Nicholas and Alexandra

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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 ...
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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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • UPC: 043396032958
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:09:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,600

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

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      Portuguese
      Chinese
      Korean
      Thai
      None
   Special Features
      Original 1971 Featurette
      Theatrical Trailer
      Talent and Filmographies
         Franklin J. Schaffner
         Michael Jayston
         Janet Suzman
         Tom Baker
   Scene Selections
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Greatest Epics of all Time

    Nicholas and Alexandra is a powerful film that sweeps us back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the powerful and haunting story of the Romanovs' lives; with Nicholas's political naivete, Alexandra's obsession with the strange and corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis's brave struggle with hemophilia. Against a lavish backdrop of luxury, mystery and intrigue, one of the greatest films unfolds a powerful drama of passion and history- the story of a doomed empire and the death marked royals who watched it crumble.

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