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These are the legendary warriors of history - soldiers with the courage, ambition and military genius to lead their men to victory. In lavish, all-action spectaculars, this series brilliantly evokes the crucial battles that changed their lives, the destiny of their people and, in some cases, the history of the world. Fo cusing on six of the most powerful and majestic leaders of all time, the stories examine the motives, the personal strengths and often the weaknesses that drove them to achieve what no one else dared.]]>
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Anyone who loves this character from history will be very moved by it.
Kudos to the max. Life is too short to review things that don't rock your world, and this one certainly did.
With Napoleon, the only non Ancients or Middle Ages persona shown here we meet him at a critical moment during the siege of Toulon where he must prove himself for the first time. I have a little problem in referring to him as a warrior as Nappy was so much more than that, but here at least he was just a minor officers and he did lead from the front early on. Richard the Lion Heart tries to secure The Holy Land against Saladin. Attila must face the challenge of Aetius at the battle of Chalons. Cortez must conquer the mighty, fearsome, and savage Aztec Empire at their Capital.
I could go on but the reader gets the general idea. These are expertly done and well acted. The production value while not big Hollywood budget, is still decent as these are BBC productions. I would always prefer good acting and decent screen writing over big budget and historical innaccuracies which is often what we get from Hollywood these days. This production goes to prove that just showing the historical facts as they are known to be makes for great drama. You don't need to chnage history in order to make a good story. One can only hope that some movie producers might take inspiration from this excellent series. Hopefully there will be a second volume soon.
The one on Napoleon is my favorite because it dramatized only the very early part of his life about how he got his start in the army as opposed to later on when he is emperor. I didn't have a lot of knowledge on his early life so it was interesting to see how Napoleon was actually shunned quite a bit for his novel ideas on artillery. The documentaries aren't all-encompassing of the historical figure's life but are very specific to one event.
You may recognize several of these actors from other BBC productions (i.e. the guy that plays Napoleon, Tom Burke, is also Athos on The Musketeers on the BBC and the actor who plays Richard the Lionheart was on The Tudors on Showtime).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had seen excerpts of this series on TV, liked it so much that I decided to purchase the DVD via Amazon but, only after receiving assurance from the distributor that it would work... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ninja
The Napoleon story is one of the best I've ever seen on the screenPublished 6 months ago by Robert Whitman
I used to watch these in 2008 and never realized how much of the episode was cut out to make room for commercials I have seen scenes in my favorite show I had no idea existed.Published 10 months ago by Kathleen Novak
Definitely a well done show, very good production values and the cast members were well chosen and did excellent jobs in their respective roles. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joseph Schwab
Very good production. Historically accurate enough that something can be learned from each episode, but still entertaining. Acting is for the most part, top notch.Published 18 months ago by N. Blanchard