The Borgias

The Borgias

The Final Season

DVD - 2013
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Jeremy Irons stars in The Borgias, the saga of history's most infamous crime family. Conspiring with his ruthless sons and poisonously seductive daughter, the charismatic Rodrigo Borgia will let nothing and no one stand in the way of his relentless quest for wealth and power. Mercilessly cruel and defiantly decadent, intimidation and murder are his weapons of choice in his scandalous ascension to the papacy in Renaissance-era Italy.
Published: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, [2013]
ISBN: 9781415773093
1415773092
Branch Call Number: DVD F BOR SEASON 3
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (516 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
laser optical, NTSC
digital, optical, surround

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tomdance
Mar 01, 2015

This excellent series ends suddenly, leaving us wanting more! (Due to expenses, Showtime unfortunately cancelled both Season 4 and also a proper finale for 3.) The money was well spent on high production values and great acting, making this series a sumptuous feast throughout. Fans of HBO's fictional "Game of Thrones" series will love how the Borgias covers very similar dramatic territory but based upon historic events! For interesting details about its overall basis in historic truth enlivened with dramatic fiction, see the Wikipedia entry for "The Borgias (2011 TV series)".

7duffy Dec 07, 2014

Another well done season. Escellent acting and accurate story telling......you see how it was used as the blueprint for Scarface and The Godfather. Not sure why this was the end of the series. It deserved to have a true final season.

kevfarley Nov 05, 2014

I was glad to loose a night's sleep in order to binge-watch all of these episodes back-to-back in one totally immersive marathon !

This is the best kind of accurate historical action-adventure film-making !
...more please ?

(P.S. ...some people object to this 'tattle-tale' exposure of early Church corruption.
Is that why this series is ending before the rest of the story has been told ?)

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violetpretty
Feb 04, 2014

Beautifully shot series, and the third season is possibly the best one, seeing the culmination of things that were built in the first 2 seasons. It is truly, truly a shame SHOWTIME did not renew this. One of their best series. It actually hurts to think about these characters, not knowing we won't see them again.

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MadisonParkMilo
Feb 01, 2014

HATE being left out on a limb if truly the Final Season. Anybody knows that there is so much more that happened to the Family later. Only Game of Thrones addiction (with its books) is higher otherwise!

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meanjulio
Sep 14, 2013

I'm going to go ahead and say it: BEST SEASON YET. And, sadly, the final one. This season felt like non-stop action and intrigue. Where the previous two seasons were addictive enough, I felt like the delicious costumes and scenery, as well as the excellent acting, really carried me through some of the longer monologues and eye-rolling affairs. This season, there is just no room for any of that. Everything heats up. With many side storylines now plundered, murdered, tortured, and tossed in the Tiber, the series now focuses almost solely on the best: Rodrigo, Cesare, and Lucrezia. I was happy to see that Rodrigo was less interested in seducing any young maid who walked by, and more focused on plotting. Cesare and Lucrezia also have their hands full with various armies, schemes, and poison. But the best scenes are when the Borgias confront each other. Lucrezia and Cesare let passions come to the surface, and the confrontation between Cesare and his father about leading the papal armies is one of the best scenes I have seen on television. Ever. Of the characters who have not already died off, many suffer from lack of screen time this season, including Rodrigo's mistresses, and the scheming Cardinal Della Rovery. Still, Michaeletto happily snags a sizable chunk of the storyline, and the characters of Caterina Sforza and Cardinal Sforza are well worth their new fleshed-out roles. I went into this knowing it was the final season, and so expected an appropriately flaming end, but this was apparently only the third chapter of four that Neil Jordan had planned. There is much story yet to tell, and maybe it's better this way, to end on a high note, forcing us all to turn to actual history to envision what could have been. I also appreciated the blooper reel- so rare in such epic shows. Oh, Borgias! You will be missed!

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BlueHippo
Sep 07, 2013

So sorry to see this series end! A visual feast-the costumes, sets, and locales were so beautiful and wonderfully done. Great acting and marvelous storytelling! Jeremy Irons is truly magnificent!

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docjnsuss
Aug 29, 2013

In the final season of The Borgias Lucrezia's quick thinking saves the life of her poisoned father Pope Alexander. While poisoned Pope Alexander was capable of hearing some of the Cardinals plotting against him. Once he recovers Pope Alexander seeks his revenge against all of the traitorous Cardinals. Lucrezia and Alfonso marry but events do not go well once they move to Naples. Cesare makes a diplomatic trip to France with great success. With a French army at his command Cesare begins his military campaign against the Pope's enemy Caterina Sforza. In the meantime Pope Alexander makes plans to replenish his coffers and also makes a deal to help win his crusade against the Turks. As the series concludes Cesare comes to the rescue of his imprisoned sister Lucrezia and lays siege to Caterina Sforza's fortress at Forli. The final season of The Borgias is filled with plenty of sex, extreme violence, betrayals and some surprises.

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Oct 03, 2015

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