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Elizabeth [Blu-ray] [1998]

  • SKU: 9831049
  • Release Date: 04/27/2010
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 17)

    Special Features


    • The Making of Elizabeth
    • Elizabeth Featurette
    • Feature Commentary with Director Shekhar Kapur

    Synopsis


    Elizabeth
    This British-made historical drama depicts the rise of young Elizabeth Tudor to Queen of England, a reign of intrigue and betrayals. In 1554, Queen Mary I (Kathy Burke) tries to restore Catholicism as England's single faith. With no heir to the crown, she maneuvers to keep her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) from succeeding her, but her efforts fail. With Mary dead, Elizabeth is proclaimed Queen of England in November 1558. Elizabeth relishes the return from exile of her childhood sweetheart, Lord Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes). Chief adviser Sir William Cecil (Richard Attenborough) urges the young Queen to forget personal matters and instead address the country's pressing problems. England is bankrupt, has no army, and is under serious threat from abroad. Elizabeth even has enemies within her own court, the most dangerous being the Duke of Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston). Hoping for an heir, Cecil suggests marriage candidates -- King Philip II of Spain or the French Duc d'Anjou (Vincent Cassel) -- to secure the realm. Elizabeth agrees to meet their ambassadors, but her true feelings are revealed when she meets Dudley for a secret tryst. French "warrior queen" Mary of Guise (Fanny Ardent) amasses troops at the Scottish border. Elizabeth bows to the pro-War lobby led by Norfolk, despite protests from her Master of Spies, the enigmatic Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), but the decision to fight leads to a humiliating defeat. As dark clouds of court conspiracies gather, and the possibility of assassination looms, Elizabeth strikes out at her enemies and puts her trust in Walsingham. Shown at 1998 film fests (Venice, Toronto), this is the first English-language film of Indian director Shekhar Kapur, who shot on locations at Northumberland, Derbyshire, North Yorkshire, and at Shepperton Studios. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Cate Blanchett
      Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth I
    • Geoffrey Rush
      Geoffrey Rush - Sir Francis Walsingham
    • Christopher Eccleston
      Christopher Eccleston - Duke of Norfolk
    • Joseph Fiennes
      Joseph Fiennes - Robert Dudley
    • Richard Attenborough
      Richard Attenborough - Sir William Cecil



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 17 reviews

    89%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Elizabeth I: A Great Leader

      Posted
      Galadrielle

      Perhaps the most nightmarish job in the world is to lead a superpower nation. Writer Michael Hirst shows how Elizabeth I did so successfully, and making England the greatest nation in the world in the 16th Century. Each and every member of the cast is superb, particularly Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth), who has the art of portraying great women, whether historical or fictional. Lord Richard Attenborough, who did a magnificent job of directing C.S. Lewis' love story Shadowlands, is a very chivalrous, logical, yet caring Sir William Cecil, and Geoffrey Rush, best known and loved for playing pirate Barbosa in the beloved Disney Pirates of the Carribean trilogy, is a very smooth enigmatic and mysterious Sir Francis Walsingham. This highly educational movie shows how Elizabeth almost died at the hands of her own sister, Queen Mary, who imprisoned her for treason! Only Mary's death from cancer saved her life, but at the same time, sentenced her to forty years of strict servitude to her country and government. We learn how Elizabeth constantly put the needs of England and the English people above her own desires, and even after each of several assassination attempts, this hardy queen went immediately back to work! Each costume and each piece of music and each dance appears to be very historically accurate. Elizabeth I danced the Coranto, the Galliard, and the Lavolta, all of which appear in the movie. I myself have physically performed these dances and find them quite fun, but they are also quite a good strenuous workout! The movie deserves its R rating, but the situations that have caused it are part of the story, and yes, sadly, there was much devastating bloodshed. We are also made aware that Christians tortured and killed each other in the name of that highly toxic rubbish called denominational superiority. Most important, we learn of the courage of one of the greatest leaders the world has ever had - Elizabeth I. We see her strength, her determination, and her fierce love of and loyalty to her country! I doubt very much that, had it not been for her, we would not have had the rich blessings that England has provided the entire world: Shakespeare, Tolkien, and the Beatles, most notably among these gifts from that strong and sturdy country! I would recommend this movie to scholars of history. I also believe that those of us who are about to, or who are considering to, make the great sacrifice of self for the sake of leading a country, or even just an organization, would benefit from this inspiring and empowering story of this magnificent head of the English government.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Near the start of a brilliant career

      Posted
      Coriolanus
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      Cate Blanchett's star turn makes "Elizabeth" a must-own movie, especially on a Blu-ray that enhances the historical setting and colorful costumes. The audio is strong too, and it's nice to have multiple language dubs and sub-titles. The extras are the same as on the DVD, but the commentary is worth a second listen even if you bought the original release.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Gripping plot (Historical)! Fantastic Acting!

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      AMoritz
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      From beginning to end, this movie draws you in with its glimpse into the rise of Queen Elizabeth I. Cate Blanchett is fantastic in this role and is supported by a great cast, including Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes and Christopher Eccleston. The movie moves right along without leaving behind those who aren't much on history, and the byplay between the characters is very well done.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      AWESOME

      Posted
      justme
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      First of all, Cate Blanchett is amazing in this movie. I love the fact that it is historical...yet entertaining (doesn't watch / come across off as a documentary). Action, suspense...drama...swords...its a cool movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love It

      Posted
      Ann63

      I love this movie, became interested in Elizabeth after seeing The Other Boelyln Girl about the beheading of her mother Ann. Blanchett is a great actress who I think does not get enough credit for the roles she plays

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      classic

      Posted
      Friday
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      great story, great acting, Cate Blanchet was truly snobbed for the academy award for this movie. Truly did the justice for such a great icon for people to live up too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie!

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      Whatchamacallit
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      Very historically accurate. If you like English history then this is a movie for you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Interesting historical drama

      Posted
      Filmbuff24
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      As someone who was only vaguely familiar with the subject of this film I found it to be very interesting. Worth a watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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