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THE TUDORS The Complete Third Season
DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS:  413 minutes (eight episodes on three discs), The Tudors Timeline featurette, first two episodes of UNITED STATES OF TARA, and PC bonus features
VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO:  English 5.1, English 2.0 Dolby Surround, Spanish Mono
Subtitles: none (only English close captioning)
STUDIO:  Showtime/ Peace Arch Entertainment/ CBS DVD/ Showtime Entertainment
RELEASE DATE:  12-15-2009

King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) seems to have a good life now with his new wife Jane Seymour (not the actress) who will have his son.   During the times when he reigned, he now has to contend with an uprising against the religious reforms (the Pilgrimage of Grace) that he let Cormwell push through that results in the seizure of religious lands (churches) and destruction of religious art.  Season three is a trying time for Henry VIII as he loses someone and goes into a dark depression only to be forced into an unhappy marriage by Cromwell.

I enjoyed season three of THE TUDORS.  Just my problems with this season are that the female characters aren't as strong as Catherine or Anne Boleyn.  Ann of Cleaves is a snooze.  Cromwell is made sympathetic too late into the show for me to care about him.  Again Cromwell wasn't a compelling character like Wolsey or Anne Boleyn's father.   Jonathan Rhys Meyers does carry the season more this time around and new characters like  Sir Francie Bryan help make the season still somewhat good.  It still isn't up to the high standards of the first two seasons.  

The only extra that really has some meat to it is THE TUDORS Timeline featurete which has Executive Producer/ Writer Michael Hirst talk about the history and events in the tiems of King Henry VIII with clips from the show included.  I do wish the timeline had a Play All option.  Other than that, the only extra that relates to the show are cast bios and DVD-ROM link to interviews with the cast on the internet.  I raise my ire to having DVD-ROM internet linked content.  I rather have the cast interviews on the DVD.   Also I rather have an episode of DEXTER on disc 3 instead of the first two episodes of UNITED STATES OF TARA.  Also I don't really want to bother with the contest ad to win a trip.
FINAL ANALYSIS:  THE TUDORS Season 3 has it's moments, but it is below par compared to the first two seasons.
this DVD review is (c)12-24-2009 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com