A special reissue, tying into the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, The Queen
remains perhaps notable for the Academy Award recognition it brought Helen Mirren, who took a Best Actress Oscar prize home for the movie. Clearly, Mirren's turn as the title character is an astonishing one, but there's nonetheless more to The Queen
than just one actress, no matter how impressive she may be.
Telling the story of how the British Royal Family dealt with the aftermath of the tragic, premature death of Diana, Princess Of Wales, The Queen is a carefully put together piece of work. There are moments where, in hindsight, it feels like a comfortable Sunday afternoon drama. Yet what lifts it are the performances, the wise direction of Stephen Frears, and the feeling that it's just lifting back the curtain a little on what must have been a devastatingly tricky period of time.
It's to the disc's benefit that the extra features package digs into that a little, too. Alongside an interesting making of documentary, what's particularly of note is the commentary track, where Frears and screenwriter Peter Morgan talk us through the film. It's insightful and intriguing, and comfortably one of the highlights of the disc.
It's the film, inevitably, that's the real star, though. A well told version of a well known series of events, how accurate it all remains is open for debate. What's more certain is just how good a film The Queen remains. --Jon Foster
Following the death of Diana "the People’s Princess", the Queen (Helen Mirren) and her family remain hidden behind tradition and the closed doors of Balmoral Castle. Whilst the heartbroken public becomes disillusioned with their Queen’s absence, an increasingly popular Prime Minister, Tony Blair, must battle to convince the monarchy that its desire for privacy could lead to its ultimate downfall. With an outstanding performance from Helen Mirren, The Queen
is director Stephen Frears’ engrossing, intimate and intelligently witty portrait of our monarchy’s darkest days in the week following one of the nation’s greatest tragedies. Special Features:
- Making Of documentary
- Feature commentary by director Stephen Frears and writer Peter Morgan
- Production photography gallery