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The Borgias

Season One
(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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An explosive story of history's original crime family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia's reign as Pope Alexander VI embroils the Catholic Church--and all of Europe--in scandal.
Title: The Borgias
Season one
[videorecording]
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Phase 4 Films, 2011
Edition: Uncut ed., widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (467 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Take 5 Productions and Octagon Films in association with Showtime and CTV ; created by Neil Jordan
Notes: Videodisc release of the 2011 television series
Special features: promo reels, alternate trailers, cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes, bloopers
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Contents: Disc one. The poisoned chalice ; The assassin ; The Moor ; Lucrezia's wedding
Disc two. The Borgias in love ; The French king ; Death, on a pale horse
Disc three. The art of war ; Nessuno (Nobody)
Summary: An explosive story of history's original crime family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons Cesare and Juan and poisonously seductive daughter Lucrezia, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia's reign as Pope Alexander VI embroils the Catholic Church--and all of Europe--in scandal.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama BORGIAS1
Credits: Music by Trevor Morris.
Performers: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, David Oakes, Sean Harris, Colm Feore.
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen; 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound or 2.0 stereo
Other Language: Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Alexander VI, Pope, 1431-1503 Drama Borgia family Drama Italy History 15th century Drama
Genre/Form: Television programs
Television crime shows
Historical television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Publisher No: 598807 Phase 4 Films
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Along with the Medicis, the Borgias are inextricably linked with the most corrupt time in Italian history. Sex, murder, intrigue and naked ambition were par for the course. But in treacherous times, only the strong survive.

Along with the Medicis, the Borgias are inextricably linked with the most corrupt time in Italian history. Sex, murder, intrigue and naked ambition were par for the course. But in treacherous times, only the strong survive.


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Feb 04, 2014
  • violetpretty rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just watch this. You will not be sorry. Beautifully filmed, gorgeous production, and incredibly enticing characters that could not have been better cast. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

It should be called "inspired by true events", since it takes enormous liberties with accepted historical facts.
For instance,
1.Gioffre (or Joffre) Borgia was only 4 years younger than his wife, Sancha of Aragon.
2. There was never a massacre a Lucca, but a much smaller one at Fivizzano, a small town in the then Republic of Lucca.
3. Lucrezia's lover wa not a groom in Giovanni Sforza's household, but her father's chamberlain, Pedro Calderon, known as Perotto.
4. Moreover, Giovanni Sforza was mostly in Rome, nor at Pesaro, part of the Papal Court.
etc. etc. etc.
In other words, it is a nice historical piece of fiction, but don't expect to learn history from it.

Apr 28, 2013
  • nipper rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

great....looking forward to season 2......costumes are magnificent, wonderful to see rome and areas, florence etc

Apr 13, 2013
  • Einmyria rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Am I ever glad I happened upon this series! Judging by the elaborate set pieces and beautiful costumes, I’m sure a lot of money was put into this production, and the acting really struck me as top notch. Jeremy Irons as the lecherous, ambitious Pope Alexander is a given, but the gorgeous individuals who play his children: Cesare, Juan and Lucrezia, really stole the show for me. Especially Cesare, who seems to have chemistry with just about every character, animal and inanimate object on set, especially when he’s wearing those leather pants…My favourite part of this series actually is the complex, evolving family dynamic of the Borgia family, especially the relationship between the siblings which ranges from jealousy bordering on hatred, to sweet bordering on incestuous. And I have to admit that this first season does get off to a bit of a slow start, but once tensions start to rise, there will be lots of blood…and flying body parts, thanks to a new war invention by the miniature war loving King Charles of France. I highly recommend this series, and cannot wait to watch the Season 3 premiere on the 14th!

Apr 09, 2013
  • nelll rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome, awesome - can't wait to see the next season - so whoever has it - hurry up

Saw the first 4 episodes so far. Excellent writing, performaces, sets and costumes. It's like the Godfather set in the 16th centuruy. A good example of the seldom realized potential of the "mini-series".

Jun 29, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Boring. Not even Jeremy Irons could make this series work. We couldn't finish the 2nd episode.

Jun 20, 2012
  • charlie2911 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an incredible story ! - The only other historical expose as good as this was the BBC series "Rome" . I loved all the scheming and plotting , the deceit and lying. Very realistic war scenes ( and also love and sex scenes ! - If you're easily offended - DON'T watch this. ). Personally, I loved it and can't wait for the follow up .

Canadian actor Francois Arnaud is fabulous in his role as Cesare; Holliday Grainger is great as his sister Lucrezia. It helps that they are not only competent actors, but ultra-hot hot hot! Specially Arnaud in black leather -- yess!!! Jeremy Irons is actually a pretty human pope for such a bad guy -- and those soulful brown eyes are worth a million. Great series-- a romp thru history!

May 22, 2012
  • Palomino rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sex, scandal, and fantasy-history: it's exactly like The Tudors! Just more intelligent. Think castles, horses, velvet dresses, swordfights, politics, religion, and murder. You may draw parallels to modern society if you like, or care deeply about the character development of our morally conflicted heroes (personally, I'm thrilled that brave little Lucrezia ends up with a helluva good Friesian horse and doesn't seem to care that it's way too big for her, and she rides astride, too, sometimes, attagirl). I can't wait for season 2. Tragedy goes without saying; comedy is introduced late in the game with the absolutely delightful character of the King of France. Oh, and the battle scenes are wonderfully graphic, you might want to cover your eyes when the King of France unleashes his secret weapon against Juan and his team.

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May 30, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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