World Without End

World Without End

DVD - 2012
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Set in England during the 1300s, the series chronicles the lives of ordinary citizens as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France, all while Europe is bracing for the Black Death. Caris, a visionary woman, and her lover Merthin build a community that stands up to the Crown and the church.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2012
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 389 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Franln Apr 29, 2016

I'm sure glad I didn't live in the 1300's, but I really enjoyed this story. Lots of treachery, cruelty, betrayal, superstition and plague death packed into 8 very well done episodes. If you like Game of Thrones, you'll like this.

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Aericanwizard
Apr 19, 2015

First, let me say that I enjoyed the novel for "Pillars of the Earth", and while the mini-series changed some things up, it was still mostly true to the book. I also enjoyed the novel for "World Without End" (less than POE in some places, more in others). That said, this mini-series is awful. It plays out like the producers skimmed over the novel, picked some parts they liked, and as for the rest, felt "Hey! We can do it better and more exciting!"

I can understand some of the changes as typical adaptionary changes: merging of minor characters, reassignment of actions to minor characters, etc., but many of the changes don't make any sense, and change the motivations of the characters, as well as what the reader (or viewer) feels towards them.

While the novel is very melodramatic, this series ups the cheesy melodrama 10-fold (after reading the novel, I wouldn't have thought that possible.) Everyone is now born out of wedlock to other important characters and end up murdering everyone else. I still recommend it, (it's still kind of fun to watch this trainwreck), but go in knowing that all it shares with the novel are the names.

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MillieBT
Sep 05, 2014

truly enjoyed this miniseries

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swyckl
Jul 11, 2014

I loved this fictional dark ages story. Well acted. Strong characer. Strong story. A little violent for kids. Too much sexual scenes for a child to watch.

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Prodigious_girl
Jul 11, 2014

I'm one of those people who have to read the book before viewing the television series or movie. I read Ken Follet's World Without End and liked it (not as much as Pillars of the Earth, granted, but it was still a very engaging book).
When I started watching the TV adaptation I found myself pulling the DVD out halfway through episode one. Too many things were inconsistent with Follet's original plot that I had to stop. Usually I try to suffer though but I just couldn't because SOOO many things were wrong that it just wasn't Follet's original story anymore but a total re-write. To make things worse a lot of genuine and important parts were taken out or re-written. A lot of important things were also changed which will eventually change the goals of the characters - such as Ralph. His father Gerald was just supposed to be a knight (Roland was always the Earl, he was not granted this position by Queen Isabella) who was degraded because he could not pay rent. He also wasn't hanged but forced to live off of the Church's generosity. It is watching how his father is supposed to now live that drives Ralph to not only secure his father's status back to the family, but eventually surpass it.

Most of the main characters (Caris, Gwen, Merthin (and Ralph in a lesser way) are also supposed to create a life bond with each other due to the events they witness as children (involving Thomas).

They also made Edward out (as far as I watched anyway) to be just another guy who can easily find himself on the gallows which is far from his character. He was crippled from birth, not because of anything Roland did to him and remains the well respected chairperson of the town guild.

These are only just a few examples (as there are many) of the ways this production failed. The only thing good about it was the cast - which only makes me sadder that this wasn't well written because the cast was made up of fantastic actors.

minerva Mar 27, 2014

First of all, I didn't read the book, but I enjoyed the Pillars of the Earth series.
There isn't a very coherent story arc through the episodes in this series, and the writing is not good. The dialogue often rings false and there are a lot of continuity problems. The handful of likeable characters are continually abused by all the 'bad guys'.
I stopped watching after episode 3.
If you like historical drama, there are other, better shows to watch

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dy_wang
Feb 16, 2014

Hyacinth22, I both agree and disagree with you. First, I apologize that I don't watch the TV or read the book yet. And I will read this book. This comments is based on my reading for the preceded book "the Pillars of the Earth". Actually, I have the same feeling as you that good guys suffer so much that darkness seems never end. Some time, the author cruelly sheds some light but he turns it off very quickly. It is so desperate and hopeless. On the other hand, good guys just keep fighting back, if they cannot, they suck it up and wait. Eventually, they win with lots of bitterness. Just like your feeling for the last episode, I do feel much relieved at the end. That is what I agree with you. What I disagree is that I think the same thing is the beauty of this story. (One man's trash is another man's treasure.) I believe that It is what would happen in the real world. Nothing comes easily. If they want something, they need to work very very hard to get it. I am also very appreciate that I live in an advanced country in the 21st century. A lot of thing that we just take it for granted. As a regular people, I only need take good care of my job and I will have a good living. I do not need to worry about some lord kicks me or even kills me just because he is not happy. So I thank for every one who fights to make our life better. [new info] Now I finish read the book and I get to say that I feel so desperate when I read the book. The tragedy is much worse than the the 1st book in my opinion. In the 1st book, most bad things are caused by a bad earl who is a completely stranger. So I can take it that they are in the different sides. In this one, most are caused by family members. It's not just bad but evil. The bad prior is also stupid. He could have done things being good for both himself and others. But he's short sight and he chooses a self-destroy way. Another thing I don't like is related to the 1st book too. I feel everything happening in the 1st book, happens in this book again. There are so much similarity. This also makes me feel that the book is too long to read since bad thing just won't finish. So I feel more incline to agree with Hyacith22.

kevfarley Aug 05, 2013

Perhaps not up to Pillars of the Earth,.. but I was enchanted by the authentic production values, and feel that the script is true to the spirit of Ken Follets' sequel. Definately recommended for afficianados of historical fiction.

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Batsen
Jan 19, 2013

More like "movie without end" (and not in a good way!) Some nice, computer-enhanced setting of the medieval town and of London, and also of large-scale panoramic scenes, but silly plot, comically one-dimensional "good" and "bad" characters, hilarious serial "scheming" and plotting, bizarre and silly free-form modifications of history, loads of anachronisms, and a generally grim tone... and basically a derivative spin-off of Pillars of the Earth (which somehow worked decently as a movie, maybe because of some fine actors in key roles or a less silly, more-focused plot.

jeriannw Jan 17, 2013

Don't waste your time on this series. I was very disappointed with this series. I think that, in general, I really enjoyed the Pillars of the Earth TV series because they harnessed the same energy and themes that I read in the book and stuck close to the book's story line. World Without End TV series doesn't follow the same storyline as the book, nor does it even have characters with the same relationships, so it might as well have been called something else. My advice is: Don't watch this. If you read the book and watch this, and agree that the first episode is crap, DON'T think it'll get better and be worth it in the end. Believe me, it doesn't and the last episode was totally unbelievable.

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