|Originaltitel:||The White Queen|
|Regie:||Colin Teague, James Kent, Jamie Payne|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 540 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years|
|Anzahl der Disc:||4|
|Sprachen:||German, English, French (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Extras:||Behind the Scenes, Featurettes|
|Label:||Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment|
Film: England in the year 1464: For some years already a bitter fight between the noble families York and Lancaster rages for the English throne. With the help of his cousin, the Lord Warwick (James Frain), known as the "King Maker", Edward IV (Max Irons) from the House of York came to power. In order to consolidate these, Edward was to marry into the French royal house. But then the young king falls in love with the bourgeois widow Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson). Against the will of his family he marries her and makes her a queen. Warwick sees this as treason, as Elizabeth's family sympathises with the Lancasters. So he marries his daughter Isabel (Eleanor Tomlinson) with Edwards brother George (David Oakes), with the aim to bring him to the throne. He executes Elizabeth's father and brother and mobilizes troops against the king. But the wealthy Margarete Beaufort (Amanda Hale) also pulls the strings in the background. For she firmly believes that it is the will of God that her son Henry Tudor will one day be King of England. And in order to make this determination come true, any means is right for her...
"The White Queen" is based on the three bestselling novels "The Queen of the White Rose", "The Throne of the Red Queen" and "The Sisters of Thorns" by Philippa Gregory. The books illuminate the same events from the perspective of another woman, more specifically Elizabeth Woodville, Margarete Beaufort and Anne Neville (Faye Marsay), the youngest daughter of Lord Warwick. The three perspectives were interwoven for the TV adaptation of the novel series. Queen Elizabeth is clearly the heroine, while Margarete Beaufort and Anne Neville play the roles of extremely manipulative opponents. Even though not all aspects of the three books are brought to bear, the series does one thing very well: like the novels, it shows in a very stirring way that very different, strong women often pull the strings behind the well-known men in the story.
Therefore, the events are concentrated almost exclusively on the events surrounding women. The large battles, that its men carry out, are usually only hinted at or even only mentioned in conversations. But even if there is hardly any action, this doesn't mean that the ten episodes of this mini-series aren't very exciting. Through the countless intrigues and the merciless power struggles, the story remains rousing throughout. The atmospheric locations in Bruges, the set and costumes, a good pinch of eroticism as well as some decent special effects also contribute a not inconsiderable part to this.
Historical accuracy, on the other hand, is only a limited strength of "The White Queen". Even though the story is, at its core, in keeping with the tradition, the scripts, like the original novels, take some clear liberties, which primarily serve to support the entertainment value of the series. The suggestion of magical powers that Elizabeth and her mother might have at their disposal, for example, is pure fantasy that even amateur historians will disbelieveingly shake their heads about (even if in those days belief in witches who have such powers was of course not uncommon). In addition, the dialogues are sometimes very clichéd, which in some moments leads to involuntary comedy.
However, despite all historical inaccuracies and thin dialogues, "The White Queen" is entertaining series entertainment with many show values, good actors and a stirring story that makes you want to engage more intensively with the fight for the English crown in the 15th century. Anyone who likes stories about strong women and historical fabrics should definitely take a look here. Worth seeing!
image + sound: The DVD image captures the atmosphere of the series very well. Colour, sharpness and contrasts make the locations, the costumes and the equipment come into their own. The sound is in a sometimes pleasantly dynamic Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, which is dominated by dialogues and music over long distances, but also always has really good surround moments to offer. Good!
Extras: The fourth disc contains eleven short promo featurettes with a total runtime of almost 30 minutes. Besides a look behind the scenes (ca. 3:16 min.) and a general overview of the plot of the series (ca. 4:16 min.) there are short clips about the way from the book to the series (ca. 1:57 min.), about the true background of the story (ca. 3:28 min.), as well as about Queen Elizabeth (ca. 2:55 min.) and King Edward IV (ca. 2:30 min.). In addition there is a tour on the set (about 3:50 min.), a feature about the costumes of the series (about 2:31 min.), as well as featurettes about the role of the woman (about 1:38 min.), the rightful inheritance (about 1:28 min.) and the magic powers in the series (about 1:53 min.). Although there is some very interesting information to discover, these features are far too short to really go into depth. In addition, it is noticeable that the same excerpts from the series are used again and again, which reinforces the promo character of these clips. Nevertheless, the bonus material is well worth seeing for fans of the mini-series!
Fazit: "The White Queen" is an exciting history series that tells an important chapter in the history of Great Britain from the point of view of those women who pulled the strings behind the more famous men. The DVD presents the series in very attractive picture and sound quality. The bonus material is very promo-heavy, but offers some very interesting information about the shooting and the real backgrounds. If you don't mind a few historical freedoms that the makers have taken, you'll get an exciting and very entertaining mini-series. Recommended!
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