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W.E (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (2011)

Andrea Riseborough , James D'Arcy , Madonna  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andrea Riseborough, James D'Arcy
  • Directors: Madonna
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0059XTV7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,534 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "W.E (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)" on IMDb

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Madonna's Academy Award® nominated film (2011 Best Achievement in Costume Design, Arianne Phillips) delivers an elegantly stylish and beautifully dramatic look into the lives of two fragile yet passionate women intertwined across the decades. In 1998, New Yorker Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) becomes enamored with what is believed to be the greatest romance of the 20th century -- King Edward VIII's (James D'Arcy) surrender of the crown for the woman he loved, the chic and charismatic American, Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough). Through a series of secret letters, Wally discovers the lifetime of romance Edward and Wallis shared together.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The much maligned, brief theatrical film by Madonna - W.E. - fairs better on the small screen than it likely did in the movie houses. The stories are bifurcated, each one resembling a television creation - one a docudrama biopic, the other a contemporary soap opera. That Madonna, who directed and wrote the screenplay with Alek Keshishian, decided to mix the two stories is a bit daring but in some ways it works very well. In other ways the parallel stories seem like time traveling cars on the same highway that never quite travel at the same speed or quality.

The film mixes the notorious affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson with a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard. The time is 1998 and at an auction of the estate of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor unhappily married ex-Sotheby employee Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) becomes obsessed by their historic love story. Her own marriage to womanizing, abusive psychiatrist William (Richard Coyle) undermines her feelings of worth and as she learns more about the sacrifices involved in the famous affair, she gains her own courage to find happiness.

The film flips back and forth between the present and the 1930s and it is the historical aspect of the film that is almost flawless. We get to know Wallis Simpson (in a brilliant portrayal by Andrea Riseborough) and understand her failed first two marriages (at the time we meet her she is still married to Ernest Simpson played by David Harbour), and see the American sizzle that made her the talk of England.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
After seeing Madonna's love letter to controversial Wallis Simpson "W.E" get savaged by the mainstream media, I was somewhat apprehensive about the film. The love affair between Simpson and King Edward VIII is a stunning and momentous true-life story that resulted in him abdicating the crown and becoming a lifelong exile from the country he had served. It is unparalleled in terms of historical significance. What a fantastic subject! I knew that Madonna had a particular interest in Simpson's side of the story, so this seemed a novel approach to a somewhat familiar tale. From advance previews, it seemed that the film was positioned to be a sweeping romance so I didn't really expect a by-the-numbers historical biography. And in truth, I learned little new about the pair that I hadn't seen in countless other representations. But even taken on its own terms, I don't know that "W.E." really accomplishes what it set out to do. It's not all bad, by any stretch, but the movie keeps the viewer at arm's length throughout.

In a strange decision, Madonna and her co-writer Alek Keshishian filter the famous love story through the eyes of a modern woman (Abbie Cornish). Cornish plays a rather expressionless upscale housewife tortured by an extravagant lifestyle and an inattentive husband. Just to elicit some sympathy for her plight of complete freedom and wealth, her husband is made out to be a cackling caricature of evil. Cornish is obsessively fixated on Wallis Simpson in a very creepy way (Simpson stories play non-stop on the radio and TV, she spends every waking moment studying memorabilia from the time period, and she has imaginary conversations with her idol).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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After seeing Madonna's love letter to controversial Wallis Simpson "W.E" get savaged by the mainstream media, I was somewhat apprehensive about the film. The love affair between Simpson and King Edward VIII is a stunning and momentous true-life story that resulted in him abdicating the crown and becoming a lifelong exile from the country he had served. It is unparalleled in terms of historical significance. What a fantastic subject! I knew that Madonna had a particular interest in Simpson's side of the story, so this seemed a novel approach to a somewhat familiar tale. From advance previews, it seemed that the film was positioned to be a sweeping romance so I didn't really expect a by-the-numbers historical biography. And in truth, I learned little new about the pair that I hadn't seen in countless other representations. But even taken on its own terms, I don't know that "W.E." really accomplishes what it set out to do. It's not all bad, by any stretch, but the movie keeps the viewer at arm's length throughout.

In a strange decision, Madonna and her co-writer Alek Keshishian filter the famous love story through the eyes of a modern woman (Abbie Cornish). Cornish plays a rather expressionless upscale housewife tortured by an extravagant lifestyle and an inattentive husband. Just to elicit some sympathy for her plight of complete freedom and wealth, her husband is made out to be a cackling caricature of evil. Cornish is obsessively fixated on Wallis Simpson in a very creepy way (Simpson stories play non-stop on the radio and TV, she spends every waking moment studying memorabilia from the time period, and she has imaginary conversations with her idol).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visually Gorgeous
Visually gorgeous; the clothes in this movie were fabulous. I thought that it transitioned from time periods well, I connected with the characters of Wallis and Wally, and I was... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Carol S. Rigsbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Madonna's W.E. film
I very much enjoyed this movie. I thought Madonna did a marvelous job of entwining two parallel stories, set in different time periods, but sharing much of the emotion and struggle... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Dwight E. Yoder
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
The is a very good movie. I definitely recommend watching this movie to anyone and it is very highly entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Winky
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I read a book of Wallis Simpson and was interested to get more. This is a nice movie version of some of her life and a fictionalized Wally of the present. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda C. Elsaesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!
Enchanting! Will watch it again. Loved the elegant style and clothing. A true romantic saga played along side a romantic fantasy.I've always been fasinated with W&E
Published 1 month ago by Essence
4.0 out of 5 stars W.E.
Interesting parallel stories, intertwined with a different take on what the women in the story line gave up in their quest for a relationship. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard A. Hernandez
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
If you are a fan of this story, do not watch this movie. Just seemed like it was thrown together, boring!
Published 2 months ago by pettyjean
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movie
I absolutely adore this movie. I honestly didn't know anything about Wallis Simpson; didn't even know who she was, but watched this and just had to buy it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Abby Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars two stories in one
not quite what I expected. would have enjoyed it more if it had concentrated just on the romance of the Duke and Duchess./
Published 2 months ago by Loretta H. Horrocks
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STAR RATING SHOULD BE 10
THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE!! FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EVER LOVED :) GREAT MOVIE FOR YOUNG OR OLD WITH LOVE IN THEIR HEART.
Published 3 months ago by D'sMadge
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