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Other Boleyn Girl

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Two sisters contend for the affection of king henry VIII.


Studio Sony
SKU 207953192
UPC 043396214507
UPC 14 00043396214507
Format DVD
Release Date 7/28/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Portman,Natalie
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Cast & Crew
Carol Littleton - Editor
David Allday, et. al. - Art Director
David Morrissey - Actor
Eric Bana - Actor
Jim Sturgess - Actor
John Paul Kelly - Production Designer
Justin Chadwick - Director
Kieran McGuigan - Cinematographer
Kristin Scott Thomas - Actor
Mark Rylance - Actor
Natalie Portman - Actor
Oliver Coleman - Actor
Paul Cantelon - Original Music By
Paul Knight - Editor
Peter Morgan - Screenplay
Philippa Gregory - Based On Novel By
Scarlett Johansson - Actor
Scott Rudin, et. al. - Producer
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Other Boleyn Girl, based on the novel by Philippa Gregory, comes from BBC Films, which has a long and respected reputation for this sort of motion picture. The director is Justin Chadwick, whose previous credits include helming the critically acclaimed Bleak House for the BBC. So what's the compromise? For this very English tale, none of the three leads is English. To maximize appeal, the cast is highlighted by Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana. Fortunately, though none of the trio is British, they are capable actors, so the story does not suffer. The result is an entertainingly sudsy trip through early 16th century English history...With its fast pace, expensive looking production values, and deeper focus on the people inside the costumes than on the costumes themselves, this movie is designed more for a modern audience than for those who watched a first-run of the BBC's 1970 TV mini-series, The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Anyone with a preference for politics looking for a more in-depth examination of Henry's repudiation of the Pope will find it in A Man for All Seasons (with Robert Shaw as Henry VIII and Vanessa Redgrave as Anne Boleyn). But those interested in the romance and tragedy associated with loving an inconstant king will find that and more in The Other Boleyn Girl.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Guys may assume the film version of Philippa Gregory's chick-lit bestseller about two Boleyn sisters who bed Henry VIII as a way to secure the fortune of their pimp family is a form of dude torture. They're wrong. And not because first-time director Justin Chadwick does a consummate job of bringing Peter Morgan's script to cinematic life -- he doesn't. The film moves in frustrating herks and jerks. What works is the combustible teaming of Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, who give the Boleyn hotties a tough core of intelligence and wit, swinging the film's sixteenth-century protofeminist issues handily into this one...Johansson plays it subtle-sultry as Mary, who bears Henry (Eric Bana) two bastard children but can't get him to divorce his wife. It's Portman's more calculating Anne who pulls off that trick but who fails in the son-producing department. After one miscarriage, she enlists her brother (Jim Sturgess) for stud service to fool the king. The facts of these relationships are largely unknown, so the movie plays fast and loose with them. Anne did indeed lose her head on the chopping block after a thousand days as queen. And in Portman's dynamic performance you can see strength and vulnerability warring for Anne's soul. In this bedroom view of history, it's that image that sticks.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Portman,Natalie
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Derek Elley, Variety A sexy, good-looking political bodice-ripper with an almost flawless cast at the top of its game.
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's Reel Talk A wonderful, dramatic and powerful saga of the dangers of absolute power. The cast is impeccable...
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle An enjoyable movie with an entertaining angle on a hard-to-resist period of history.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly A classy romantic cocktail distinguished by its tart yet breezy bite.
Rex Reed, New York Observer A tale of intrigue, ambition and betrayal.
Tasha Robinson, The Onion A.V. Club The film looks terrific, all Vermeer-style light/dark interplay and sleek design. And Portman is fantastic as the tempestuous Anne.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer An absorbing, exciting costume drama that works as a historical romance, a family tragedy and a showcase for its young stars.

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