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directed by David Grubin
USA 2005


Marie Antoinette is a two-part documentary that originally aired on PBS channels in the United States. Paramount and PBS are releasing it in October 2006, undoubtedly to capitalize on the release of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette in theatres. This documentary takes the recent revisionist view that Marie Antoinette was mis-understood and inappropriately blamed for France’s general misery prior to the French Revolution. Marie Antoinette argues that Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were simply sheltered teenagers, isolated from reality in general. The documentary even argues that Marie Antoinette matured admirably while in prison after being deposed.

This program is a compilation of re-enactments, talking heads interviews, and camera pans over paintings, photos, and documents. It is moderately interesting, though it won’t win over viewers who aren’t already history buffs.

David McCoy



DVD Review: Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to David McCoy for the Review!

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Runtime 115

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

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

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo English
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• no extras

DVD Release Date: 10 October 2006
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Chapters 19




Comments Video:
The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen image is generally soft and sometimes murky. Some scenes have black bars on the left and right, which leads me to believe that the footage may be comprised of mixed media (meaning the moviemakers used both film and video for their shoots).

The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo English is your run-of-the-mill, solid but undistinguished audio track.

Optional English closed captions support the audio.

There aren’t any real extras on the DVD, though there is a page that directs your attention to PBS webpages.

An insert thanks consumers for supporting PBS.

 - David McCoy


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