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The Other Boleyn Girl [DVD] [2003]

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  • Actors: Natascha McElhone, Jodhi May, Jared Harris, Steven Mackintosh, Philip Glenister
  • Directors: Philippa Lowthorpe
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012X6RG0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,599 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Historical drama made for the BBC and based on the novel by Philippa Gregory, the story is a fictionalised account of the life of Mary Boleyn (Natascha McElhone) who was mistress to King Henry VIII (Jared Harris) before he married her younger sister, Anne (Jodhi May). Set during one of the most dramatic periods in British regal history, the narrative focuses on the relationship between the two Boleyn girls and the power game being played by their family in which the sisters are mere pawns. When Mary is ousted in favour of Anne, she leaves the King's Court to marry a commoner, but is compelled to return when her sister embarks on a reckless plan to try and save herself from ruin.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By hiljean VINE VOICE on 29 Mar 2008
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This is the TV adaptation which came out several years ago shortly after the book became such a success and is far superior to the more recent film version which starred Scarlett Johanssen and Natalie Portman. It conveys much more accurately the atmosphere and tension of Philippa Gregory's superb novel and doesn't have the glaring gaps of the 2008 film (in which Mary is suddenly marrying again with no explanation as to what has happened to husband No 1!). The performances are brilliant and I cannot recommend this highly enough. I am so pleased to have found it at this price and will be watching it to erase the awful travesty of the more recent film version.

If you haven't seen this but have enjoyed the book, you would do far better to spend your money on this than on the admission charge for the recent film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kokino on 23 May 2012
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This is a BBC production - partly improvised - and has an excellent cast including Steven Mackintosh and Jodie May. It has a gritty, stark and sparse feel and is atmospheric. But is not a great or particularly memorable production. Here, we have the usual, predictable representation of Anne Boleyn in a very unfavorable light. Forgetting that she was was actually a charming, witty and cultivated woman who captivated many a heart.

Neverthless, using the material from the Philippa Gregory hit(if historically inaccurate)book, this drama more or less paints the image of Mary Boleyn as a sweet and good natured girl, out shined by her bitchy and grasping sister who becomes queen and pays the ultimate price. A boring and unimaginative premise. We don't know much about Mary Boleyn, but we do know that she was mistress to both the French king and Henry VIII - she was hardly an innocent. the idea that Anne Boleyn even contemplated incest with her brother is rather tasteless - one of the charges against her was that she slept with her brother. But then again, portraying a nasty bitch is always going to make great copy.

The wonderful cast do what they can with the script and any innovations but its a thankless task. This is a cold little drama and if you have any historical bent you'll concede that the real Anne Boleyn would probably never be seen dead in the ugly outfits and headress that May wears. Get a copy of the brilliant BBC classic The Six Wives of Henry VIII instead and we'll call it quits ....
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112 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Keith R. Haynes on 19 May 2008
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Since this BBC adaptation was screened I have searched continually for this version on DVD. Without any doubt this is one of the most engaging dramas I have ever seen. Stylistically it may not be to everyone's taste, with what appears to be hand held camera work and direct address to the camera similar to an interview approach. There is a grain to the film that only enhances the rawness and edge to the production.

It is the only historical drama that brings a genuine sense and vision of a Tudor court to life. The character developments are pertinent and emotionally engaging. The performances are exceptional and it is a great shame that such an exceptional work as this should have been overshadowed by a glossy Hollywood interpretation.

This film deserves to be seen by a much wider audience and far outstrips both the film and the book of the same title. Watch it, you will be mesmerised.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Macrae on 6 May 2008
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I too have been waiting and waiting for this to become availale on DVD. Although the direction is slightly odd, it's a wonderful, focussed study with a terrific cast - Jodhi May, Philip Glenister, Steven Mackintosh. Much closer to the book than the recent Hollywood version, which I saw and which was absolutely dire. I really need to see this now, to wipe the other from my memory! I'm really looking forward to getting it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Feb 2008
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Hollywood is releasing a new adaptation of Phillipa Gregory's "The Other Boleyn Girl," so unsurprisingly the older BBC adaptation is also (finally) seeing the light of American day.

And it's a pleasant, intimate little look at the difficult world of women in Tudor England. It's hampered by what is obviously a very low budget, but Jodhi May and Jared Harris turn in performances that knock it a few notches higher. Seriously, they're both amazing.

While serving Queen Katherine, Mary Boleyn (Natascha McElhone) catches the eye of King Henry VIII (Jared Harris), and soon her scheming, power-hungry family has shoved her into his bed. Initially she's horrified and ashamed, but soon finds that she's starting to fall in love with the charming king.

Meanwhile, Mary catches her sister Anne (Jodhi May) in bed with an engaged courtier, and the disgraced girl is sent away. When Anne returns, Mary is pregnant, and the Boleyn family is afraid of losing Henry's favor. But when he meets Anne, Henry immediately drops Mary, and becomes enraptured by the ambitious, frank young girl.

But Anne's one mistake -- and exile -- have hardened her, and she's determined not to be the "king's whore" like her sister, but his wife. Amid a storm of angry protest, Henry divorces his wife and marries Anne. But when she gives birth to another daughter, her position begins to slip...

"The Other Boleyn Girl" is not an epic movie -- it's more of a Tudor chick-flick. The big issues (women's reduced rights, splitting from the Catholic Church, poor Katherine of Aragon) are pushed to the background, in favor of a more intimate look at two young women's lives.
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