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Review by Chuck Arrington | posted January 14, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Synopsis: England, 1554 sees the ascencion of Elizabeth Tudor to the throne of England. Profoundly Catholic, the monarchy has never embraced any ideology, especially not protestantism. Herein lies the crux of the film. Elizabeth I, has ascended the throne however, her protestant beliefs put her at odds with the most powerful men of her court. Add to that the lackluster & financially destitue England she has received, the constant requests for marriage...for the good of the country and her attemps to juggle her personal life with that of being the Queen of all England. There is intrigue, deception, murder, heresy, corruption & war. All within the reign of her majesty Elizabeth I. She is a Queen with few friends even on her own soil. As she tends to the daily affairs of state, plans are being hatched in the seat of the Vatican to remove her, forcefully, if needed. She has only her wit & her trusted advisor & protector Walsingham to guard against the fiery darts of her accusors. Does she succeed or, shall her head adorn the walls of her castle as so many unfortunate others? Only time will tell... Elizabeth.

Audio: Splendid 5.1 digital presentation

Video: Immaculate anamorphic widescreen transfer. no imperfections of any kind noticed and an imperceptible layer change. simply the best.

Extras: Commentary, Making of featurette, trailers, cast & crew bios, photo gallery & wonderfully film themed interactive menus.

Overall: They don't come any better than this. I have refused to review this film because I like it so much. I hope the review has done some justice in attempting to whet your appetite. I have never seen a disc this well produced. It is truly a masterpiece. Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Sir Richard Attenborough, Joseph Fiennes, Sir John Gielguld & Christopher Eccleston offer incredible perfomances that will amaze you. All I can say is get this film. As a student of history, I found it mesmerizing & intense. Definately a keeper!

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