Elizabeth – The Golden Age (Widescreen Edition)

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Format Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Contributor Clive Owen, Cate Blanchett, Samantha Morton, Geoffry Rush
Language English, Spanish, Swedish
Runtime 1 hour and 55 minutes

Academy Award® winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush join Academy Award® nominee Clive Owen in a gripping historical thriller full of suspense, intrigue and adventure! When Queen Elizabeth’s reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain’s invading army, she and her shrewd advisor must act to safeguard to the lives of her people. But when a dashing seafarer, Walter Raleigh, captures her heart, she is forced to make her most tragic sacrifice for the good of her country. Elizabeth: The Golden Age tells the thrilling tale of one woman’s crusade to control her love, destroy her enemies and secure her position as a beloved icon of the western world.

Bonus Content:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Reign Continues: Making ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
  • Inside Elizabeth’s World
  • Commanding the Winds: Creating the Armada
  • Towers, Courts and Cathedrals
  • Audio Commentary with Director Shekhar Kapur
]]> In 1998’s Elizabeth , Shekhar Kapur added a layer of suds to his history lesson; the director follows the same audience-pleasing recipe in Elizabeth: The Golden Age . Since the first film, Blanchett scored an Oscar for her note-perfect rendition of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator , and she plays the preternaturally bemused monarch in a similar fashion. By 1585, Elizabeth I is an experienced ruler about to face two of her biggest challenges: betrayal by her Catholic cousin, Mary Stuart ( Control’s Samantha Morton), and invasion by the Spanish Armada. It isn’t so much that the Protestant Elizabeth wishes to rid England of “papists,” but that she wants her country to remain free from foreign domination. Closer to her home, she enjoys a sisterly relationship with lady-in-waiting Bess (rising Aussie star Abbie Cornish). That changes when Sir Walter Raleigh (a dashing Clive Owen) hits the scene. In order to continue exploring the New World, he seeks the queen’s sponsorship. She is charmed, but Raleigh only has eyes for Bess. As in the previous picture, Elizabeth enjoys better luck at affairs of state than affairs of the heart, but the conclusion is more beatific than before (and Kapur intends a third installment if Blanchett is willing). Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a rush of royal intrigue, bloody torture, fantastic headpieces, and irresistibly ripe dialogue, like “I have a hurricane in me that will strip Spain bare if you dare to try me!” To Kapur, victory for the Virgin Queen was a viable alternative to sex. — Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Aspect Ratio ‏ : ‎ 1.85:1
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.53 x 5.32 x 7.52 inches; 2.72 Ounces
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ 61033332
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 1 hour and 55 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ February 5, 2008
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Cate Blanchett, Geoffry Rush, Clive Owen, Samantha Morton
  • Dubbed: ‏ : ‎ French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: ‏ : ‎ English, Spanish, French
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000ZOXDFA
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1

10 reviews for Elizabeth – The Golden Age (Widescreen Edition)

  1. Steven C. Wrenn

    One of our favorite movies
    A must for the history buff

  2. NMGO

    Cate Blanchette
    Amusing to read all the scholars of Elizabethan England opining on the various inaccuracies in this sequel to “Elizabeth.” Anyone who watches commercial motion pictures for information about the past, beyond generalities and rough approximations of events, is bound to be disappointed. I recommend any of the marvelous biographies of Elizabeth I–my personal favorite is Anne Somerset’s, though Alison Weir has also written an engaging history not only of England’s remarkable queen, but also of the age–to anyone who is genuinely interested in the history of Elizabeth’s England. Box office contingencies make it necessary for those who make and act in movies to subordinate truth to spectacle–so, best to accept this fact and allow yourself to be entertained without getting into a snit about the size of Westminster Abby or the career of Sir Walter Raleigh.

    Having said this, I loved the film. Why? I could not take my eyes off of Cate Blanchette. Not only is she strikingly lovely, she has the sort of charisma that I associate with the greatest of movie actors–Katherine Hepburn and Glenda Jackson come to mind at once, as well as the incomparable Meryl Streep. Blanchette mesmerizes–her humanizing of Elizabeth feels just right: she shows us a vulnerable and (in many quarters) despised woman learning how to be not only be a great ruler, but also how to accept the costs of her fate.

    I’m afraid that apart from Geoffrey Rush, Blanchette was ill-served by her supporting cast (Ralph Finnes was simply awful strutting through “Elizabeth” and the fellow who played Raleigh was mishandled by the director–he should not have been at the center of this film), but this lack of decent supporting performances mattered not one bit. The ending–the “Protestant WInd,” which I would guess many viewers find exciting, felt contrived and anti-climactic, but then the film sags every moment that Blancette isn’t the center of the action.

    Blanchette is the film, and it is for her performance that I give it four stars.

  3. Laura Workman

    Let’s talk about the wardrobe.
    Of course Kate Blanchett and the rest of the casts acting is superb, but let’s not forget about the wardrobe. It’s exquisite. The queens gowns, her armor and the military uniforms are wonderful and true to life. The acting, the storyline and the wardrobe make this movie worthy of watching again and again.

  4. juli

    All went well

  5. Mandy

    Excellent movie.
    I have watched both movies with Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I many times each and exorcism to watch them many more.

  6. J. C. Jones

    Arrived on time
    Good Movie.

  7. S.

    Golden Elizabeth
    Loosely based on historical occurences, “Elizabeth – The Golden Age” is nonetheless a feast for the eyes. Excellent cinematography and photography are just icing on a cake of superb acting. Cate Blanchet, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush are as excellent as ever in this continuation of Kapur’s version of the story of Elizabeth I of England.

    In 1585 Elizabeth I turned 53 years of age, and young looking Cate (though mentioning increasing lines in the film) throws back us nerdy history majors who enjoy a good Tudor story. Elizabeth faces two challenges – Mary Queen of Scotts and Spanish Armada. The film, like the first one, was filled with intrigue and romanticized versions of Elizabeth’s relationships. There, of course, are accuracies, and I find it funny that some reviewers balk at a historically accurate part of the film.

    One of those was the scene in which Elizabeth rides on her horse in her armor to speak to her troops just before the Spanish Armada. One reviewer called it “a cheap rip-off of Braveheart.” In all actuality, Elizabeth did do this, and Kapur did not even include the biggest (and most oft quoted part) of her speech:”I may have a body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have a heart and stomach of a King, and of a King of England, too.” I wish that Kapur added that part. Another bit I wish Kapur (who seems set on the dramatic) included, purely for increasing the dramatic by using historically accurate, is the fact that the executioner had to hit Mary Queen of Scotts’ neck twice in order to sever the head. After beheading, Mary’s wig fell off as her head rolled on the floor, exposing wispy white hair of a once beautiful woman, resulting in an undignified death for a dignified monarch, who went to her death with her head held high.

    Clive Owen does an excellent job as Sir Walter Raleigh, and Geoffrey Rush shines as Sir Francis Walsingham. In fact, the entire cast is stellar and they fully carry the somewhat rushed film, helped by stunning photography. Musical pieces used in the first Elizabeth helped connect with that film. Kapur is planning on doing a third Elizabeth film. Although mostly historically inaccurate, the Elizabeth films are beautifully done, and highly recommended.

  8. Bridget Ann finke

    Good movie

  9. Laura R.

    Have not played them but am confident they will work

  10. Esperanza Reynolds

    Elizabeth I, The Virgin Queen
    Our fascination with British history continues as we watched the gorgeous sequel to Elizabeth I, “The Golden Years.” Elizabeth I lived from September 7th, 1533 until March 24th, 1603. She was called “The Virgin Queen” and was the fifth and last person to reign from the Tudor dynasty.

    Elizabeth I, masterfully played by Cate Blanchett, is more moderate than her father. The movie continues to create great suspense as we learn more about the latter years of her reign. Her loyal aide Walsingham, played in grand style by Geoffrey Rush, continues to help the monarch to uncover every plot to destroy her reign and Elizabeth is able to check mate all attempts against her.

    The extra features provide interviews with the producer and we learn that Shekhar Kapur added amazing detail to provide authenticity as to the battle between England and Spain, and they build a ship that is half Armada, half British, then PC replicated, providing awesome battle scenes. The architecture and decorations of the time are exquisite, filming where construction is actually taking place, and dressing in period clothing all construction workers, so the reality is magnificent.

    In this film we see a monarch that is now experienced but confronting great challenges because her Catholic cousin, Mary Stuart is after her throne and upon her death, Spain sees the opportunity to attack England under the disguise that she has executed an anointed queen. We see the relationship the queen has with Sir Walter Raleigh, played by Clive Owen, who brings unique gifts from the new discovered lands of Virginia, named in honor of the Queen. His masterful knowledge of the seas provides great insight to Elizabeth during the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

    One of the most spectacular scenes is where the Queen is on her horse, encouraging the people of England to fight to death if necessary to keep England free from foreign domination. As with the first installment, Elizabeth is simply superb, don’t miss seeing this movie!

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