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The Crown DVD
Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
- Winner of Three Prime Time Emmy Awards
- Golden Globe Winner: Best TV Series Drama
The Crown Exclusive Giftset
Includes the Following Collectible Items:
- The House Of Windsor family tree art card
- Exclusive The Crown collector’s coin
- First chapter of The Crown: The Official Companion book
- Replica article from The Times from the day of the Queen’s Coronation, 2nd June 1953
The Crown Cast:
Queen Elizabeth II.
Philip Duke of Edinborough.
The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne... a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Golden Globe® winner for Best TV Drama Series, “The Crown,” created by Peter Morgan, explores the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness.
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There are 10 episodes in the first season of The Crown, beginning just before the royal marriage in 1947 and lasting until 1955. We see the young Princess Elizabeth and her handsome naval officer husband balancing royal and military duties and starting a family, then suddenly being required to give up any semblance of a private life when King George VI died in 1952. Elizabeth II became Queen at a difficult period for Great Britain. The Empire was fragmenting, the economy stagnating, and world leadership seemed to be slipping away. We see the young Queen finding her footing and learning how to deal with her ministers, especially her first Prime Minister Winston Churchill. At the same time her husband was searching for a role of his own and chafing at the necessity of playing second fiddle to his wife. Any marriage would be stressed by these complications, and the depictions of conflict between the Queen and her husband are plausible. Also looking for new places in the world were the widowed Queen Mother and her younger daughter Princess Margaret. The series does an adroit job depicting those struggles, particularly the ones faced by Margaret, whose wish to marry a divorced man put her and her elder sister at odds. By the last episode we have seen some of these conflicts resolved, but many more await resolution in future seasons.
Season One of The Crown is a magnificent production which promises much and amply delivers. I await future seasons with eager anticipation.
The first season depicts Elizabeth as a shy young woman, reluctantly thrown into the spotlight, who must learn to control and maintain her own emotions as well as those of her closest family and subordinates. The show periodically shifts to events that occur during her reign, such as the final days of Winston Churchill’s political career, betrayals and deceit behind a post-war 10 Downing Street, the great smog of 1952, which took the lives of 12,000 people, and the relationship between the queen and Edward VIII, who refused to become king in order to marry Wallis Simpson.
With Ms. Foy anchoring the series and ably capturing the persona of an elusive, private monarch, each episode provides insight into history without becoming dry and didactic. We see how the royals lived, how they regarded themselves and how they were perceived by their subjects.
Production design is sumptuous and attention to period details — costumes, cars, props —allows the viewer to be immersed in time and place. Elizabeth’s growing understanding of what is expected of a monarch is a major plot arc of Season One as she transforms from young novice to public figure, doing what her country expects of her.
The only bonus feature on the unrated widescreen 4-disc Blu-ray set is a photo gallery.