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“Tut” is Spike TV’s return to scripted programming. I never would’ve pegged them for a serious work of historical romanticism, but here we have this mini-series. Beginning life as a 9 year old king, Tut learns from his Vizier and High Priest of plots against him. Growing up and trying to find love, Tut learns that he has to be a ruthless leader. All of this has little basis in reality.

The real Tut was the product of incest and looked closer to a reject from Deliverance. The three stages of his reign are told over the next 4 1/2 hours feels on par with older TV movies. The cast starts strong, but it eventually slips back into melodrama. Still, it’s a marvelous effort on Spike’s part. I hope that they try this again.

The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes and a making-of special as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong than I expected. The 1080p transfer is crisp with only minimal noise. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is stunning for a TV mini-series. That being said, I can see it not wowing everyone. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.

Release Date: 10/6/15

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