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Vikings: Season 1 (2013)

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  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 398 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,680 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Journey to a thrilling ancient world in this epic new series about history's bravest and most brutally fearsome warriors...VIKINGS. Ragnar, a would-be Viking chieftain, longs to fulfill his destiny as an explorer and conqueror, alongside his ambitious brother Rollo and loyal wife Lagertha. But as Ragnar leads daring raids in distant realms across the ocean, treacherous forces in his Norse homeland conspire against him. Faced with shocking betrayals and the temptations of a mysterious seductress, Ragnar must wage war on the battlefield -- and within himself -- to protect his freedom, family and life.

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410 of 425 people found the following review helpful
After scoring blockbuster ratings as well as multiple EMMY nominations for the dramatic miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys," the History Channel is forging forward with its first ever scripted series in "Vikings." I don't know about you, but a series about Vikings seems perfectly attuned to a television market that is currently enjoying a plethora of dark and complex adult dramas on cable networks! Created by Michael Hirst, this nine episode series was shot in Ireland and looks absolutely terrific. One of the things that most surprised me on checking out this endeavor is just how expensive the series looks in terms of period recreations, sets, locations, and effects. It shouldn't be too surprising, Hirst has worked on a number of noteworthy historical dramatizations including Showtime's "The Tudors" (which he created) and "The Borgias" (on which he is an executive producer). As with any fictionalization, though, you should expect some liberties to be taken with the subject for the purposes of storytelling. I don't think, however, that this will be too distracting unless you are a scholar of the period expecting exacting detail.

The show basically revolves around one Norse clan. Travis Fimmel plays Ragnar, who in the early episodes is constructed as a family man who yearns to break free from the oppression of his tribe's leader (Gabriel Byrne as Earl Haraldson). Setting on his own course, he recruits a small band of brothers to attempt a victorious raid to the west in defiance of the Earl's express wishes. There will be numerous repercussions to this decision as the various parties jostle for power and any grasp on true leadership is tenuous at best.
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Being raised in Iceland we started learning about our history at nine years old and we read our history as far back as Ragnar Lodbrok, we also learn to read Edda in its original writing, but that depends more on how long you stay in school. Lot of the knowledge also comes from archeological dig sites and artifacts. We are proud of our heritage so our history is relentlessly drilled in our heads. I know these characters fair to say, pretty well. Although a lot of the history of the Vikings was word of mouth until the 13th century, when the history of the Early Vikings- Icelandic- and Norse- saga was chronicled, mostly by the Icelandic historian Snorri Sturluson, it is fair to say that History Channel did their research extremely well, from the script down to detailed props on the set. The story in the first season, I have seen are accurate but of course, since this is not a documentary some fictional drama is woven masterfully into the story.

The actors are ALL great and convincing, the show is well produced and I really appreciate the work the History Channel has done. Absolutely no Viking stereotyping. Characters and their beliefs, their religion called "Asatru" (not Pagan) their way of life are treated with respect in this show. Even though we don't know everything about these characters historically, real or fictional, they are true to the culture of the time and therefore depict real people. When you learn the history of these people from this time period it's really impossible to separate their religion from their daily life. It was ingrained in everything they did, small or large. It is also true that women were treated with more equality, and it traditionally remains so, in Nordic culture today.
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150 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norsemen (and Shield Maidens) rule! April 1, 2013
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For far too long, history has condensed the story of the Viking people into a comic book saga filled with primitive characters raping, plundering, and wearing funny horns, breastplates, and flaxen braids. Thanks to the History Channel, we have the opportunity to appreciate an engaging, well-acted, fairly accurate picture of these intelligent, spiritual, self-disciplined, and hardy craftsmen, clansmen, and seafarers whose skills and civilization in the 8th and 9th centuries was more advanced than that of much of the European continent. Consummate shipbuilders and navigators, Vikings managed to traverse the deadly seas of the North Atlantic (in open longboats!) to discover North America centuries before Christopher Columbus was even born. They settled much of Ireland, England, Greenland, Russia, and Iceland. The Norsemen didn't manage to accomplish all that they did by being rage-filled, crude, undisciplined savages. This show capably demonstrates the high degree of cooperation among their clan, the rules that governed their communities, their work ethic and egalitarian spirit, strong sense of loyalty, and the abiding sense of justice that is still deep, deep in the Scandanavian DNA right up to today.
During the first millenium, there was lively trade between Scandanavia and Germany, Spain, what is now Russia, and even North Africa. Norsemen were justifiably famous for their craftsmanship in building homes, barns, and other dwellings, for painting and needlework, and in fashioning arts from silver and pewter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
actors and story line is grreat. the show hooks you right from the start. cant wait to watch more of it.
Published 2 minutes ago by Janette Corona
5.0 out of 5 stars intense and riveting!!!
great show. i just love the effects and the plot. I hope they continue with the show for more seasons. keep it coming!!
Published 11 minutes ago by Alexandra
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting and involving
Great, can't help but watch as the characters grow and change, as much about the lifestyle as about the characters.
Published 55 minutes ago by Susan C. Marsala
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show and viewed grat on Amazon Prime
We watched the entire first season on Amazon Prime and had zero issues. We all loved the series and now we are hooked. We have to watch season two now..
Published 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, toned down version of Game of Thrones
It may not be entirely historically accurate for some, however the history of that time can be very nebulous and even respected sources have a lot of conjecture in them. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Justin M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed
I really liked it. I think the one thing that I shouldn't have done was to look up the characters from the show to learn more about them. Got a lot of spoilers from those sites. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show!
Initially I thought it will be documentary, it appeared to be more than that. Great intriguing characters, the show brings back times of Vikings. Can't wait to watch season 2.
Published 4 hours ago by NHBuyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Serie
Vikings is a great TV series. It have good acting, good script and producers found a way to both entertain and provide you the necessary facts to understand the Viking's culture,... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Luis Cajiga
5.0 out of 5 stars Vikings
I love this show, It show feeling about the nor gods from a past long ago that is somewhat forgotten. and laws and believes that the Vikings live by
Published 4 hours ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Addicting. Reserve time off from life to be able to dedicate...
Hooked by the first episode. Totally addicting. You will not be able to stop watching. Reserve time off from life to be able to dedicate to watch this show.
Published 5 hours ago by Mary
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