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Six Wives of Henry VIII [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Keith Michell , Annette Crosbie , Naomi Capon , John Glenister    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keith Michell, Annette Crosbie, Dorothy Tutin, Anne Stallybrass, Elvi Hale
  • Directors: Naomi Capon, John Glenister
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2000
  • Run Time: 541 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U3UI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This excellent series has stood the test of time 12 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Despite the fact that 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' was made over thirty years ago, I would urge anyone even remotely interested in history to watch it. The costumes and settings are absolutely wonderful, but the real treat is the superb acting from all concerned. Elvi Hale is a sympathetic and sensitively played Anne of Cleves, clever enough to pick her way through the minefield of being the King's unwanted bride - and still to survive. The whole series is brilliant; I won't be satisfied until I have all six!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best from the BBC 21 April 2003
Format:VHS Tape
'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' is a marvellous drama serial. Originally transmitted by the BBC in the early 1970s as six ninety minute episodes, it is now captured on video. Everything about it is stunning; the perfect costumes, which help the actors to look exactly like their characters; the magnificent acting from a star-studded cast; the remarkable historical accuracy.
The production team did an enormous amount of research to provide accurate portrayals of the notoriously virile king and the women in his life. The result is an utterly riveting and intensely moving drama, that is at the same time as accurate as possible. This is, without a doubt, the definitive dramatisation of the reign of possibly the most famous monarch in history.
Each episode is devoted to the very different stories of Henry's six marriages and the series ends with his death, after murdering so many others before him.
The six women emerge as entirely different characters, who were at times fighting a deadly battle with each other, and many others, to keep the love of the king that they feared so much, yet despite their different personalities, you grow to love, respect and sympathise with each of them. However, Catherine of Aragon - Henry's first wife - is my favourite because of her inspring bravery, strong principles and dignified defiance.
These women are played to perfection by six extremely talented actresses, but the star of the show is Keith Michell in one of the greatest and most memorable performances of all time (greater even than the likes of Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud, in my opinion). Michell repeated his role a year later in the film 'Henry VIII and His Six Wives' and thirty years later in the BBC drama serial 'The Prince and the Pauper'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A classic gem of early 70s BBC TV, wobbly sets 'n' all, this is nonetheless one of the most moving and fascinating dramas produced by telly. Well told from Anne's point of view, it is full of the intrigue that filled the Tudor court. Shocking - disturbing - but a rewarding watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent 26 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a very entertaining and mostly accurate series, with brilliant writing and incomparable acting.
Keith Michell and Angela Pleasence are both outstanding as are the entire supporting cast. Make sure you buy all the other videos as well.
Hopefully the BBC will release this masterpiece on DVD soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent BBC effort 29 Mar 2003
Format:VHS Tape
'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' is a magnificent series. It is almost entirely accurate and all the actors look exactly like the portraits of their characters and the costumes and music are very authentic and cunjure up the atmosphere of the times.
The acting is absolutely superb - Keith Michell stealing the show with one of the best ever performances, even beating the likes of Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud in my opinion. The excellent supporting cast includes Dorothy Tutin, Anne Stallybrass, Elvi Hale, Angela Pleasance, Rosalie Crutchley, Bernard Hepton, Wolfe Morris, Patrick Troughton, John Ronane, Sheila Burrel, John Baskcomb and Molly Sugden.
However, this is my favourite episode because of the heart-wrenching performance of Annette Crosbie as the inspiring, but tragic, Catherine of Aragon. At the end of the series you feel you know each one of Henry's wives and are able to sympathise with all of them.
If you are a fan of the brilliant acting and moving drama of 'I Claudius', 'The Forsyte Saga', 'Elizabeth R', 'Poldark', 'War and Peace' and all the other magnificent dramas of the era or if you are interested in Tudor history, 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII' is definitely for you.
Make sure you buy all six videos; they are worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as they all were 19 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Perhaps because Catherine Parr 'survived' she is percieved as the least glamorous of Henry's wives. Her story seems to lack the pathetic tragedy of Catherine of Aragon's tale, the heroic defiance of Anne Boleyn's, the political upheaval of Jane Seymour's, the humorous potential of Anne of Cleves or the adulterous liaisons of Catherine Howard's. However Catherine Parr was an intelligent and compassionate woman, a caring mother and a loyal wife. In this superb BBC adaptation of her tale all these qualities are expertly conveyed.
The cast is, as usual, superb with the stars being the masterful Keith Michell as the tyrannical Henry VIII and the talented Rosalie Crutchley (who reprised the role for the 'Elizabeth R' series) as the lead character, Queen Catherine Parr.
The video is a must for all history fans and followers of great British drama.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could be 20 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The drama concentrates on a very interesting part of Anne's life - the fall. It focusses specifically on the plot to destroy her, and as such it is very interesting indeed. But there are major problems with the story - Dorothy Tutin (a superb actress, watch out for her performance as Queen Henrietta-Maria in 'Cromwell') was certainly too old to play Anne Boleyn; and, as with the entire series, it was too sympathetic to Anne's adulterous and murdering husband, Henry VIII. The budget was too low and the execution scene was badly done - but overall the acting tends to be good (aside from her age Tutin delivers a masterful performance) as does Shelia Burrell who plays Anne's scheming sister-in-law, Lady Rochford.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Six Wives of Henry vIII: Catherine Howard
Initially surprised when it came in VHS form - but very enjoyable. Very good acting all round - And Angela Pleasance looks the spitting image of her father Donald
Published 2 months ago by yvonne page
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant drama
'Catherine Howard' is a brilliant period drama. It is actually the fifth episode in a six-part drama series entitled 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII', which was first shown on BBC2 at... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Lady Anne
I feel this video does not show the true colours of Anne Boleyn. She was passionate, very quick tempered, firey, determined and was sometimes vindictive. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The story of Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's luckless 5th wife, has often been neglected - the high drama of his other wives, particularly Catherine's cousin, Anne Boleyn, have made... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for history fans
The whole series is a definate must for History fans. My personal favourite has to be the Anne Boleyn one, this woman changed history and died for it, her daughter Elizabeth I... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT
i tully was facinated by the outstanding preformanc of dorothy tutin in playing the anne boleyn (the headless queen) , this series was produced in the late 60's early 70's... Read more
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