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Hyde Park on Hudson [DVD]

Bill Murray , Laura Linney , Roger Michell    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams
  • Directors: Roger Michell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009PILGP6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,390 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Academy Award nominee Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America.

With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Academy Award nominee Laura Linney), Franklin’s neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy--and through her, for us all--a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.

Bonus Features:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Look Inside Hyde Park on Hudson
  • First Days (audio piece with static onscreen image)
  • Commentary with Director Roger Michell and Producer Kevin Loader

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Hyde Park On Hudson

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not great but certainly worth seeing... 4 Feb 2013
By Wil Andersen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Most of the press reviews were less than enthusiastic about this film - a string of 2 and 3 star ratings - so I was not too cheerful when my wife insisted on going - but agreed when she offered to pay for lunch afterwards.

And then I found that I really quite enjoyed it. It does have its faults - the control of pace is a bit erratic, some of the performances are a rather one note, and the screenplay sometimes a little obvious. But there are some lovely performances in it - Sam West as George VI is absolutely excellent. I didn't think I wanted to see one more portrayal of that stammer - but he is superb in this and wholly convincing. As is Olivia Colman in a lovely slightly bitchy performance as his wife.

And Bill Murray is also extremely good as Roosevelt. Possibly a little short of depth - you did not really see the steel underneath although the selfishness was clear - but it is beautifully done.

I haven't quite made up my mind about Laura Linney - a splendid subtle performance, quiet and underplayed, until the raw emotion blasts through towards the end. But I just somehow could not quite believe in her.

The location scenery was also beautiful - maybe a bit too much of it. Tighter editing may have made it a slightly better picture.

But I did enjoy it and thought most of the reviews I read were rather unfair. If there were 3.75 stars that's what I would award but since there aren't - I think it is a four.

Lunch wasn't bad either.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charm Offensive 9 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
Hyde Park on Hudson is a gentle, lingering film about President Franklin D. Roosevelt at home on his estate of Hyde Park on the Hudson River in upstate New York, his seduction of a distant cousin Daisy and the visit of the young British King and Queen.

Daisy is initially "charmed" by FDR, and then feels betrayed when she realises that she is not the first to be "charmed". She forgives him and moves into the circle of the women he has collected around him, including his secretary and his sapphicly inclined wife Eleanor.

In the middle of this is the visit of the anxious royal supplicants to the great President of the Republic. Europe is in crisis and the horrors of war loom. They have seen what happened during the dress rehearsal of the Spanish Civil War. To many Americans this is a remote affair in which they do not want to get involved. The British know that the Americans must get involved if Britain is to survive.

The king's stutter and FDR's polio features prominently but the thread through all the film is FDR's relationship with Daisy. To quote the film's postscript: "When Daisy died in her hundredth year a box of letters and diaries was found under her bed. Her special relationship with the President was, finally, no longer just their secret."

The royal visit is less central to the film than I expected. The depiction of the effects of FDR's polio was a surprise even though I already knew about it. Seeing the president being carried from place to place was an eye-opener.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique quirky film 29 July 2013
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An excellent film, we all enjoyed it. Wish there were more films as good to buy. Olivia Coleman is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hyde Park on Hudson 20 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Hyde Park on Hudson is an intimate look at 20th century Anglo-American historical figures at the top of the pile in difficult times. They surprise us as we start ot understand them better. The dialogue illustrates another age with credibility although, of course, this was recreated by the author. I must see this clever film again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hyde-bound and limp 24 Feb 2014
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
When the big dramatic payoff of a movie is the King of England eating a hot dog (and whether he'll have mustard), you know you're in trouble.

So it is with "Hyde Park on Hudson," a wishy-washy little movie that has about twenty minutes of actual movie in it. But this story about Daisy Suckley, FDR's distant relative and possible lover, is so painfully padded out that it feels like spending a weekend with a bunch of really dull people you don't like -- and nothing dramatic ever builds up to anything.

Daisy (Laura Linney) is summoned by her sixth-cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray), who is the president of the US in the years approaching World War II. She becomes his confidante, friend, and possibly a bit more (see the wandering hands in a field of flowers), while remaining clueless about the exact nature of his relationships with his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) and his assistant (Elizabeth Marvel).

The story mostly follows a particular couple of days, when the newly crowned King George VI (Samuel West) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) are visiting in hopes of forging an alliance against the Nazis. During the king's stay, Daisy is made not-so-shockingly aware that she is not the only woman in her cousin's life. Will she leave, or settle? And will Bertie eat a hot dog? (Seriously, there is DRAMA over that!)

One question kept flitting through my mind as I watched this movie: What is the point of ANYTHING that is going on? Despite having two potentially interesting stories flitting through it, "Hyde Park on Hudson" leaves you with the feeling that absolutely nothing has happened -- or at least, nothing important.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very interesting film - characters were wonderful and the pace of the story perfect ! Informative !
Published 1 day ago by G. H. Brooks
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok - glad I didn't go to see it in the cinema
Just ok - glad I didn't go to see it in the cinema. On the other hand perhaps I should then I wouldn't have bothered to buy it!
Published 13 days ago by S. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my wife says this video is a real pleasure to watch.
Published 16 days ago by nigeldjohnson
5.0 out of 5 stars It is quite touching and I heartily recommend it.
Superb movie, well acted by the cast. It is quite touching and I heartily recommend it.
Published 24 days ago by Donald P. Stennett
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A bit slow but quite good.
Published 1 month ago by happy face
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good.
Published 1 month ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good film enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Twee
This was billed in the UK as a film about the royals visiting the US in summer 1939 to persuade Roosevelt to support them in the coming war. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars great film!!
great film set in 1939, featuring U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the British monarch, King George VI. to be watched over and over again!!
Published 4 months ago by Darren Monaghan
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, historically interesting - but so slow
This is a gentle slow story which intertwines the special relationship of Daisy, a rather dowdy distant cousin of Franklin Roosevelt with the president and how she comes to manage... Read more
Published 4 months ago by markr
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