“Wolf Hall” is about Thomas Cromwell and his effort to aid King Henry VIII. Henry is distracted by Anne Boleyn while trying to run England, but he turns so many blind eyes to the country. Especially, as the Protestant Reformation starts to sweep through the nation. What I dug was how unromanticized the approach to the show was and how that might scare off Americans. We like our HBO grit, but we don’t like wallowing in it like the BBC and PBS allows.

The focus on Cromwell so early in English history rarely gets the attention that it deserves. The later Cromwell and the Commonwealth will build off of what was being ignored now. It’s funny that people of the age would keep kicking the can down the road much like modern politicians. Still, Mark Rylance works his ass off to make you believe in the power of a Consigliere. Naturally, that’s way too much dialogue and slow pacing for most viewers.

The Blu-Ray comes with a ton of bonus footage from behind-the-scenes as the special features. The A/V Quality is quite stunning. The 1080p transfer really pops for a BBC show. The DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track keeps everything clear and upfront. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

Release Date: 04/28/15

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