'The Royals: Complete First Season' [DVD+Digital]
(Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Vincent Regan, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / LGF)
Overview: Drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London, who inhabit a world of opulence and regal tradition that caters to any and every desire, but one that also comes with a price tag of duty, destiny and intense public scrutiny.
DVD Verdict: Before we get started, and funnily enough, in January 2015, the E! Network announced that the show was renewed for a second season ... two months before the series premiere!! Now THAT's having faith in your product, ladies and gentlemen! So, the first time I personally heard about 'The Royals,' I was thinking of the Tudor-type drama, but it turned out to be a modern day Royal Family arrangement, with significant relations that we knew today.
I was very intrigued on the TV Trailers and to know more on the main characters in general perspective. Likely they put it more in twist so that it would not look like the real Royal Family. So when I first watched the pilot episode, there are so many twist and turns that the mystery would be unfold for the later episodes. And in the end you will want more of it.
I was admiring of Elizabeth Hurley's portrayal of Queen Helena - something that I never saw her like that on TV. And also London playing the character city in order to embrace the essence of the story. Each episode is entertaining, trashy (but in a good way), well-written, and even shocking at times. There's not a dull moment on this one.
In closing, the acting is good and I think believable. I especially like the fresh faces like William Moseley and Alexandra Park. The show thrives on the conflict between family, royalty, responsibility and the vagaries of youth and mischievousness. If you've seen the aforementioned Tudors, it has that feeling with a modern day twist. But be fully aware, this show does not represent the real Royal Family in any way, but it is still fun to watch, trust me! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Madness In Great Ones: Creating "The Royals"
behind the Royal Wardrobe
Private vs. Public: A Modern-Day Monarchy
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