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The Young Victoria [Blu-ray] (2009)

Emily Blunt , Rupert Friend  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (440 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C46P2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,195 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend star in the lavish historical drama, THE YOUNG VICTORIA. Resolved to establish her authority over those who rule in her stead, a young and inexperienced Queen Victoria (Blunt) draws strength from the love of Albert (Friend), the handsome prince who’s stolen her heart. Based on the courtship and early reign of England’s longest-serving monarch, THE YOUNG VICTORIA is a majestic tale of romance, intrigue and power.

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184 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, mostly historically accurate January 22, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed this film! Emily Blunt gave a stunning performance as Victoria, but Rupert Friend totally steals the show as Albert, in many ways a much more challenging role, I think. Albert was a complex, private person and his relationship with Victoria is all the more interesting, because while he dutifully pursued marriage with Victoria as his destined "career", he did not expect to fall in love or to be loved in their marriage. Friend does a marvelous job of portraying a very reserved, rational man suprised by his own powerful feelings, and of showing Albert's very dry but keen sense of humor. Many biographers/historians have suggested that Albert did not love Victoria as she did him, but I think this has much more to do with Albert's reserved, Germanic public persona than any historical reality, as is amply demonstrated in his letters and Victoria's journals. Friend does a marvelous job of revealing an Albert who loved Victoria deeply and was willing to make great sacrifices for her, but who also had the strength to stand up to her strong will and fiery temper, and not be pushed around. Both actors obviously did their homework on Victoria and Albert and I think very much captured the essence of their personalities. I also very much enjoyed Jim Broadbent and Harriet Walter's marvelous, feisty performances as King William and Queen Adelaide.

One aspect of the film I found a bit jarring was the portrayal of Victoria's relationship with King Leopold and Baron Stockmar as being rather distant and hostile.
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227 of 233 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Young Victoria March 29, 2009
The film takes a look at the year leading up to and first few years of Victoria on the throne of England. It shows the struggles, trials and tribulations of being a lonely child growing up under strict rule to being a young queen on the English throne, a queen that would have the longest standing reign in all of British history. The film also takes us into the life of a married monarch. A true love story for the ages, the marriage between Victoria, played by Emily Blunt, and Albert, played by Rupert Friend, was arranged prior to their eventual meeting. Their official meeting was scripted, but it was when both dropped the script and began to speak as themselves that the historic romance blossomed. The film is a wonderful depiction of the early life of the queen, showing how she became one of the greatest monarchs in British history.

Although I am not technically trained as an historian, I am as an actor and director and I found this movie worth its price at the theatre. Being one of many costume dramas that I have seen The Young Victoria has been by far most sound in design, screen capture, performance, and set. One must remember, though, that this is just a movie and in order for it to be completely historically accurate is reaching for the stars. This film was an interpretation above all; an inside look at the life of a young queen from an unfamiliar angle, her personal life. Though this is not the first film to do so, it is one of a few films that actually shows the passionate, loving and sexually driven young queen; not the prudish, "we are not amused" old queen we've grown to know. My rating for this film stands at a strong four star, and it is recommended that if you are able to let go of the idea of being historically accurate and allow yourself to enter the imagination of film makers you will enjoy The Young Victoria.
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138 of 142 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised July 12, 2009
Well, I came to this one rather dreading it. National critics had given it something of a bashing. But it is super!

Young Victoria was the only surviving issue of several sons of George III ("Farmer George"). Two of her uncles, George IV (who made Brighton Pavilion) and his brother William IV (known as the "Sailor King" and "Silly Billy"), preceded her as monarch. Unfortunately for Victoria, her father, the Duke of Kent, died very early and her mother, the Duchess, fell under the spell of - not to put too fine a point on it - a conman in the shape of (later knighted as "Sir") John Conroy. Sensing the prospect of power, the two of them raised poor Victoria in a repressive background at Kensington Palace, dubbing their tyrannical regime "The Kensington System."

This is where the film starts. I loved it. Victoria is played with emotional literacy and verve by Emily Blunt. Miranda Richardson is restrained and blinkered as the Duchess and Mark Strong makes a villainous Conroy, slapping Victoria as she refuses to sign a document making him Regent.

Several of the other actors are so good that their identity in the cast list came as a PLEASANT SURPRISE (hence the title of this review). Jim Broadbent is great as crusty old William IV, asking God to let him hang on until May, when Victoria comes of age. (Thankfully, she did - and banished Conroy from her Court on her accession.) Michael Maloney puts in good work as Sir Robert Peel who Victoria clashes with politically. Paul Bettany is fabulous, if somewhat too young, as Lord Melbourne, Victoria's adviser and crush.

But the honours go to the dashing Rupert Friend, wonderful as Prince Albert. Albert - German and Royal and not popular with Parliament - is utterly rehabilitated in this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another very good historical movie.
Published 1 day ago by Betty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I loved it!
Published 2 days ago by Br. Gary Humes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this movie!
Published 3 days ago by lisa margot rubio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great movie that gives a good look at how young Victoria might have been.
Published 10 days ago by Kathleen Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Enjoyed movie
Published 12 days ago by joanne l. johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars It's lovely, but I wish it had dealt with ...
It's lovely, but I wish it had dealt with more than this short period. Other than that, it is a feast for the eyes and may tell you some things about these two that you did not... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Brent Kincaid
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
An excellent purchase you will not regret. Acting, setting, costumes-everything about this movie is wonderful. It definitely deserves the awards it has received.
Published 17 days ago by Misty Hahn
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent period piece
This film is superior in every way...costumes, sets, music, photography and especially the casting and acting. I never tire of watching this film and am thrilled to now own it!
Published 18 days ago by noel
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly magnificent movie
A simply beautiful and historical film with a soundtrack to lift your spirits and the end song over the credits that will break your heart
Published 22 days ago by Perrin Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Another True Love Story
Seldom with royal marriages do we see a match that rises above any "arrangements". These two were not only very much in love but were true partners.
Published 1 month ago by Sunflower
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