Anne of the Thousand Days/Mary, Queen of Scots [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Mary, Queen of Scots isolated music-only track with commentary
  • Mary, Queen of Scots promotional featurette
  • Sneak peek of Elizabeth: The Golden Age

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Anne of the Thousand Days
Anne of the Thousand Days is the belated film adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's 1948 stage play. The story concentrates on the romance between Britain's King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) and his ill-fated second wife Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold). After holding out for marriage rather than an illegitimate union, Anne marries Henry after he sheds himself of Katherine of Aragon -- causing a rift between the Crown and the Church in the process. Anne's inability to produce a male heir leads Henry to look about for other suitable mates. Henry's sinister right-hand man Cromwell (John Colicos) arranges for Anne to be condemned on a charge of adultery. She is beheaded, while Henry disconsolately sits in Windsor Castle, regretting this callous example of political expediency. Richard Burton is ideally cast in Anne of the Thousand Days, but it is Genevieve Bujold who delivers the best, most complex performance in the film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Mary, Queen of Scots
Vanessa Redgrave stars as Mary Stuart of Scotland, with Glenda Jackson co-starring as Queen Elizabeth I. As with the earlier Maxwell Anderson play Mary of Scotland, the film sympathizes with Mary, and there are two fictionalized face-to-face confrontations between the two queens (who never met in real life). With this film, old-line Hollywood producer Hal Wallis continued his trademark of showcasing dynamic stars within a period milieu; the film is literally swamped with lavish Tudor decor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Burton
    Richard Burton - Henry VIII
  • Irene Papas
    Irene Papas - Katharine of Aragon
  • Anthony Quayle
    Anthony Quayle - Cardinal Wolsey
  • John Colicos
    John Colicos - Thomas Cromwell
  • Michael Hordern
    Michael Hordern - Thomas Boleyn

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