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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2011
I discovered this film on the Amazon listings, and was amazed to find it, as I'd heard nothing about it. I must admit that the title put me off a bit, but I soon discovered that it did not detract from the film itself, which I much enjoyed (although I could not watch some scenes - I am pretty phobic about fire - and there are a few inaccuracies in dress and minor details).

I think this film has far more credibility than The Tudors (great drama, but not much to do with the historical Tudors) and other modern films about that period, such as the highly fictional The Other Boleyn Girl. Where it really scores is in engaging story-telling. I thought it gave a balanced and sympathetic view of Mary, and that it was wonderfully filmed and very well acted - and that it conveyed a convincing evocation of Tudor England. The beautifully shot scenes of the countryside were especially moving, and gave me the sense that I was really back there in the sixteenth century. I could not believe it had all been done on a small budget, and when you consider how well it succeeds, you wonder why film makers with bigger budgets can't get it right.

I liked the way that the different viewpoints of ordinary people were presented. The film's portrayal of Henry VIII was stunning. As I watched the movie, I kept wondering why it wasn't more high-profile.

It was easy to see that this film had been made with a lot of love and commitment. More to come, I hope!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2010
I ordered this film because I love costume dramas and when I saw that it was British made I thought it might be a good alternative to all the Hollywood stuff we get nowadays. Although it was shot on a low budget, it didn't seem like that, the story of Mary Tudor is told very well and the characters aren polished beautiful celebrities, they are real people and you can believe that they are living real lives. Mary, if not a sympathetic character, is a real woman who was actually just a flawed individual like everybody else. We are shown a different side to Mary, manipulated by her advisors and torn between her faith and her duty as queen, dare I say I actually learned to sympathise with this once hated monarch.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2011
I received my movie and watched it this weekend. It was so wonderful. For me, one of the reasons that I love period movies is that I love to feel like I am in that time and place. I love feeling that I am there- and I love thinking about the movie and the scenes for days and weeks after I watch. This movie absolutely did it for me!!!!! Your people must be very talented because I never got the feeling that it was a low budget film. I would not have known that the lighting was improvised if I had not watched the interviews at the end of the movie. To me, the scenes and the scenery were as rich as any other movie. Costumes were incredible.

The only thing that I would have liked to see was the "Elizabeth Effect". Only because she was such a source of misery for Mary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this production. I am reasonably informed regarding the history of these times, but this production takes a look at the life of Mary Tudor from HER perspective. This makes for intriguing viewing. I found it very thought provoking and has added an extra dimension to my knowledge.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Twisted tale of Bloody Mary.

It's a beautiful film. For the first time their has been a real film on Mary Tudor, a story that has been neglected for such a long time. The real woman had deep faith and courage. She wanted to make things in England write. Sadly her efforts went down the wrong path and the consequences were disastrous for Mary, her subjects and for England.
See how Mary's faith and courage helped her to go from outcast to one day wear the crown of England. The actress who plays Mary was Miranda French and she plays the part so well. Other great characters are played beautifully in this film. Henry VIII is played absolutely stunning too. With a great script. A Tudor Classic not to be missed.
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on 5 March 2015
This is a credible attempt to tell a very sad story.Miranda French is outstanding,the best Mary I have ever seen.The locations were spot on..if I had any criticism to make,there were many influences on her not touched on ,and Philip was perhaps more sympathetic towards her than portrayed.
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on 2 April 2015
This film is terrible.i paid I felt a lot of money for this DVD and was appalled by the cheapness of this film.anything to do with the Tudors I watch or read but was very much let down by this dreadful film.do not waste your money.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 November 2011
Very nice cinematography... very pretty picture, excellent acting. Don't be alarmed that it does start in Spanish with English subtitles.. it moves on to English speaking! Unique way to tell the story, worth the buy, worth watching it, it is the only good piece ever done on Mary I think!
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on 28 February 2015
THIS WAS WELL WORTH THE MONEY.IT IS A VERY GOOD DVD.ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH.IF YOU GET THE CHANCE TO WATCH IT,TAKE IT.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2011
As someone who loves British period drama and was brought up on Henry V111 and his wives, I felt this was not as good as Keith Mitchell BBC drama of the 1970s. Whilst I can forgive it for being a low buget film, it rushed through the life of Mary Tudor and did not examine important events in her life. For example, Mary had no time for Anne Boleyn who was Henry V111, second wife. She thought Anne was the witch for displacing her Mother Queen Catherine of Argon. This is important as it moulded the character that we all know to her nickname "Blood Mary". Mary's treatment of Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn's daughter during her Queenship is not touched upon.

The film did not explore why those who went to the stake to be burned. The Politics of the time was kept out of the film and I thought this was dumbing down the story. Mary was a complex woman. To understand her you have to deal with what happened in her childhood and how she saw her father when the reformation came. The film did not do this.
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