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Elizabeth: The Golden Age [HD DVD]

Jordi Molla , Cate Blanchett , Penelope McGhie    Suitable for 12 years and over   HD DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jordi Molla, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Aimee King, John Shrapnel
  • Directors: Penelope McGhie
  • Producers: A.R. Rahman, Tim Bevan, Jonathan Cavendish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OTRQQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Elizabeth: The Golden Age may not have been bestowed with a similar shower of awards (nor quite as glowing critical reaction) as its predecessor. But don’t be fooled: this is a terrific costume drama, and one that very much leaves you hoping for the hinted-at third installment.

Once again starring Cate Blanchett in the title role, Elizabeth: The Golden Age sees events pick up with her very well established on the throne. It’s a new set of problems and issues that present themselves, with the impending threat of the Spanish Armada, and the scheming Mary, Queen Of Scots (brilliantly played by the always-terrific Samantha Morton) foremost in her mind.

That is, of course, apart from Sir Walter Raleigh, played by Clive Owen. Elizabeth: The Golden Age adds a potential romance for the virgin Queen, one that she struggles to come to terms with. And in the capable hands of returning director Shekhar Kapur, these many threads are woven together skillfully and a willingness to break the conventions of the period drama.

The star attraction remains Blanchett again, of course, whose performance is just as striking and textured as it was nearly a decade before. Elizabeth: The Golden Age may have an impressive cast, but all of them must have known they were on a hiding to nothing going up against the majesty (in more than one sense) of Blanchett. Because while the film itself does have a problems, it’s still better than you may have been led to believe, and boasts a tour-de-force central performance that you simply won’t see matched very often at all. --Jon Foster

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Cate Blanchett reprises her role as the 'Virgin Queen' in this sequel to the Oscar-nominated 'Elizabeth'. This time round Elizabeth has to contend with the rising power of Spain, as Philip II (Jordi Molla) readies an armada for invasion, intent on returning England to Catholic influence. While her trusty servant Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush) works tirelessly to protect her from numerous plots, Elizabeth discovers she has a potential weakness in her fondness for Sir Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a disaster but less than commanding 1 Nov 2008
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
At once more ambitious and less intriguing than its predecessor, Elizabeth: The Golden Age certainly isn't the abject disaster reviewers claimed on its theatrical release, although it's not nearly as engrossing as the original. Unfortunately, while Shekhar Kapur opens up the action and opts for a much lighter palate this time round, with at least a trailer's worth of striking visuals, the results are not particularly compelling. By focusing on the best-known part of the Virgin Queen's reign there's less of the constant sense of danger that marked its predecessor even though it amps up the threat by pitting her not against her own court but the might of the Spanish Empire and its Armada. Yet, being a sequel, it adheres to the `the same but different,' and there's certainly a strong element of déjà vu: the dastardly Catholics are still plotting her death, with Rhys Ifans and Samantha Morton taking on the Daniel Craig and Fanny Ardant roles of Jesuit hitman and conspiring Scottish queen. And, as before, history isn't well served, with the film offering the notion that Philip of Spain conspired to force Elizabeth to execute Mary Queen of Scots to give him an excuse for a holy war.

The script certainly could have been better, running down rather than gaining momentum as the Armada approaches and dropping the ball in many of the obvious slamdunks. Certainly if you're going to omit Elizabeth's famous "I may have the body of a weak and foolish woman, but I have the heart of a king" you need to come up with something with more guts and bravado than the tired horseback speech she gives to rally her troops. Even worse, the Armada itself is something of an anti-climax.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth 28 Feb 2008
By K Holl
Cate Blanchett tackles this role with great aplomb and is undoubtedly one of the finest actresses of her generation; her Elizabeth is regal, strong willed but also vulnerable and charitable demonstrated in her relationship with Raleigh played by Clive Owen and her royal attendant. There aren't many testing roles for women in the movies and Cate Blanchett obviously relishes getting her teeth stuck into this role.

Much of the film deals with the troubles caused by Mary Queen of Scots and the diplomatic shananigans of the Spanish to try and get a Catholic monarch back on the English throne. The armada sequence at the end of the movie seems as though it has been tacked on and I think more should have been made of this as it ultimately came to define her successful reign.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth : The Golden Age 26 Dec 2007
I waited in anticipation for this movie to be released at the cinema,I counted the days.. and to be honest i was not dissapointed, i read reviews and was a little unsure about going but it did not stop me.. and i am truly glad it didnt. i thought it was a great sequel to Elizabeth. a film which i have have watched many times, and this movie will be watched many times also..

The acting is superb espicially by Cate Blanchette, and Geoffrey Rush, i only wish that the Invaision of the Spanish Armarda was longer.. it seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye..they arrived, defeated and it was over.. but the overall movie was a success, if you enjoyed Elizabeth, you wont go wrong with this movie it gives you a small glimpse back to the past.. and what a truly a remarkable Queen Elizabeth was.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thirty Years Later 22 May 2008
Format:HD DVD
Elizabeth is back and she is... well... 55... You wouldn't tell from the movie, would you? Bearing in mind that average life expectancy was below 30 in her times, she was positively ancient...
Well, you shouldn't be able to tell her age and generally too much knowledge of history will spoil the fun. When the movie started I decided to follow Coleridge's advice to "suspend my disbelief" and enjoyed it OK.
You don't get a lesson in history here (a very general but shouldn't you have known before about the Armada?) you get a picturesque vision of history and as such it works. Some twists made me smile. I found it quite amusing that all Roman Catholics look ugly and their behaviour is rather irrational. A comment to the ending - Elisabeth left England in debts (although not bankrupt as Philip did) and the quoted "age of prosperity" led directly to the Civil War half a century later.
Show it to your children - if it makes them interested in history, it's for the best. If they can remember only the date 1588 after the movie it's a sufficient reason to spend an evening together.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Jonathan Rowe VINE VOICE
Cate Blanchet is probably the finest Hollywood actress of her generation and holds this slightly ramshackle epic together through the sheer fire-and-honey intensity of her portrayal of the Virgin Queen. Clive Owen is a dashing - if perhaps overly louche - Raleigh, and the film chooses to focus on the sexual and romantic paradox of their relationship.

This focus is regrettable, since many more interesting things are going on at the time, like, oh, the Armada, the Babington plot - things that the film gives short shrift too, preferring to linger over Raleigh's droopy eyelids and Queen Bess' palpitations. Also, in order to compress everything into a tidy romantic plotline incorporating all the Hollywood touchstones (first meeting... flirtation... misunderstanding... reconciliation... the KISS) the sort of concessions to historical truth made by the first film get thrown out of the window.

But these grumblings need to be set in context. After all, this movie isn't really in the same category as Braveheart [1995] (which stands in the same relationship to the historical wars between England and Scotland as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy does to the history of the First Crusade). This film is both beautiful and moving and, if it doesn't manage to be a history lesson, it certainly conveys an inspirational IMPRESSION of history. No small thanks here must go to the third star of the film: the architectural heritage of Britain. Director Kapur artfully converts the cathedrals at Ely, Wells and Winchester into peerless sets of late Gothic romance, traced through with his trademark delight in light and shadow.
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1.0 out of 5 stars it came in good time
The DVD arrived two weeks before expected date is the only good thing I can say as the DVD is not compatible with my DVD player.
Published 9 days ago by helen pass
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
Published 2 months ago by John Whitmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
This film shows the reign of Elizabeth the First in a different light to other films. Very entertaining and mostly factually correct. Would recommend it to all.
Published 6 months ago by Mad Postie Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
A great film with a sterling cast. Joseph Fiennes is deliciously gorgeous and Cate Blanchette is enchanting as always. Brilliant!
Published 7 months ago by lisa michelle beddoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
A great continuation of the first movie 'Elizabeth'. The first film really shows Elizabeth's accession to the throne and the troubles she faced during that period. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Conor Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made
We sat down as a family to watch this film and loved it. I had been given Elizabeth and having watched that felt that I had to have the sequel. Read more
Published 14 months ago by gillian james
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
A great follow up but have to say it didn't quite catch me like the first film did. Yes the costumes and sets are excellent, the scenery and music to but the story doesn't quite... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mike T
1.0 out of 5 stars Wooden all round
It took him too many years to get this sequel started and you can tell. Rush still has the gravelly voice but looks nailed to the floor half the time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Barry Wom
1.0 out of 5 stars Incompetent
The first film had many inaccuracies yet managed to hold itself together in quite an arresting way. The Golden Age is equally full of historical holes yet fails abominably. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by Glovely
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth & Elizabeth the Golden Age
These films are such wounderful snap shots of history! WOW ENGLAND HAD SUCH GREAT KINGS & QUEENS BUT I RECONFRIM THAT Elizabeth 1 was a GREATEST QUEEN OF ALL.
Published on 11 April 2012 by rob
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