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A Queen is Crowned [DVD] [1953]

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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier
  • Directors: Castleton Knight
  • Writers: Christopher Fry
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Dolby, Digital Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007ON30O4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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To celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubillee, Network is proud to present a brand new restoration of the only feature-length Technicolor record of the Coronation itself.

When Queen Elizabeth the Second was crowned on June 2nd, 1953, many of Britain's leading cinematic artists were commissioned to create this wonderful record of the event. Narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, it conveys the sights and sounds, the pomp and pageantry, the very spirit of that unforgettable day. Oscar-nominee and BAFTA-winner, A Queen is Crowned is one of the greatest films of an historical event ever made.

Also included in this commemorative set is Palaces of a Queen - a 1966 documentary touring the six royal palaces: Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St. James's Palace, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and Holyrood House. Narrated by Micihael Redgrave and with a resounding score by Malcolm Sargent, this documentary is a worthy companion piece to A Queen is Crowned.

Special Features:
[] Palaces of a Queen documentary
[] Image Gallery
[] Original Programme PDF

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 May 2009
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`A Queen Is Crowned' is the colour documentary of the Queen's coronation as shown in cinemas at the time of the event. It starts with footage from around the UK and Sir Lawrence Olivier narrating about the splendour of our `sceptred isle' before moving on to the actual coronation itself. You follow the Queen as she travels to Westminster Abbey in the magnificent golden coach, see the various rituals and oaths of the ceremony (all explained by the narrator), see the various dignitaries honour the Queen and parade out of the abbey and see the huge armed forces as they parade en masse through the streets of London. Finally you end with the Queen waving to the massed crowds as they swarm the mall and Buckingham Palace to honour their new Queen. The costumes, ornaments of state and setting are truly awe inspiring and the pomp and ceremony are fascinating to watch. The score from The London Symphony Orchestra is uplifting and completely in keeping with the ambiance of the day. It is interesting to see the Coronation in colour and with explanations after seeing brief exerts over the years at various royal mile stones. If you have even a passing interest in this event I'd recommend this DVD, it makes for interesting viewing and places the reign of our Queen in that bit deeper context.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By cool one on 1 May 2010
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There are no words to describe my feelings,to have this historic event on D.V.D. I am very proud and honered.One of the greatest celebrations of the 20th century.Also,at a great price,thank you.Extremly pleased and happy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Burns on 3 Jan. 2011
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This is a wonderful record of a unique occasion. Anyone with an interest in the Monarchy and British History should own it.

To the two Canadian reviewers who complained about the DVD not being viewable - look at the product details section for the DVD. It states quite clearly that it is in PAL format, is for Region 2 and may not be viewable outside Europe. What more do you need? A one star review headed "Stinks" is not justified if the only problem with the product is the customer's inability to read simple information about it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Harman on 6 Feb. 2010
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This film, made in 1953, gives an account of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2nd. Narrated by Laurence Olivier, the viewer is taken from scenes of the British countryside, to events leading up to the day itself.

There follows views of the procession to Westminster Abbey, followed by an edited version of the Coronation ceremony. We are shown Her Majesty`s entrance, the crowning, then the departure into the the streets of London.

Then comes a magnificent parade featuring the Armed Forces and guests, both from Britain and overseas, concluding with a wonderful sequence of Her Majesty on horseback.

The narration is, at times, rather "over-the-top" also, no image of industrial Britain is shown. Regarding the parade, one gets a little weary of hearing "Soldiers of the Queen!" All this apart, it is a wonderful film, and will prove invaluable both to historians and future generations.

John Harman
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rocio Baunsgard on 16 Jan. 2010
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This documentary is a jewel that adds to the splendor of the British monarchy.
It is not likely that the world will ever see such grand coronation ceremony ever again.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2007
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I suppose most of us have known only one Queen: Elisabeth II. She was already on the throne when I was not even born. When she was crowned in 1953 the world was so much different from today's world. The changes have effected as well the monarchy. Then The Queen was rather untouchable and revered, today one asks how long the monarchy will survive. Will there ever be another coronation or a coronation of this kind? We will see... So this DVD is a wonderful reminder of a glorious and exceptional day. It is wonderful to see. I enjoyed it, even though it seems to be so out-dated, or maybe just because of this? I am sure you will enjoy it too
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doreen Hunt on 12 Mar. 2009
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This film appeared in the cinemas shortly after Queen Elizabeth's Coronation and was the first time most people could see how the great historic day had really been. (TV pictures being small, blury and in black and white.) This film is a colourful, accurate record of events on 2 June 1953. Very well put together although Sir Larry's narrative is a bit OTT at times.....
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Luis Silva Esteves on 18 Jan. 2009
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I'v bought this DVD and I'll keep it forever as an historical treasure.
I'm portuguese, but for me this excepcional Queen of the UK, is also my Queen.
God Save the Queen.
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