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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 (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG7O1K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,055 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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

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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 50 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 26 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ted Nalbantian on 28 Jan 2008
Format: HD DVD Verified Purchase
This is an HD-DVD definitely worth importing from the U.S. if you own an HD-DVD player. The detail on screen is frequently breathtaking, particularly on the close-ups of faces, adding to the intimacy of some of the scenes (particularly in moments shared by Elizabeth and the Earl of Leicester). Shadowy shots are also noticeably well rendered, demonstrating a lot of depth. One thing I noticed though, was that some of the faces can seem unnaturally red on brief occasions... I don't know whether this was intended or not, but it looks to me like a minor flaw the transfer. Still, the superiority of the picture over the standard DVD version is significant enough to warrant getting it on HD-DVD.

As for the film itself: 'Elizabeth' is a captivating portrait of a very impressive woman. Cate Blanchett is outstanding in her role. One truly gets a sense of the transformative effect of being thrust into power the way Elizabeth was. She starts out at the beginning of the film as a sort of care-free innocent and finishes as a true 'royal'. The interesting thing is how naturally this change is.

One of my observations about the film is that you get no sense of the world outside the royal courts; you hardly ever see ordinary people except with the burning of the heretics at the beginning. I think this is the director's intent, however and you really feel a sort of disconnect between the people and the rulers... Especially in the chunk of the film where Mary is the ruler. It made it sort of funny for me to hear Elizabeth talking about 'my people' since you pretty much don't see 'the people'.

Overall, I think that if you haven't seen this film you will find it very interesting. If you have, the HD-DVD transfer is very impressive and good enough for it to be worth the effort of importing it from the United States.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Smith on 3 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
Above all else let us make a clear statement - despite all the historical inaccuracies this is an excellent film.
The film opens in 1558 and we see a young Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett) without a care in the world. The backdrop of the film is the religious conflict between the dominant Roman Catholics and the Protestants. Queen Mary appears to be suffering yet another false pregnancy, but she dies (age 42) of ovarian cancer. We see Elizabeth first imprisoned in the tower of London, we see her execution called for by Catholics, and we see her released by Queen Mary and put under house arrest (presumably in Hatfield). Poetic licence is taken frequently in the film, for example Elizabeth is informed of the death of Queen Mary in a summer field, and near an oak tree she make her famous statement from Psalm 118: "This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes" (whereas the actual event would have occurred in November). We see Elizabeth crowned, we see the intrigues start, and we are introduced to the key actors in her early life (Sir William Cecil (Richard Attenborough) as adviser, Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes) as her early love, and Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) as a protestant, trusted ally and, it is suggested, assassin). We also see quite clearly the difficulty that Elizabeth must have had as a young woman pushed into a pit of venomous and two-faced power-hungry, often bigoted, bunch of "gentlemen". Different attempts to conquer her hand, by both the French and Spanish, are compressed into the days that follow her coronation. Different attempts on her life occur, often inspired by the Catholic Church in Rome.
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