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Elizabeth: The Golden Age [DVD] [2007]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 30)

    Special Features


    • The Reign Continues: Making Elizabeth: The Golden Age - Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush join director Shekhar Kapur in this exclusive look at how the next chapter in the monarch's life came to the big screen
    • Commanding the Winds: Creating the Armada - an insider's look at how the film's massive ships and dramatic battles were created
    • Inside Elizabeth's World - Discover the secrets behind the film's elaborate production design
    • Towers, Courts and Cathedrals - Explore the historic and sacred locations that provided the glorious settings for the film

    Synopsis


    Elizabeth: The Golden Age
    Actress Cate Blanchett returns to her Oscar-nominated role and director Shekhar Kapur steps back into the director's chair for this belated sequel to the critically acclaimed 1998 biopic Elizabeth that explores the 16th century romance between the "Virgin Queen" and noted adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen). Michael Hirst teams with William Nicholson to pen the screenplay, and actor Geoffrey Rush returns to the role of Sir Francis Walsingham. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Cate Blanchett
      Cate Blanchett - Queen Elizabeth I
    • Geoffrey Rush
      Geoffrey Rush - Sir Francis Walsingham
    • Clive Owen
      Clive Owen - Sir Walter Raleigh
    • Rhys Ifans
      Rhys Ifans - Robert Reston
    • Abbie Cornish
      Abbie Cornish - Bess Throckmorton



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 30 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Protector of England's Golden Age: Elizabeth I

      Posted
      Galadrielle

      This well-written and well-acted sequel to Elizabeth once again is a great tribute to one of history's greatest leaders. Through the film, we are made more aware of Elizabeth's sacrifices for her country, and her wisdom. In one scene, she remarks to her cabinet that her people will always be under her protection, and, on the eve of the Spanish Armada, commands her prisoners to be released because England is her country, too. Elizabeth is not perfect - she becomes outraged when she learns that her lady-in-waiting has married her beloved Sir Walter Raleigh, and has Raleigh imprisoned, but we later see her not only pardoning him, but blessing their son! Clive Owen is a very dashing Sir Walter Raleigh, but William Nicholson and Michael Hirst make a glaring historical error by portraying him as a pirate, as Raleigh's real life, as an explorer was spectacular enough without the irrelevant pirate element. Sir Francis Drake, and not Sir Walter Raleigh, was the privateer whom Elizabeth I knighted. Raleigh presents the Queen with Spanish gold, which I also believe may be historically inaccurate, as he fought the Irish, and not the Spanish, prior to the time at which the movie is set. Geoffrey Rush is outstanding as Elizabeth I's advisor and best friend Sir Francis Walsingham. While he is silent and enigmatic in the first movie, there is one scene where we see him at his happiest - at home with his wife and family, putting his courtly work aside while he truly enjoys his domestic life. Rush shows Walsingham maintain his courage and loyalty to his Queen and Country, even as his health fails and he dies a faithful servant and loving husband, father, and friend. Once again, Cate Blanchett amazes the audience in her creating a strong and very realistic Elizabeth. As in the previous movie, the costumes are magnificent, and the music and dancing are beautiful and historically accurate. Here, in the Spanish Armada scenes, we are treated to some of the best cinematography I have ever seen in a docudrama. One slight drawback to the movie is that I doubt very much that it stands alone, and, for optimal enjoyment and enrichment, I strongly recommend that the previous Elizabeth movie be seen first.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Spectacular

      Posted
      theasian77

      I have seen Elizabeth and highly anticipated this sequel. I was not let down. Elizabeth The Golden Age kept with the same on point acting and beauty of the first film. Elizabeth is a innocent, struggling queen and Cate Blanchett makes the late queen come alive in this film. Make sure to watch the bonus features that show how they constructed the settings into a believable palace. It's more than breathtaking.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Crown Jewel

      Posted
      justme
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      As Elizabeth "comes into her own" as England's Queen, she is faced with all sorts of plots, threats of war...etc etc, but hadles it like a queen. This is an excellent portrayal of Elizabeth's "last half" of her reign, and shows how and why Elizabeth I earned an entire era to be named after her.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What a Queen!!!

      Posted
      JTom3

      I have research the life of the real Queen Elizabeth and Cate Blanchett has posed remarkable in her shadow. Anyone who indulges in period pieces must see both Elizabeth movies. It demonstrates how a monarchy ruled in a time of much turmoil and doubt. It stands for a country that has prospered over all obstacles.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A solid continuation of a great story

      Posted
      Coriolanus
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      "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" isn't quite as strong as the first chapter starring Cate Blanchett, but it looks and sounds great on Blu-ray and carries over all the features of the DVD. Hard to pass up at Best Buy's bargain price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful Story

      Posted
      Mercpro
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      A look into the past of our European heritage. Wonderful story of a very important and dynamic person in the history of Britain. Not the very beginning, but someone who jumpstarted the world we know today. Excellent actress and well done.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful movie

      Posted
      Barry1248
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      This movie is very well done in all aspects, it is the 2nd of the series to continue the story line to its' completion. Historically close to accurate and well written. For sure worth the time to watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      underrated

      Posted
      Friday
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      a great sequel but not as good as the first but still a great movie. Cate Blanche does it again. Wonderful acting and story all around.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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