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

Richard Burton , Vanessa Redgrave , Charles Jarrott  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Burton, Vanessa Redgrave, Genevieve Bujold, Glenda Jackson, Irene Papas
  • Directors: Charles Jarrott
  • Writers: Bridget Boland, John Hale, Richard Sokolove
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 278 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RF7XYY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anne of the Thousand Days / Mary, Queen of Scots" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc 1 - Anne of the Thousand Days:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 2 - Mary, Queen of Scots:
  • Isolated Music Only Track with Commentary from Film Historians Nick Redman and Jon Burlingame
  • Promotional Featurette
  • Sneak Peek of Elizabeth: The Golden Age

  • Editorial Reviews

    Enter the world of majesty with two emotionally charged epics that expose the secret lives and public battles of England's most influential royalty in the Anne of the Thousand Days / Mary, Queen of Scots 2-Movie Collection! Honored with a combined 15 Academy Award nominations, these films tell the torrid true-life tales of King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Featuring lavish costumes, stunning Technicolor photography and critically acclaimed performances, these spectacular films bring new life to some of the most powerful figures of all time!

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    227 of 236 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars two fantastic movies finally arriving on DVD July 16, 2007
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I was so glad to hear that both films were being released as a duel set. "Anne of the Thousand Days" and "Mary Queen of Scots" are independent enough to stand alone, but even more charming when watched back to back, since the latter references minor details in the former.

    "Anne of the Thousand Days" is the story of Anne Boleyn and how she was pursued by Henry VIII at the cost of his marriage and the fate of England's understanding with the Catholic church. It is both a charming retelling and one that has a particular bite to it, particularly as Anne's world starts to fall apart when Henry's eye is cast upon the beautiful Jane Seymour. For a late sixties production, the value of filmmaking is excellent; the costuming is absolutely gorgeous, and the performances are memorable. If nothing else, Anne's final speech to her husband while imprisoned in the Tower of London will linger with you -- that it will be their daughter, Elizabeth, who is remembered for her reign.

    "Mary Queen of Scots" does not deal merely with the title lady, but also her cousin Elizabeth, whose performance is beyond brilliance. It does dally a bit with the facts but no one really cares since it is presented in such an interesting manner. There are some gruesome aspects that seem a bit startling in contrast with the beauty of the film, but nevertheless it carries quite an impact, and the chance to see Mary and Elizabeth head to head in a couple of different scenes is well worth your time. I particularly liked the depiction of Elizabeth as something of a jealous, temperamental woman, since she was known for her tantrums, just like her dear father.

    I pre-ordered this the moment I learned about it, and look forward to viewing both films in all their former glory. And if you're anything like me, a fan of the Tudor generations, you'll want to add it to your collection as well.
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    54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    This is a beautifully done and fairly accurate movie about the short-lived romance of Anne Boleyn and Henry Tudor. The costumes are wonderful, if not altogether accurate for the period. It is one of the best movies done about the Tudor scandal, though it only covers Anne's story. My only question is this: Why is Catherine of Aragon ALWAYS cast as a modern hispanic woman??? There are several portraits of the lady, all showing her to have been a pale red-head. Spanish royalty of that period were very aryan, thank you very much, all you casting directors out there!!!
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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good to look at but not good history September 5, 2008
    I realize it can be tiresome for reviewers to expect popular history movies to be on the spot when it comes to historical accuracy, but frankly these movies are sometimes all the general public has to make historical judgements. Therefore, I'm going to be tiresome.

    The movie "Mary, Queen of Scots" was very nice to look at, but it fell into the movie industry's natural temptations to sensationalize at the expense of historical accuracy(why that was necessary is beyond me, since her life was sensational enough as it was).

    I am not referring to the typical charge that Mary never met Elizabeth, which is a mistake made not only in "Mary, Queen of Scots," but in other movie treatments of Mary (such as the recent British television series on Elizabeth).

    No, I'm referring to the depiction of Mary's relationship with Lord Bothwell. In the movie she falls in love with the bawdy Scottish Lord who killed her husband, Darnley. In reality, as you would see from reading the definitive biography of Mary by Antonia Fraser, Mary was actually a victim of not only Bothwell's treachery, but that of the other Scottish lorders who plotted with Bothwell to kill Darnley. Bothwell actually kidnapped and raped Mary. He then told her all of this was done at the request of her powerful lords. She married Bothwell only to accomodate the lords and to bring peace. It backfired with the very lords who consipired with Bothwell turned against him, and eventually against Mary. That is how she lost her crown. Some of the very people who should have been protecting her (including her half brother) then concocted conspiracy theories to defame her good name--all to make way for them to rule in her absence.

    Complicated, yes.
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Movies. Package could have been better September 24, 2007
    Great Movies. Watching Anne of the Thousand Days as an adult, I was surprised to see so many moral implications in the decisions of the protagonists, from Thomas Moore's refusal to renounce his beliefs, to Anne's choice of offering her daughter a chance to become queen at the expense of leaving her an orphan.

    I was slightly disappointed with the package. Despite the thumbs up on having each movie on a separate DVD, the movies do not have an option to select an individual chapter. (there are chapters and you can jump from one to the next, for example in order to get to chapter 10 you have to jump through 1 - 9 instead of going to a separate screen to select chapter 10, like on 99% of DVD-s out there ...). The image is shaking in some minor instances - this may have something to do with the transfer.
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! August 28, 2007
    By M. Ward
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I've been waiting for "Anne" to come out on DVD for years! I saw it the year it came out when we were on a family vacation in Florida and fell in love with the movie. Genevieve Bujold is a feisty, flirty, and highly ambitious Anne Boleyn. "Mary" is an excellent movie as well--Redgrave creates a queen who rules with her heart instead of her head, which leads to her downfall.
    It's about time these two films became available.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn movie.
    "Anne of the Thousand Days" is the best adaptation of the lives of Henry VIII - Anne Boleyn I've seen. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by Alencar B. P. Fh
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Leading Ladies !
    Mary, Queen Of Scots is a fantastic historical film. Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, and Glenda Jackson are all magnificent. All may not be factual, but it sure is entertaining. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by K. Nolting
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 1 month ago by Karen Simpson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    love these "period" historic movies based on real people....never did before, but really enjoy them now.
    Published 1 month ago by musicmaker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very happy... great value... Thank YOU... +++++
    Published 1 month ago by Richard DeVries
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    Great cast. Great films. Two movies for the price of one. If you like history these movies are for you.
    Published 2 months ago by Janet Mittleman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great films both of them
    Great films both of them. though old movies, have been remasterized, and are like new. the stories they tell are well based on history facts.
    Published 3 months ago by lichi
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 3 months ago by Jan Little
    4.0 out of 5 stars Both interesting movies.
    I want to review Anne of the Thousand Days first. I do not much care for Richard Burton in the role of Henry VIII. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by JJ
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    I really enjoyed it...have been looking for Anne of the thousand days and now I get two!
    Published 3 months ago by Eugenia
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