THE WINDSORS: FROM GEORGE TO KATE
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Its a nice Dvd Wish it would of had more of Prince William and Kates WeddingPublished 4 months ago by Robin Peterson
Very little history given, this is just film clips, most too lengthy to keep the viewer's interest. I cannot recommend this video, especially for the price.Published on July 9, 2013 by P. Walker
i've had this movie for a few weeks & have already watched it 2 time's. this documentary has more than any of the others i've gotten so far. i highly recomend this one.Published on September 24, 2012 by nanny67