Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD The Young Victoria will make for a great date night with your spouse. Sony. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment sent me a copy of this DVD to review. The movie takes place in the 18th century English court. There is plenty of politics and intrigue as Victoria become queen and moved along the board like a chess piece. In the middle of becoming queen and finding herself, she also becomes apart of a great love story. My husband and I were both glued to the story of Victoria and Prince Albert from the beginning. We were both worried that Lord Melbourne was going to win over the Queen, just as her people thought it had already happened. I loved this movie and my husband and I plan on watching it together again and staying completely “unplugged”.
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The movie features Paul Bettany (Iron Man, The DaVinci Code) as Victoria’s confidant and court advisor, as well as the talents of Academy Award® nominee Miranda Richardson (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Damage, 1993; Best Actress in a Leading Role, Tom & Viv, 1995), Academy Award® winner Jim Broadbent (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Iris, 2002), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Tristan & Isolde) and Thomas Kretschmann (Valkyrie). The film was written by Academy Award® winner, Julian Fellowes (Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Gosford Park, 2002), produced by Academy Award®-winning producer-director, Martin Scorsese (Best Achievement in Directing, The Departed, 2007) and The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson. The Young Victoria is up for three Academy Award® nominations in Art Direction (Patrice Vermett and Maggie Gray), Costume Design (Sandy Powell) and Make-up (John Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore). Emily Blunt also received a nomination for the 2009 Golden Globe® Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama for her leading role in The Young Victoria.
Victoria is the only heir to the thrown and when the King (Jim Broadbent) dies. The King was hilarious, he’s like the relative you hate to have. He just yells whatever he wants at whomever’s expense. Between him and Prince Albert’s inexperience at dating, I was smiling and laughing throughout the movie. But when i could see the two lovebirds falling for each other my heart just melted. After they were married they both found out how difficult marriage is. My husband and I both enjoyed these scenes as well because it was like any marriage. People think that royals live differently, they don’t. They are still people and I love how The Young Victoria captured how normal their lives were. Victoria and Albert had a huge fight and after the fight there was an assignation attempt on her life. Albert threw himself in the way so she would not be hurt. My husband and I both held our breaths until we knew Albert was going to be ok. Victoria is the longest raining royal to this date.
Blu-ray™ & DVD Special Features
- Deleted & Extended Scenes
- Four Featurettes
- Making of The Young Victoria
- The Real Queen Victoria
- The Coronation
- The Wedding
- Lavish History: A look at the Costumes and Locations
Thank you to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for the copy of this DVD for the purpose of the review.