Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Nicholas and Alexandra

Nicholas and Alexandra

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Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Cast: Franklin J. Schaffner, Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Harry Andrews

     
 

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Franklin J. Schaffner's epic about Russian aristocracy comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. This disc offers the original full-length version of the film, talent files, a theatrical trailer,… See more details below

Overview

Franklin J. Schaffner's epic about Russian aristocracy comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. This disc offers the original full-length version of the film, talent files, a theatrical trailer, never-before-seen footage, and an interesting featurette made at the time of the film's production. Anyone with a taste for epics will want to take a look at this fine disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
In this 1971 Academy Award-winning film, the cinematography of Freddie Young contrasts the pomp and ceremony of the Russian court of Czar Nicholas II (Michael Jayston) and his beloved wife, Czarina Alexandra (Janet Suzman), with the misery and despair of the czar's poverty-stricken subjects. The result is a visual triumph that captures the supreme elegance of a Russian ball and the abject horror of a czarist assault on ragged peasantry. Although the film's three-hour length and methodical development displeased many critics, aficionados of history, epic spectacle, and larger-than-life characters may find this production an exciting journey through an age in turmoil. The history is accurate, the settings and costumes authentic, and the acting excellent. Jayston is appropriately handsome and haughty, and Suzman both regal and human. Tom Baker is mesmerizing as Rasputin, although his sharp wit and urbanity are historically inaccurate. The film gets an extra kick from old pros Laurence Olivier as Count Witte, Jack Hawkins as Count Fredericks, and Michael Redgrave as Sazonov. The film won Oscars for art and set direction and for costume design. It won Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Suzman), and Best Cinematography.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
UPC:
0043396032958
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
3:09:00
Sales rank:
6,424

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio & video; Production notes; Interactive menus; Langauge: English [mono]; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Talent and filmographies; Original featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Jayston Nicholas II
Janet Suzman Empress Alexandra
Harry Andrews Grand Duke Nicholas
Irene Worth Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna
Jack Hawkins Count Fredericks
Laurence Olivier Count Witte
Curd Jurgens German Consul Sklarz
Alexander Knox American Ambassador Root
Michael Redgrave Sazonov
Alan Dalton Flautist
Ralph Neville British Ambassador Buchanan
Gordon Gostelow Guchkov
Ian Holm Yakovlev
Martin Potter Prince Yussoupov
Georges Rigaud French Ambassador Paleologue
John Forbes-Robertson Col. Volkov
Penny Sugg Young Opera Singer
Timothy West Dr. Botkin
David Baxter Young Bolshevik
Tom Baker Rasputin
Michael Bryant Lenin
Eric Chapman Plekhanov
Brian Cox Trotsky
Maurice Denham Kokovtsov
Roy Dotrice Gen. Alexeiev
Lynne Frederick Tatiana
Fiona Fullerton Anastasia
David Giles Goloshchekin
Candace Glendenning Marie
Julian Glover Gapon
Stephen Greif Martov
John Hallam Nagorny
James Hazeldine Stalin
Leon Lissek Avadeyev
Ania Marson Olga
John McEnery Kerensky
Eric Porter Stolypin
Diana Quick Sonya
Guy Rolfe Dr. Fedorov
Katherine Schofield Tegleva
Ralph Truman Rodzianko
Richard Warwick Grand Duke Dmitry
Alan Webb Yurovsky
John Wood Col. Kobylinsky
Steven Berkoff Pankratov
Vernon Dobtcheff Dr. Lazovert
Jean-Claude Drouot Gilliard
Roderic Noble Alexis
Vivian Pickles Mme. Krupskaya
John Shrapnel Petya

Technical Credits
Franklin J. Schaffner Director
Ernest Archer Art Director
Richard Rodney Bennett Score Composer
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Bond Screenwriter
John Box Production Designer
Antonio Castillo Costumes/Costume Designer
Vernon Dixon Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Donally Producer
Eddie Fowlie Special Effects
James Goldman Screenwriter
Jack Maxsted Art Director
Gil Parrondo Production Designer
Neville Smallwood Makeup
Sam Spiegel Producer
Ernest Walter Editor
Freddie Young Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [3:11]
2. "I Have a Son" [12:19]
3. Mama's Birthday [1:51]
4. Fantastic Holy Fellow [6:29]
5. Hemophilia [8:01]
6. "My Baby's Dying" [2:05]
7. Sending for Rasputin [5:02]
8. Winter Palace Massacre [5:37]
9. Summer Vacation [7:49]
10. Rasputin Says Goodbye [1:08]
11. "Bring Him Back!" [6:41]
12. Opera Shooting [6:38]
13. Severe Attack [9:19]
14. Rasputin Returns [6:36]
15. Germany Declares War [15:53]
16. Dismissed [9:47]
17. Assassination Party [9:20]
18. Chaos Comes to Russia [8:06]
19. The Tsar Abdicates [2:47]
20. Nicholas Returns Home [8:55]
21. A Hero's Welcome [8:02]
22. Siberia [3:22]
23. Grand Duchesses' Defense [2:05]
24. A Hero's Welcome [2:57]
25. Siberia [1:59]
26. Alexis' Desperate Act [11:18]
27. Imprisoned [15:38]
28. In the Cellar [5:08]

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