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Days of Majesty

Days of Majesty , Peter Spry-Leverton  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Days of Majesty
  • Directors: Peter Spry-Leverton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur White Star
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V02CR8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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DAYS OF MAJESTY

A film that beautifully depicts and celebrates the ceremonies that draw millions of tourists to England every year, those ceremonies associated with the Royal Family. In the year that marked the 40th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation, this film portrays all the pomp and grandure that surrounds the monarchy.


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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT DIGITAL RESTORATION OF THE CORONATION April 9, 2008
I received this DVD as a gift and it was very well appeciated by me. The footage of the coronation rehearsals with the Duchess of Norfolk are amazing - surely some of the most extraordinary footage ever filmed. The Duchess of Norfolk of the time did not convert to Catholicism therefore she could stand in for The Queen.

See also the book "Coronation June 2 1953" by Conrad Frost (ISBN 0 213 16674 7) for a COMPLETE background to the lead-up, rehearsals, snafus, and "insider" revelations attendant upon the greatest coronation we are going to see in our lifetimes.

I found the reviews by the other two reviewers to be superficial and to review such an important DVD in one sentence just reeks of laziness and superciliousness. Surely that reviewer had more to say - but then maybe he did not.

This is an astounding DVD and has such chapter headings as: The Trial of the Pyx; Swan Upping; Lord Lieutenants; The Royal Standard; The Royal Maundy Service; Colour Drills; The Royal Company of Archers; etc., etc.

It is a treasure-trove for gleaners of royal trivia and admirers of the House of Mountbatten-Windsor alike.

Highly recommended to all monarchist and lovers of pomp and pageantry.

Timothy Wingate Ottawa CANADA
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this DVD December 20, 2007
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I am so glad this is on DVD. I taped it off of my local PBS station during the year commemorating the 45th aniversary of Queen Elizabeth's coronation. It was fascinating to see everything that went on during the wweks leading up to the coronation, like the women who embroidered the train that the Queen wore when she first entered Westminster Abbey. I love this DVD and am happy to have it once again in my royal library.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Visit-- December 9, 2008
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While this is not the most comprehensive video on the Queen, it is a most pleasant documentary, not only about Her Majesty but about many of the traditions surrounding the monarchy. I agree with another reviewer that the coronation footage is amazing in its restoration.

An inexpensive addition, most welcome, to my DVD library.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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There's not much I can add to what the previous reviewers have said. This DVD is very informative on the traditions, ceremonies, and duties that the Queen fulfills as a monarch. It shows how much difference there is between what the British Prime Minister fulfills in his/her duties from the more traditional and ceremonial ones of that of the Queen. If the Queen had to run the Commonwealth as well as be the ceremonial figurehead, she would get no sleep whatsoever!

I would have liked to have seen more of the color film coverage of the coronation in 1953. Years ago, I remember that there was a VHS release of that film, but didn't get a copy then. Does anyone know if the coronation color film in its entirety was ever released on DVD and if that is still in print?Days of Majesty / Queen Elizabeth II
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Coronation to the 1990s July 2, 2013
DAYS OF MAJESTY (Narr. David Suchet, 100 minutes) is a magnificent overview of Her Majesty's ceremonial year plus a few extra treats in between, such as brief histories of her duties and her own innovations as queen. Televised in the mid-1990s, this is of course somewhat dated - but I do not think it has been equaled.

Neither the subpar Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work, the surprisingly blistering reproaches of The Monarchy / Queen Elizabeth II nor the wonderful, glittering Diamond Queen (see my reviews) pry as deeply into the public life of Queen Elizabeth.

DAYS has some great dashes of history as it shows us the duties in the times of Kings George V and George VI. (Incidentally, this film is the 3rd DVD in the 3-set that includes THE MONARCHY and the slimy Andrew Morton's critical The Queen: Behind the Mask by Andrew Morton / Queen Elizabeth II, all of the same year of release; see my review of that set.)

Please get this particular DVD as it has all the good, current film up to the mid-1990s and is extremely respectful of Her Majesty and The Family. Some of these older documentaries from the 1990s are absolutely horrid.
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