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A Queen Is Crowned [DVD]

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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Prince Charles
  • Directors: Christopher Fry
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMGRTG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,287 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Documentary record of the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, narrated by Laurence Olivier. The only feature-length document of the coronation to be filmed in Technicolor, the programme offers a glimpse into the pomp and ceremony of the occasion and approaches the event with a celebratory air. As well as footage of the ceremony itself, held at Westminster Abbey, coverage of the subsequent procession through London, with the streets lined with thousands of spectators, is included. Castleton Knight directs and produces, with music from Guy Warrack.

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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 May 2009
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`A Queen Is Crowned' is the colour documentary of the Queen's coronation as shown in cinemas at the time of the event. It starts with footage from around the UK and Sir Lawrence Olivier narrating about the splendour of our `sceptred isle' before moving on to the actual coronation itself. You follow the Queen as she travels to Westminster Abbey in the magnificent golden coach, see the various rituals and oaths of the ceremony (all explained by the narrator), see the various dignitaries honour the Queen and parade out of the abbey and see the huge armed forces as they parade en masse through the streets of London. Finally you end with the Queen waving to the massed crowds as they swarm the mall and Buckingham Palace to honour their new Queen. The costumes, ornaments of state and setting are truly awe inspiring and the pomp and ceremony are fascinating to watch. The score from The London Symphony Orchestra is uplifting and completely in keeping with the ambiance of the day. It is interesting to see the Coronation in colour and with explanations after seeing brief exerts over the years at various royal mile stones. If you have even a passing interest in this event I'd recommend this DVD, it makes for interesting viewing and places the reign of our Queen in that bit deeper context.

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There are no words to describe my feelings,to have this historic event on D.V.D. I am very proud and honered.One of the greatest celebrations of the 20th century.Also,at a great price,thank you.Extremly pleased and happy.
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I'v bought this DVD and I'll keep it forever as an historical treasure.
I'm portuguese, but for me this excepcional Queen of the UK, is also my Queen.
God Save the Queen.
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I suppose most of us have known only one Queen: Elisabeth II. She was already on the throne when I was not even born. When she was crowned in 1953 the world was so much different from today's world. The changes have effected as well the monarchy. Then The Queen was rather untouchable and revered, today one asks how long the monarchy will survive. Will there ever be another coronation or a coronation of this kind? We will see... So this DVD is a wonderful reminder of a glorious and exceptional day. It is wonderful to see. I enjoyed it, even though it seems to be so out-dated, or maybe just because of this? I am sure you will enjoy it too
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This is a wonderful record of a unique occasion. Anyone with an interest in the Monarchy and British History should own it.

To the two Canadian reviewers who complained about the DVD not being viewable - look at the product details section for the DVD. It states quite clearly that it is in PAL format, is for Region 2 and may not be viewable outside Europe. What more do you need? A one star review headed "Stinks" is not justified if the only problem with the product is the customer's inability to read simple information about it.
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This documentary is a jewel that adds to the splendor of the British monarchy.
It is not likely that the world will ever see such grand coronation ceremony ever again.
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This film, made in 1953, gives an account of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2nd. Narrated by Laurence Olivier, the viewer is taken from scenes of the British countryside, to events leading up to the day itself.

There follows views of the procession to Westminster Abbey, followed by an edited version of the Coronation ceremony. We are shown Her Majesty`s entrance, the crowning, then the departure into the the streets of London.

Then comes a magnificent parade featuring the Armed Forces and guests, both from Britain and overseas, concluding with a wonderful sequence of Her Majesty on horseback.

The narration is, at times, rather "over-the-top" also, no image of industrial Britain is shown. Regarding the parade, one gets a little weary of hearing "Soldiers of the Queen!" All this apart, it is a wonderful film, and will prove invaluable both to historians and future generations.

John Harman
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Many remarkable shots and sequences that capture the event and show what a huge and grand undertaking it was. Would agree with many comments from the first reviewer (too many marching shots, and commentary is very much of its time).

But I have to differ about the DVD video quality. It starts off OK, but later clips are quite poor quality - similar to the effect of a transfer from VHS (hence 3 stars). I don't know what the original film looked like and whether the problem lies there, but I happened to see some snippets from the start on BBC4 this evening and the quality seemed noticeably better than on this DVD.
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