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Warriors (DVD)

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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Special Features

Six episodes: Atilla the Hun, Spartacus, Napoleon, The Shogun, Richard the Lionheart, Cortes
Special features: Genghis Khan, Hannibal, Hannibal The Man The Myth The Mystery

Product Details

  • Actors: Anthony Flanagan, Rory McCann, Steve Waddington, Brian McCardie, James Saito
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: 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: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 501 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O2UTT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Jenks on July 15, 2009
Format: DVD
With a lower budget, no big name actors and only an hour, these small movies are better than the last ten blockbusters I've seen. Not so much documentaries as dramatic depictions of the decision making and consequences of these leaders giving a believable version of what made them "tick." The acting, writing and direction are startlingly good with only the least intrusive narration. Think low-budbet David Lean. I deducted one star only because they should have been given more time and resourses. I only hope a second series is given exactly that.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Remus on January 22, 2010
Format: DVD
The first two disks include 6 one-hour docudramas, spectacularly produced, about Spartacus, Attila the Hun, The Shogun, Richard the Lionheart, Cortes, and Napolean. Disk 3, as bonus features, include a 90-minute docudrama about Hannibal starring Alexander Siddig (available at last in the US), a one-hour doc about Hannibal, and a one-hour docudrama about Genghis Khan. Production values are very high. This set is a great value for the history-lover.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Chaplya on October 17, 2009
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Thrill to lavish, all-action dramatic spectacles based on the lives of six men who left their marks on the world-from Spartacus, the gladiator who brought Rome to its knees, to the audacious military genius, Napoleon. Absorbing drama and CGI effects reveal the motives, force of will, genius, courage and greed that drove these men to achieve what no one else had dared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Allred on April 13, 2012
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I watched this series when it oringally aired. The Napoleon short was absoultely amazing... it is not only very well directed, but the acting blew average out of the water. I enjoyed the other shorts too, but seriously -- $30 bucks for the Napoleon piece is just a small, small price to pay for such quality.

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.
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Each 'Warrior" is given roughly a 60 minute segment. These mini movies are like historical drama but with the facts and information done right for a change. Each individual is dealt with at a critical moment in the developement of their military careers.

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.
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I'm a big history buff so I'm constantly watching documentaries on pretty much any historical period I can find. The episodes in this series, however, are a little bit different than the average documentary. The episodes aren't documentaries so much as they are little movies outlining a very specific event in the life of the portrayed historical character. The events actually happened, of course, so these aren't fictionalized accounts. I enjoyed this approach a great deal. There is a bit of narration at the beginning that introduces things but then it is pretty much a little movie or tv episode portraying the event. It's kind of hard to describe properly but if you like historical documentaries (and I LOVE them) and/or you like the stuff that the BBC puts out, you'll definitely like this.

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).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Bugbee on March 20, 2014
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Warriors is a collection of DVDs, featuring many famous figures done in true BBC style of authenticity without a lot of flash. I really enjoyed it. Rory Mccann played Attila the Hun.
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This is an excellent series that puts these figures in the context of their time. For example, many people forget the connection between Napoleon and the French Revolution due to the way the subjects are typically presented. In the Napoleon episode you see the psychological portrait of a man who has the possibility of greatness ahead of him, but only if he is willing to take it. While the Revolution is what opens this opportunity to him, it also threatens to derail his ambitions due to political considerations. Love it. The Cortes, Richard the Lionheart and Attila episodes are just as good. Haven't watched the others yet.
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