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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005RJ6A5S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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While most monarchies have crumbled, the British royal family remains essential to the nation's identity. Today, the House of Windsor continues to capture the world's imagination, most recently for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, watched by a global audience of millions. This documentary gathers archival film footage and stills from nearly a century of official events. Highlights include the Silver Jubilee of King George V (1935); the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth, formerly Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (1937); the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip (1947); the coronation of Elizabeth II (1953); the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer (1981); Diana's funeral (1997); and the announcement of Prince William's engagement to Catherine Middleton (2010). Full of pomp, pageantry, ritual, tradition, and sheer splendor, these historic films portray the Windsors at their most noble.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This DVD offers video coverage of major monarchy events from the King's Jubilee in 1935, with British narration of the times, to the 2010 marriage of Kate and William. It is quite educational as well as nostalgic seeing the same first-hand coverage that the British people watched on their TV once it was available. You are seeing footage as it was capable of being done in the years of the events, so expect some black and white footage in the earlier segments. The stories begin by explaining why the royal family is now connected to the Windsor name, the first new fact I learned.

SUBTITLES--The programing does have SUBTITLES.

Bonus material includes the King and Queen in Washington, Passing of a Great Monarch, Wm & Kate exiting the Abbey as well as the Buckingham Balcony scene after the wedding. There are 9 text bios of a variety of Windsor monarchy figures. Also a viewer's guide booklet with more bonus to read. The family tree inside the booklet really helped kept the monarchy names, eras, and relationships in their proper place. Very helpful.

If you find the British monarchy interesting, this is a good educational video form of seeing what actually took place at specific moments in history. I also recommend a DVD called "The Royal Wedding" if you want more, cheaply, about the William/Kate wedding. Another outstanding set is "Monarchy Complete Collection" as entertaining as it is educational done in a dramatic mode. "The Windsors From George to Kate" is strictly archival footage with the audio of the film, like stepping back in time and viewing the events from the grandstands, like the British commoners. Lady Di is covered, but not in depth.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There are better options February 15, 2012
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I have seen several DVDs of archival footage focusing on the monarchy, and this one does not really do it for me.

Although the footage of George V's jubilee and funeral were interesting, I did feel that this part went a bit long. (Maybe somewhat because the video quality is predictably subpar.) There were a lot of crowd shots, few close-ups and of course no sound. I felt the same way about the footage of George VI. Although there was some live sound, the coronation in particular was very slowly paced and could have used a bit more editing.

Proportionately, the George V and George VI segments are quite a bit longer than the material about the current monarchy (or maybe it only seems that way). There is some cool footage of Elizabeth's wedding and coronation, although the latter was a bit spoiled for me after the lengthy treatment of her father's coronation. The weddings of Princes Charles and Andrew and Princess Anne are given a quick rundown, Prince Edward's is not shown at all.

It is quite misleading to show Will and Kate's wedding on the cover of the DVD, since the actual documentary ends with their engagement. (There are some wedding shots in the extra features.)

This video feels like it was kind of slapped together in anticipation of the Queen's jubilee. The production values are not nearly as good as on Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work. I love a good British monarchy documentary, but this one is not the best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to my collection January 12, 2012
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This Doc is well done and had a lot of footage that I hadn't seen before. It's a great addition to my collection and I recommend it to all royal followers.
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THE WINDSORS FROM GEORGE TO KATE (approx. 116 minutes) was one weird, yes-and-no kind of documentary. It is extremely difficult for me to review it without simply injecting my own opinion 100% of the way. This is what happens with the more common, careless British TV productions.

Of course this ostensibly treats with the House of Windsor and the British Royal Family ... but it is so poorly done, so cheap and frankly almost without actual information or data. It begins inexplicably with an extremely long old newsreel of the funeral of King George V.

In fact that is one major problem with this: it consists of extremely long newsreel extracts and I doubt anyone really cares to see 10 solid minutes of footage of the crowd that attended Prince George's wedding. Let me challenge the reader of my review to guess who Prince George even was.

Yet that is the value and strength of the documentary: the length of the newsreels and the attendant sound, which we rarely experience except in snippets. Here you will see the bulk of the coronation of King George VI which I found delightful. The problem is there's not enough of THAT kind of newsreel.

To return to the weaknesses: this can't be good when it is newsreel after newsreel and very little else. Personally, I find Diana and the brouhaha around the 1980 wedding to be tiresome in the extreme--but the film makes up for it by showing some charming footage of Prince William as a baby. Yet they see fit to ignore Prince Harry completely.

It is that cheap random spirit, that "let's-put-this-in-and-let's-not-put-that-in" mindlessness that really angered me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Educatioal and Entertaining August 18, 2014
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Nice revised and updated recopy of a two tape VHS version that was issued several years ago. Show how the British monarchy is masterful at reinventing or even coming up with entirely unprecedented ceremonies (i.e., Princess Diana's funeral), and make it seem as if that is how it's been done for hundreds of years.
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