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King George VI: The Man Behind the King's Speech (2011)

Colin Firth , Tom Hooper , ITN Productions  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Tom Hooper, Mark Logue
  • Directors: ITN Productions
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056C1M2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,183 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The King's Speech, has taken the world by storm. The Man Behind the King's Speech is the true story of the man who never wished to be the King of England and how he overcame his personal limitations to save a nation. Featuring original contributions from Colin Firth and director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) as well as the grandson of Lionel Logue, the King's speech therapist, this feature-length documentary contains original footage of King George VI's reign, including the King's coronation speech and his brother's abdication during the onset of war. The Man Behind the King's Speech is an in-depth look into the moving story that's gripped the world.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is another WONDERFUL companion piece to the Academy Award Winning film "The King's Speech". About a month ago I reviewed a title "The King Speaks" which focuses on Lionel Logue - the speech therapist who taught King George VI to reduce his stuttering. This hour long documentary (apparently aired on ITV in the UK in connection with the feature film) Spends more time on the King himself, from inheriting the throne when his brother King Edward abdicated the throne in 1936 though his death at the young age of 52 and the subsequent coronation of his eldest daughter who became Queen Elizabeth II.

This is a fascinating extension of the all-too-brief featurette that was included on the DVD release of the Colin Firth-starring film from Sony (see my review of that film on Amazon.). The Sony film included one small except of archival footage of King George VI - the "stuttering king". Here we get much more!

Actor First makes a brief appearance as does the Sony film's director and the author of the book. Logue is covered only briefly with some comments by his grandson. Most of the commentary comes from interview with Tim Ewart, identified as a "Royal Correspondent". The rest is culled from fascinating newsreel footage.

The "bonus features" here are also nice, except for what is listed as the "Trailer". This is nothing more than the first 2 ˝ minutes of the documentary. The others include George's speech at the unveiling of the statue of his father, George V (4-minutes), Newsreel of George V's visit to Cape Cape Town (7-minutes) and the christening of the baby Prince Charles (3-minutes). In the later we see FOUR generations of the Royal Family from Queen Mary to her great Grandson Prince Charles.

If you liked the TKS film, then I highly recommend that you watch this DVD. (For more on Logue see "The King Speaks" from BFS. If you haven't, get TKS and enjoy it. THEN watch this film.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant July 27, 2011
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Nothing compared to the King's Speech but definitely a must see documentary for those who enjoyed watching the King's Speech. It's very informational and inspiring. Gives your an inside exclusive on the King and his struggles with stuttering. I really enjoyed watching the historic footages of King George. I was quite surprised to see Colin Firth do a commentary. This is something everyone should see before or after they watch the King's Speech.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good! August 9, 2011
By Angela
Format:DVD
I enjoyed this film! As most people already know from "The King's Speech", King George VI never intended nor desired to be king. This documentary is a fascinating look at how he reconciled himself with the role, and became an inspiration to his nation.

Highlights include original footage of the King's life, interviews with the of grandson Lionel Logue, and commentary from the cast and crew of "The King's Speech".

Definitely worth the purchase. Inspiring man, inspiring film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! October 4, 2011
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I loved this film because it was such a great accompaniment to the film. It is a truly touching tale that brings you into the life of King George VI and really allows you to empathize with what he was going through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so good September 28, 2011
By skv
Format:DVD
I loved this film. Being able to learn about the actual man behind the infamous speech was not only informative but uplifting and exciting. Anyone who has sent he academy award film must see this now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! August 3, 2011
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I loved The King's Speech, so to learn even more about the background of King George VI was fascinating to me! It's really great to hear the genuine thoughts of Colin Firth and Tom Hooper, as well as, the speech therapists grandson, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to go with the movie Kings Speech March 11, 2013
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I love the movie The Kings Speech and this gave me a in depth view of the true story of King George the 6 and his speech therapist.If you like the movie you will enjoy this documentary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides added historical dimension March 8, 2013
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Once you've watched King's Speech (~2008), this historical footage and documentary is an excellent follow-on to help place the subject precisely in time, in the history of England and in world history. This footage is useful watched either before or after seeing the movie. We saw the movie in theatres, the purchased and viewed this historical footage. Great insights into the man, his country, and the turbulent times into which he was born to lead, despite overwhelming handicap odds.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars He was a good and decent man behind all that glitter of royalty
What can be said that hasn't already said King George V1. He was a good and decent man behind all that glitter of royalty, I will always believe he was the best King England ever... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kathleen P. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars I have wanted to know about the real King Edward ...
I have wanted to know about the real King Edward the 6th since I watched the Kings Speech. It was very informative. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. W. H.
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money here, pay your dues in PBS
This is a rehash of years of Public Television British royalty adoration. Colin Firth's name is used as a lure: he is not the star of the show, he only makes a short cameo... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Berman
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Movie
This was a very interesting documentary. I enjoyed the movie, "The King's Speech", so it was fascinating to see what King George was like.
Published 8 months ago by maggieblooms
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story
Most of this story is true and well-acted. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it for its historical content. Colin Firth did an excellent job.
Published 8 months ago by Dennis Scholl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History
I watched this movie not knowing the British Monarchy very well and what was going on during WW2 in England. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Cannon
2.0 out of 5 stars very boring
not at all what I was hoping for. I love history and I truly think King George was a great leader, but the documentory was mo fun at all. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story
The Man behind King’s Speech is an inspiring historical fact presented in a very lively and uplifting way. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Caesar
3.0 out of 5 stars King George VI: The Man Behind the King's Speech.
I thought the film would spend more time on the speech therapist Logan. Most of what was discussed in the video was about George VI and the information was not new.
Published 15 months ago by Wendy McNeil
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting man
Enjoyed the bio of King George VI. This movie supplied a lot more information about George VI and his family prior to and during his reign and end with the cornation of his... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jean
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