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A two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.

Starring:
Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Oscar Isaac, Abbie Cornish
Director Madonna
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 4 June 2012
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 54 minutes
Starring Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy, Oscar Isaac, Abbie Cornish
Director Madonna
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio ELEVATION SALES
Rental release 4 June 2012
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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I just love it when you watch a movie that you didn't expect to be up to much (going on some reviews.....) but suddenly you are mesmerised with it and it turns out to be a real knockout?! This is one of those sleepers.....it was compelling from the start to the finish and I would recommend this to anyone. People should go into this with an open mind and give it a chance....it deserves it! As for the blu ray, great picture, great sound and a few extras that are worth checking out too. All in all a really good movie! Learnt a few things which I didn't know from this amazing story of W and E too.
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I had mixed feelings about this film - some of the reviews had been a bit sniffy, I'd heard tales of problems with the production specifically a story about disagreements over editing. Plus, there was the Madonna question and all that came with that.

In the end, I bought the Blu Ray because the subject matter was quite intriguing. In Windsor/ Simpson we have one of the great 20th Century romances alongside those of Burton/ Taylor and Callas/ Onassis. One of those pivotal trysts played out against the decadent back drop of Europe's most stunning locations.

What do we get here? You'll maybe familiar with the tale but, briefly, it's built around the correlation between the W/E romance and that of a modern day New York couple.

What struck me within the first half hour was similarity with Marie Antoinette, the Sofia Coppolla film. Like that film some of the set pieces are beautifully filmed, in fact there's an absolutely exquisite dance sequence that appears to be inspired by the masked ball in MA. It doesn't end there, in one of the dance sequences, the music switched to the Sex Pistols Pretty Vacant. Unfortunately, whereas Coppolla uses new wave music as part of its soundtrack, the Pistols track is dropped in out of nowhere, and it's not entirely clear why.

The story hangs together well for the first 90 minutes, although the apartment of the security guard seems to be a bourgeois haven somewhat at odds with his (presumably) lowly paid role. The last 30 minutes unfortunately push the credibility envelope a wee bit too far for me. I won't spoil the tale, and you can make your own mind up on that one, but I just found it too incredible to hold water.

Regardless, it's beautifully filmed with a terrific soundtrack and the Wallace/ Edward side of the story is fascinating. For me, it's a film I'll watch again.
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Format: DVD
I watched this while my husband was watching football , had seen the reviews and expected it to be bad. Was I wrong! This film is excellent! It was brilliant through and through. It annoys me how madonna gets slated whenshe does something different This film is well worth wAtching and when the football was finished my husband enjoyed it. I think the actress playing wally was excellent and i enjoyed the flick from present day to an earlier time. This is a film worth watching and I wll see it again many more times.
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Format: DVD
I have just watched "W E" (on the date that Wallis Simpson was born, 19th June - she would have been 118 today) and thoroughly enjoyed the 1930's part of the story, which was very well filmed, with stunning locations, clothes, and music score - I loved Madonna's haunting song "Masterpiece". The film was very well acted, with Andrea Riseborough superb as Wallis, but I didn't think James D'Arcy captured the essence of Edward VIII or look like him particularly; but I really couldn't see the point of the present day story as it jumped between the two time periods - much better to have stuck to the original story.
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All the official and critical reviews of this film didn't amount to much, suffice to say it went straight to dvd in some parts of the world. Personally I didn't care, I loved it. I don't know why it got such negative reviews. I am not a huge fan of Madonna, but she certainly excelled herself in the writing and directing of this movie.

The story of Edward and Mrs.Simpson is by now well known and has been filmed many times particularly for television. So I sat down to watch this latest production with some hesitancy. The story of two women in love with two different men. The movie flips frequently between the 1930's and 1998. You may think it could be confusing at times - not so. Directed in such a way that the viewer gets two stories for the price of one. Romantic and tragic at times, it moves at a nice pace as to to keep the viewer locked in. The 1930's story gives Wallis Simpson her say...Having been spurned and loathed due to the king abdicating his throne for her..I am not a historian and assume the facts are true, and the 1998 story makes the whole production a grand mixture of drama and romance. My advice: buy it and enjoy
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When it comes to films, unfortunately Madonna doesn't get a fair crack at the whip and this film proves that because it's so good but didn't get the hype it deserves. It's not your usual stuffy period film and gives a new take on the story of the woman a whole nation hated. It gives an insight into the sacrifices SHE made. I mean there's no way you could contemplate divorcing a man who gave up the throne for your love is there? Even though you never actually asked him to!!! Showing the modern day story along side was a novel idea and gives the story some up to date admiration. A beautiful film.
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