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  • Actors: Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, James Fox, Oscar Isaac
  • Directors: Madonna
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077P96XS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,943 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A 1990s New Yorker finds herself obsessed with the love story between Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) in this drama directed by Madonna. Unhappily married Wally (Abbie Cornish) is fascinated by the life of Simpson, the American divorcee Edward VIII gave up the English throne for. While visiting a Sotheby's auction of the Windsor's estate, Wally realises that the couple's life together was not all sweetness and light. However, she also learns of the sacrifices Wallis was prepared to make for the man she loved, which gives her renewed strength to choose her own destiny. Journeying between the past and present, the film contrasts and compares Wally's modern day journey with the story of the Windsors, from their early days in the spotlight, to their later years of isolation.

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Madonna presents a passionate tale of the search for love and the meaning of happiness in W.E., a rich portrayal of two strong women resolved to find romance. Caught in a loveless Manhattan marriage, abused and frustrated Wally (Abbie Cornish – Limitless, Bright Star) obsesses over Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough – Brighton Rock, Made in Dagenham), the stylish American divorcee who captured the heart of Edward VIII (James D’Arcy) who abdicated the throne as King of England. As the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis spends the rest of her life in the glare of celebrity exile. Inspired by the Duchess’ determination to pursue love in the face of social exile, Wally escapes into the arms of another man (Oscar Isaac - Drive) whose love sets her free.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tinksjane VINE VOICE on 14 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I just love it when you watch a movie that you didn't expect to be up to much (going on some reviews.....) but suddenly you are mesmerised with it and it turns out to be a real knockout?! This is one of those sleepers.....it was compelling from the start to the finish and I would recommend this to anyone. People should go into this with an open mind and give it a chance....it deserves it! As for the blu ray, great picture, great sound and a few extras that are worth checking out too. All in all a really good movie! Learnt a few things which I didn't know from this amazing story of W and E too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian Jones on 7 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I had mixed feelings about this film - some of the reviews had been a bit sniffy, I'd heard tales of problems with the production specifically a story about disagreements over editing. Plus, there was the Madonna question and all that came with that.

In the end, I bought the Blu Ray because the subject matter was quite intriguing. In Windsor/ Simpson we have one of the great 20th Century romances alongside those of Burton/ Taylor and Callas/ Onassis. One of those pivotal trysts played out against the decadent back drop of Europe's most stunning locations.

What do we get here? You'll maybe familiar with the tale but, briefly, it's built around the correlation between the W/E romance and that of a modern day New York couple.

What struck me within the first half hour was similarity with Marie Antoinette, the Sofia Coppolla film. Like that film some of the set pieces are beautifully filmed, in fact there's an absolutely exquisite dance sequence that appears to be inspired by the masked ball in MA. It doesn't end there, in one of the dance sequences, the music switched to the Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant. Unfortunately, whereas Coppolla uses new wave music as part of its soundtrack, the Pistols track is dropped in out of nowhere, and it's not entirely clear why.

The story hangs together well for the first 90 minutes, although the apartment of the security guard seems to be a bourgeois haven somewhat at odds with his (presumably) lowly paid role. The last 30 minutes unfortunately push the credibility envelope a wee bit too far for me. I won't spoil the tale, and you can make your own mind up on that one, but I just found it too incredible to hold water.

Regardless, it's beautifully filmed with a terrific soundtrack and the Wallace/ Edward side of the story is fascinating. For me, it's a film I'll watch again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Susan on 19 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
I have just watched "W E" (on the date that Wallis Simpson was born, 19th June - she would have been 118 today) and thoroughly enjoyed the 1930's part of the story, which was very well filmed, with stunning locations, clothes, and music score - I loved Madonna's haunting song "Masterpiece". The film was very well acted, with Andrea Riseborough superb as Wallis, but I didn't think James D'Arcy captured the essence of Edward VIII or look like him particularly; but I really couldn't see the point of the present day story as it jumped between the two time periods - much better to have stuck to the original story.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By loubeetle on 10 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
I watched this while my husband was watching football , had seen the reviews and expected it to be bad. Was I wrong! This film is excellent! It was brilliant through and through. It annoys me how madonna gets slated whenshe does something different This film is well worth wAtching and when the football was finished my husband enjoyed it. I think the actress playing wally was excellent and i enjoyed the flick from present day to an earlier time. This is a film worth watching and I wll see it again many more times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo (Dublin) on 18 Nov. 2012
Format: DVD
All the official and critical reviews of this film didn't amount to much, suffice to say it went straight to dvd in some parts of the world. Personally I didn't care, I loved it. I don't know why it got such negative reviews. I am not a huge fan of Madonna, but she certainly excelled herself in the writing and directing of this movie.

The story of Edward and Mrs.Simpson is by now well known and has been filmed many times particularly for television. So I sat down to watch this latest production with some hesitancy. The story of two women in love with two different men. The movie flips frequently between the 1930's and 1998. You may think it could be confusing at times - not so. Directed in such a way that the viewer gets two stories for the price of one. Romantic and tragic at times, it moves at a nice pace as to to keep the viewer locked in. The 1930's story gives Wallis Simpson her say...Having been spurned and loathed due to the king abdicating his throne for her..I am not a historian and assume the facts are true, and the 1998 story makes the whole production a grand mixture of drama and romance. My advice: buy it and enjoy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Lewis on 20 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have just watched this film twice and I never watch films again. It is one of the best films I have ever seen. It is magical and haunting and I can't stop thinking about it. The acting, the sets, the clothes and the production are all amazing and I love the soundtrack. I will never take any notice of the critics again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By janebbooks on 14 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
Here's a Valentine present for the romantics among us: A short review of the movie W. E. directed and co-written by Madonna.

Although panned by most critics and burdened with dismal box-office receipts...Madonna's glossy ensemble drama of a young 1990's lonely New Yorker who juxtaposes her life with the famous divorcee Wallis Simpson has a few redeeming features. Of all the films about the Dutchess of Windsor...and all the books... a new and fresh look! W. E. has at its center the Sotheby 1998 Windsor auction in New York City from the Al Fayed collection.

Wally Winthrop is not a typical housewife. A former employee of Sotheby's of New York, she is somewhat of a socialite who has accepted a generous allowance from an abusive, philandering and psychiatrist husband to stay at home. She is also obsessed by the ultimate love story of Edward VIII's abdication for a dark, beautiful, slight American beauty some six decades ago. On her almost daily visits to the Sotheby auction, she meets and falls in love with a Russian security guard. She purchases a pair of the Duchess's white leather gloves for an astounding sum.

The film is well cast....especially the two Wally's. Abbie Cornish as Wally Winthrop and Andrea Riseborough as the Duchess give amazing performances. The costumes and jewelry are spectacular and the title song "Masterpiece" is haunting. The costumes were nominated for an Academy Award; the song won Best Original at the Golden Globes and was short-listed for an Oscar nomination. Two of the Fox acting dynasty family played important roles. Lawrence Fox is Bertie and his father James Fox portrays George V. Although I was not too pleased with James D'Arcy's role as David...it's really coincidental...or it it?...
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