical accuracy. Done that? Good, because "The White Queen" has very little, even less so than the books by Philippa Gregory upon which they are based. The sooner you accept that, the more you can enjoy a mini-series that doesn't claim to be anything but a loose dramatization of the War of the Roses, starting from 1464 with the meeting of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, and ending with the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

The time was ripe for a dramatization of the War of the Roses given the immense popularity of George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and the subsequent HBO television adaptation, for the author has made no secret of how much this period of English history inspired his own work of fiction. In fact, for fans of the books, it's hard not to watch "The White Queen" without drawing correlations between the two: Henry Tudor's situation is very much like that of Daenerys Targaryen, whilst Robert Baratheon seems to owe his existence to King Edward IV. Cersei Lannister might well be a less-than-kind depiction of the titular White Queen, and even the emblem of the famous rose sigils of Lancaster and York can be found in the fictional Tyrells' standard. It stands to reason that if you enjoy one, you'll enjoy the other.

But what "The White Queen" brings to the table is an emphasis on the women that were involved in the period, namely Elizabeth Woodville (wife of King Edward), Anne Neville (daughter of the man known as "the kingmaker") and Margaret Beauford (mother of Henry Tudor).
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder, Intrigue and Scandal, OH MY! August 24, 2013
Being an novice student of British history, I am always eager when any new show comes out relating to this topic. While this is historical fiction it does follow history quite accurately. The casting is phenomenal! I will address some of the characters that really stood out for me. I am NO authority these are just my opinions! :-)

Rebecca Ferguson portrays a brave and beautiful Queen Elizabeth. Her performance is commanding and powerful. She really portrays the strength and courage of her character during a very dangerous time in British history.

Amanda Hale presents viewers with a pious and scheming Lady Beaufort. She does an excellent job of conveying her love for God and her son while showing the ugly side of greed and bad behavior.

Aneurin Barnard plays Richard Duke of Gloucester. His character evolves from one that seems sweet and caring as the Duke however, when he becomes King Richard we see him transform into power hungry and vile creature.

Max Irons as King Edward....I'm not sure about the casting with this actor. While he does a good job acting, I don't feel that he physically fits the part. Don't get me wrong he is very handsome he just doesn't fit the appearance of a King during the 1400's. The portrayal of King Edward is one of a womanizer (which he was) but his real character was much richer than this. I would have liked to see this developed more in the script.

David Oakes as George Duke of Clarence....PERFECT casting! I can't see any other actor doing a better job! He plays the jealous, conniving, backstabbing younger brother of King Edward with such conviction.

Janet McTeer as Jacquetta Woodville mother to Queen Elizabeth.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The White Queen August 19, 2013
By debra
Before I saw this series, I did not know what The White Queen was about. I saw a trailer for it on TV and found that it was to be a TV series based on Philippa Gregory's novel of the same name. I knew of her work from the movie version of her novel The Other Boleyn Girl (a very inaccurate take on Tudor history), but have not as of yet read any of her novels based roughly upon between 15-1600's on the Tudor's and so fourth. I love Tudor history and more than that I love anything on the British Monarchy. I know a lot on Henry VIII and his wives as well as Queen Elizabeth I, but I did not have any knowledge onto the Plantagenet's or anything about the War of the Roses. So I jumped on this series and immediately began to watch it hoping it to be better than the Showtime series The Tudors.

I have to say at first I wasn't sure I thought though while the story seemed to be intriguing, I wasn't falling for the main characters like King Edward and his wife Elizabeth in the first episode, but by the second and third episode of the series I was completely hooked. I know there are a lot of reviews from critics saying the series didn't hold up to the standards they expected, but I think a lot of that was based on the first episode alone in the series and not the story all together as a whole.

I never realized how fascinating the War of the Roses was or what it was about. I think what makes this story so much more compelling to me versus other shows around the time period like The Tudors, is that it is told in the view of the woman who stood behind the throne and who shaped England's history dramatically without the world even realizing their importance to what was happening on the throne and how they could influence it. Unlike in The Tudors where it was more of a mans view on the world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad and good
I got lost in the show to much going on for me.i did not like familys going to kill each otheir.
Published 2 days ago by stephanie a mccall
5.0 out of 5 stars White Queen
Fantastic series. Can't wait for next season. Excellent story line and great acting. Lots of sex and violence. If you like Reign you'll love this series.
Published 3 days ago by Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars Soaptastic but hardly accurate
The White Queen is based on the works of a novelist who is famous for playing fast and (very) loose with the facts. Read more
Published 3 days ago by E. A. Montgomery
4.0 out of 5 stars Starz has done it again!
Bravo Starz! I have become obsessed with keeping up with the Starz annual line-up. Every six months without fail they have brought back another period, dazzlingly and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Wisdom Twin
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, I don't care how historically accurate it is
I'm sure history buffs may quibble about this historicity of this docu-drama, but it's a darned good watch, and that's what I wanted. Read more
Published 4 days ago by J. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
If you are watching this for historical effect, find something else. This is fiction based on history and the writers took some liberty. Read more
Published 4 days ago by M. Kooiman
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
As a lover of English history. I thought the series while was mostly based on historical fact, the author did take liberal diversions from historical fact. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Shulamit
4.0 out of 5 stars A 10-Part Starz Mini-Series That Skews More Toward Romantic Bodice...
When "The White Queen" was announced as a Starz series, I was pretty excited by the concept. I have a weakness for these historical epics (The Tudors and The Borgias, for example)... Read more
Published 4 days ago by K. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining watch
I recently binge watched all of The Tudors series. I'll admit, I only started watching it because of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, but I ended up loving it. Read more
Published 5 days ago by MH
5.0 out of 5 stars Viewing as Good as the Reading Pleasure
I enjoyed reading the books and thought the stories were well presented and portrayed in the video. The videos held my families interest from starat to finish.
Published 5 days ago by majone
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English Subtitles?
please i want to know too if it will have subtitles i watch all dvds with subtitles and this dvd I had been waiting for it a long time since i read all the books but none says that there will be subtitles and please this is 2014 all dvds should be with subtitles what about the impaired hearing... Read more
Jan 22, 2014 by carmen caruana |  See all 2 posts
When is this going to be released?
Probably around the Holidays.
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