Blu-ray review: “World Without End” (2012)

“World Without End” (2012)


Eight Episodes

Written by: John Pielmeier based on the book by Ken Follett

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

Featuring: Cynthia Nixon,Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley and Tom Weston-Jones

“We’re all good when it suits us, he used to say: that doesn’t count. It’s when you want so badly to do something wrong—when you’re about to make a fortune from a dishonest deal, or kiss the lovely lips of your neighbor’s wife, or tell a lie to get yourself out of terrible trouble—that’s when you need the rules. Your integrity is like a sword, he would say: you shouldn’t wave it until you’re about to put it to the test.” 

Critical Commentary

“World Without End” is a historical miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Ken Follett, which serves as a sequel to his renowned book “The Pillars of the Earth.” Set in the 14th century, the series follows the lives of various characters in the fictional town of Kingsbridge as they navigate the tumultuous events of the time, including the Black Death, political intrigue, and religious conflicts.

Please note that as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, I don’t have access to specific reviews for the TV adaptation of “World Without End.” However, I can provide you with a general perspective on what to expect based on Ken Follett’s popularity as a writer and the reception of “The Pillars of the Earth” adaptation.

Ken Follett’s novels are known for their sweeping historical narratives, intricate plots, and rich character development. “The Pillars of the Earth,” which was adapted into a successful TV miniseries, received positive reviews for its faithful adaptation and engaging storytelling. It garnered praise for its strong performances, production design, and the way it captured the essence of the medieval setting.

Given the similar source material and the continuation of the story in “World Without End,” it is reasonable to expect a similar level of quality and attention to detail in the TV adaptation. If you enjoyed the book series or have an interest in historical dramas, “World Without End” may be worth watching. However, I would recommend checking for more recent reviews or audience feedback to get a better understanding of the specific strengths and weaknesses of the TV adaptation.

Technical Commentary


“World Without End” debuts on Blu-ray with a striking high definition transfer that’s virtually flawless from beginning to end. Viewers will enjoy the image’s exceptional detail and vibrant colour from the outset; striking natural greens, brilliant red and blue clothes, breathtakingly realistic chain mail, and the finest clothing nuances define the series’ opening transfer-of-power scene on the battlefield. Similar elements remain throughout. Tattered clothes and regal garb alike are displayed with the sort of pinpoint precision seen only in the absolute finest Blu-ray titles. 


“World Without End” features a very convincing and accurate DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. Listeners are treated to an immersive and sonically rich presentation from the outset. 

Special Features

  • The Making of ‘Ken Follett’s World Without End’

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