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King George VI: The Man Behind the King's Speech

4.5 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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The 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The King's Speech, has taken the world by storm. The Man Behind the King's Speech is the true story of the man who never wished to be the King of England and how he overcame his personal limitations to save a nation. Featuring original contributions from Colin Firth and director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) as well as the grandson of Lionel Logue, the King's speech therapist, this feature-length documentary contains original footage of King George VI's reign, including the King's coronation speech and his brother's abdication during the onset of war. The Man Behind the King's Speech is an in-depth look into the moving story that's gripped the world.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Colin Firth, Tom Hooper, Mark Logue
  • Directors: ITN Productions
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056C1M2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 29, 2011
Format: DVD
This is another WONDERFUL companion piece to the Academy Award Winning film "The King's Speech". About a month ago I reviewed a title "The King Speaks" which focuses on Lionel Logue - the speech therapist who taught King George VI to reduce his stuttering. This hour long documentary (apparently aired on ITV in the UK in connection with the feature film) Spends more time on the King himself, from inheriting the throne when his brother King Edward abdicated the throne in 1936 though his death at the young age of 52 and the subsequent coronation of his eldest daughter who became Queen Elizabeth II.

This is a fascinating extension of the all-too-brief featurette that was included on the DVD release of the Colin Firth-starring film from Sony (see my review of that film on Amazon.). The Sony film included one small except of archival footage of King George VI - the "stuttering king". Here we get much more!

Actor First makes a brief appearance as does the Sony film's director and the author of the book. Logue is covered only briefly with some comments by his grandson. Most of the commentary comes from interview with Tim Ewart, identified as a "Royal Correspondent". The rest is culled from fascinating newsreel footage.

The "bonus features" here are also nice, except for what is listed as the "Trailer". This is nothing more than the first 2 ½ minutes of the documentary. The others include George's speech at the unveiling of the statue of his father, George V (4-minutes), Newsreel of George V's visit to Cape Cape Town (7-minutes) and the christening of the baby Prince Charles (3-minutes). In the later we see FOUR generations of the Royal Family from Queen Mary to her great Grandson Prince Charles.

If you liked the TKS film, then I highly recommend that you watch this DVD. (For more on Logue see "The King Speaks" from BFS. If you haven't, get TKS and enjoy it. THEN watch this film.

Steve Ramm
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I enjoyed this film! As most people already know from "The King's Speech", King George VI never intended nor desired to be king. This documentary is a fascinating look at how he reconciled himself with the role, and became an inspiration to his nation.

Highlights include original footage of the King's life, interviews with the of grandson Lionel Logue, and commentary from the cast and crew of "The King's Speech".

Definitely worth the purchase. Inspiring man, inspiring film.
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Nothing compared to the King's Speech but definitely a must see documentary for those who enjoyed watching the King's Speech. It's very informational and inspiring. Gives your an inside exclusive on the King and his struggles with stuttering. I really enjoyed watching the historic footages of King George. I was quite surprised to see Colin Firth do a commentary. This is something everyone should see before or after they watch the King's Speech.
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I loved this film because it was such a great accompaniment to the film. It is a truly touching tale that brings you into the life of King George VI and really allows you to empathize with what he was going through.
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Once you've watched King's Speech (~2008), this historical footage and documentary is an excellent follow-on to help place the subject precisely in time, in the history of England and in world history. This footage is useful watched either before or after seeing the movie. We saw the movie in theatres, the purchased and viewed this historical footage. Great insights into the man, his country, and the turbulent times into which he was born to lead, despite overwhelming handicap odds.
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I really enjoyed this historic retrospective. It enlightened me about King George VI and his formative years. I only wish it had been longer and elaborated a bit more on his relationship with his speech therapist. A good companion DVD for the movie.
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By rachel1210 on August 3, 2011
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I loved The King's Speech, so to learn even more about the background of King George VI was fascinating to me! It's really great to hear the genuine thoughts of Colin Firth and Tom Hooper, as well as, the speech therapists grandson, too!
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I have wanted to know about the real King Edward the 6th since I watched the Kings Speech. It was very informative. There was so much I did not know about him before the movie and this DVD. Thanks. AWH
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