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  • Actors: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Richard Attenborough
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Greek, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG7O1K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,425 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Academy Award® winners Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Richard Attenborough lead a distinguished cast in Elizabeth — the critically acclaimed epic of the queen’s turbulent and treacherous rise to power. Before the Golden Age, Elizabeth was a passionate and naïve girl who came to reign over a land divided by bloody turmoil. Amid palace intrigue and attempted assassinations, the young queen is forced to become a cunning strategist while weighing the counsel of her mysterious advisors, thwarting her devious rivals, and denying her own desires for the good of her country. Relive the majesty and drama of one of history’s greatest monarchs in this stunning production that was honoured with 7 Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture!

Special Features:
Feature Commentary with Director Shekhar Kapur
The Making of Elizabeth
Elizabeth Featurette


One of the big Elizabethan-era films of 1998, Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth serves up a brimming goblet of religious tension, political conspiracy, sex, violence, and war. England in 1554 is in financial and religious turmoil as the ailing Queen "Bloody" Mary attempts to restore Catholicism as the national faith. She has no heir, and her greatest fear--that her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth will assume the throne after her death--is realised. Still, the late Queen Mary has her loyalists. The newly crowned Elizabeth finds herself knee-deep in dethroning schemes while also dodging assassination attempts. Her advisers (including Sir William Cecil, superbly played by Richard Attenborough) beg her to marry any one of her would-be suitors to stabilise England's empire. No matter that she already has a lover. The passionate Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes) is married, however, and shows he cannot stand up to the growing strength of the Queen. With the help of her aide Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), Elizabeth strikes against her enemies before they get to her first. But her rise ultimately entails rejecting love and marriage to redefine herself as the indisputable Virgin Queen.

Cate Blanchett's Oscar-nominated performance as the naive and vibrant princess who becomes the stubborn and knowing queen is both severe and sympathetic. Her ethereal, pale beauty is equal parts fire and ice, her delivery of such lines as "There will be only one mistress here and no master!" expressed with command rather than hysterics. As striking as Blanchett's performance is the film's lavish and dramatic production design. The cold, dark sets paired with the lush costuming show the golden age of England's monarchy emerging from the Middle Ages. Rich velvet brushes over the dank stones while power is achieved at any price, and with such attention to physical detail, Elizabeth fully immerses you into its compelling chronicle of pioneering feminism and revisionist history. --Shannon Gee --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
Partially reinventing the period movie, stylistically at least, almost as radically as Martin Scorsese reinvented the Biblical epic with his Last Temptation, Shekhur Kapur's account of the insecure early days of Elizabeth I's reign, Elizabeth, is a claustrophobic film set in a dark world of cold grey stone, alternating overhead shots with tight medium shots rather than stressing spectacle or glamour, more political thriller than costume epic. Indeed, with its bloody finale clearly inspired by The Godfather as Walsingham takes care of business for his Capo di tutti Capo, it's almost a mafia movie, with Cate Blanchett's star-making turn as Elizabeth filling in the Michael Corleone role as the heir apparent who must ruthlessly shed emotions and conscience to hold on to the throne. That journey from fresh-faced youth to impregnable white-faced icon gives the film a solid emotional arc that helps prevent it from becoming a simple series of confrontations and thwarted conspiracies, almost - but not quite - turning it into a tragedy of success rather than the usual tragedy of failure that is usually the lot of women in historical pictures (Anne of the Thousand Days, Mary Queen of Scots, Lady Jane, La Reine Margot, etc).

It's handsomely cast: Joseph Fiennes gives good shallow romanticism as Elizabeth's lover Dudley, Christopher Eccleston in his default misery guts mode makes a fine villain and there's a healthy cast that, if not bursting with A-listers, is at least filled with familiar faces, from Richard Attenborough, Fanny Ardant, Daniel Craig and Vincent Cassel in a dress to Edward Hardwicke, Kelly McDonald, James Frain, Emily Mortimer and Eric Cantona.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2007
Format: DVD
Other reviewers have commented on the historical inaccuracy of this film. I'm not too bothered about this. The history of this period is too complicated to be to be translated into a watchable film, and no-one should expect to learn history from watching films, anyway. Let's not shy away from the fact that this is pure entertainment. I enjoyed the rich colours of the photography and the lavish sets, even though the attempt to make a palace out of a cathedral failed somewhat. The acting was good; Kate Blanchett was a convincing Virgin Queen, and Geoffrey Rush came across as a particularly strong, ruthless Walsingham. I enjoyed the cameo appearances too, but couldn't help wondering how things might have gone if Eric Cantona had tried out his celebrated two-footed drop kick on Walsingham. Throughout most of the film the music was unobtrusive, as film music should be, but then I almost had to reach for the bucket when Elgar's 'Nimrod' popped up in just the wrong place only to be followed by Mozart's Requiem! Film makers should know better than this. But there are relatively minor beefs. On the whole I enjoyed this film, a good story (though much simplified for the benefit of the cinema) set in an age we are all curious about, well shot, well acted. Can't complain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP on 19 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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Period historical dramas are definitely my thing. From the majesty of creating the time period in perfect detail to the often fascinating tales of treachery and intrigue, the scope for these kind of movies is endless.

Elizabeth I and her succession to the throne was one of the bloodiest and most controversial in England's history. Shekhar Kapur crafted a gloriously beautiful looking movie that although historically iffy was full of wonderful performances that somehow got overlooked come award season.

Cate Blanchett is just incredible as the monarch thrust into a life of duty amid threats from all corners. The child of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, she's a Protestant in a country tied to the Vatican and Catholicism. Her reign seems destined to be short but with the fortitude and help of some loyal supporters stems the tide of anger towards her role as Queen. Enemies from within and from abroad make the infancy of her reign fraught with danger.

Surviving assassination and with only a few confidants she trusts completely, there is tension and the threat of betrayal everywhere. Finding her feet and trying to learn from her mistakes, she succeeds in initially keeping her throne. With Geoffrey Rush giving another acting masterclass as Francis Walsingham, this has a brilliant cast that give their all to tell the story of a legendary Monarch's fledgling reign.

There are notable performances from everyone here from Christopher Eccleston (a stand out) to smaller roles for the likes of Vincent Cassel and Joseph Fiennes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
This is a visually superb film, set in the 16th century it recreates the time and place beautifully. At its heart it is the story of Elizabeth Tudor, known to history as Elizabeth I, and her struggle to survive in the court of Queen Mary then later in the first few fragile years of her own reign. In a time of religious war, when Europe was divided by the Catholic/Protestant question and men would willingly die, kill and horrifically murder all in the name of faith, hers was not an easy life or reign at first.

Cate Blanchett excels as Elizabeth, and largely carries the film with her commanding performance, along with Geoffrey Rush's machiavallian Walsingham. She creates a believable character, a very real seeming person struggling to survive in a cruel world. We see the political intrigue and are presented with a rather touching personal story in the form of Joseph Feinnes as the ill fated Robert Dudley. I must also metion Richard Attenborough as William Cecil - it's a subtle performance that is worthy of note. Seeming like a cuddly old man every now and then a hint of steel comes through and he shows waht is really beneath the loveable exterior.

The Director has created a beautiful image of the Elizabethan age, as costume dramas go it is very very well done indeed, and worthy of the awards rained upon it. My only small gripe is the extent to which script writers and director have played fast and loose with historical accuracy - The names and the general underlying story are about right, but little else. Do not look here if you are searching for the real story of Elizabeth.

That aside, it is as enthralling a two hours of cinema as one could wish for, an adsorbing and entertaining film. Four stars.
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