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The Virgin Queen (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins, Jay Robinson, Herbert Marshall
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Writers: Harry Brown, Mindret Lord
  • Producers: Charles Brackett
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Release Date: April 8 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012KSUV8

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 3 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This movie was a terrible dissapointment to me. After reading the reviews of this movie on numerous websites including this one, it truely sounded like a movie worth matching. I can't believe how horrible this movie is! Bette Davis has done the worst portrayal of Elizabeth the first that i have ever seen! The script is quite witty, but Bette Davis either over acts or under acts. She can't even uphold the accent for more than one line!I can't even tell you how may times a burst out laughing while watching this movie due to acting that is soo bad that some of the school plays that I have seen in the past has acting that blows this movie away.I would give this no stars if I could.Defintly do not see this movie if you are expecting a wonderful depiction of Queen Elizabeth the first, because you defintly aren't going to get it. If you want to see some good portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I, see the Elizabeth R series staring Glenda Jackson, or the more recent Elizabeth staring Cate Blanchett.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I would have to place this movie in the top 3 worst movies I have every seen in my entire exsistence. Badddd acting to the point of laughablilty. I was expecting so much more from this film. Bette Davis made a horribly sad performance of Elizabeth I. I really felt embarassed for her since her acting was just that bad. I have seen way better historical films than this. I reccomend Lady Jane Grey, Anne of the Thousand Days (some extremely amazing acting in this film), The Elizabeth R series, Elizabeth (starring Cate Blanchett), Mary Queen of Scots, The Six wives of Henry VIII series, and The Private Life of Henry VIII. If you want to see some really great historical movies (with good acting of course), I would highly reccomend the films I listed above. But defintly skip The Virgin Queen...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3 1999
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I saw this movie after i saw "the private lifes of elizabeth and essex"- which suprisingly isn't proposed at amazon- and which is an excellent movie. This one isn't that good, you got Joan collins instead of Olivia de Havilland and this makes the hell of a difference. If you got the choice, see "elizabeth and essex" first.
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By J. Sestito on Jan. 12 2003
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If you like Bette Davis,you'll love this movie! Now,it's not as good as Elizabeth and Essex,But it's a great davis movie for any fan of Davis or Elizabeth!I would strongly reccomend it!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
a regal Bette Davis in lavish costume drama Jan. 14 2008
By Byron Kolln - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In 1939, Bette Davis provided one of her greatest performances as Queen Elizabeth the 1st in the Technicolor MGM drama "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex". She sacrificed for the role, to the extent of shaving her eyebrows plus two inches from her hairline to resemble the aged monarch. So when Twentieth Century Fox went forward with THE VIRGIN QUEEN sixteen years later, it made sense for Bette Davis to once again ascend the throne. Though it does pale dramatically when compared to the earlier film, Bette Davis' regal performance keeps it on a smooth path.

Queen Elizabeth (Bette Davis) falls in love with the younger Sir Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd), despite the scheming of a catty rival (Joan Collins). Though historically, THE VIRGIN QUEEN often plays fast and loose with the truth; Joan Collins (a Fox contract player of the period) creates some fireworks as the "Other Woman"--and her scenes with Davis are fun. Richard Todd and Bette Davis also have an enjoyable rapport, despite Henry Koster's often pedestrian direction.

If you enjoyed "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex", you will most certainly appreciate THE VIRGIN QUEEN. How often does an actor get the chance to revisit a role and get to use their newfound maturity and insight to create a deeper characterisation the second time around?

Highly-recommended for Bette Davis fans.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Davis plays Queen Elizabeth I for a second time Feb. 1 2008
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is Davis' second film in which she plays Queen Elizabeth I of England. Personally, I thought 1939's "Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" was better, but it is hard to compare the two since this film takes place 15 years earlier in history than "Private Lives" and has Davis essentially playing Elizabeth at the age - 47 - that Davis actually is. The earlier film had Davis at 31 playing Queen Elizabeth in her sixties. Here Richard Todd plays Sir Walter Raleigh, who, like Essex in the earlier film, is a younger man who trades on Elizabeth's love for him to gain some personal glory. Richard Todd plays Raleigh effectively, but there is just no topping the charisma of Flynn's performance in the earlier movie.

The special features include a "Making Of" featurette, some trailers, and a photo gallery. This film is being released separately and as part of Fox' Bette Davis Centenary Collection.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Bette Davis in The Virgin Queen Jan. 10 2006
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
Bette Davis reigns supreme in this highly colourful film on the lives of Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh.

The full pageant of royal life, including the famous laying of Sir Walter's cloak in a puddle to allow the queen to step on it, is brought wonderfully to life.

Joan Collins adds a lot of colour as the royal lady-in-waiting who incurs the queen's wrath by marrying Sir Walter.

A classic period drama with scrumptuous costumes and an all-star cast.

If you liked the 1939 classic The Private Lives of Elizabeth And Essex, you will deffinately love The Virgin Queen. Once again Bette Davis portrays Queen Elizabeth The I magnificently.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The film typifies Davis' compelling moves as her proud and cunning performance... Jan. 11 2009
By Roberto Frangie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
On his return to England in 1581, after fighting honorably and victoriously in the Irish War, Walter Raleigh (Richard Todd) makes his way to Lord Leicester (Herbert Marshall), a confidant of Queen Elizabeth (Bette Davis).

Lord Leicester is so impressed with his good looking and self-confidence, that he arranges for him an introduction at Court...

Raleigh, hoping to gain the queen's attention so he can interest her in sponsoring his ambition to sail to the New World and return with great loots, orders a costly blue cape he cannot afford...By laying it over a mud puddle in her path as she crosses the palace courtyard, Raleigh got what he deeply desires...

Formerly presented to her and openly inspired with a foolish and excessive passion, Queen Elizabeth appoints him as Captain of the Guard against the advice of Chadwick (Jay Robinson), a counselor whose dislike of Raleigh is unrestricted...

Once in the Palace, and close to the queen, Raleigh falls in love with one of her beautiful attendants, Beth Throgmorton (Joan Collins), who feels she is competing with the queen for Raleigh's kindness...

In a position to have entire faith in the queen, Raleigh tells her of his hope of being sent to the New World to seek fortunes... Indulgent at first, Elizabeth finally considers his offer and promises him one ship for his expedition... On the eve of his departure, Elizabeth knights Raleigh in her bed-chamber ignoring that, while awaiting her decision, he has married Beth in a secret ceremony...

It all makes for a pretty interesting historical motion picture not to be missed...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Bette Davis Repeats Her Role As Elizabeth 1 In Lavish Costume Drama Oct. 18 2009
By Simon Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
It's a rare occasion indeed when an actress has the opportunity to revisit a part she had played 15 years earlier and create another interpretation of the same character. Bette Davis, the legendary Queen of Warner Bros Studios had already placed her unique stamp on the larger than life character of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England in a lavish 1939 technicolour production titled "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" which co starred Errol Flynn as the wickedly charming Earl of Essex. Fast forward 15 years with Bette now out of her contract with Warners and moving from film to film on a freelance basis. This time the studio was 20th Century Fox who were mounting another lavish version of a portion of the life of Good Queen Bess titled appropriately enough "The Virgin Queen". Fox hired Bette during a real slump in her career to recreate her role as the majestic Queen this time with the focus being on her "love affair' (highly fictionalised) with Sir Walter Raleigh which actually took place during an earlier time period than that which served as a basis for the earlier 1939 film. While "The Virgin Queen" certainly didn't restore Bette's sagging career to its former glory, (she would have to wait until the 1962 smash "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" for that to happen) it is a more than respectable effort and one of her better films of this period.

As with most historical dramas the historical facts of this late Tudor period are played around with in the screenplay for "The Virgin Queen", however that doesn't distract from its real entertainment value. The story takes place in the 1580's as Raleigh returns from campaigning in Ireland to a great welcome and through the sponsorship of the Queen Elizabeth's favourite the Earl of Liecester (Herbert Marshall) Raleigh begins a flirtation with the fiesty Queen in an attempt to get her to provide him with ships for an exploration voyage to the New World. After being Knighted by Elizabeth Raleigh also romances and eventually secretly marries Beth Throckmorton (Joan Collins) a very attractive waiting lady to the Queen. The stormy relationship between Raleigh and the Queen comes to a head when she learns of his marriage which then sees both him and Beth imprisoned before Elizabeth finally breaks down and releases her difficult favourite allowing him to fulfill his all consuming dream of an exploration to the New World. Bette Davis of course towers over the story in her second turn as Queen Elizabeth but she has some fine players to compete with here. While Herbert Marshall is his usual stiff self as Leicester, Richard Todd as Sir Walter Raleigh, while perhaps lacking the gallant charm of Errol Flynn from Bette's first outing playing Queen Elizabeth, does very well as the dare devil adventurer who both loves and clashes with his sovereign. Joan Collins yet again proves herself a good actress too as the rival to Queen Elizabeth in their mutual love of Raleigh. Joan wrote about her experience working on "The Virgin Queen" in her highly entertaining autobiography "Past Imperfect" and she recalled how nervous she was working with the formidable Davis and also wrote about the incredible attention to detail that was put into the film's costumes by the Fox wardrobe department to make then totally accurate down to the last detail. Despite her reported on set nerves Joan has great chemistry with Bette Davis in this film and the story really comes alive in the confrontation scenes between the two women.

20th Century Fox's "Cinema Classics Collection" has seen a number of Bette Davis films given first class presentations onto DVD and along with well known, often released classics like "All About Eve" there have been some new seldom seen films of Bette's like "Phone Call From A Stranger", and "The Virgin Queen" which have been given a most welcome first release onto DVD. They all will be much treasured parts of any film buff's Bette Davis Collection. "The Virgin Queen" has been given a beautiful restoration for this DVD and of course being a costume picture lends itself so well to the brilliant Fox colour that has never looked so vivid as in this obviously cleaned up new print. The "Cinema Classics" release also contains trailers, a good "making of Documentary" titled "Virgin Territory: The Making of the Virgin Queen", photo galleries and a restoration comparison. This kind of film however cries out for a good audio commentary which it sadly lacks. Of the surviving cast members Joan Collins is still active and it is a great pity she wasn't brought in to give a commentary on the film which considering her earlier comments about it in her autobiography would have been of great interest. While "The Virgin Queen" is always regarded as a lesser Bette Davis effort it still has great merits and my recent viewing of it highlighted much that was first rate in all departments of its production. Bette was born to play England's great Queen and despite the distortion of historical facts and personalities in parts of the screenplay she doesn't disappoint in her second turn at playing Elizabeth. I highly recommend Fox's "The Virgin Queen" for all lovers of period films from Hollywood's Golden Age.