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The Virgin Queen [DVD] [2006]

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 246 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000DN5UZ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,129 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From teenage princess to accomplished queen, forever torn between duty and personal longing, the reign of Elizabeth I is exposed in this lavish four-part drama starring Anne-Marie Duff and Tom Hardy. Filmed against a backdrop of some of Great Britain's most beautiful houses and landscapes, the programme follows Queen Elizabeth (Duff) from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror, through her great love affair with Robert Dudley (Hardy), into her years of triumph over the Spanish Armada, and finally her old age and her last, enigmatic relationship with her young protege, the Earl of Essex (Hans Matheson).

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabethan drama, literally 21 Dec 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
This is a very interesting programme, produced in Britain and originally shown on the BBC and the PBS series, Masterpiece Theatre.
This miniseries was directed by Coky Giedroyc, a veteran of television productions in Britain, including another royal-themed miniseries, 'William and Mary', in 2003. Giedroyc brings an interesting modern twist to the series - rather than filming things in majestic, sweeping camera pans with classical music as a background, and rather than having the dialogue (and acting) be in a stilted, falsely formal style, Giedroyc incorporates modern music with medieval and Celtic flavouring to it (both of which have experienced a renaissance of sorts in the past decade), and the situations are decidedly modern without being out of place in their own times.
This presents the life of Elizabeth from her young adulthood under Queen Mary, as a supposed participant in intrigues against the Catholic Queen, through to her death after serving decades on the throne of England as the Virgin Queen, the queen who never married. In fact, the miniseries plays a tantalising game with Elizabeth's virginity, showing her desires (as well as those around her) without ever giving up the game of 'was she or wasn't she?' Anne-Marie Duff plays the part of Elizabeth, and does a remarkably able job for such a complex figure. Duff won the Irish Television award and was nominated for the BAFTA award for best actress in a television drama in another series, 'Shameless', last year.
Duff is joined by Tom Hardy, who plays the role of Robert Dudley, the favourite of Queen Elizabeth.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible - no one could have done it better 5 Sep 2006
By Nicola
I have just purchased this beautiful series and I have to say I think it's absolutely incredible. I watched it on the TV when it was shown on BBC1, and I loved it. Anne Marie Duff is a beautiful and exceptionally talented actress and her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth 1 was breath taking. I loved how the series focused mainly on the dramatic love story between Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, played by a perfectly suited and equally talented Tom Hardy. I found the storyline so poignant and touching - how Elizabeth was only ever in love with Dudley throughout her whole life, but could not bring herself to put her trust in any man because of her worry of losing her independence and because of what her father had done to any woman under his power. It is true that Dudley is only after Elizabeth for the chance to take the throne himself and because of his craving for power, but the way that she loves him and the way that they are together - the intense passion between them - really is enough to bring a lump to your throat. When Dudley is finally killed, you can really feel Elizabeth's loss as if it's almost happening to you.
Throughout the series, Anne Marie Duff portrays Elizabeth as fiery, fiercly independent, incredibly strong for a woman of her time, and a true leader - exactly how she really was.

All of the characters are believable and beautifully portrayed, especially Elizabeth and Dudley, who make this such a masterpiece. The producers couldn't have chosen their actors more perfectly, and with a fabulous set and lovely music, this is a series to treasure and watch again and again. If you are looking for an intense, beautifully portrayed love story and a perfect insight into England's history, BUY THIS NOW!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 Jun 2011
Loved it. Good acting. Anne-Marie was not my favourite Elizabeth but I enjoyed her performance. Hans Matheson is a brilliant actor, shame he's not on our screens more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Subtitles! ! 6 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Gave it a two star as it had no subtitles! for a deaf person like me its no good with no subtitles :-(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very much enjoyed it 2 Jan 2014
I very much enjoyed this film, and though it was definitely on a par with Elizabeth The Golden Age, but with a very different focus.
The narrative traces Elizabeth's imprisonment by her sister Mary, Mary's death and her enthronement, through her tempestuous relationship with Robert Dudley (played consummately by Tom Hardy, portrayed as a very self-centered and arrogant man) and the emergence of Mary Queen of Scots as a rival, though unlike The Golden Age, where Mary plays a large role, in this version she is never actually shown, only discussed. A lot of the events are portrayed in discussion or letters as is the death of Dudley and the defeat of the Spanish Armada, though a stirring recreation of Elizabeth's speech to the troops at Tilbury is a highlight of the film. The film does well in it's use of real quotes together with more modern usage of conversation. Great costumes and scenery.

The death of Amy Robsart (Emila Fox) , Dudley's wife is portrayed as s suicide, though one that Dudley reacts callously to and the Elizabeth's rivalry with Lettice Knollys (Sienna Gillory) is part of the focus.
The l;at part deals with Elizabeth devotion to the young Robert Devereaux (Hans Mattheson) , Earlf of Essex, and frames Essex plot against Elizabeth as being intigated by his mother Lettice.

Anne Marie Duff portrays Elizabeth quite expertly. Effortlessly playing the role of a young Elizabeth through to her aging and death. Elizabeth is revealed as wise, strong, devoted to her country and people, at times capricious and ruthless when necessary. Her anguish at being forced to sign the death warrant of Mary Queen of Scots is revealed in a dream of herself being executed in Mary's place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great service from seller
The seller provided a great service however, the actual film had foreign subtitles a bit annoying but overall good film
Published 9 months ago by Mrs C
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I live in France but elect to purchase from Amazon UK in order not to have dubbed films. I was not pleased to find that the purchase of The Virgin Queen purchased in the UK came... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Alice Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Really worth watching
I watched the series on the BBC when it first appeared on air.
The dvd arrived in good condition, although I did panic when it all appeared in CZECH. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rmgay
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping plot, epic sound track and amazing make up
I chose this series at first because I knew Tom Hardy and I was keen to see how he performed in this movie. I liked him, though it wasn't a difficult character to perform. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lilium
2.0 out of 5 stars A shame!
NO subtitles! It is unthinkable. Those with problems with the english language or hard of hearing refrain from buying it.
Published 11 months ago by ALBERTO CABORNERO
3.0 out of 5 stars I was eventually,after disliking the first half,won over by the old...
I originally thought I would write this review as an "Awful" film,I hate it!! This being after seeing only the 1st half of it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. D. Surrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Very good, didn't know about this film until I found it browsing the web, would recommend to anyone who likes this type of film.
Published 13 months ago by Carl Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
It arrived when expected and in complete working order. I have watched it many times. I feel that it was money well spent.
Published 14 months ago by Charlotte
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable telling of events
Not the finest film version of the saga, but a reasonably well acted and enjoyable version.See the Glenda Jackson or Helen Mirren versions for the real deal.
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by Johnny boy
1.0 out of 5 stars Myth, not history
I must say I agree with the reviewer who said that this is just the same old 'good' Queen Bess balderdash [with the bad Queen Mary in counterpoint]. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by Beal
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