King's Speech/The Queen/The Young Victoria (DVD)

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Triple bill of acclaimed British dramas based on the lives of members of the royal family.

Tom Hooper directs the multi-award-winning drama 'The King's Speech' (2010). The film traces the relationship between King George VI (Colin Firth, in a Golden Globe and Oscar-winning performance) and his speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After reluctantly acceding to the throne when his older brother Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) abdicates, George (or 'Bertie' to his family and friends) is forced to act when his stutter leads to concerns about his leadership. Help is soon at hand, however, when he employs unconventional speech therapist Lionel Logue, who, using previously untried techniques, begins to bring about improvements in George's speech. As the relationship between the two begins to strengthen, the King's new found confidence grows, just in time for him to lead his country through its gravest hour.

'The Queen' (2006) is Stephen Frears' critically-acclaimed portrait of the English monarch in times of strife. It is 1997 and Tony Blair's Labour government has just won an election, ending 18 years of Conservative rule. Blair the firebrand (Michael Sheen) must introduce himself to the Queen (Helen Mirren) and ask permission to govern the country. The stone-faced Regina, in accepting, gives him not a millimetre of slack, silently underscoring the fact she's in charge. Shortly thereafter, the former Princess of Wales, wife of Elizabeth's son and heir, is killed in Paris. The Queen's initial reaction is to hold ranks and treat Diana as an outsider, since she is no longer a member of the royal household. Blair senses the coming landslide of public opinion against this course of action and tries, as hard as a new boy can, to make Her Majesty see sense.

Emily Blunt takes the titular role in 'The Young Victoria' (2009), Jean-Marc Vallee's Oscar-winning dramatisation of the early years of Queen Victoria's rule, which began when she was just 18 years old, and her enduring romance and marriage to Prince Albert (Rupert Friend). Jim Broadbent and Miranda Richardson co-star as King William (Victoria's uncle) and the Duchess of Kent respectively.

Product Details

Barcode
5060116726565
Department
Movies & TV
Released
9 May 2011
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Studio
20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Number of Discs
3
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
Runtime
320 min
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
King's Speech
Release Year
2010
Running Time
111 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Doctors / Friendships / Historical / Period Piece / Physically Impaired / Royalty
US Box Office
$138.3 million
Official Website
http://www.kingsspeech.com/
Ratings
IMDb
8.0
Rotten Tomatoes®
94% 92%
Metacritic
88
Synopsis
Emmy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (JOHN ADAMS) teams with screenwriter David Seidler (TUCKER: A MAN AND HIS DREAMS) to tell the story of King George VI. When his older brother abdicates the throne, nervous-mannered successor George "Bertie" VI (Colin Firth) reluctantly dons the crown. Though his stutter soon raises concerns about his leadership skills, King George VI eventually comes into his own with the help of unconventional speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Before long the king and Lionel have forged an unlikely bond, a bond that proves to have real strength when the United Kingdom is forced to flex its international might.
Poster
Poster for King's Speech
Cast & Crew
Director
Tom Hooper
Star
Helena Bonham-Carter / Jennifer Ehle / Colin Firth / Michael Gambon / Derek Jacobi / Guy Pearce / Geoffrey Rush / Timothy Spall
Co-Star
John Albasiny / Anthony Andrews / Dominic Applewhite / Charles Armstrong / David Bamber / Eve Best / Claire Bloom / Simon Chandler / Richard Dixon / Tim Downie / Danny Emes / Teresa Gallagher / Calum Gittins / Roger Hammond / Jake Hathaway / Andrew Havill / Ramona Marquez / Roger Parrott / Robert Portal / Patrick Ryecart / Adrian Scarborough / Paul Trussell / Dick Ward / John Warnaby / Orlando Wells / Freya Wilson / Ben Wimsett
Screenwriter
David Seidler
Composer
Alexandre Desplat
Director of Photography
Danny Cohen
Hairstylist
Frances Hannon
Sound
John Midgley
Makeup
Frances Hannon
Music Director
Maggie Rodford
Production Manager/UPM
Erica Bensly
Supervising Art Director
David Hindle
Choreographer
Scarlett Mackmin
Movie Critics
Box Office
5 stars out of 5 -- "With first rate performances from an A-list cast, the handsome period piece THE KING'S SPEECH is one of the most accessibly entertaining films of its kind in years."
Pete Hammond (14 Sep 2010, )
Chicago Sun-Times
4 stars out of 4 -- "[R]ich in period detail....A superior historical drama and a powerful personal one.."
Roger Ebert (15 Dec 2010, )
Entertainment Weekly
"Firth's triumph is seamlessly lined to his generous give-and-take with Rush and Bonham Carter....THE KING'S SPEECH is simultaneously cozy and majestic." -- Grade: B+
Lisa Schwarzbaum (30 Dec 2010, )
Hollywood Reporter
"Rush is absolutely wonderful....Carter is a revelation here..."
Kirk Honeycutt (24 Nov 2010, )
Los Angeles Times
"[The] actors completely inhabit their absorbing roles, relishing the opportunity their exchanges provide and adding unlooked-for layers to a complicated human relationship."
Kenneth Turan (26 Nov 2010, )
Movieline
"[A] direct and heartfelt piece of work....Extraordinary in the way it cuts to the core of human frustration and feelings of inadequacy, reminding us how universal those feelings are."
Stephanie Zacharek (24 Nov 2010, )
New York Times
"[A] buddy story about aggressively charming opposites....[With] two solid leads and standout support from Mr. Pearce."
Manohla Dargis (25 Nov 2010, )
Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "THE KING'S SPEECH -- a crowning achievement powered by a dream cast -- digs vibrant human drama out of the dry dust of history."
Peter Travers (24 Nov 2010, )
USA Today
"Firth invests his repressed character with nuance, dignity and humor, leaving an indelible impression."
Claudia Puig (26 Nov 2010, )
Wall Street Journal
"THE KING'S SPEECH is one of the most pleasurable movies to come along in years....And the depth of feeling in Tom Hooper's film is matched by the breadth of its appeal."
(26 Nov 2010, )
Washington Post
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Firth has mastered what may be the most crucial ineffable element of acting: withholding everything from viewers save that tiniest, most crucial sliver of humanity to which they can completely relate."
(17 Dec 2010, )

Movie

Title
Young Victoria
Release Year
2009
Running Time
105 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / British / Historic Figures / Historical / Period Piece / Romance / Royalty / Theatrical Release / True Story / Victorian Era
US Box Office
$10.9 million
Official Website
http://www.theyoungvictoria.co.uk
Ratings
IMDb
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes®
77% 74%
Metacritic
64
Synopsis
Cinema previously celebrated an aging Queen Victoria with MRS. BROWN, but this costume drama looks at the monarch's early life. Emily Blunt (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) stars as the queen in this story that chronicles her rise to the crown and her romance with Prince Albert. THE YOUNG VICTORIA also stars Oscar winner Jim Broadbent, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, and Rupert Friend.
Poster
Poster for Young Victoria
Cast & Crew
Director
Jean-Marc Vallee
Star
Paul Bettany / Emily Blunt / Jim Broadbent / Rupert Friend / Miranda Richardson / Mark Strong
Movie Critics
Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] beautifully mounted and costumed odyssey....With a script by Julian Fellowes, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for GOSFORD PARK, THE YOUNG VICTORIA positively sizzles with impeccable pedigree."
Richard Mowe (25 Oct 2009, )
Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "Emily Blunt makes Victoria as irresistible a young woman as Dame Judi Dench made her an older one in MRS. BROWN."
Roger Ebert (11 Dec 2009, )
Entertainment Weekly
"[T]his is no gilded princess fantasy -- it's the story of a budding ruler who learns to control her surroundings, and Blunt makes that journey at once authentic and relevant." -- Grade: B+
Owen Gleiberman (18 Dec 2009, )
Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his biopic sets out to redress our impressions of Victoria....Blunt makes a fine princess..."
Rob James (1 Mar 2009, )
USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A]ppealing and well-crafted....The production design and costumes are sumptuous and the ensemble cast is splendid."
Claudia Puig (18 Dec 2009, )
Washington Post
"Lovers of pomp, pageantry and extravagant period detail will find themselves exceedingly well served by THE YOUNG VICTORIA, a visually arresting and sneakily engrossing film..."
(18 Dec 2009, )