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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WAIT A MOMENT....REVIEW THE RIGHT DVD GUYS!!!
There is OBVIOUSLY some confusion here. Amazon.com has somehow gotten the not-so good Catherine Zeta-Jones series mixed up with the EXCELLENT PBS documentary!!! (This happened once before, see my BURN review for the mix-up in formats on that release.)

If you look at the box, you will see that it is NOT Catherine Zeta-Jones, but EMILY BRUNI (who does a...
Published on May 17, 2006 by Kaoru Hiratsuka

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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful about using this one to write your history paper
Not the Zeta-Jones version, but not the best documentary either. For example, during the documentary I kept wondering why Tsar Elizabeth imprisoned her "son" Ivan, naming her childish and unfit-to-rule nephew Peter as her heir. Then she was so anxious for Peter to have an heir that when none appeared after several years of marriage, she encouraged Catherine (Peter's wife)...
Published on June 5, 2006 by A. J Terry


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134 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WAIT A MOMENT....REVIEW THE RIGHT DVD GUYS!!!, May 17, 2006
This review is from: Catherine the Great (DVD)
There is OBVIOUSLY some confusion here. Amazon.com has somehow gotten the not-so good Catherine Zeta-Jones series mixed up with the EXCELLENT PBS documentary!!! (This happened once before, see my BURN review for the mix-up in formats on that release.)

If you look at the box, you will see that it is NOT Catherine Zeta-Jones, but EMILY BRUNI (who does a wonderful job as Catherine.) This is the PBS documentary, not the Zeta-Jones series!!! Amazon.com needs to fix the mix-up, or a lot of people will be very confused here. This PBS documentary is EXCELLENT, and Emily Bruni is GREAT. So, if you want to order the PBS documentary, I'd suggest you wait until it's finally released to make sure you get the right one...(I'd be pretty upset if I got Catherine Zeta-Jones instead of Emily Bruni.)

The PBS documentary is wonderful, and Emily Bruni is a seductive, intelligent and fascinating Catherine. As for the Catherine Zeta-Jones version...well...she was good in Chicago...

Once in a while Amazon.com does mix things up, it is rare, but it does happen. So make SURE you are getting the PBS documentary,and not the Catherine-Zeta Jones version.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catherine the Great PBS, June 6, 2006
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I have both versions of Catherine the Great, A&E in their version was lacking in many areas and I was dismayed that they turned one of the great people of the world into something trival. The PBS version which with Bruni is exceptional, though with all documentaries and movies time is trunicated and not all history is told PBS does an admirable job and presenting the basic facts.

The documentary was a joy to watch and the scholars from Europe comparing her to other great people fits.
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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful about using this one to write your history paper, June 5, 2006
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Not the Zeta-Jones version, but not the best documentary either. For example, during the documentary I kept wondering why Tsar Elizabeth imprisoned her "son" Ivan, naming her childish and unfit-to-rule nephew Peter as her heir. Then she was so anxious for Peter to have an heir that when none appeared after several years of marriage, she encouraged Catherine (Peter's wife) to have an affair with a young officer so she would get pregnant somehow. If Elizabeth was so very anxious for an heir to solidify her dynasty, why did she imprison her own son?

Answer (from further research): Ivan was not Elizabeth's son, but the son of a previous empress. Elizabeth had deposed the child Ivan and his regents in a coup d'etat.

If this documentary can make, and repeatedly mention, an error of such magnitude . . .

Also, the "period" dancing scene often shown to set a mood has absolutely nothing to do with period dances of the time. In general the costuming etc. is not very good.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon needs to check it's Inventory!, May 14, 2006
This review is from: Catherine the Great (DVD)
This is not the same Catherine the Great featuring Catherine Zeta-Jones. The person in the picture does not even resemble Catherine Zeta-Jones. This version features Emily Bruni as Catherine and is more of a documentary much like Russia: Land of the Tzars. Dispite this mistake in listing this version featuring Emily Bruni is a wonderful peace of work that I think any true lover of Russian history will enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les likes this., September 9, 2011
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The PBS Video "Catherine the Great" is well done. The superb cast brings the audience into the action and you have the feeling that you were there watching the intrigue as history was being made. Another great PBS production.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, June 2, 2012
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Not exactly the best in terms of accuracy but better than most. One would have to have a lengthy mini series or several films to do a good job.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing documentary, June 8, 2011
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This documentary does a fine job of discussing the life of Catherine the Great with details which many people do not know. It is well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great actors, September 1, 2013
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Denise Havlan (plainfield illinois) - See all my reviews
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The story telling is compelling. You are on the edge of your seat waiting to see what Catherine will do. I wonder what she was really like.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Movie!, May 2, 2013
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This is such an excellent movie. I love the history, the drama, and Russia. She, Cathrine the Great, really was quite a woman in her love for Russia and modernizing it. She was quite the intellectual also. She usupred the Russian thone, only to save Russia from her husband, Peter, who would have destroyed it. Once again, it's a great movie - a MUST SEE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 5, 2014
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It's so good! Yes , it has closed caption (CC)!
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