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Six Wives of Henry VIII & Elizabeth R (8pc)
Six Wives of Henry VIII Elizabeth R
8pc
Actors: Keith Michell, Anthony Quayle, Patrick Troughton, Bernard Hepton, Sheila Burrell
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2006

Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 05/16/2006

     
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Actors: Keith Michell, Anthony Quayle, Patrick Troughton, Bernard Hepton, Sheila Burrell
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Drama
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/16/2006
Original Release Date: 02/13/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 02/13/1972
Release Year: 2006
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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TWO GREAT PERIOD DRAMAS...
Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 08/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII *****

This is a series of six individual plays that focuses upon each of the six wives of King Henry VIII of England. Written by six different playwrights, they are uniformly excellent. While the production values are not high, that is because these plays were part of a televised series for which there were budgetary constraints. Although the makeup is noticable, the sets are uninspired, and the lighting is harsh, the costumes, however, are gorgeous. More important, the acting is superb.

King Henry VIII is played to perfection by Keith Mitchell. He has set the standard by which all others in the part will be judged, and he is the linchpin around whom the entire series revolves. He plays the young, athletic, erudite, golden king in the first tape, and the viewer watches him age and deteriorate throughout the entire series, until he finally becomes the sore riddled, morbidly obese, self absorbed, tyrannical hulk of his later years.

Each one of the six wives has her own unique story. The plays tell that story, each a first rate drama unto itself that segues into the next one seamlessly. All the queens are portrayed by very talented thespians, and the supporting cast is superlative. All in all, this series provides a fully absorbing historical drama that should not be missed. It is through the story of each of the wives that one is able to see England transform itself from a catholic country to a protestant one. It also provides a birdseye view of the political intrigues that fueled the Reformation.

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ELIZABETH R *****

This Masterpiece Theatre, six play series of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England is magnificent. Written by six different playwrights, they are uniformly excellent. Glenda Jackson reigns supreme in the role of Elizabeth I.

While the production values are not high, that is because these plays were part of a televised series for which there were budgetary constraints. The shift from indoor sets to outdoor scenes is awkward, as it entails a switch from tape to film. The stage makeup is noticeable, as the lighting is harsh and glaring. Although the sets are a stark and dreary backdrop, the costumes are sumptuous and gorgeous. More important, the acting is, at all times, superlative.

Elizabeth I is played to perfection by Glenda Jackson. She has set the standard by which all others who seek to reprise this role will be judged, and she is the linchpin around which the entire six play series revolves. She begins the series playing Elizabeth as the young woman who would be queen, waiting upon the whims of her sister, the Queen Mary, and trying to survive the political intrigues and plots which surround her and threaten her very existence. The threat dissipates upon Mary's death, though it never disappears, and she becomes Queen of her beloved England.

As the series progresses, one sees her mature and resist the overtures and attentions of would be husbands, preferring, instead, to be married to England. One sees the development of her political and diplomatic acumen, as she sublimates her personal desires to become the greatest monarch, male or female, England has ever known, The Virgin Queen.

Each one of the plays has its own unique story to tell about Elizabeth and is a first rate drama that segues seamlessly into the next. The supporting cast is superb. All in all, this series provides a fully absorbing, historically accurate drama. It is through Ms. Jackson's insightful and commanding performance that one is able to understand why Elizabeth I was responsible for ushering in England's golden age."
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NoLDS | St George, UT | 12/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw these serials when they were first broadcast on Materpiece Theatre.
I loved them then and now I know more about history so I get even more out of the series. It's intelligent."
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Alison Bonar | Surrey, B.C., Canada | 09/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Crisp, clean authentic delivery about a fascinating time period. For many years it was hard to obtain copies of both series. Well worth adding to your collection."