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"The Young Victoria" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

The Young Victoria

Synopsis

In 1819, a baby was born in a London castle, and was destined to become the longest reigning British monarch in history. Her name was Victoria.

The film chronicles her early years, trying to get out from under the control of her Aunt, who had authority over her because of her age, even though she was higher ranking royalty.

After her coronation in 1838, she met Prince Albert, with whom she fell in love. They married and had nine children, which is amazing in light of the fact that Albert died from typhoid fever at the age of 42. She continued to reign as Queen until her death at the age of 81. Their descendents are part of the Royal Families of England, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Yugoslavia, Russia, Greece, Romania, and Germany.

 

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 45 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent
  • Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Unlike The Tudors, which is a Showtime high def series on broadcast TV, and which has lust and violence as the core behaviors, the story of Queen Victoria is rather dull. The musical score is lush, and the interiors are beautiful, but her life story is just not very interesting, except for its historical value.

Technical

The image is superb, and the DTS-HD Master Audio brings the full orchestra right into your living room (or wherever you watch your movies).

Extras

These include The Making of, Deleted Scenes, The Real Queen Victoria, The Coronation, The Wedding, and A Look at the Costumes and Locations.