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Nicholas And Alexandra [DVD] [2002]

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  • Actors: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson, Lynne Frederick
  • Directors: Franklin J. Schaffner
  • Writers: Edward Bond, James Goldman, Robert K. Massie
  • Producers: Franklin J. Schaffner, Andrew Donally, Sam Spiegel
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: German, Spanish, Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec. 2002
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000071WJ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,774 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A fascinating look at the last, tragic Russian monarchs; the kindly, indecisive Czar Nicholas and his reclusive, fear-haunted Czarina. The story follows their problems from the onset through the introduction of Rasputin to the Russian Court, to the Czar's abdication and the family's execution at Ekaterinburg on July 16, 1918.

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Perhaps the quintessential example of the intimate epic, Nicholas and Alexandra is the compelling story of Nicholas II (Michael Jayston), the last Czar of Russia, and his wife Alexandra (Janet Suzman). Director Franklin J Schaffner frames the intimate lives of the Imperial Couple against the dramatic backdrop of the Russian Revolution, creating the filmic equivalent of a monumental frieze. Private and public lives intersect when Alexandra, who has clearly read Macbeth, influences Nicholas into several misguided actions while coping with her haemophilic newborn son. Schaffner builds suspense wonderfully as he illuminates the couple's mysterious bond to the mystical Rasputin (Tom Baker) and the events leading to their execution. Nominated for Best Picture, the splendidly lensed Nicholas and Alexandra earned two Oscars for its delicious eye candy (Art Direction, Costume Design). --Kevin Mulhall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This region Free Blu Ray is absolutely amazing. Just by sheer chance did I stumble across this Spanish release of "Nicholas And Alexandra" whilst looking to purchase the American Twilight Time release of the movie.....which Amazon did not stock.....and originally rejected it. Its a Spanish release right - WRONG. Whilst the box cover is in Spanish (as is the disc menus) THE ACTUAL MOVIE HAS ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ALL THE CAPTION/CREDITS ETC ARE IN WRITTEN ENGLISH! Also the standard of picture and sound quality I would rate 4.5 out of 5. Beautiful deep rich colours that shine - Blacks are dense without crush, reds are vibrant and flesh tones look totally normal. The resoloution is at once very noticeably higher from the standard DVD and detail excellent and there is hardly an ounce of grain to be seen so the picture has a wonderful filmic visual content - especially visible on the lavish oscar winning costumes and sets. The sound is DTS HD MASTER and although only mono, automatically clicked into a psuado mono surround mode on my THX amp.

The story of the doomed reign and downfall of the Romanov dynasty is beautifully acted by Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman with strong support from Tom Baker as Rasputin, Lynne Frederick and Fiona Fullerton will be recogised as two of the Tsar's 4 daughters whilst a host of other great acting talents will be spotted throughout. Presented in a full 2:35:1 Cinemascope ratio you will be captivated for the entire 3 hour running time.

I did find the Region free English Twighlight Time release on ebay for £26. This Spanish release (probably identical) cost just £10 - cheaper than a UK blu ray!
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I first saw this film on its first television broadcast, which I seem to recall as being on new years' day 1978: although only ten years old, I was captivated by the story, which was new to me, never having studied any Russian history at school. Coming back to it now, it seems even more impressive, if anything. Franklin J. Schaffner remains a seriously underrated director, one of a select few whom, as screenwriter William Goldman observed, could convey a story of epic dimensions on film. Yet Schaffner never loses sight of the intimate love story at the centre of his sweeping historical saga: the portrayal of N & A may be overly favourable to some (a criticism often made of Robert Massie's source book) but, by the end of the film, we can hardly fail to sympathise with a family destroyed by historical events over which they can have had no control. Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman are superb in the central roles.

The Menshevik/Bolshevik opposition is inevitably given less space and Lenin and Kerensky (the latter surely deserving a film of his own) emerge only sketchily, despite the fine performances of Michael Bryant and John McEnery. There is some truly EXCELLENT dialogue, which is obviously the work of playwright Edward Bond (credited as supplying 'additional dialogue', but his style is so distinctive, it could hardly be anyone else). Listen to Witte's moving lament when the Tsar decides to go to war: heartbreaking and prophetic.

Tom Baker's performance in this film gets a lot of attention: I find it very hard to dissociate him from his Doctor Who role (not his fault, of course) and though he conveys well Rasputin's offbeat charisma, he's less successful at portraying his menacing side. Just my opinion!
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This movie is absolutely brilliant with some fine acting by Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman as the last Tsar and Tsarina of Imperial Russia. Tom Baker is also very good as the mad monk Rasputin. The editing isn`t very great and sometimes it is quite hard to follow the plot of the movie. Some points of the movie are not very historically accurate but they do try and cram the last 25 years or so of the Tsar`s life into 160 minutes. Altogether a very good movie as an introduction to the lifes of the Romanov`s and the downfall of the Imperial Family.
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I was six when this film first came out. I'm not sure if I saw it at the cinema or on the TV a few years later, but it lodged a memory in my head and probably introduced to me for the first time - and in vivid form - a love of Russian history. So it was good to revisit the film on DVD.

`Nicholas and Alexandra' came after the sweeping epic of David Lean's Dr Zhivago (1965). It was a time when the giant tales of history were popular at the box office, whether it was Caesar and Cleopatra or Becket and Henry II, but Russian history, more than any other (apart perhaps from Chinese), seems to naturally demand a grand stage for its tales, a stage as metaphorically large as the country itself.

This 180-minute film from 1971 allows for plenty of detail. (There is a three-minute intermission as the troops march off to war in 1914.) Presented in widescreen, and based on the book by Robert Massie, it tells the story of the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia from the time of the birth of their son Alexei in 1904. It ends with their deaths in 1918, the last hour of the film following the Tsar's abdication.

Its historical veracity - at least in outline - is made manifest by only a short list of inaccuracies posted on the Internet Movie Database website. Ultimately it takes no sides: whilst showing Nicholas's humanity, it also makes plain his arrogant disdain for the condition of his people.

The film comes with high production values and is beautifully shot on a grand scale. I was never bored watching this film. Michael Jayston and Janet Suzman are excellent in the main roles and are very natural in their intimacy. There is a fine supporting cast, including Tom Baker as Rasputin.
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