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  • Actors: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Juno Temple
  • Directors: Justin Chadwick
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 30 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018O2BP4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,301 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A tale of two sisters competing for the same king, The Other Boleyn Girl uses historical facts as window dressing for this work of fiction that is entertaining, if not wholly believable. Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) is the doe-eyed vixen ordered by her power-hungry uncle to bewitch King Henry VIII (Eric Bana). Her shy sister Mary (Scarlett Johansson) has always been in Anne's shadow; Anne is prettier, more accomplished, and desired by many men. So when the King picks Mary--the "other Boleyn girl"--as his mistress, Anne turns on her sister and schemes to become not only the King's consort, but his new queen. With a pair of American actresses in the lead roles and an Aussie portraying their hunky object of desire, the English accents are all over the place in this period piece with a modern feel. Though the Boleyn girls' mother points out that her "daughters are being traded like cattle for the advancement of men," it is Anne who ultimately throws her slight weight around to bully Henry into doing her bidding. When he begs her to give herself to him, Anne--wearing a Carrie Bradshaw-esque "B" pendant on her neck--counters, "Make me your Queen." Is the audience really supposed to believe that Henry the VIII--the most powerful man in the land--would divorce Catherine of Aragon, separate from the Catholic church, and put England in upheaval simply because Anne refused to sleep with him until he jumped through all her hoops? "I have torn this country apart for you," he hisses at her before finally getting his way. Based on Philippa Gregory's bestselling novel of the same name, The Other Boleyn Girl features an attractive cast and a familiar plot with some icky twists. Kieran McGuigan's cinematography is breathtaking and is as crucial to setting the film's tone as the dialogue. Actually, it fares better: Lines such as "Well? Did he have you?!" sound almost comical. But the sweeping shots of Henry's kingdom and the carefully framed close-ups of Portman and Johansson are breathtaking in their beauty and say what words simply cannot. --Jae-Ha Kim


A visually-stunning adaptation of the novel by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl is the story of two sisters forced into competing for the affection of Henry VIII and the coveted position as Queen of England.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 3 July 2008
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The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical novel written by British author Philippa Gregory, based on the life of 16th-century aristocrat Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn.It was a phenomenal success and popularity. I still remember when I bought the book "The Other Boleyn Girl" at a bookshop at Angel in LDN. I was hooked from page one. That lasted to the very last page. I honestly can not say that about the movie.

My disappointment does not result from historic side of thing as I am not expecting a movie (or a novel) to be historical accurate. However, this movie does not really catch the essence of the story told by Philippa Gregory, is not "round" and never really graps one. There are huge gaps in the story told and only if one really knows one's history one can follow. I particuarly dislike the last scene when it looks like that Mary Boleyn raises the future Queen Elisabeth I.

It is however a sumptous movie. I like the costume design done by Academy Award-winner Sandy Powelland and the whole setting. Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn, Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn and Eric Bana as Henry VIII were performing well without being brilliant. Both were by far outshone by Kristin Scott Thomas as Lady Elizabeth Boleyn and Ana Torrent as Catherine of Aragon. The scene when Catherine of Aragon kneels before the king when the court is going to judge her marraige is one of the best. But that is not the main story. The performance of Mark Rylance as Thomas Boleyn, father of the girls, I did not like at all.

It is not a waste of time to watch this movie, but do not have too high hopes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By La Vinny on 30 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
I like my almost historical costume dramas as a rule - I loved Elizabeth and that's pretty historically inaccurate, I even liked Elizabeth: The Golden Age. And I LOVE Eric Bana. So I was looking forward to this slice of not-really-true-to-history drama. However, it was most disappointing.

It seemed to me little more than an excuse to indulge in something bordering on Tudor soft-core porn, and the story was very weak. The one high point (meaning I gave it 2 stars instead of one) was Natalie Portman, who was alone in giving something other than a one-dimetional performance. Scarlett Johannsen was horribly misserved by the script - we're led to believe that her character, the eponymous "other Boleyn Girl" fell in love with Henry VIII by way of explaining why she ditched a man she claimed to love, but she falls out of love with her husband and in love with the king in such a short space of time and so easily, one wonders whether several scenes were cut to make the film shorter. Eric Bana stomps around with little to more to do than react to others, completely wasting his many acting talents. And although she does very well with a poor script and has by far the most acting to do, Natalie Portman's Anne still has something of the pantomime baddie about's not a very subtle script, shall we say!

All in all, if you like the weightier Elizabeth, I'd avoid this, but if you're up for a bit of entertainment and boddice ripping without any real depth, give it a go.
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131 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Skylark VINE VOICE on 23 July 2008
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Yes,well,once again I get my come-uppance for not listening to all you other Amazonians out there who know what you're talking about. Instead I went out and bought this claptrap.

The Tudor/Stuart period has always fascinated me: frankly, you couldn't make up half the stuff that went on. Having loved the book, I really didn't think the movie could be that bad (especially having read an interview in which Philippa Gregory endorsed it. Pipps, what were you thinking of??) so I ignored the advice of the Amazon community and bought it. That was the first mistake. The second was watching it. Apart from the gorgeous costumes,the whole thing was a gigantic, horrible mess. The dialogue was laughably bad for a start. None of the scenes hung together properly, everything was disjointed, the characterisations were dreadful, and let's not even get on to the historical inaccuracies which turned it almost into a farce.

Now I know some people don't mind that, but it drives me mad (like with the series The Tudors). Either the inaccuracies are down to poor research and laziness, which is bad enough, or they're deliberate, in which case - why bother? The truth is usually far better anyway, and to present fantasy as historical fact is, I think (being po-faced about these things) reprehensible. Heck, we could all have done a better job for a quarter of the cash. Why go to the trouble of doing some bits right (using Katherine's reported speech, for example, when she went in front of the Lords to plead for her marriage) then flinging in a totally gratuitous Henry/Anne rape scene? What was the scriptwriter on?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Bedford on 12 July 2008
Format: DVD
I thoroughly enjoyed this film but I went into it with the right attitude -i expected a hollywood version of an english tale. I love all Phillipa Gregory books and am extremely interested in Tudor history but I can also enjoy a glitzed up star-studded film. The book is without a doubt better than the film but I would still recommend the film-the beheading scene is just brilliant. I thought Scarlet Johannsen was great as Mary - perhaps a little too sexy. I wouldn't ahve cast Natalie Portman as Anne but I've always loved her as an actress and thought it all worked rather well. Well worth a watch but if you're a historian you may be less than impressed.
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