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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 (120 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: 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 (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RF7XYY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,953 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anne of the Thousand Days / Mary, Queen of Scots" on IMDb

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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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224 of 233 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars two fantastic movies finally arriving on DVD July 16, 2007
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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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48 of 52 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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22 of 22 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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18 of 18 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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! August 28, 2007
By M. Ward
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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 I Can't be without this movie!
No one has ever played Anne Boleyn better than Geneviève Bujold. She captures the essence of Anne and the world in which she lived and struggled. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Gayle Nemeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical Dramas
A good dramatic history duo. Anne is only slightly stronger, but these are enjoyable for those who appreciate history (or its poetic retelling).
Published 8 days ago by W. Riedell
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies about two interesting historical characters
I have not seen the entire movies yet, but I cannot wait, as both of these ladies in history were two very famous queens and the stories of their lives were extremely exciting and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Janice K. Terrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This was a good movie, starring Richard Burton as Henry VIII, and Genevieve Bujold as Anne Boleyn. It is a stunning movie to look at and Henry is played with great gusto by... Read more
Published 16 days ago by "Ali"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, both of them.
Yep!, they used to make some good ones, and these are two of the best. Love these types of movies.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Koerschgen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Films
Anne of a Thousand Days is by far the better of the two. The acting is much better and the subject matter much more accurate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Raven
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Done.....
Richard Burton was a very good Henry VIII....and Genevieve Bujold was really good
as Anne Boleyn.
I did enjoy Mary, Queen Of Scots as well, but not as much as the other.
Published 2 months ago by Dorothy Katz
1.0 out of 5 stars Mary Queen of Scots
A very imaginative film! That's it - imagination but nothing near the truth. Pity the writer hadn't checked Scottish history!
Published 2 months ago by Sheila Nairn
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD STORIES TO COLLECT !
Published 2 months ago by Carioca08
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
This rendition of Henry VIII is good. The acting and the dialogue is very good. I won an Oscar, however, it would have been nice if Richard had too.
Published 3 months ago by Pamela
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