The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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"Divorced, Beheaded, Died / Divorced, Beheaded, Survived..." this mini-series investigates the women behind the most active bridegroom in the history of the British monarchy. Each episode is seen through the eyes of one of Henry's six Queens, and the series as a whole illustrates England's movement from Roman Catholicism to a new form of Protestantism, all courtesy of a king in search of a son. Keith Michell's performance as Henry VIII, aging from a naive teen-ager to his corpulent death, remains the definitive portrait of this complex king. The series first aired in Great Britain beginning on January 1, 1970. It aired in the United States in the fall of 1971 to great critical acclaim and was re-run as an entry of Masterpiece Theatre in 1972. Also, in 1973, a theatrical version of the series was filmed and released with star Keith Michell reprising his role as Henry VIII. However, six different actresses from the ones who appeared in the series portrayed Henry's six wives.moreless
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  • They finally got it right.

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    I just purchased and have watched the new DVD edition of this show and they got it right this time. The sound and video are much better than the DVD that was released a few years back. I had not seen this in many years and had forgotten how truly good it is. Excellent performances all around (Keith Michell is THE King Henry VIII). The choreography of the dance sequences (puts dance of today to shame), the Renaissance era music (no rap noise here) and the cinemetograpy is breathtaking (special effects: what are those:) ). This DVD set is worth every penny to see this again as is was meant to be seen.moreless

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Drama

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legendary people, becoming a father, issues with authority, isolation from society, infidelity