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The Iron Lady [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach, Anthony Head
  • Directors: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Writers: Abi Morgan
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008MUJ9S4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Nominated for four BAFTAs including Leading Actress and Supporting Actor, The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

"The movie event of 2012"--The Mail on Sunday
"Exhilarating"--The Daily Telegraph
"Extraordinary"--The Financial Times


Phyllida Lloyd, who directed Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!, takes a less exuberant tack in this unexpectedly poignant biopic. In the script, written by Shame's Abi Morgan, Lloyd depicts the elderly Dame Thatcher (Streep in a thoroughly convincing performance) as a frail figure replaying key moments in her life while her mind still continues to function. Her trajectory begins with grocer Alfred Roberts (Downton Abbey's Iain Glen), who became the mayor of Grantham, instilling in his daughter, Margaret (Alexandra Roach), a passion for politics. After graduating from Oxford, she felt ready to enter the fray, at which point she met Denis Thatcher (Harry Lloyd), who cheered her along on the road from Parliament to 10 Downing Street, where they lived during her time as Britain's first female prime minister (Jim Broadbent portrays the grey-haired and ghostly Denis). While closing mines, dodging IRA hits, and overseeing a war, the blue-clad titan built alliances with Airey Neave (Nicholas Farrell) and Geoffrey Howe (Anthony Head), but she would lose them both. If her will was strong, she had no time for feminine niceties like conciliation and forgiveness. The film goes on to suggest that she never cultivated the kinds of female friendships that might have sustained her in retirement, though her daughter (Tyrannosaur's Olivia Colman) did what she could. Instead, Denis remained her closest confidante until his departure, after which she had nothing but fading memories. The upshot is an uneasy combination of admiration for her leadership qualities and disappointment in her interpersonal skills. --Kathleen C. Fennessy --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray
It seems we can't just can't have a normal biographical movie anymore without flashbacks. The flashback style is done for the purpose of showing us how events in someone's past effected their later decisions. Seeing the retired senile Margaret Thatcher was really unnecessary to this film. Can you imagine a Reagan biography starting out with a senile Reagan not knowing he is no longer president and talking to dead people? Unfortunately the senility scenes are needed so we can get to know the character of Marget Thatcher because the main biography part is poorly done with an over abundance of "red meat" sound bites.

To make matters worse, the film then employs this technique during the flashback so there is a flashback within the flashback.

I liked the young Margaret Roberts (Alexandra Roach) growing up in a man's world where the expectations of women were to stay out of business and politics. Her bucking the system was inspirational and it would have been a better film had we seen more of this and less of Margaret thinking her husband was still alive.

The meat of the film picks up when she is the Education Secretary of the conservative party. England is facing a union strike crippling the nation. Marget doesn't like her party's leadership and decides to run for the leader of the Conservative Party. She correctly places herself in the hands of professions who tweak her for national appeal, including working on her shrill voice...but she keeps the pearls.

The movie relates to today. England was in a recession and people couldn't pay their mortgage. Margret wanted to cut government spending in the midst of a recession contrary to everyone else, including her own party who worries about re-election.
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121 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Carl Spencer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I can't understand all the negative reviews for this film. I can only assume that people are writing out of bitterness for what Thatcher did whilst in Government, or bitterness that she's been portrayed with a weakness by the film. At its core, this movie isn't about party politics, or policy decisions, or whether what Thatcher did was right or wrong - it makes no judgements at all - but rather it is about Margaret Thatcher as a woman and as a human being.

The story is focused on a present day Margaret Thatcher, suffering from mild dementia and portrayed as a woman somewhat out of her time period. Through her illness, she experiences flashbacks of her past and her rise and fall in politics. We see her go from promising young politician from an ordinary background, to a female MP trapped in the world of men, to a pioneering Prime Minister, to someone who has been in power too long and begins to lose her way.

Whatever you might think of Margaret Thatcher and her Government, the point of this film is to portray the woman as honestly as possible and, for the most part, it achieves that. It isn't a Conservative, Liberal or Labour fuelled film and it isn't anti or pro Maggie. It allows the viewer to make up their own mind.

The key to the movie is the older present day Maggie. We see a woman suffering from dementia and virtually alone. She has a slightly wayward daughter and a son who doesn't give a damn about her - symptoms of a life putting politics first. Meryl Streep's portrayal is exquisite. For most of the film, and particularly the modern day segments, you'll often forget that this is even an actress playing a part and get sucked in entirely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Kilbey on 29 Jan 2013
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I guess when a film maker takes on an ambitious project like this they know they won't please everyone. On the whole it works very well, the positives are: Meryl Streep (stunning), the whole cast, the feeling of time 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's caught so well. Negatives: A lot of suppostion and as much a view of the effects of dimentia as a biography. So some things are guesswork and may or not be accurate. Well worth seeing from whatever shade of the political divide you may be, it made me rethink a few assumptions I had about my view of the events of that time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
After watching 'The Iron Lady' on television recently, I enjoyed it enough to buy it on DVD.

Whilst I am no supporter of Margaret Thatcher, I found this a fantastic film. Meryl Streep's performance was indeed worthy of an Oscar and her portrayal of the former Prime Minister (1979-1990) was uncanny. To watch the Iron Lady battle her way through life with dementia truly moved me, politics aside, I felt for her as a human being. Jim Broadbent was also excellent as Thatcher's deceased husband Dennis. As for the ending, I confess that I did have a tear in my eye.

It has to be said that if you require greater knowledge of Thatcher's time at No. 10, you would be better off watching a documentary instead (I highly recommend BBC's 'The Downing Street Years'). This is because the viewer doesn't really find out about that side of things, famous events like the miners' strike are touched upon all to briefly.

Having said that, Meryl Streep is fantastic and I really enjoyed 'The Iron Lady'. The film does go out of it's way to portray Thatcher in a sympathetic light but also reminds the viewer at times of the hurt and human damage that a lot of her policies caused people and whole communities across the country.
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