Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Borgias Season 1

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 27, 2011
Price: DVD $49.99, Blu-ray $65.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment


The Borgias Showtime‘s acclaimed guilty pleasure TV show The Borgias follows The Tudors in puffing up history with a little extra sex, violence and intrigue.

Created by Neil Jordan, writer-director of The Crying Game, the television series recounts the saga of a crime family in 1492 Italy. Yes, it’s based on a true family in history, and yes, like The Tudors, the show plays fast and loose with the facts for the sake of entertainment.

Jeremy Irons (Margin Call) leads the cast of The Borgias as Rodrigio Borgia, the head of the family. As the historical drama show starts, Rodrigio becomes Pope Alexander VI, which propels him, his Machiavellian sons Cesare (Francois Arnaud, I Killed My Mother) and Juan (David Oakes, TV’s The Pillars of the Earth) and his beautiful daughter Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger, Jane Eyre) to become the most powerful family of the Italian Renaissance.

The family on which the show is based also was the inspiration for author Mario Puzzo‘s The Godfather novel.

The Borgias: The First Season includes all nine episodes of season 1, in which forces try to dethrone the new pope, Rodrigio marries off Lucrezia, Cesare becomes interested in a married woman and the family is embroiled in war.

The DVD set comes with a featurette and promotional episodes of other Showtime series:

  • featurette “Via E-Bridge”
  • House of Lies pilot episode
  • and episode one and two of Episodes.

The Blu-ray also contains the first episode of season six of another popular Showtime series, Dexter season six.

Here’s a promo for The Borgias, with interviews from the cast talking about the show’s similarities to that other classic crime family The Godfather:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.