Henry VIII

Henry VIII

Director: Pete Travis Cast: Ray Winstone, Helena Bonham Carter, Emilia Fox
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Henry VIII

The life of one of Great Britain's most influential and feared monarchs is dramatized in this lavish production, originally produced for British television. King Henry VIII (Ray Winstone) is a shrewd but ruthless ruler who is determined to sire a male heir who will succeed him on the throne. However, his wife, Katherine of Aragon (Assumpta Serna), after numerous attempts, is only able to bear him a daughter, so the King takes a mistress, Anne Boleyn (Helena Bonham Carter), in hopes she will give him a son. Anne Boleyn cleverly insists that she must wed the king if they are to have a child, and when the Catholic Church forbids Henry's request for a divorce, the King responds by forming his own denomination, the Church of England, which he will oversee himself. One of the King's most trusted advisers, Cardinal Wolsey (David Suchet) attempts to convince Henry that this is folly; Henry sentences him to death, and sends him to the Tower of London to await his sentence. Despite these machinations, Anne Boleyn is unable to give Henry the son he wants, and the Kings decides she will pay with her life for this failing. As Henry becomes increasingly ruthless in his dealings with those close to him -- as well as other nations -- he leaves a bloody wake as he uses beheading as his favored means of dealing with troublesome wives and untrustworthy allies. The cast also includes Sean Bean, Charles Dance, Emilia Fox, and Emily Blunt; Henry VIII was first aired in the United States as part of PBS's award-winning anthology series Masterpiece Theatre.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
UPC: 0026359236624
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: Hbo Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 3:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes interviews with cast & crew

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One: Part 1
1. Prologue [4:03]
2. The Spanish Queen [6:56]
3. Protecting the Throne [6:31]
4. Meeting Anne Boleyn [7:50]
5. Hand to Be Won [9:33]
6. Love Letters [10:28]
7. Royal Divorce [11:24]
8. Appeal to Rome [5:02]
9. The Highest Authority [4:18]
10. Queen Anne [5:43]
11. Henry's Mistress [5:07]
12. Jane Seymour [5:15]
13. Trial of Mockery [9:36]
14. At the King's Pleasure [5:38]
15. End Credits [1:09]
Side #2 -- Disc Two: Part 2
1. Dissolving the Monasteries [7:24]
2. Pilgrimage of Grace [6:03]
3. Meeting With Robert Aske [7:58]
4. Return to Order [5:50]
5. A Boy Tudor [3:58]
6. Rival Religions [4:28]
7. Anne of Cleves [6:11]
8. Lamb to the Slaughter [4:46]
9. Cromwell's End [3:13]
10. Katherine Howard [6:56]
11. Henry's Fifth Queen [4:28]
12. Katherine's Lover [8:51]
13. Treacherous Adultery [8:22]
14. The Lady Latimer [6:34]
15. Henry's Last Days [8:14]
16. End Credits [1:10]

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Henry VIII 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just watched this on Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. It was really good...and I learned a lot that I didn't know about Henry VIII. And they made him surprisingly human. I always considered him just a nut with a grandious view of himself. But Henry was portrayed with real emotions and I hate to say it but sometimes I even felt sorry for him. Good picture Very well made. I would recommend this to history lovers but also to those who just like a good film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Henry VIII with a cockney accent? It wasn't my imagination - during the special feature of interviews on the 2nd DVD, the director smarmily insisted that he always 'envisioned King Henry the Eighth as a sort of gangster, an East End thug, which why I wanted Ray to play him.' Now the Brits pander to teenybopper tastes the way the Americans always have, de-classing and therefore 'popularizing' an historical figure. The movie is campily enjoyable, true, and fairly historically accurate, but Keith Mitchell's 1972 portrayal in the BBC series still stands the test of time and comes across as the most human and understandable (however cruel and megalomaniacal man of his times) Renaissance monarch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know alot of history about henry the VIII. With that in mind, this still was not a bad movie. I thought the acting was good, but the quality of the filming was a little bad. I really like how they start from the moment he becomes king, to when he died.
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