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This fifteen part documentary about the history of Britain comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The individual episodes are titled "Beginnings," "Conquest!," "Dynasty," "Nations," "King Death," "Burning Convictions," "The Body of the Queen," "The British Wars," "Revolutions," "Britannia Incorporated," "The Wrong Empire," "Forces of Nature," "Victoria and Her Sisters," "Empire of Good Intention," and "The Two Winstons." Each episode is ...
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This fifteen part documentary about the history of Britain comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The individual episodes are titled "Beginnings," "Conquest!," "Dynasty," "Nations," "King Death," "Burning Convictions," "The Body of the Queen," "The British Wars," "Revolutions," "Britannia Incorporated," "The Wrong Empire," "Forces of Nature," "Victoria and Her Sisters," "Empire of Good Intention," and "The Two Winstons." Each episode is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include biographies and a bibliography. This is an excellent tile for any history buff or anglophile.
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Special Features

Simon Schama biography/Bibliography; Biographies of key historical figures; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Spanning over 5,000 years of British history, Simon Schama's A History of Britain: The Complete Collection is the most eye-opening documentary ever filmed on this considerable topic. This 20-hour series covers a staggering amount of ground, including the Norman invasion, Roman Britain, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, the American Revolution, and Winston Churchill. Schama has been lauded for focusing more on individual personalities than straightforward historical chronology, and the result is a colorful, viewer-friendly narrative. Although some critics have carped that A History of Britain ignores the trials of the Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, it is an essential starting point in understanding the scope of the nation's long, tumultuous past. DVD extras include biographies of key figures in the documentary and a bibliography. The 15 episodes are entitled:
  • Beginnings
  • Conquest!
  • Dynasty
  • Nations
  • King Death
  • Burning Convictions
  • The Body of the Queen
  • The British Wars
  • Revolutions
  • Britannia Incorporated
  • The Wrong Empire
  • Forces of Nature
  • Victoria and Her Sisters
  • Empire of Good Intentions
  • The Two Winstons

New York Times
Simon Schama has a sharp sense of theatricality and an intensely personal way of interpreting history...He is an inexhaustible storyteller.
USA Today
Regal...Schama knows how to bring history alive.

Regal...Schama knows how to bring history alive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • UPC: 733961704464
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 15:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simon Schama Narrator
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- A History of Britain Volume 1
1. Introduction [2:03]
2. Skara Brae [10:11]
3. The Iron Age [6:12]
4. The Roman Invasion [8:11]
5. Great Walls [10:24]
6. The Saxons [6:45]
7. The Shadow of Rome [5:43]
8. The Vikings and Alfred [9:23]
1. Introduction
2. Edward the Confessor
3. An Ill Wind
4. Preparations for Battle
5. Stamford Bridge
6. The Battle of Hastings
7. The New King
8. The Norman Way
1. Introduction [2:42]
2. Henry and Eleanor [8:36]
3. Thomas Becket [5:55]
4. Friendship Betrayed [6:16]
5. Fatal Error [8:32]
6. A Priest of God [8:53]
7. Eleanor's Justice [9:19]
8. The Magna Carta [6:31]
Side #2 -- A History of Britain Volume II
1. Introduction [2:44]
2. The Provisions of Oxford [8:43]
3. Mixed Signals [4:48]
4. Second Class Citizens [9:24]
5. Scotland [7:48]
6. William Wallace [5:40]
7. Robert the Bruce [10:57]
8. National Identity [8:48]
1. Introduction [1:48]
2. The Plague [10:53]
3. New Economic Order [8:37]
4. The Boy King [7:49]
5. The Peasant's Revolt [1:53]
6. King Richard II's Rule [4:43]
7. Fatal Distraction [9:03]
8. Wars of the Roses [3:38]
1. Introduction [2:44]
2. Catholic Mother Church [8:43]
3. Thomas Wolsey [4:48]
4. Anne Boleyn [9:24]
5. Thomas Cromwell [7:48]
6. The Thunder Roars [5:40]
7. The Real Reformation [10:57]
8. An English Way [8:48]
Side #3 -- A History of Britain Volume III
1. Introduction [3:09]
2. Bloody Politics [4:14]
3. Marital Prospects [6:49]
4. Mary Queen of Scots [10:17]
5. Burning Resentment [8:47]
6. The Mary Problem [8:57]
7. A Catholic Martyr [7:35]
8. The Virgin Mother [9:24]
1. Introduction
2. Countdown to Civil Wars
3. The Stuart Manifesto
4. Hatred and Division
5. On Behalf of the King
6. Families Divided
7. A New Army
8. The Final Act
1. Introduction [3:21]
2. Kingless Britain [9:02]
3. Equal Share and Interest [5:39]
4. An English Caesar [7:43]
5. The Major Generals [11:48]
6. Pestilence, Fire and War [7:17]
7. Anti-Catholic Fear [7:40]
8. Declaration of Rights [5:55]
Side #4 -- A History of Britain Volume IV
1. Introduction [3:46]
2. The Darien Scheme [5:30]
3. Joined at the Hip [9:21]
4. Uncanny Genius [8:32]
5. London [9:19]
6. Britannia's Time [3:36]
7. Bitter Illusion [10:29]
8. A New Scotland [8:05]
1. Introduction [3:01]
2. Britain West [4:40]
3. Conspiracy of Silence [7:10]
4. Military Miracles [7:55]
5. True British Liberty [6:05]
6. An American Dream [4:15]
7. Enter Trouble [6:30]
8. Pyramid of Extortion [8:04]
1. Introduction [3:47]
2. Creatures of Feeling [4:59]
3. The Ugly Reality [6:47]
4. Revolution of Justice [8:14]
5. One Woman Revolution [12:08]
6. Ireland [7:05]
7. Hearth and Home [7:03]
8. A Festival for Liberty [9:16]
Side #5 -- A History of Britain Volume V
1. Introduction [4:41]
2. Pure As a Rosebud [5:19]
3. Heavenly Bliss [4:54]
4. Industrial Misery [9:36]
5. The Land Company [9:46]
6. Wicked Folly [6:07]
7. Inconsolable Grief [8:57]
8. A Woman's Cause [9:45]
1. Introduction
2. Victorian Vim and Vigor
3. Sowing the Seeds
4. The Bitter Fruit
5. Mutiny
6. Empire Over Liberty
7. Irish Affairs
8. The Clutches of Empire
1. Introduction [4:51]
2. Cruel Optimism [4:55]
3. Cashing In [6:50]
4. In the Trenches [8:58]
5. Bitterly Divided [12:09]
6. State of War [6:48]
7. Never Surrender [7:19]
8. New World Order [7:37]
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Menu

Side #1 -- A History of Britain Volume 1
   Beginnings
   Conquest!
   Dynasty
   Biographies
      Simon Schama
      King Edward the Confessor
   Scene Selection
      Beginnings
      Conquest!
      Dynasty
Side #2 -- A History of Britain Volume II
   Nations
   King Death
   Burning Convictions
   Biographies
      Robert the Bruce
      William Wallace
   Scene Selection
      Nations
      King Death
      Burning Convictions
Side #3 -- A History of Britain Volume III
   The Body of the Queen
   The British Wars
   Revolutions
   Biographies
      Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
      Queen Elizabeth I
   Scene Selection
      The Body of the Queen
      The British Wars
      Revolutions
Side #4 -- A History of Britain Volume IV
   Britannia Incorporated
   The Wrong Empire
   Forces of Nature
   Biographies
      The Jacobites
      King George III
   Scene Selection
      Britannia Incorporated
      The Wrong Empire
      Forces of Nature
Side #5 -- A History of Britain Volume V
   Victoria and Her Sisters
   Empire of Good Intentions
   The Two Winstons
   Biographies
      Queen Victoria
      William Gladstone
      Winston Churchill
   Scene Selection
      Victoria and Her Sisters
      Empire of Good Intentions
      The Two Winstons
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where's the Closed Captioning?

    I would have LOVED to see this but due to the poor planning of the producers of this DVD there is no subtitling or closed captioning.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very well done

    This history is well done. I had seen this series on the History Channel and knew I had to get it. Well worth watching.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very engaging and not overloaded with hard facts.

    Very engaging and not overloaded with hard facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The History of Britain

    This is an excellent history, factually accurate, comprehensive, told with authority and readily accessible to all viewers

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A New Approach

    Obviously a history of Britain is monumental. So selecting a number of important times and events and people is an interesting way to deal with such a vast amount of material. Schma is so engaging that you become so wrapped up in the different subjects that when it is over you are hoping for Vol 2. It led me to research more on my own. I can't recommend it enough. It left me wanting more and wanting to hop on a plane to visit Great Britain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Interesting and Well Done

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great DVD !!!!

    My daughter and I both love this DVD ... it has so much information and kept us both glued to the TV watching it. My daughter has even watched some 2 and 3 times.. I'm glad I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Britain: Born in Insignificancy, Raised in Greatness, Maturing in Justice

    A History of Britain is one of the best DVD-sets that has ever been produced about a geographical and historical entity. The DVD-set does not stick to a strict chronological approach to history. The narrator, Simon Schama, a university professor in history and author of several books, enlivens the traditional approach to British history by looking at the key personalities and cultural influences that have defined the history of Britain and its former possessions. After the initial viewing, many viewers will feel compelled to screen one or another of the 15 episodes from time to time due to the usually high quality of these episodes. A History of Britain could be used as a template to realize more high-quality DVD-sets covering other major geographical and historical entities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simon Shama does it again

    As in his companion books, Dr. Schama has a way with words that brings the past alive in vivid enjoyment. This series is long but it is worth every single hour. Fantastic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    I have watched A History of Britain so many times--I have it memorized. Schama brings British history to life. I highly recommend the box set and the companion books.

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