First Rate Mini DocuBios,
This review is from: Warriors (DVD)
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.