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'The Dovekeepers' [Blu ray]
(Rachel Brosnahan, Cote de Pablo, Sam Neill, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2015 / CBS DVD)

Overview: From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, 'THE DOVEKEEPERS' is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies.

Blu ray Verdict: Filmed primarily in Malta, and star Cote de Pablo's TV comeback since she quit 'NCIS,' 'The Dovekeepers' is not anything like the book of the same name (and where it is supposedly drawn from), nor is it an historically accurate depiction of the Siege of Masada. Indeed, what it turned out to be was one of the most insipid and juvenile presentations on TV this year! Not only was the acting superficial and the screen writing not worthy of even a bad high school play, but the story of this clinker was largely fantasy and left the viewer with a migraine!

Cote de Pablo continues to sound like Ziva David (from the aforementioned 'NCIS') and I fully expected (actually hoped) that DiNozzo and Gibbs would helicopter in and rescue her from any further self-humiliation and torture of the audience! The only possible device that was added to grab a few viewers might be the steamy scenes in the local bath, but even those had little context as to the Siege of Masada, which should have been the actual historical event as written by Flavius Josephus from commentaries of Roman commanders present during the conflict. Instead, the writers choose to focus their attention on a novel (i.e., fictional account) of two women confirming Josephus' account. This miniseries was more applicable to a soap opera than good theater, sadly, and losing - or should I say neglecting - its historical aspects, well, that's just plain shameful, sorry. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

The Dovekeepers: Taking Flight - Go behind-the-scenes in Malta with this cast and crew featurette, exclusively on DVD and Blu-ray. Discover what it took to re-create the magic of Alice Hoffman’s best-selling novel for the screen, and learn about the history of the project, as well as fascinating facts about the story of Masada.
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