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The Tower

4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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One of Britain’s most majestic and recognizable symbols, the Tower of London has stood on the banks of the River Thames for over 900 years. A fortress, royal palace, state prison and treasure house, it has been the setting for magnificent opulence and the darkest of deeds. It is here that Kings were murdered, Queens put to the axe, spies and traitors executed, and innocents killed to suit ruthless ambitions. Featuring dramatic reenactments, expert interviews and computer-generated recreations, this eight-part series explores the Tower’s storied past, going behind the scenes to witness private ceremonies and uncover forgotten secrets.

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Product Details

  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 384 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDFHX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. MCGUE on January 9, 2008
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I lived in London for six years and every minute was wonderful! I visited the Tower numerous times. I knew a lot about the Tower, but this DVD exposed much more in-depth than I could have imagined! It goes into stories that most people would never know, nor will have the opportunity to know. It shows ceremonies which have NEVER before been seen by the public. It enters places that are "off limits" to the public. Truly an excellent exploration of the Tower! I cannot recommend it higher!
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Koch Vision present "THE TOWER" (2001) (384 mins/Color) (Widescreen/Dolby Digital) --- The rich history of the Tower of London is examined in this eight part show --- The historic building is examined in detail, and CGI technology is used to recreate scenes from the Tower's illustrious past --- Channel Four has taken it upon itself to try to separate the romance from the truth with an eight part documentary called The Tower --- Each of the eight episodes focus on one specific aspect of the construct --- The program breaks the tower down to be examined from every relevant physical and historical angle --- At nearly eight hours in total, it would seem to be thorough, but in many ways the series just touches the tip of the iceberg, but what an iceberg it is!

Koch Vision Entertainment has released this 2001 production in a two DVD set that is well presented visually, with an outstanding narration by Sean Pertwee --- The Tower is a very entertaining primer on the history of this English landmark --- notice the tabloid style of production here, as The Tower is truly an awe-inspiring piece of work for the viewer to soak up --- as sturdy and affecting as The Tower itself --- the true story of Britain's most notorious past and living history of The Tower of London --- is as good as it gets!

SPECIAL FEATURES:
EPISODES:
DISC ONE (1):
1. Fortress
2. Prisoners
3. Treasure House
4. The Tower At War

DISC TWO (2):
5. The Lost Palace
6. Who Goes There?
7. The Bloody Tower
8. Tower Top Brass
9.
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This 8 part series on the Tower of London originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK. It's incredibly well done, fascinating, and is recommended viewing for anyone interested in military history, architecture, British history and the British monarchy.
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Interesting mini-series has a little of something for everyone. I watched it because when I was in London I had a great time at the Tower. At one point I asked a question of one of the Yeoman Warders in the armory and he lit up, going into great detail. That wonderful enthusiasm comes across in the series.

Overal I thought this was a decent mini-series. The filmmaker interwove contemporary and history themes. The three things I would have liked to have seen handled better:

1. More and varied shots of the Crown Jewels.

2. The topic of the Princes in the Tower made a very weak attempt to convey the controversy.

3. Better sound editing. The sound editing was very poor on some episodes.

I watched all the episodes streamed from Netflx and may do so again. I am not sure I would pay $25 for it (the current price) even though the content was good. I would rather wait for a remixed version.
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History buffs and anyone traveling to London who wants to get an overview of London history from the perspective of the Tower of London, theis DVD was one of the best, if not the best, we watched in preparation for our trip to the UK. Trust me, you'll appreciate being more educated about London history, whether you travel there or now. And, this DVD presents it all in a very enjoyable format. The only drawback is it can be difficult to obtain.
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Didn't have great reviews on Netflix, doesn't seem to have great reviews here, but it's one of my favorite miniseries. The sound balance is off a little bit, but it's wonderfully detailed with great behind-the-scenes details. Much more than those documentaries where the filmmakers took a camera on your basic tour. It goes through the complete history of the tower, and has tons of cool facts and scraps for history buffs.
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I was disappointed by the Saturday, afternoon nothing else is on T.V feeling of this lame documentary.
There wasn't a lot of substance to this, in one episode they are in America chasing down some letter
in the city of Charleston.. who cares!!?? why??!!!
The letter is some American ancestor, again why who cares. I didn't buy a Historical Documentary about the tower of London
to watch Americans go to the south! I am an American-I see them all the time.
The only reason why I bought this was to get a comprehensive overview of the tower
They mention that William the conquer built it (is that right? I learned Nothing!) and that is something I would like
to know-how long was it someone's house? How long did it take to build-why was it built where it was built, those kind of things.
Another episode they talk about the famous Jewels that was pretty interesting, but than they go on and on
about Colonel Blood, and the next thing you know once again they are no longer in the Tower of London, but here
there everywhere. Lots of bad reenactments- its choppy there is nothing snuggly about it.
No feeling of sinking into stone cold knowledge...just B.S boring afternoon filler type narration
it really sucks
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