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Old 05-18-2012, 09:59 AM   #1
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The Tudors: Worth watching? (BBCA marathon airing)

Trying to line up some summer viewing...

BBCA is running all 38 "The Tudors" next weekend, May 21/22, start to finish. Seems like a great chance to grab 'em, if they're worth watching.

For those that did, was it worth it? Or do you wish you had 38 hours of your life back? For those that started and quit, why?

Feel free to comment as specifically as you like. Spoilers are probably moot at this point in time, as I heard Henry VIII eventually died.


PS: This appears to be the same show that was originally broadcast on Showtime from April 2007 to November 2010.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:26 AM   #2
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My wife and I thought it was great when we watched it on Showtime. I say it's well worth the time to watch. The acting was great and the production values, like costumes and set design, were fantastic. When on Showtime, it had a lot of nudity and sex scenes which I'm sure will be cut out of the BBCA version.
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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Uggh, I hadn't even thought about it being edited. I refuse to watch edited version of (almost) any show. This would be a deal-killer to me. I'll see if they flash up the "This show has been..." disclaimer at the beginning.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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If you have Netflix streaming, the whole series is available there. It would be uneditted, commercial free and probably in HD (or at least widescreen).

I found it an enjoyable watch overall. More sex early. More politics and intrique later.

Spoiler:
He got married around 6 times, depending on what you count as a marriage.

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Old 05-18-2012, 02:45 PM   #5
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If you have Netflix streaming, the whole series is available there. It would be uneditted, commercial free and probably in HD (or at least widescreen).

I found it an enjoyable watch overall. More sex early. More politics and intrique later.

Spoiler:
He got married around 6 times, depending on what you count as a marriage.

No Netflix. I'm an old-fashioned cable/antenna kinda guy.
Spoiler:

Who doesn't know this? I can remember a Rick Wakeman neo-prog-rock album from the 70s--The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Great album, btw!

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Old 05-18-2012, 02:56 PM   #6
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This was an underrated series IMO. Great acting, great story of course and looked great on Netflix. Did I say it was great?
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:59 PM   #7
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Definitely worth watching.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #8
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No Netflix. I'm an old-fashioned cable/antenna kinda guy.
* SPOILER *
It was a joke.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:54 PM   #9
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I found it worth watching because of Henry Cavill. But of course YMMV.

It could be pretty cheesy and overly melodramatic at times, but overall I found entertaining. But I am a sucker for period pieces in general.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:34 PM   #10
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It was a joke.
Me too!
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:42 PM   #11
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I have seen some bits and pieces. It was like watching porn with better acting.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:58 PM   #12
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I loved it - bought all the DVD's!

Great acting, great costumes, sex, intrigue, drama and featuring every hawt English actor on the planet.

So. Good.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:36 AM   #13
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Definitely worth watching but I would also be reluctant to watch a edited BBC America version...

I am sure the violence and the sexuality will be cut to shreds.
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:53 AM   #14
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It was kind of an R-rated Tudors 90210, but in a good way.
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:04 AM   #15
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No Netflix. I'm an old-fashioned cable/antenna kinda guy.
I'm sure there's a 30-day free coupon code out there. Then you can watch the unedited version for free.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #16
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Do we know for sure BBCA edits? I recorded a free-standing episode (ie, not part of the marathon, which is a week away) just to check it out, and it had a violence/language disclaimer at the beginning, but no "edited for..." comment. Which I thought they had to display if it was edited.

OTOH, there was no nekkid bodies disclaimer either.

So... does BBCA ever show nudity when it's part of a show?


PS: From what I understand, Netflix thru TiVo doesn't display captions. I'm a 100% captions kinda guy.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:05 PM   #17
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:14 PM   #18
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Do we know for sure BBCA edits? I recorded a free-standing episode (ie, not part of the marathon, which is a week away) just to check it out, and it had a violence/language disclaimer at the beginning, but no "edited for..." comment. Which I thought they had to display if it was edited.

OTOH, there was no nekkid bodies disclaimer either.

So... does BBCA ever show nudity when it's part of a show?


PS: From what I understand, Netflix thru TiVo doesn't display captions. I'm a 100% captions kinda guy.
Do they have to say whether the show is edited? Syndicated shows are usually edited and they don't say they are edited. I thought that was just for movies.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:20 AM   #19
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Do they have to say whether the show is edited? Syndicated shows are usually edited and they don't say they are edited. I thought that was just for movies.
I think you're right . . .
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I think I watched the edited version and some of it on Netflix. The difference was more nudity and sex scenes. So your miliage may vary.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:55 AM   #21
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Ok, I recorded a couple of random episodes, and they are clearly edited. I really don't care about boobs and butts (well, I do, but it's not a factor when choosing shows to watch), but I don't like to watch edited series.

I still have all 46 (48?) Breaking Bads on one of my older TiVos, that I keep telling myself I'm gonna watch. From an AMC marathon some time ago.
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Ok, I recorded a couple of random episodes, and they are clearly edited. I really don't care about boobs and butts (well, I do, but it's not a factor when choosing shows to watch), but I don't like to watch edited series.

I still have all 46 (48?) Breaking Bads on one of my older TiVos, that I keep telling myself I'm gonna watch. From an AMC marathon some time ago.
Breaking Bad is AWESOME. Start watching NOW. The new season begins this summer (July, I think), so you should be caught up!
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:09 AM   #23
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I don't like edited series either but I am not rewatching the ones I saw on BBC. I watched the rest on disc or streaming Netflix.
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I liked The Tudors. I thought the show got better in later seasons. In the first season, it seemed like they were working with a lower budget. There was some really bad CGI used for castles, etc. I didn't notice that after the first season.
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I believe a lot of it can be watched for free (with Amazon Prime) online.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:24 PM   #26
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PS: From what I understand, Netflix thru TiVo doesn't display captions. I'm a 100% captions kinda guy.
My TiVo Premiere has English subtitles for The Tudors via Netflix. They did just release a new Netflix app, so they might have added the functionality.

Breaking Bad is also on Netflix. With subtitles.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:50 PM   #27
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My TiVo Premiere has English subtitles for The Tudors via Netflix. They did just release a new Netflix app, so they might have added the functionality.

Breaking Bad is also on Netflix. With subtitles.
Wow, that puts a whole new spin on Netflix. I know other devices had captions and/or subtitles, but TiVo was conspicuously missing. If the new Netflix app has added this, that alone might be enough to get me to subscribe.

Thanks for letting me know.
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