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COI Collection Vol 7: The Queen on Tour [DVD]

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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 234 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B007A0QTV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,532 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

COI Collection Volume 7: The Queen on Tour (2 disc DVD set)

Volume Seven of the COI Collection, The Queen on Tour, celebrates the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. As Whitehall's publicity agency, the COI - with unprecedented access to the royals - was the natural choice to produce offical records of royal tours and state visits. In addition, it commissioned and supervised a variety of retrospectives on the Queen and her family.

Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne during a time of unparalleled change, both at home and abroad. Yet, despite the turbulent backdrop against which many royal tours and state visits were filmed, the onscreen images here maintain a diplomatic serenity; it was, and still is, the Queen's (and the COI's) job to cultivate strong relationships in a post-colonial world.

Highlights of the collection include: Royal Destiny (1953), a look at the Queen's early life, made in the year of her coronation;The Queen's State Visit to Iran (1961), a fascinating film of the royal visit to Iran eight years after a British and American-backed coup installed the Shah; Sierra Leone Greets the Queen (1962), a colourful record of the Queen's visit in the year of independence; Britain Welcomes the Emperor and Empress of Japan (1971), marking the controversial state visit from Emperor Hirohito and his wife

Special Features

  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring comprehensive contextualising notes and essays from academics and film historians
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)

Disc 1

  • Royal Destiny (1953)
  • Southward with Prince Philip (1957)
  • Princess Margaret in Mauritius and East Africa (1957)
  • Life of a Queen (1960)
  • The Queen's State Visit to Iran (1961)
  • Royal Children (1961)
  • Queen Elizabeth II in Pakistan (1961)
  • Disc 2

  • Sierra Leone Greets the Queen (1961)
  • Britain Welcomes the President of India (1963)
  • The Royal Tour of the Caribbean (1966)
  • Britain Welcomes the President of Pakistan (1966)
  • A state Visit to Turkey by Queen Elizabeth II (1971)
  • Britain Welcomes the Emperoe and Empress of Japan (1971)
  • UK / 1953-1971 / black and white and colour / English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles / DVD-9 x 2 / Original aspect ratio 1.33:1

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rolls-Royce Films from a Golden Age. 17 Dec 2012
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    These films of the Queen's travels come from a period when the makers of short news films had a lot at their disposal. And everything was thrown into these productions. Wonderful colour, stirring music, silky smooth commentary.
    Add to this very exotic locations from Tehran to Tobago, a glorious display of gleaming trains, planes and cars, and a cast of thousands everywhere.
    The biggest star of course is Queen Elizabeth, at the height of her beauty and glamour in the years from 1961 to 1971, from which date these films of her journeys.
    She is well supported by Princess Margaret and Prince Philip in two earlier black and white hors d'oeuvres from the 1950s.
    The three other black and white films I found less interesting and instead of these general films I would have prefered three more tours.
    Europe is overlooked. But some of the Queen's greatest spectaculars were on the continent, France in 1957, Italy in 1961, and the very significant visit to Germany in 1965.
    No trips either to Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the United States. Perhaps these will come in another BFI collection.
    The three films of the visits to Britain by the Heads of State from India, Pakistan and Japan are completely fascinating and take you to all corners of the United Kingdom. The period charm of 1963 moves on to much improved access to events by 1971.
    I think this collection is the most interesting production to have come out to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and I recommend it heartily to everyone.
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