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Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)       Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

 

 

directed by Charles Jarrott
UK 1971

 

Mary Queen of Scots was quite a character. Through three miserable marriages, religious battles, the loss of her son, imprisonment, and finally beheading, the ill-fated monarch was a melodrama waiting for a huge costume movie to bring her back to life. Mary Queen of Scots fulfills that need admirably, primarily due to the excellent performance of Vanessa Redgrave. Long before she broadcasted her controversial political beliefs at the Academy Award, she was the daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and a fine dramatic actor in her own right.

Redgrave's Queen of Scotland is a lovely, passionate woman, both brighter and more devout than the real Mary is said to have been. Redgrave makes of her subject both a victor and a martyr, a lover and a fighter—and, ultimately, the moral winner in her lifelong battle against Elizabeth I of England. (Whether Mary felt herself the winner as she laid her head on the block is a debatable, though unanswerable, question.) Redgrave's performance is nothing short of spectacular.
 

 Excerpt of Laurie Edwards review  CultureCartel.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0067402/externalreviews

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DVD Review: Universal Studios - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Universal Studios

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 2:10:56
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2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7:36 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.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, French, None + English Subtitles of the commentary track
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal Studios

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Isolated Music Only Track with Commentary from Film Historians Nick Redman and Jon Burlingame
• Promotional Featurette (3:42)
• Sneak Peak of Elizabeth: The Golden Age (5:50)

DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
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Chapters 18

 

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One thing that is good about remaking old classics is that once the new versions are made, the older films sometimes resurface in digital format. In September 2007, just before Universal was going to release Elizabeth: The Golden Age into theaters, it released for the first time 2 costume dramas produced in UK by Hal B Wallis and directed by Charles Jarrott. Anne of the Thousand Days has been available in UK from Universal since 2006, but Mary Queen of Scots had a DVD debut in this 2-Movie Collection (it has been released in UK by Second Sight in February 2010). Both films were restored for this release and look very good. Anamorphic progressive transfers are in original Panavision (about 2.35:1), with very good colors (see reds and greens on captures below). Mary Queen of Scots looks a little softer in some scenes, but it's the way it was filmed so there is no complains. Both film feature subtitles in English or French and a fine 2.0 Dolby Digital English track - too bad Universal could not provide a 5.1 remix of original 6-track from 70mm prints.

Extras on the first film is limited to a brief trailer in full screen, but Mary Queen of Scots features an isolated music only track with a commentary as well as a 3-minute promotional featurette made at the time of the film being released to theaters. A 5-minute sneak peek of Elizabeth: The Golden Age is irrelevant now (since the film is already available on DVD and soon on Blu-ray), but that's the price we are willing to pay to make superior originals available in digital format.

 - Gregory Meshman

 



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(aka "Anne of a Thousand Days" )

 

directed by Charles Jarrott
UK 1969

 

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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DVD Review: Universal Studios - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Universal Studios

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 2:25:05
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.17 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.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, French, 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
Keep Case

Chapters 18

 



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Distribution

Universal Studios

Region 1 - NTSC

 




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