The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

DVD - 2010
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In the town of Kingsbridge during the middle of the twelfth century, the lives of those who are working to build the most amazing Gothic cathedral in the world become entwined through their ambitions, loves, and tribulations. At once, this is a sensuous and enduring love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2010.
Edition: Blu-ray disc.
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (428 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.

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ba_library
Feb 20, 2017

I have not read the book (but will borrow it soon!) so I have no comparisons to make. As a miniseries I thought it was quite good and entertaining. The White Ship incident in early English history had significant consequences. Great premise for Follett's story. The story centers around a builder in the 1100s. He aspires to build a great cathedral. Story is interlaced with royal rivalry, political ambitions and church related intrigue--basic medieval setting. There were 8 episodes about 45 minutes each. I thought it was good and entertaining, the construction aspect was interesting. Got a bit soap opera-ish at times with love relations and personal ambitions, but overall good, would be great viewing for a long weekend and you need something long to keep you entertained.

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Christina1907
Jul 19, 2016

Well, I have no idea what others commenting mean when they say the acting was mediocre - some of the best British actors are in this series, and the entire production was superbly done. Yes, it deviates from the book, but it would have been prohibitive if they had stuck to it faithfully. I just wish they had use the book's ending, though (not giving it away for those who haven't read it!)

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JihadiConservative
Mar 14, 2016

Good story, but just like the book this was based off, had too much random sex. I found a lot to be unnecessary and WAY to graphic.

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StarLord21
Nov 21, 2015

A bit predictable for example, who the witch cursed. Also I thought Jack was creepy when he was being "coy". Maybe it's just because he is a ginger. I did like the Bishop and head priest. Haley Atwell delivers a strong female lead as a duchess turned pauper. I also liked Tom but his story became very tragic.

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angelcinderella
Aug 13, 2014

Super good!

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MadisonParkMilo
Feb 01, 2014

One of those movies that truly does not come close to how good the book is. The production does not hold a candle to say Game of Thrones or Borgias.

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jarchitect
Jun 21, 2013

First off, I found the book very compelling and a wonderful, page turning romp through Ken Follet's fertile imagination. I enjoyed looking up details to verify the historical accuracy of his novel and found, as one might expect, a mixed bag from highly accurate to fantasy. I viewed the mini-series directly after reading, so my memory was still freshly imbued with the details of Follet's written word. I expected the worse. Other reviewers point out gross interpretative inaccuracies in the TV drama and I agree that I found myself saying to my very annoyed wife, "that wasn't in the book" or "Hey, they left out a very important detail"...but all in all, as a TV drama, it holds up fairly well and can be entertaining to those who never read the book or by those who did and want to relive the experience. The CGI and sets are very convincing and the overall attention to detail is to be commended. My concerns about book/TV consistency was put aside when I saw (in the special features) that Follet was not only consulted during the production and shooting, but also appeared in a cameo scene. I mean, if he thought the thing worked, then who am I to criticize? At 8 hours, you'll get your fill of a very well made TV miniseries that might disappoint hard core TPOTE readers, but, though not perfect, it nonetheless stands on its own as a very good effort. -Jim

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LibraryUser53
Jun 11, 2013

Reasonably well done period piece about the construction of a Cathedral with the new (at the time) tall pillar gothic architecture. Occurs during an unstable political period, the civil war for the throne between King Henry the First's daughter Maude and her cousijn Stephen in the 12th century.

A good deal of the director's att'n seems to have been focussed on making the 12th century settings and action scenes seem true to life, and CGI abounds. Unfortunately, to pay for the CGI apparently they had to skimp on the acting budget, and the performances are for the most part sub-par, but not so bad as to be un- watchable.

Plus: Interesting story, historical fiction about early gothic Cathedral builders.

Minus: Below average acting and too much CGI. Gratuitious graphic violence and unnecessarily explicit sex scenes.

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2013

A medieval period epic with the usual cast of nobles fighting by all means for wealth and power. In the mix were a few moving love stories involving church builders who were caught in those turbulent times. Reminds me of the series Rome.

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dpetican
Dec 28, 2012

I've read the novel which was very good. The mini-series keeps sone of the themes from the novel but deviates significantly in the plotting. After awhile I lost interest because of this. Still its a good series with excellent production values.

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LibraryUser53
Jun 11, 2013

Historical fiction piece set during one of England's many rough patches, during the time period following the death of King Henry I's sole male heir in the infamous "White Ship" disaster of 1125 AD. Maude (aka Mathilda, the King's only daughter) is then the sole direct bloodline heir to the reining King. Upon the King's death, Maude's throne is usurped using trickery by her cousin Stephen, and thus starts a civil war, termed by modern historians "The Anarchy". The fictional protagonist of the story, Tom Builder, is hired to design and construct a cathedral in the new Gothic architecturral style in the town of Kingsbridge during these turbulent times.

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