Scandal, quest for power, and a polemic religious reform serve as the spicy ingredients of “The Tudors The Complete Second Season” DVD as Showtime continues to reveal the story of Henry VIII. In the first season, we see the early beginnings of young Henry VIII, (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) eager to establish his sovereign over England and become the most powerful man in Europe. The second season continues to show the facts with the exquisite touch that this TV series brings; lots of sex, bloody endings and a script that brings out the passion and intrigue surrounding a King that will stop at nothing to get his way.
Henry VIII continues to try make allegiances with France and the emperor with no success. When Henry decides to breaks free from the dominating Catholic Church by appointing himself as “Head of the Church of England”, declaring an annulment of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy) and marrying Ann Boleyn (Natalie Domer) the scandal is such that England becomes isolated and in search for a “reform”. With Lutheran Thomas Cranmer to lead the faith of the country releasing a religious reform that causes many to take an oath, others to die and the “Act of Succession” to be amended.
Things begin to heat up when Ann Boleyn is not been able to give him a male heir to the throne and a rumor about her faithfulness to the King brings doubt and dishonor to the throne. Henry is troubled by the status of his marriage and after making Jane Seymour a lady in waiting to Ann Boleyn, he begins to court her with the intentions of eventually making her queen.
As was the case with the first season the show continues to delight and entertain with its conflicting events, settings, costumes, music and a script that could not have been better written to tell this magnificent true story. For those of us who love history and for those who just want to be entertained, you will not regret having this two disc DVD with the complete second season of this Golden Globe nominated television series. Some of the features of this DVD include an insight look at “The Tower of London”, “Descendants of Henry” and the season premier of Showtime’s hottest shows “This American Life” and “Californication”.
As a part of the promotion for this second season DVD release Showtime has created the mini-site www.whotheTUDORareyou.com, that lets you discover exactly where you would have existed in Tudor society according to your present day social status. Simply select some basic details about your life as it is now (sex, age, job, salary, etc.) and find out if you would have been a serf, a peasant, a noble, or even king to glimpse some details of what you’re life would have been like.
Release Date: January 6, 2009
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