The Young Victoria 2009


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From Academy Award winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese comes the story of Queen Victoria's early rise to power. From an object of a royal power-struggle in to her romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert, Emily Blunt gives a stunning performance as the young Victoria.

Julian Glover, Morven Christie
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Product Details

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Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Julian Glover, Morven Christie, Thomas Kretschmann, Mark Strong, Jim Broadbent, Jesper Christensen, Paul Bettany, Rupert Friend, Emily Blunt, Harriet Walter, Miranda Richardson
Director Jean-Marc Vallee
Genres Drama
Rental release 13 July 2009
Main languages English

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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123 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 12 July 2009
Format: DVD
Well, I came to this one rather dreading it. National critics had given it something of a bashing. But it is super!

Young Victoria was the only surviving issue of several sons of George III ("Farmer George"). Two of her uncles, George IV (who made Brighton Pavilion) and his brother William IV (known as the "Sailor King" and "Silly Billy") had preceded her as monarch. Unfortunately for Victoria, her father, the Duke of Kent, died very early and her mother, the Duchess, fell under the spell of - not to put too fine a point on it - a conman in the shape of (later knighted as "Sir") John Conroy. Sensing the prospect of power, the two of them raised poor Victoria in a repressive background at Kensington Palace, dubbing their tyrannical regime "The Kensington System."

This is where the film starts. I loved it. Victoria is played with emotional literacy and verve by Emily Blunt. Miranda Richardson is restrained and blinkered as the Duchess and Mark Strong makes a villainous Conroy, slapping Victoria as she refuses to sign a document making him Regent.

Several of the other actors are so good that their identity in the cast list came as a PLEASANT SURPRISE (hence the title of this review). Jim Broadbent is great as crusty old William IV, asking God to let him hang on until May, when Victoria comes of age. (Thankfully, she did - and banished Conroy from her Court on her accession.) Michael Maloney puts in good work as Sir Robert Peel who Victoria clashes with politically. Paul Bettany is fabulous, if somewhat too young, as Lord Melbourne, Victoria's adviser and crush.

But the honours go to the dashing Rupert Friend, wonderful as Prince Albert. Albert - German and Royal and not popular with Parliament - is utterly rehabilitated in this film.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Katrina-UK on 6 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD
I saw this film at the cinema, and it wasn't just me saying it was a great film. I overheard everyone leaving the cinema, and everyone was saying that it was fantastic. I wouldn't consider myself a royalist (and didn't know anything about Queen Victoria), however I still thoroughly enjoyed this film of her younger years. The acting was superb, the costumes stunning and the locations superb. You also couldn't beat the fabulous music, in particular the choir rendition of 'Zadok The Priest' which gave me goosebumps.

Don't think for a second that as it is a period film there is a lot of doom and gloom, because it is quite the opposite. This is a beautiful love story, with quite a lot of humour in it. Overall as far as period drama's go, this is one of the best.

One of my favourite scenes was the ball scene where Princess Victoria and Albert have their first dance. It was a heartstopping moment to say the least, and that is when she realises just how much she likes him.

The film shows how lighthearted Victoria was in her younger years with that spring in her step, whilst at the same time pursuing her duty of becoming Queen and knowing her responsibilities. Albert also knows his responsibilities, and is initially thrust upon her, but upon their first meeting is immediately smitten. Albert has plans of how he can help people, in particular the poorer communities. When Queen Victoria's reign is dealt a blow due to her over-reliance and flirtations with Prime Minister Melbourne (and as a result every person in the street is threatening her safety), Prince Albert saves the monarchy and Queen Victoria proposes. They become the perfect partnership, helping each other, and sharing the same vision by helping those less fortunate.

Highly Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase

I rather naively believed that this US-only BLU RAY of "Young Victoria" would play on my UK machine - so I ordered it up. It doesn't. There are sites on the net that tell you what Region a BLU RAY is - which I should have checked 'before' I made an impulse purchase.

Region coding on BLU RAY can be confusing at the best of times and Amazon has only recently added [REGION FREE] on at the end of 'some' titles so that customers can identify what's what. Will it or won't it play on my UK machine? To make matters worse - many US BLU RAY issues 'are' Region-Free - so they will play on all players. I've reviewed two such issues - the Pierce Brosnan/Rene Russo remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair" and Colin Farrell's sweet "Ondine" - only available on DVD in the UK - but both are on BLU RAY in the States.

The whole availability issue of BLU RAY also extends to EUROPE. My review of Jane Campion's gorgeous John Keats/Fanny Browne love story "Bright Star" was for the UK DVD initially - but I subsequently found a BLU RAY version in EUROPE - and reviewed that too because I checked - and lo and behold - it was Region-free. The difference in the quality of picture is HUGE - and I can assure you with all that stunning set design, clothing and beautifully filmed sequences - "Young Victoria" will absolutely shine on BLU RAY.

So at present (Feb 2012) - "Young Victoria" is ONLY available on BLU RAY in the USA - the UK has only the DVD - and the US BLU RAY disc won't play on your UK player unless its chipped to play all regions.
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