Gregory's The White Queen: Season One (2013/Starz/Anchor Bay
B Sound: A Extras: A Episodes: B
the heels of Game of Thrones, Starz brings us the epic
miniseries The White Queen - a roller coaster ride of
turbulence in English history based on Philippa Gregory's #1 New York
Times best selling The Cousins' War series. The show
starts with a tale of seduction with Queen Elizabeth Woodville I
where she reluctantly beds King Edward IV (even after he killed her
husband) in an attempt and successful win of power. Margaret
Beaufort and Anne Neville are also power players in the series and
will do anything to sit on the English throne. The focus of the show
is the dispute between The House of York - two sides of the same
family for who is the rightful to inherit the powerful seat and go to
battle with a rival house - House of Lancaster.
first disc brings us four episodes: In Love with the King, The
Price of Power, The Storm and The Bad Queen. It
begins with the rise of Queen Elizabeth and her use of magic (she
curses King George) that could possibly assist her in her quest.
Queen Elizabeth has a complicated marriage with King George that is
defied by many, even the Duchess, who would prefer her son George to
inherit the throne. And while she has already had three sons to her
previous marriage, she can't seem to have nothing but girls for King
Edward - much to his dismay. George soon marries himself and
attempts to pop out a boy before her brother. The only way for
George to outdo his Brother's army ends up for him to team up with
the rival family of Lancasters.
second disc brings us War At First Hand, Love and Death,
Poison and Malmsey Wine and Long Live The King. Full
of war, murder, and back stabbing - the second disc takes the series
to a darker place where we realize slowly that everyone is in the
mess to benefit only themselves. One of the most notable scenes on
the disc is Love and Death where Queen Elizabeth gives birth
to a boy and it is born without crying. Thinking the baby is dead, a
minute later it starts to cry. The tension in the scene is
beautifully acted, photographed, and cut and sells the realism. The
disc ends with the astonishing death of King Edward and a desperate
attempt to hide his children.
third disc ends on a high note with The Princes of Power and
The Final Battle, which I don't want to spoil too much but I
will say it is an intense and dark balance between the power of
witchcraft and a battle where swords fly and only one stands to win
the waging battle of England.
production value on this show is really fabulous. The White Queen
gives us glorious shots of the county of England to King's quarters
to deeply candlelit interiors where plotting is formed in whispers.
All of the costumes look gorgeous and they spare no expense with the
locations and by making the setting beautiful. One thing I'm not a
huge fan of ironically is the score. I feel like it's a tad generic
and lends itself a little TOO much to Game of Thrones.
16 X 9/1.78 X 1 digital HD image is crisp and clear. On a show of
this caliber, it really helps to see it in HD in order to see all of
the details. The sound mix on this disc is also note worthy, giving
us a lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that immerses us into the middle
of the action. The dialogue is always crisp and clear and moments of
tension are heightened.
Features include The Making of the White Queen, Series Overview,
Recaps of each episode, Book to Series, The History Behind The White
Queen, Set Tour, Queen Elizabeth, King Edward IV, The Heir Apparent,
Women in a Man's World, Conjuring up The White Queen, and Dressing
the Queen. Also available in this set is an Ultraviolet copy.