DVD
Arthur
King and Country

Castle Home Video
RRP: 2.99
CHVBB0003
Certificate: E
Available 24 January 2005


The legend of King Arthur is one of the greatest in English folklore, and tales of brave, chivalrous knights rescuing damsels in distress never fail to thrill and delight audiences of all ages. Even in the 21st Century King Arthur is more popular than ever and this programme will take you on a journey of discovery to explore this much loved, romantic legend...

Arthur: King and Country is a fascinating look into the history of one of the UK's most famous mythological figures. From the ragged cliffs of Tintagel in Cornwall where it's claimed Arthur was born, to the peaceful serenity of Glastonbury Abbey where visitors can visit King Arthur's grave, this DVD also goes in search of the magical ancient island of Avalon.

A lot of information is revealed about the legend that has become blurred over the centuries. The first revelation is that Arthur didn't live in the time period most of us believe - the medieval knight myth was given its last spin by Victorian poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

It examines many elements of the King Arthur legend including Excalibur, the quest for the Holy Grail and the Lady of the Lake - with possible real locations.

The production values of this DVD are not fantastic. Some of the music is laughable, sounding like it was played on a very cheap electronic organ, and the narrator is not fantastic - she sounds like she is reading from a script and puts no feeling into her work. There was also a very bizarre segment that briefly compared JFK and King Arthur. Sorry? I really didn't get that!

This release is available for the bargain price of £2.99 and if you are planning a holiday in Cornwall, this DVD could prove useful in showing you a few sights before you travel. However if you are already well versed in the legend of King Arthur you probably won't discover anything new here.

An interesting release.

Nick Smithson

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