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The Queen (Diamond Jubilee Edition) [Blu-ray] 
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Following the death of Diana "the People’s Princess", the Queen (Helen Mirren) and her family remain hidden behind tradition and the closed doors of Balmoral Castle. Whilst the heartbroken public becomes disillusioned with their Queen’s absence, an increasingly popular Prime Minister, Tony Blair, must battle to convince the monarchy that its desire for privacy could lead to its ultimate downfall. With an outstanding performance from Helen Mirren, The Queen is director Stephen Frears’ engrossing, intimate and intelligently witty portrait of our monarchy’s darkest days in the week following one of the nation’s greatest tragedies.
- Making Of documentary
- Feature commentary by director Stephen Frears and writer Peter Morgan
- Production photography gallery
A special reissue, tying into the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, The Queen remains perhaps notable for the Academy Award recognition it brought Helen Mirren, who took a Best Actress Oscar prize home for the movie. Clearly, Mirren's turn as the title character is an astonishing one, but there's nonetheless more to The Queen than just one actress, no matter how impressive she may be.
Telling the story of how the British Royal Family dealt with the aftermath of the tragic, premature death of Diana, Princess Of Wales, The Queen is a carefully put together piece of work. There are moments where, in hindsight, it feels like a comfortable Sunday afternoon drama. Yet what lifts it are the performances, the wise direction of Stephen Frears, and the feeling that it's just lifting back the curtain a little on what must have been a devastatingly tricky period of time.
It's to the disc's benefit that the extra features package digs into that a little, too. Alongside an interesting making of documentary, what's particularly of note is the commentary track, where Frears and screenwriter Peter Morgan talk us through the film. It's insightful and intriguing, and comfortably one of the highlights of the disc.
It's the film, inevitably, that's the real star, though. A well told version of a well known series of events, how accurate it all remains is open for debate. What's more certain is just how good a film The Queen remains. --Jon Foster
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Her face smiles benevolently from stamps, stares imperiously from bank notes and is stamped on every coin. Letter boxes, pillars and buildings are decorated with her E II R cipher, and the initials `HM' or `royal' precede almost every national institution. From the RAF to HM Government, from the Queen's Speech to those resting at her majesty's pleasure, Elizabeth is everywhere.
And so the spectacle of a film that attempts to accurately and without sensation reveal the inner workings of her family life and mind is undoubtedly one of the cinematic events to be relished in Britain. And with Helen Mirren taking the lead and making the role so sublimely successful, this film is a definite winner.
It could have been the time, just after lunch in a mid-week showing. It could have been the location, genteel Clapham. But it was more likely to be the film, and its royal subject matter. The Queen is one of the first films I have seen where the pensionable audience was dominant and where octogenarians were a visible minority. And, it seem obvious to say, they were all women. As the strains of `Don't Cry for me, Argentina, blasted through the auditorium, the discrete chatter of the royal watching crowd could be heard.
The pre-movie hype was, like the crowd, discrete. The articles focused on Helen Mirren, and dealt with how the evident lese-majeste would be received in Buckingham Palace. The film itself was received with something of a mystery.Read more ›
As another reviewer has pointed out, Elizabeth II is omnipresent, permeating every facet of British society, and it is in its very attention to detail that "The Queen" triumphs. At first I was taken aback by the striking similarity between the actors and their real-life counterparts: Helen Mirren (who deserves the Oscar for this, perhaps her greatest performance) is frighteningly like the Queen in every respect, right down to pronouncing "Diana" with the stress on the first syllable - something only the Queen does. Michael Sheen's Blair was spot on too: that nervous chuckle, the grin, the walk. James Cromwell is uncannily like the Duke of Edinburgh...
I'd forgotten that these events took place almost immediately after New Labour's accession to power, and thinking of things in these terms sheds new light on the significance of the public reaction. The Tories had finally been kicked out of Westminster, there was a great sense of expectation, of change, and the questioning of the monarchy's relevance seems to go hand in hand with that new-found optimism. The film reminds us that Blair at least set out to be a "moderniser", and the Queen even asks whether he is "planning to modernise us".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent acting from Michael Sheen and Dame Helen Mirren, who deserved her Oscar portraying Her Majesty. Good film all round.Published 1 month ago by H. L. Radcliffe
I really enjoy this movie. Helen Mirreb i ssuperb. No idea how accurate the history is, but it is good to view things from the 'other side' not the media hype.Published 1 month ago by Helen Hollick
Never got to watch this properly as lent it out and never got it back. Superb viewing.Published 1 month ago by Avid reader
One of my favourite films that I could watch again and again. The plot follows the royal family and Tony Blair's then new government after the death of Princess Diana, but the best... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. J. M. Pim
Great service, The Queen is one of the best films I ever seen,It's brilliant it's fantastic what more can I say, if you haven't seen it I recommend you do.Published 2 months ago by ron cuthbert