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Elizabeth (1998)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 204731058
UPC: 025195015455
UPC 14: 00025195015455
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Cate Blanchett, Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in a Drama, along with Geoffrey Rush, Richard Attenborough and John Gielgud lead a remarkable cast in a thriller of intrigue in the court of one of history's greatest monarchs, Queen Elizabeth I.

England, 1554. Young, passionate Elizabeth Tudor (Blanchett) comes to the throne amidst bloody turmoil. Among her courtiers are the venerable Sir William Cecil (Attenborough), her lover the Earl of Leicester (Joseph Fiennes), the imperious Dale of Norfolk (Christopher Eccleston), and her advisor Walsingham (Rush). She must learn to weigh her council carefully and ignore her private yearnings if she is to keep her crown--and her head.

" enjoyable new interpretation of this most enigmatic of rulers.  Laura Miller,
"...a superior historical drama.   Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Two thumbs up...breathtaking...fabulous.  Siskel & Ebert at the Movies

Editor's Note
The story of Queen Elizabeth I, from her days as an innocent young woman to her coronation, up to the formation of her reputation as England's stern "Virgin Queen". A lush portrait of history, full of pomp, intrigue, and romance and anchored by Blanchett's award-winning performance and colorful direction from Indian newcomer Kapur. Academy Award winner for Best Makeup, Nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Cinematography, Art Direction/Set Direction, Costume Design, Dramatic Score.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/9/2008
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61101937
Video UPC UPC: 00025195015455
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Cate Blanchett
Video Cast Info Christopher Eccleston
Video Cast Info Geoffrey Rush
Video Cast Info John Gielgud
Video Cast Info Joseph Fiennes
Video Cast Info Kathy Burke
Video Cast Info Richard Attenborough
Video Cast Info Vincent Cassel
Video Cast Info David Hirschfelder - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jill Bilcock - Editor
Video Cast Info Lucy Richardson - Art Director
Video Cast Info Michael Hirst - Writer
Video Cast Info Remi Adefarasin - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Shekhar Kapur - Director
Video Cast Info Tim Bevan, et. al. - Producer


Winner (1999)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Alison Owen, et. al., Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, David Hirschfelder, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Remi Adefarasin, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Jenny Shircore, Best Make Up/Hair
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Geoffrey Rush, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Cate Blanchett, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Cate Blanchett, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jenny Shircore, Best Makeup

Winner (1998)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Jenny Shircore, Max Factor Award

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...Entirely fresh, sometimes radical, consistently entertaining....[Blanchett is] seductive, refined and potent..." 06/01/1999 p.81

Rolling Stone
"...Cate Blanchett has a passionate fire and wit that command attention..." 11/26/1998 p.132

Sight and Sound
"...ELIZABETH is bold and moving..." 11/01/1998 p.47-8

Entertainment Weekly
"...Flashy, gripping filmmaking....[Blanchett has] fiery, sexy directness..." -- Rating: A 04/30/1999 pp.99-100

New York Times
"...[Blanchett] brings spirit, beauty and substance to [her role]..." 11/06/1998 p.E16

Box Office
"...[Blanchett] is wonderful....Her transition from maiden to monarch is fascinating..." 11/01/1998 p.136

Los Angeles Times
"...[Blanchett] has a commanding grip on her character and gives her a seamless transition from naïve idealist to steely monarch..." 11/06/1998 p.C4

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] robust period melodrama with an eye-catching pan-global cast..." 12/01/2007 p.152

ReelViews 8 of 10
One of the primary reasons Elizabeth works is because of the superlative performance of Cate Blanchett, who has turned out two of the most memorable female portrayals in the last two years...The supporting cast is top-notch. Geoffrey Rush brings something sinister to the crucial (if underwritten) role of Walsingham. Christopher Eccleston, who played the deliciously evil Mendel in A Price above Rubies, shows that he's every bit as good an antagonist in the 16th century as in the 20th...Elizabeth possesses a few weaknesses. The movie's editing is uneven, a situation that can result in occasional bouts of confusion when trying to unravel the Byzantine plotting going on at court, and the ending seems a little too pat. Overall, however, this is a fine historical melodrama, with enough adventure, intrigue, and romance to keep the proceedings from dragging...Shekhar Kapur's English-language debut is worth seeing, especially for those with an interest in the subject. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
The England of the first Elizabeth is a dark and sensuous place; the court lives intimately with treachery, and cloaks itself in shadows and rude luxury. As seen through the fresh eyes of an Indian director, Shekhar Kapur, ``Elizabeth'' is not a light ``Masterpiece Theater'' production, but one steeped in rich, saturated colors and emotions. The texture of the film is enough to recommend it, even apart from the story...At the end of the film, Elizabeth announces, ``I have become a virgin.'' And so she remained, ruling over and in some sense creating the England that gave us Shakespeare. Think what a play he might have written about her, if commoners had been allowed to create characters out of reigning monarchs. No doubt he retired in sheer frustration. - Roger Ebert

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