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(aka "Anne of a Thousand Days" )

 

directed by Charles Jarrott
UK 1969

 

Directed by Charles Jarrott and produced by veteran Hal Wallis, Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) is a superb costume drama starring Richard Burton as randy, wily King Henry VIII, and Genevieve Bujold as seductive young Anne Boleyn, the woman whose royal romance would change English history forever. As Henry tries to rid himself of his “barren” wife, Catherine of Aragon (Irene Papas), clever Anne keeps the shockingly needy king on a string through machination after political machination, eventually causing a final break with the Pope and the Church of Rome.

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By the time Richard Burton had been signed by producer Hal B. Wallis to star in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), the story of Henry VIII's marriage to his second wife, Anne Boleyn, the 44-year old star had already spent several years starring in period films with great success. Most recently, Burton had co-starred with Peter O'Toole in Becket (1964) for which he had earned his third Oscar nomination for the title role. Wallis, who had produced Becket, was an old hand at historical drama, with credits dating back to The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), and Burton was eager to work again with the producer, eventually convincing him to purchase the rights to the 1948 play by Maxwell Anderson, Anne of the Thousand Days.

 Excerpt from TCM located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 18 December 1969 (USA)

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Universal Studios

Region 1 - NTSC

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Runtime 2:25:05 2:25:18.751
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,081,698,489 bytes

Feature: 38,926,159,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2062 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2062 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1643 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1643 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, French, None None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (Full Screen) (1:35)

DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Chapters 18

Release Information:
Studio:
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,081,698,489 bytes

Feature: 38,926,159,872 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Isolated Score
Theatrical Trailer (1:35)

Liner Notes


Blu-ray Release Date:
December, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 24

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Twilight Time put Anne of the Thousand Days on a highly attractive Blu-ray transfer. It's on a dual-layered Blu-ray in 1080P with a high bitrate. It is a vast upgrade compared to the 2007 DVD looking far more crisp, tighter, a touch of gloss and richer, fuller colors. No contest at all. It is in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio and is very clean in-motion with appealing depth. This is a dynamic upgrade from the SD. 

The film is presented in a 2.0 DTS-HD Master (24-bit) audio track in the original English as well as the option of listening to the isolated score by
Georges Delerue (The High Commissioner, Silkwood, Mister Johnson, Jules et Jim, The Woman Next Door, The Last Metro, Day For Night) which sounds noble, regal and epic. The audio quality is very strong with depth and crisp dialogue. Surprisingly, there are no subtitles offered on this Region FREE Blu-ray that is limited to 3,000 units.

No extras save, the aforementioned isolated score, a trailer and the liner notes included in the case.

This is a wonderful historical period-piece of the Crown, politics and love. I enjoyed it immensely in the new
Blu-ray transfer. A commentary would have been nice but the 2.5 hour epic is satisfying on its own. This is an easy recommendation - the film has a lot of value and the transfer is impressive.

Gary Tooze

 


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