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The Other Boleyn Girl [DVD] [2008]

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    84% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (10 out of 12)

    Special Features


    • Deleted and extended scenes
    • "Translating History to the Screen" - Featurette on bringing the actual historical story and best selling novel to life
    • "To Be a Lady" Featurette on the life of a lady & court etiquette in 16th century England
    • Members of the Court Biographies: Go in depth and explore the real lives of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII and others
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Other Boleyn Girl
    Adapted from author Philippa Gregory's historical novel of the same name, director Justin Chadwick's atmospheric period drama follows the fierce competition between sisters Mary (Scarlett Johansson) and Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) to win the affections of Tudor king Henry VIII (Eric Bana). Anne and Mary Boleyn are under pressure from their father and uncle to help maintain the family's rich legacy and ensure their further prosperity by winning the affections of none other than the king of England (Eric Bana). But life in the royal court is far different than it was in the countryside where these two sisters were raised, and before long their bid to earn the love of the king has transformed two once-happy sisters into bitter rivals. At first, it appears that Mary has triumphed in winning the king's favor by becoming his mistress and bearing him an illegitimate child. Despite her early success, however, Mary has underestimated just how clever and cunning her sibling can truly be. Not only does the relentless Anne manage to edge aside her sister in the eyes of King Henry, but she also succeeds in averting his gaze from his wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, as well. Mary is driven by genuine affection for King Henry, while her sister Anne has only kept up the charade in a desperate bid to become the queen of England. Now, the growing chasm between two sisters is mirrored on a larger scale as England becomes divided more than ever before. As the consequences of their actions threaten to alter the course of an entire nation, these two sisters will ultimately discover that the only place they will find true strength and loyalty is in family, and that no matter what the consequences they will forever be bound by blood. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Natalie Portman
      Natalie Portman - Anne Boleyn
    • Scarlett Johansson
      Scarlett Johansson - Mary Boleyn
    • Eric Bana
      Eric Bana - Henry Tudor
    • Jim Sturgess
      Jim Sturgess - George Boleyn
    • Mark Rylance
      Mark Rylance - Sir Thomas Boleyn



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

    83%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Henry's first acts

      Posted
      hroeder

      If you're interested in Henry VIII then you might want to try the cable series The Tudors. Natalie Dormer is much more convincing as Anne Boleyn than Natalie Portman. Scarlette Johansen somehow can't pull off the period piece. She just looks too modern and doesn't qualify as a Tudor. Everything here is pretty. But nothing is really convincing. We get the idea that the Boleyns were an ambitious family. Dad and Uncle were really bad guys. And Anne was just a plain shrew. Who would hurt anyone for her own benefit. But it isn't convincing here. It's not real here. And Momma Boleyn just is too modern in her concerns. A good actress here, but the writing just isn't period. The extras on the DVD are almost inaccessible. Someone got fancy with their set up. It's way too late to be making that kind of mistake with a Blu-ray disc. All in all, go buy the first season of The Tudors. You'll be more entertained and learn more about British history and be more immersed.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      great-looking but lightweight

      Posted
      prlwctd

      Natalie Portman & Scarlett Johansson are two of the most beautiful and most talented actresses today. Their teaming as sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn sounded inspired on paper. However, they don't quite have the energy to make such a dramatic teaming pay off, although they give it their best shot. Likewise, Eric Bana fails to bring authority to his role of Henry VIII the way Robert Shaw or Charles Laughton did. Kristen Scott Thomas, however, is first rate as Anne & Mary's mother, who is displeased by how her girls, and women in general, as treated in this time period, even if she reluctantly agrees to go along with it. The art direction and costumes are also great. However, this film doesn't hold a candle to A Man for All Seasons.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Absolutely Addictive

      Posted
      Becky03

      This film is aboslutely wonderful. In some ways, it's a loose adaptation of Gregory's novel, but it captures the overall spirit and excitement of this mock-historic tale. The cinematography is done beautifully and really enhances the experience of watching the movie. No one could have portrayed the cold-hearted Anne Boleyn better than Natalie Portman achieved, and Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana do a decent job portraying their roles, although Johansson's overly innocent depiction of Mary lacks something deeper. Make sure you watch the movie before you read the novel so you won't be disappointed by the lack of a romance between Mary and William Stafford.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not the book but still good

      Posted
      Jerlayne
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      The book was amazing, and I read that first. I couldn't get enough of it, or the rest of the books in the series. When I found out that this one had been made into a movie I wanted to watch it, though not without some trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it held mostly true to the book. The acting is great, the costumes are wonderful, and the story it flawless. I highly recommend it if you enjoy reading/watching stories about this time period.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very Entertaining!

      Posted
      Bettina

      This movie was full of intrigue and family drama. It kept one interested and wanting more. I could see myself yelling at the screen from time to time because of the turns the movie was taking. What made this all the better was the fact that this was a true story for the most part.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Movie worked and got here earlier then expected.

      Posted
      Georgeclayton
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      Will order again. Did receive blue ray disk the first time and I don't have a blue ray. Still in its package.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome movie!!

      Posted
      JuJu7
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      Being a history buff, there are definite flaws in the movie, however, the story is great and the acting superb. Definitely worth a watch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      His Majesty

      Posted
      justme
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      Some "liberties" are taken about regarding this story, but its ok, because that makes it better.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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