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Medieval Warfare - The Crusades

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THE BATTLES For nearly two centuries, generations of knights from England and western Europe marched to do battle with the Saracen hordes who occupied the Holy Land. Bitter and bloody, these great battles are known to history as the Crusades. Perhaps most famous of all was Richard the Lionheart's struggle with the Emperor Saladin on the burning sands of Palestine in 1190. THE DVD The Crusades: the Holy Wars features reconstruction footage and spectacular computer effects to tell the dramatic story of the great conflict between Christianity and Islam.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBTJS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,289 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Bruce Varner on June 13, 2007
Format: DVD
This DVD could have been so much better. The Crusades were extremely important events whose ramifications are still felt today. This DVD falls well short, both artistically and as a source of information.

I know that one doesn't turn to documentaries to witness high level acting and production values, but both were very weak here. On a positive note, it's so bad that you might find it amusing. Actors portray various participants in the Crusades, such as a knight, Saladin, and Richard the Third. The monologues were very poor, with the award for weakest going to the actor portraying Saladin. In addition to a noncredible reading, this actor attempted an accent that was all over the map, even lapsing into one that was almost a brogue. Makeup was poor. The battle scenes could hardly have been worse.

I did give this DVD two stars because it does have some informational value. Yet even that is incomplete and sketchy. For instance, the narrator tells us that we can only "speculate" as to why citizens signed up for the First Crusade, almost as if this act is a complete mystery. While we can never know why each individual participant joined the mission, we do know that Pope Urban II promised remission of sins to all participants. This would have been a heady incentive in 1096. Add to that the real chance of material gain by plunder, and you have two pretty good motivators. Another example is in the discussion of the Third Crusade, when we are told that Saladin and Richard the Third negotiated an "uneasy" truce, without discussion as to why this truce was "uneasy". The reason it was "uneasy" is the most interesting part. Richard the Third and Saladin were both exceptional leaders.
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Watching this disk is like reading a really dull high-school level history book or watching a *really* bad stage production. The narrator is as exciting as a mashed-potato sandwich and his script has had all controversy removed from it. The acting/reenactments are between not good and laughable. (As another reviewer commented, Saladin's dialog is so bad you will be rushing for the mute button.) Another down side is that the sound mastering is so bad that it is very difficult to hear the narrator over the fake sounds of battle in many places. On the plus side there are lots of facts and neither the Christians nor the Muslims are portrayed as the "hero." If you want a very "safe" introduction to the first couple crusades, where the atrocities committed by both sides are mentioned but sterilized, this may be an alright disk for you but there is a LOT to dislike here.
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