Tut

Tut

DVD - 2015
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The astounding saga of one of history's most extraordinary rulers, Tutankhamun (King Tut), his rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount, [2015]
Edition: DVD.
Branch Call Number: 791.45 TUT
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (270 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD video,4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,5.1 surround,stereo,Dolby Digital
widescreen (1.78:1)
DVD-video,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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mMat
Jun 16, 2018

it mus'ta been HARD
back then


to be
the king of the planet ★

не касаясь вашего щебетать каждую ночь, в 3 часа ночи.
without touching your TWITTER every night, at 3 o'clock in the morning.

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chaliser
Apr 28, 2018

I lack the homework necessary to determine which of the two longer history-based comments were more accurate - as related to the basis of this film. I knew from the the beginning that Kingsley's character was playing a very key role and would throughout the film - as he did. Drama was not his part, unless you're trying to figure out what he's thinking (or portraying as his thinking) and where his power is - how much on any given direction the others are taking or will take - always into the long-game. His EYES indicated that much, but about the time you thought he showed you something, something else seemed evident. So was this bad script for his part? No - turns out... well, he played the immensely complicated and definitely grey character of his character (albeit mostly on the dark side of grey). Upstaged? If (when) raw action, reflexes, and eye-candy is your only point of focus. I don't mind the blood-spurting, I just want there to be a story - and that it was, without claims to any more historical accuracy than they had on hand to put into it - how much homework did they do? Probably a GREAT deal more than we NOW have any reason to realistically expect from our voting public. Is that why we want strict accuracy on the screen - because we can't get it from ourselves? Speaking of making up history...

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gloryb
Mar 26, 2017

Of the 3 disks in this DVD set, I enjoyed the third disk the most for its suspense, court intrigue, bravery, death and burial of King Tut. I recognized elements of fact - Tut's marriage to a half-sister as common among Egyptian royalty to maintain pure bloodlines to the throne, Tut's fractured leg as found in recent X-Rays, Ay as his Vizer, Horemheb as the military commander and later Egyptian pharaoh, re-establishment of Thebes as capital, re-establishment of the Amun priests in their temple and growing power, belief that the king was an embodiment of the gods, belief that Amun needed to be appeased with tributes, taxation of the farmers, malaria as a possible epidemic in Thebes area, threat from a recurrent enemy at the border. Since body armor and collapsible campaign chairs were found in King Tut's grave goods, the movie shows King Tut as an active participant, very able bodied, in the border war with the Mitanni. I liked this portrayal of Tut as it was a plausible explanation for his leg fracture which got inflamed and most likely caused his death. However, the movie King Tut doesn't walk with a cane even though hundreds were included in Tut's tomb, possibly because of having a club foot. I loved the filmy costumes which looked pleated as shown on the reliefs of temples. The jewelry was gorgeous, particularly those worn around the neck - no doubt reproductions of those in the Tut Gallery in the Egyptian Museum. The setting tries to recapture the magnificence of the Theban temple and royal palace by including known things like the temple pylons and their reliefs of pharaohs striking their enemies, papyrus columns, colorful reliefs of pharaohs offering tributes to seated gods, ram headed sphinx entrance to the temple, Tut's lion headed gilt bedstead, and spacious courts. I also was amazed how the movie could show such realistic fighting scenes with fast driven chariots, arrows piercing soldiers, gushing blood from slit throats, and long knives piercing mouths. The movie script creates a dramatic story answering the questions of what the motivations of each of the main protagonists would have been to see King Tut dead. About 5 hours of viewing pleasure, particularly if watching for the unfolding of the storyline.

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firefly5
Jan 13, 2017

Fantastic movie!!! The acting, the costumes, the jewelry, the scenery, sculptures, I just can't say enough. Absolutely amazing! The story was done to the best of their knowledge and ability. How can anyone know authentically what happened at that time. All information on King Tutankhamen was only discovered in 1922, and then pieced together by historians.

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Keogh
Dec 28, 2016

Profoundly disappointing.

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richmole
Dec 26, 2016

Cinematic license (also known, in book terms, as literary license) is one thing, but competent screen-writing is another. This series may have the first...but it has none of the second.

Ben Kingsley? A walk-on, minor role, upstaged by a bunch of young unknowns.

Pass this one by.

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downsman
Aug 29, 2016

When I watch an "historical" film (as opposed to a documentary) set in the distant past, I do not expect complete accuracy, especially when the "actual" history is as indeterminate as Tutankhamen's. This indeterminacy leaves room for narrative liberties. E.g. the mini-series depicts the titular character in battle. The "real" Tutankhamen/ Tutankhamun apparently had--as in "Tut"--a severe limp which makes his having been a warrior unlikely BUT battle armour WAS buried with him, making his having taken part in warfare at least a possibility. The mini-series
was melodramatic, yes, but generally impressive looking and well worth a watch.

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Christina1907
Jul 19, 2016

I have to agree with several others who have commented - this was a disappointment. I kept hoping it would improve, but not even Ben Kingsley could save it. It was pedantic, and I thought the whole project was pointless. It was produced by the same production company as Pillars of the Earth, which is one of the best shows I have ever seen - go watch it and compare the two!

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A_Falkov
Jul 12, 2016

More like "Fut"; which is the sound of methane escaping from a camel's butt... I checked this out due to the presence of Ben Kingsley; whose performance in "Sexy Beast", as a counterpoint to "Ghandi" led me to think he was capable of doing no wrong. Are the creators of this predictable and prententious piece of crapola aware that Egypt was fertile and green in this era; and only turned to desert due to deforestation for cooking charcoal and poor farming/grazing practices? Or how about the fact that Tut was more Asian/Black-African, rather than Arabic? Casting choices aside, I couldn't sit through the entire mini, as one can only wait while the story painfully drags itself from one obvious plot-point to another. Perhaps I've missed something fabulous. Do tell, brave ones...

d2013 May 09, 2016

Not the best of TV series. A disappointment on so many levels!

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