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The Queen's Palaces (2012)

Fiona Bruce  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fiona Bruce
  • 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: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007TBJD1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,381 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Queen's Palaces" on IMDb

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A celebration of these great royal palaces and their history in three films presented by Fiona Bruce. Fiona tells the fascinating stories behind the creation of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, and leading experts share their knowledge of the Kings and Queens whose vision and taste left their mark on these exceptional buildings. As Fiona takes us on a journey through 1,000 years of history, we discover some of the great treasures from the Royal Collection housed within three world-famous landmarks. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales introduces the Royal Palaces and tells us of the place they have in the life of the Monarchy and in the history of Britain.

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In this three part series, the viewer is taken on an excursion through three of the palaces that Queen Elizabeth II has as her official places of residence: Buckingham Palace in London, Windsor Castle, and Holyrood House in Edinburgh. Fiona Bruce escorts us through the history and lore -- always interesting -- of each palace in about an hour. I found the history of Buckingham Palace most interesting, with it starting as a swampy outskirt of London and a favoured hunting ground for Henry VIII and then as a country house for the Duke of Buckingham, and finally how it became the handsome residence under the guidance of Prince Albert. Windsor wasn't quite as good, but still interesting from the summer season when tourists flock and such as St. George's day. What was a surprise to me was the story of Holyrood House, and made me all the more keen to journey to the United Kingdom. But the big reveal here were the objects from the Royal Collection -- held in trust for the British people by the Queen -- that were shown, and the interesting stories behind them. History geeks will have a grand time with this. The only draw-back were the extended bits with Fiona Bruce, who played the 'Dig ME!' screen time just a little too long. Four stars overall.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Palaces...Amazing History July 7, 2012
By tmm1926
Format:DVD
I won't go on & on. I'm not that kind of reviewer, but I would like to share what I like about this DVD. I received "Queen's Palaces" for a birthday gift and I absolutely love this DVD. We get to see inside Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle & Holyrood House in Scotland. Each segment was so well done by Fiona Bruce. She flowed through the rooms (she, appropriately styled as well), which made you think you were beside her. The history of the palaces and objects in them were so interesting, you didn't want the segments to end. She made even George IV appear interesting explaining his differing decorating style with other sovereigns (including his mad & frugal father George III). It was nice to get the history about Holyrood House, which we do not hear of often enough. This DVD is worth every penny to purchase and keep in your collection. I hope they bring out a second companion to this series. There is so much more we can appreciate in the other houses. Well Done BBC & Fiona Bruce! God bless the Queen & her family.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More palace, less Fiona!! January 21, 2013
Format:DVD
THE QUEEN'S PALACES (2012, presented by Fiona Bruce) is an interesting documentary series showing, well, the Queen's palaces. It also shows a few of the places she can call "home". In these pages you can find the data you need to learn about what this documentary shows regarding Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, and the others.

Now on to my deeply personal viewpoint about all this. Fiona Bruce is a fine presenter, a bit of a rough voice for my taste but she is always respectfully soft-spoken too. However, between shots of Fiona's stunning beauty and various silly drawings involving the history of the land the palaces are built on, etc., etc., ... you get the picture?

No? Well this documentary gives very little in the way of pictures, that is the point. Frankly it is a stupendous waste of time and production money to have done a thing like this. Each episode, that is, each residence, has about an hour devoted to it. Well I have calculated about 10 to 15 minutes of that shows you the exteriors, the interiors, and the grounds.

Guess what the other 45 minutes consists of? - give up?

As badly as I like to watch anything about England, and as much as I wanted to like this documentary, I just can't do it. Fiona Bruce's attractiveness as a presenter and narrator notwithstanding, I find myself drifting away from these episodes. And that is tragedy on a scale almost unknown to Anglophile film-lovers.

It is almost unheard of that I would steer viewers from anything English and factual. Yet here is this series which serves as a reminder: the British do tend to ruin a simple, good thing if they get the chance.

Get this if you must - I know I won't waste my money on it - it is definitely not short on quality. It's the quantity that matters in these cases however, and this series simply does not cut the mustard. We are not amused.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enjoyable January 20, 2013
By Hmmm
Format:DVD
Not enjoyable. The whole documentary focuses on the narrator. The viewer sees far more of her than the palaces. Who's idea was that? She has a very nice voice for narration, but she should have been heard and not seen!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars When did Fiona Bruce become The Queen? February 7, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was so looking forward to viewing this series.

But, OMG, it is awful. Fiona Bruce - dressed in blue Saran Wrap - dominates. And this is not good.

She is OK as a narrator, and that should have been her role, while lovely scenes of the palaces are shown. Instead, we get a LOT of airtime with Fiona walking, walking, walking, talking, singing (I kid you not), and even sitting in a gondola in Venice. Yes, Venice. Of course Venice is wonderful, but I purchased the DVD to see the Queen's palaces. You know, in England and Scotland.

Was the director in love with Bruce?

I also cringed at the inaccuracies and the many many many missed opportunities.

The DVD should have been titled: THE INCREDIBLE FIONA BRUCE while she deigns to pay a bit of attention to some old palaces.

In short: a painful viewing experience. The numerous good reviews are baffling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Snoozer!
I admit I was tired when I watched this however . . . The hostess drags on and on about the history of how the palaces were developed and shows just a few rooms. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Teton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job Fiona Bruce!!
Explore the royal palaces like never before. Fiona Bruce guides you on a dashing tour, filled with juicy gossip about the royals, along with tours of their stunning palaces. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Arthur Shoates
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great video! Love these documentaries! Now we have to see them in person! Great price on the DVD also! Thanks.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas J. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok if edited parts out
If they focused exclusively on the palaces architecture, phases, past with save existing pieces of the actual buildings instead of those moments she wonders off to Venice at one... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adam Corder
5.0 out of 5 stars a beauty to behold in 3 castles
the 3 castles featured in this video where outstanding the beauty of the interiors was amazing it made one wonder how could you live in such beauty
the history behind them is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Grimstrup
2.0 out of 5 stars Hopelessly ominpresent and narcissistic narrator
This series was an interesting idea that fell well short of its potential. While the history presented was fascinating (albeit shallow), the narrator and writer, Fiona Bruce, puts... Read more
Published 9 months ago by B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
Wonderful! It had fast shipping was exactly what it was supposed to be enjoyed the buying experience ! Great item
Published 10 months ago by DEBRA L VICKERS
4.0 out of 5 stars I have not watched this...
it is a gift for my mom, who enjoys history of this sort. I like castles as castles go and would likely be interested in the constructions more than the ornamentation, which the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by rad
5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen's Palaces
Thoroughly enjoyed these tapes! Watched them several times! Fiona Bruce is an entertaining actress who told this from a historic standpoint anybody could appreciate. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mary Collins Landin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Since I had visited England, this was an enjoyable video to watch. I would recommend it to everyone. Beautiful photography.
Published 11 months ago by Margaret Robertson
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