Victoria & Albert

Victoria & Albert

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Director: John Erman

Cast: John Erman, Kate Maberly, Victoria Hamilton, Penelope Wilton

     
 
John Erman's 2001 epic love story Victoria & Albert comes to DVD in a two-disc set from A&E Entertainment. The film is presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo sound. Closed captions are accessible. Disc one includes cast filmographies for Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth, Diana Rigg, and Jonathan Pryce. Disc two includes cast

Overview

John Erman's 2001 epic love story Victoria & Albert comes to DVD in a two-disc set from A&E Entertainment. The film is presented with a standard full-frame transfer and Dolby Digital Stereo sound. Closed captions are accessible. Disc one includes cast filmographies for Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth, Diana Rigg, and Jonathan Pryce. Disc two includes cast filmographies for Sir Peter Ustinov, David Suchet, and Sir Nigel Hawthorne.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
After presenting highly acclaimed adaptations of fictional works such as Pride and Prejudice and Lorna Doone, A&E debuted this docudrama in 2001 -- and again earned favorable reviews. The production centers on the romance and marriage of the last of the English Hanover monarchs, Victoria (1819-1901), Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India, and her first cousin, Albert (1819-1861), prince-consort of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in Germany. The script skillfully intertwines the main plot, the love affair of Victoria and Albert, with subplots about political and familial discord that threaten to undermine Victoria's ability to choose a husband and rule independently. Victoria Hamilton and Jonathan Firth are delightful as Victoria and Albert. Portraying the royal couple as reserved and dignified but with minds of their own, they animate the film with memorable scenes, in particular one in which they play a lively piano duet and another in which diffident Victoria proposes to diffident Albert. Peter Ustinov is superb as crotchety King William IV, who dotes on his appealing niece and heir presumptive, Victoria, and vilifies her overbearing shrew of a mother (Penelope Wilton). The dinner scene, in which attendants carry the ailing king through a receiving line, serves up an épée de combat of verbal thrusts and parries that foretell hard times ahead for young Victoria. Then the king has the decency to die to allow Victoria to assume the throne, discover herself, and work against her nefarious mother and the scheming Sir John Conroy (Patrick Malahide). The plot thickens into a robust soup when, after the wedding, Albert discovers he has no purpose, no duties, and throws a royal tantrum while Victoria's protective lady-in-waiting, Baroness Lehzen (Diana Rigg), smiles wryly. Nigel Hawthorne is wonderful as the queen's sympathetic prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who coaxes common sense and giggles from the young queen, and David Suchet is equally engaging as young Victoria's mentor, Baron Christian Friedrich Stockmar, M.D.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
UPC:
0733961703443
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
3:20:00
Sales rank:
7,973

Special Features

Cast biographies/filmographies; Interactive menus; Scene selection

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Victoria's Future [7:36]
2. Mother vs. Daughter [4:47]
3. The King Speaks [7:06]
4. The Letters [9:03]
5. Royal Persuasion [4:49]
6. Queen Victoria [4:07]
7. God Save the Queen [8:12]
8. The Lord & the Baron [8:26]
9. The Plan [8:09]
10. They Meet Again [7:14]
11. The Wedding [9:12]
12. Albert's Place [10:55]
Side #2 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Heroic Act [6:09]
2. Political Unrest [5:38]
3. The Princess [5:10]
4. Household Changes [8:54]
5. Sir Robert [12:59]
6. The Prince [9:51]
7. Later Has Come [8:11]
8. The Great Exhibition [7:37]
9. The Queen's Mother [3:54]
10. Berti [6:34]
11. Farewell Albert [8:58]
12. Reflection [3:58]

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Victoria & Albert 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I happened to catch this movie on A & E Classroom, and had to have it after seeing it. It's a terrific escape movie - very dramatic, and the characters are well-rounded and brought to life by the ingenuity of the writing and the actors. After seeing this movie I will never think of Queen Victoria nor her era quite the same - she was a vivacious, witty, and utterly real person, and it was a pleasure to relive her often forgotten-about first years on the throne. We see her transform from a scared, somewhat spoiled child to a young woman desperately in love, and on to a loving wife, mother, and most of all, Queen. It is no wonder the people of Great Britain felt as they did toward her. It also gives a face and fleshes out the character of Prince Albert, so often only mentioned as Queen Victoria's husband but a huge influence and fascinating character in his own right. But I can't convey completely how great this movie is - you have to see it for yourself. However, I can promise a dramatic, emotional, and indulgently nostalgic tour through Victorian England, and a beautiful and timeless romance (upon which most of today's wedding traditions are based) that manages to teach some of history and its fascinating characters in more color than many fictional characters can obtain. Enjoy!
historylover2 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and engaging historical dramatazation of the relationship between Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert. Some "hollywood" license was used in depicting their early relationship. An enjoyable and relatively accurate rendition of the time period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for your video collection if you enjoy history, love stories, or entertainment. Extremely well done. Gives a new perspective on history. A great love story of courage and strength of character. I highly recommend watching and owing this production.
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