Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, and Rufus Sewell headline this eight-part miniseries adapted from the best-selling novel by author Ken Follett. As England moves out of the Dark Ages, the tensions between ambitious mason Tom Builder (Sewell), Bishop Waleran Bigod (McShane), and the heirs of King Stephen (Toony Curran), King Henry (Clive Wood), and Queen Maud (Alison Pill) come to a head when Builder's plan to construct an opulent cathedral threaten to trudge up some damning secrets that the royal families would rather remain buried. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
How did they do it? Designing and building a cathedral around 1100 AD, where massive stone pillars and arches soared hundreds of feet above the floor. You'll get an excellent idea from "The Pillars of the Earth." I read the book first and found the movie equally amazing, with superb actors and script. Don't miss it.
The book of this series is one of my top 10 all time favorite books. So I approached the dvd with trepidation. But so far the dvd version is very good and entertaining. Granted you would probably want to watch this BEFORE you read the book (otherwise the first part is just too confusing with the changes they have made to the book) but otherwise a damn fine job.
A great cast and good storyline, it
holds your attention and even the
green screen and costumes are within
the period of story -- not PBS by any
means but Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
delivers a good 8 hour epic. worth
Excellent series. Easier to fit a monster book into 9 hours of series than into a 2-hour movie. It is hard to work out how Stephen and Maude/Matilda fit into the English kings but it doesn't really matter. Quite a bit of gory murder - more so than in the battle scenes. Quite a bit of skin. Good entertainment for several evenings. My copy had a number of little skips so the media is getting a bit worn out.