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Mrs. Brown BD [Blu-ray]

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A romantic drama in the Masterpiece Theater vein, this John Madden film looks at the relationship between Queen Victoria and John Brown, a commoner who, though a servant, becomes her closest friend and confidant. As such, he proves the catalyst to bring her back into public life and out of her private mourning for the late Prince Albert. But the closeness of their friendship sets tongues wagging about the impropriety of what appears to be an affair between queen and commoner (an issue the film never directly addresses). The film's charm lies in the flinty give-and-take between the wonderfully starchy Judi Dench as Victoria and the robust Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, here playing it straight as a strong-willed Scotsman who comes to enjoy the power he wields by virtue of having the queen's ear. Antony Sher is also striking as Prime Minister Disraeli, in a performance that all but shimmers with unspoken malice. --Marshall Fine

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and Sensitive, Beautifully Acted May 21 2004
Format:DVD
MRS. BROWN is a film that is so exquisitely acted, so sensitive in its portrayal of grief and friendship and so lacking in artifice that it's almost impossible to find words glowing enough to describe it.
MRS. BROWN centers on Queen Victoria and is based on actual events. It opens in 1864, two years after the death of Victoria's very beloved husband, Prince Albert. Unable to pull herself out of mourning, Victoria lives in almost total isolation at Windsor Castle and her family, friends and staff have become her unwilling prisoners. Silence and grief are the rule at Windsor and even though several well-meaning friends and advisors attempt to bring the queen out of the deep depression into which she's fallen, it's all to no avail. Finally, in one last, desperate effort, Victoria's wonderfully loyal and caring secretary, Henry Posonby, sends for one of Albert's old stable hands at Balmoral, John Brown. Brown is a Highlander and Victoria, you see, subscribed to the belief that "all Highlanders are good for the health." Posonby can hope she's right.
Brown certainly shakes things up when he arrives at Windsor. Unlike Victoria's other servants, Brown doesn't coddle Victoria's depression. He's too smart for that and he knows that's not the way to get the job done. Naturally, Victoria is, at first, annoyed at Brown's loud and unpolished manner and her staff is horrified. Little by little, however, Victoria responds to Brown's affection and caring and a deep and lasting friendship develops between the two as Brown pulls Victoria back to life.
Although the friendship between Brown and Victoria develops rather slowly and, in the film, at least, there's no hint of it being anything other than platonic, palace gossips can't help but dub Victoria, "Mrs. Brown."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie. Jan. 24 2003
Format:DVD
It is very seldom that I get to watch the movie of this quality. It is absolutely brilliant.
This is a story of a unique friendship formed between two very unlike characters: Queen Victoria and her servant Mr. Brown. As the story developed I was completely absorbed by the lives of these two people, as if I was actually part of it rather then watching the film.
Story is incredibly well told (though I do wish filmmakers were not in such a rush to end it), cinematography is absolutely beautiful and as far as the historical part of the movie it was perfectly captured. And then there are actors involved in this movie.
I do not think that my knowledge of English language will allow me to fully describe superb talent of Judi Dench, which by all means is unmatched by anyone alive today. Her performance was absolutely flawless. Academy should be ashamed for not awarding her with an Oscar and choosing Helen Hunt's performance over hers. Not even a contest in my opinion.
As incredible as Judi Dench is I'm sure it is very hard to find costars that will not be completely overshadowed by her. But Billy Connelly filled the screen with his brilliant performance. Perfect chemistry between the two. And of course - Geoffrey Palmer who happens to be Judi's long time costar from BBC's "As Time Goes By" (which I think is one of the best TV comedies of all time). When you get so caught up in a movie that you forget it's not a real life you know that actors are doing an incredible job.
This is an exceptionally well made film, a stunning piece of cinematography. And I think it should be a part of any movie-lovers collection. It certainly is part of mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Did she or didn't she? May 30 2003
By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
That is the question. Of course, when one thinks of Victoria, the idea of prudishness, conservatism, and a very reserved manner in action and morality naturally come to mind. It was never unusual for monarchs, male or female, to have lovers outside of their marriages (indeed, it might be considered unusual for a monarch to have been thought to have remained faithful), but Victoria? The epitome of a repressive, almost oppresive morality? Surely not.
Don't be so sure.
Four years after the death of Prince Albert, to whom Victoria was completely devoted, and for whom she mourned in quite public and dramatic fashion, against the protests of her children and her ministers, John Brown, a favourite ghillie of the royal couple, was brought back into service of the Queen household.
Victoria's favouritism toward him, coupled with his own brash and blunt behaviour, caused him to be envied and disliked by members of her family, her household service, her ministers, and largely by the public. There were parodies of John Brown's activities, done up in the form of mock Court Circulars (the official listing of royal engagements), which appeared in the press on both sides of the Atlantic.
It is unknown if Brown actually kept a diary (the movie speculates such, but also states that no diary was ever found). There was a large black trunk of correspondence found after Victoria's death, between the Queen and her doctor at the time, Profeit, regarding John Brown. This came into the possession of her new doctor, Reid, who recorded 'most compromising' secrets into his green memorandum book. Alas, this book was burned by Reid's son, and the trunk was not found. Did it refer to a secret marriage between Victoria and John Brown, as was often speculated?
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful performances
Mrs. Brown is based on the true story of the friendship between widowed English Queen Victoria and her personal servant, John Brown, a Scotsman. Read more
Published 6 months ago by George Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I bought it
I initially purchased item because it featured Gerard Butler. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the story with a wonderful cast. It arrived in time and highly recommend it.
Published 12 months ago by Barb
2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but a very poor transfer
It's only saving grace is that unlike the non-anamorphic DVD, you get the full widescreen transfer. My experience with this Blu-ray is sadly very different to the two earlier... Read more
Published on May 30 2011 by John Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Victoria
This is a sensitively portrayed movie of the life of Queen Victoria after her Prince Albert's death from typhoid. Read more
Published on May 25 2011 by Pater
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb.
One of the best fictionalized accounts of Queen Victoria's later years life. Superb acting by Dench and Connolly. A must see. Read more
Published on May 24 2011 by Brownie
4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs. Brown review
Historical drama depicting the secret (and not so secret) life of Queen Victoria and her affair with John Brown. Very well done.
Published on Jan. 10 2010 by Leslie Boyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique
J'ai vu la version anglaise du film. Judi Dench et Bill Connolly sont absolument remarquable dans leur rôle respectif. 5 étoiles haut la main!
Published on Aug. 25 2007 by Louis Caron
3.0 out of 5 stars Expect for Excitement and you'll be Disappointed
Quite a lively account of Queen Victoria as a person since her husband passed away. There isn't too much drama or suspense. Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by BLee
2.0 out of 5 stars Fiction can be duller than truth
This rather gloomy film tells the story of an imaginary love affair between Queen Victoria and her Highland servant John Brown. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by L O'connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!
A really well done film. A few historical inaccuracies, but they do not affect the quality of the story.. Dame Judi is wonderful!
Published on Feb. 19 2003
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