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Monarch

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3.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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  • Actors: TP McKenna, Jean Marsh
  • Directors: John Walsh
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 3DD Productions
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00HDIRRVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,378 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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From double BAFTA nominated Writer and Director John Walsh.

King Henry VIII reigned for 38 years. Young and handsome, his Court was the most colourful and extravagant in Europe. Yet this glamorous exterior partly disguised his unpredictable and savagely ruthless nature. His obsession to father a legitimate male heir led him through six marriages, to make himself Supreme Head of the English Church and to cut down those who stood in his way.

Monarch is part fact, part fiction and unfolds around one night when the injured ruler arrives at a manor house closed for the season. Henry is without the power and control of his palace and is vulnerable from those around him, and from his own sanity. Henry left England financially and morally bankrupt; his collection of enemies his only constant. Even today there is a question mark surrounding his burial and possible exhumation.

TP McKenna plays Henry; after starring alongside Richard Burton's Henry VIII in the epic Anne of a Thousand Days and Charge of the Light Brigade with Jean Marsh (Upstairs Downstairs, Willow and Fatherland) playing an amalgamation of his ex-wives. Monarch unfolds on one night in the year of Henry's death, 1547.

The film has been painstakingly remastered from the original 35mm colour camera negative which was discovered languishing in a film vault for nearly 20 years and is now presented in full High Definition for the first time.

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TP Mckenna towers as Henry VIII --Barry Norman, Film Reviewer

Mesmerizing performance --Dexter Fletcher, Director and Actor

Almost 20 years ago, John Walsh, who was to become a double BAFTA- nominated writer- director, made a film about the last year of Henry 8th's life that might well have been released as an exceptionally original short story successfully translated into a feature film.<p?>

It has a sick monarch holed up in an empty manor house where the young caretaker at first has no idea who he is, nor that his posse of courtiers may well be planning a coup.The film, now painstakingly restored after being found in a vault, has TP McKenna as the thunderously bad- tempered king and Jean Marsh as an amalgam of his mostly unfortunate wives.

There is no doubt that the two principals, who have acted together before, give highly watchable performances, with McKenna pursuing a course just this side of melodrama. He knew exactly what he was doing, and gives the film its status as much more than merely an exhumed curiosity.

--Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard

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