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Margaret Thatcher - The Iron Lady - Documentary [DVD]

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  • Actors: Margaret Thatcher, Michael Brunson, Gyles Brandreth, Lord Howe, Hugo Vickers
  • Directors: Alan Byron
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006K3IN78
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,422 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This is a documentary about Margaret Thatcher, and is NOT the theatrical film called The Iron Lady, which stars Meryl Streep.
Documentary Description:
From her humble beginnings as a Grocers daughter from Grantham, Margaret Thatcher fought her way through the murky world of politics, the sexist prejudices of the Conservative Party elite and the scepticism of the British electorate to become the greatest British Prime Minister since Winston Churchill. Margaret Thatcher - The Iron Lady is the first major documentary to look back on the development and impact of this remarkable woman, whom commentators of both the political left and right agree changed the face of 20th Century politics forever. Featuring many excerpts from her powerful speeches and insightful contributions from her political supporters and detractors, a portrait emerges of a woman whose strength of conviction eventually became her weakness. This programme includes intimate footage of the Thatchers at home in Number 10, and unseen footage from her emotional and first major interview after her resignation as Prime Minister with Michael Brunson in 1992. Contributors include: Lord Heseltine, Lord Howe, ex-Conservative MP Gyles Brandreth, ITN political editor Michael Brunson, biographer Hugo Vickers, political correspondent Nicholas Owen, biographer Robert Lacey.

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tommyboo on 17 Jun. 2012
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A good documentary is one which keeps you hooked from start to finish. Yes, this one scores fairly high on that. With great commentary and narration from veteran news reporters who reigned the news airwaves in the 80s, the viewer is given a brief history of The Iron Lady's rise, her reign, and her downfall.

Margaret Thatcher was a lesson to all that came after her. This dvd highlights the aspects of her formative years that led her into politics and covers most junctions of her years at Downing Street. It doesn't matter how you feel about her, because the film doesn't necessarily serenade her as much as it tells a story of a remarkable woman in a man's world. A determined politician with a vision, who surely did not foresee her exit from the top seat in the manner that awaited her.

Now I do know that Margaret Thatcher has to rank as one of the best ever orators. Regardless of your political inclinations, anytime she spoke on television or radio she got your attention. Though I was at an age when politics didn't mean much, I did listen to her speeches attentively and marvel at her sheer eloquency, delivery, and total authority. And here's the trick - without losing any of her femininity!

And this is what I think this dvd should have featured but didn't. At 90 minutes' duration, the documentary is way too short to cover the rise and fall of a ground breaking Prime Minister. I also feel they should have included one of her annual conference speeches, at least as an extra feature. This would've been a revelation for people who weren't around at that time to see that side of her, ultimately that of a commander.

Recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 April 2012
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I thought this was a reasonable ninety minute overview of Margaret Thatcher mainly because of the very professional commentary by Michael Brunson, Nicholas Owen, Hugo Vickers and to round it off, surprisingly, from Gyles Brandreth. He provided the more human interest aspect to her life whereas the others dealt, very succinctly, with her political side.

The problem I had with the documentary was the visual quality. By the nature of this kind of life story (and especially a political one) it turns out to be a continuous collection of clips showing top folk getting in and out of cars, going in and out of doorways and standing around waiting to be photographed with world leaders and always a whole range of colour values to the film. The problem is, of course, that so much of what is being said in the commentary doesn't readily translate into something visual. Fortunately the four commentators are shown talking to the camera for much of the time and here I thought it worked well. Brunson in particular was brilliant, talking about quite complex political events in a very straightforward conversational manner.

If you want to know about the Thatcher years this is an excellent listening explanation but you'll just have to put up with the stock newsreel footage.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Bollongino on 13 Dec. 2012
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This is an excellent documentary film, fair and unbiased and details Mrs. Thatcher's political career including the high and the low points, no skipping of uncomfortable issues!

Well presented and with an extra election interview as a special feature.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Walter Cooper Cortes on 4 April 2012
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A very respectful work about one of the most relevant and visionary ruler of 20th Century.
Watching it, may be realized how important Lady Thatcher was for UK and the world. She, together with Pope John Paul II, President Reagan and Mr. Gorbachov, were crucial at the second part of last century.
A special DVD about Lady thatcher relevance in international politics is missing.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Richardson on 7 April 2012
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This is a very good value documentary. Something worth having and for your children to see what a real leader of the free world was like and admire her achievements. The only leader to call Nelson Mandela a terrorist and refuse to meet him.It's things like that, that gave her rightly the title "The Iron Lady" - no one but her, could have saved Britain in 1979 from the claws of communism choking Britain.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 30 Aug. 2013
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A semi- interesting perspective, though all pretty jaded and lacking depth or exploration. One thing that is interesting is looking back at that period from a present perspective and being able to see clearly the folly of Thatcher's ways. She appears far less impressive when considered retrospectively and of course, all the sycophants are out on parade - the many who ruthlessly slated her at that time.
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By John Palser on 2 Jan. 2015
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Item exactly as described and delivered very promptly
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18 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Dixon on 6 Jan. 2012
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An excellent film and I'm sure an excellent documentary about the best Prime Minister since Churchill. Love her or hate her at least she stood up for herself and this country. I'm very proud of the Iron Lady.
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