The Crown

The Crown

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2017
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"Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century"--From www.imdb.com. The complete first season.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 598 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm., in container
digital, optical, surround, Dolby 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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Barsby
Apr 21, 2018

Unlike most people, this series took me about two or three episodes to care about it. Churchill's 80th birthday storyline was beautifully written and acted. The best episode of season one by far. Without Lithgow (and at times Foy's subtle performances), this series would still be beautifully shot - but painfully dull. I did also enjoy seeing familiar locations and sets from Four Weddings and Funeral, MI-5, Downton Abbey, Monarch of the Glen, etc.

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BlueHippo
Mar 24, 2018

I really enjoyed this series and look forward to seeing Season 2. WEll-researched and well acted; excellent sets and costumes. Filled in some gaps in my knowledge of the current royal family. I thought John LIthglow was especially amazing as Churchill.

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vickmeister
Mar 12, 2018

As a stickler for historical detail, and devoted Anglophile, I wasn't sure what I would think of this series. I needn't have worried-- this is a terrific, well-done series centering on Queen Elizabeth II and the Windsors, picking up the action just before the death of George VI and her coronation. I have a few minor quibbles, such as about modern behaviors creeping in here and there that seem a bit anachronistic, but the overall product is so engrossing, beautifully shot, and well-acted, that they are quickly forgotten as you become caught up in the endless drama that is the British Royal Family. With 70+ years of Elizabeth's reign and related history to draw from, this series may have no end in sight. I hope the subsequent episodes continue to be as high quality as this first season.

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EndsWell
Feb 23, 2018

This is a wonderful series - perfect for fans of Downtown Abbey. Claire Foy is fabulous as Queen Elizabeth II! Highly recommended.

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garycornell
Jan 31, 2018

Oh, I wish their was a special category of 6 Star Films. "The Crown" would be my first pick for this unique category. The film has such an honesty to it. This has to be the real story of Queen Elizabeth. I have admired the Queen from afar and admired her very much. Now I know her as a person, a wife, a mother, and most of all, as the Queen of England. You can't help being enthralled with the film actors, film locations, script writing and the beauty of England itself. There is so much to like in "The Crown" that my words simply are inadequate to describe it's beauty!

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hoacornell
Jan 31, 2018

Imagine watching the best film in the KCLS catalog? Imagine your lucky enough to get a copy of the dvd "The Crown"? Dreams can come true! "The Crown" as of today, 1/31/18, has almost 500 patrons waiting to see this masterpiece of film making. It stars Claire Foy as the young Queen Elizabeth and Matt Smith as her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. These two bring to life the romance and intrigue of ascending into the most prominent roles in Britain. Think of it, she has been Queen since the late 1940's until now. Now we can see the real life of Queen Elizabeth. Believe me it is fascinating! "The Crown" surpasses all my expectations. Each episode flies by with me wishing to see the next episode immediately. A truly wonderful film that was made for television. Oh, the British can make such great films!

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htliang
Jan 25, 2018

This is the story of young Queen Elizabeth II. I almost chose not to watch this Netflix drama because English royalty doesn't hold any interest for me. This production, however, is truly riveting and does an excellent job of bringing the era to life. I've learnt so much about the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II; I only wish high school history classes could have been this interesting!

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mswrite
Jan 05, 2018

I came to this Netflix series rather reluctantly, convinced for some reason that it would not be my (ahem) cup of tea. Then I binge-watched like crazy over the holiday weekend.
Really, Claire Foy is just about perfect as the young Elizabeth II. Something about her delicate patrician beauty, and the measured, careful way she carries herself--it just feels right. I also quite like Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, Elizabeth's younger sister. Kirby manages somehow to make the willful, unhappy Margaret sympathetic (well, some of the time) and her mocking, self-entitled behavior somewhat understandable if not admirable.

And then there are the men--Matt Smith and Matthew Goode are remarkable playing, respectively, Elizabeth's husband Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and Margaret's photographer spouse Tony Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowden. Both actors bring complexity and flinty humor to what are basically really unlikeable people. (Smith's eyes are key here; the watchful way he looks at his higher-ranking wife, especially when she confronts him with his latest misbehavior, and the way his gaze conceals as much as reveals his thoughts.)
John Lithgow is a wonder (and nearly unrecognizable) in his warts and all portrayal of the legendary Sir Winston Churchill, Elizabeth's first and favorite Prime Minister, and Jeremy Northam is excellent as Anthony Eden, dogged by insecurity and chronic illness and as he tries to step out of Churchill's long shadow.

If there's a weak link among this stellar first season cast it would be Ben Miles, who portrays Margaret's great love, Group Captain Peter Townsend. Many post-war Britishers eager for a fairytale romance were captivated by the Captain and the Princess and were rooting for Queen to allow the two to marry. Townsend by most accounts cut quite the handsome, dashing and heroic figure, but Miles does not convey those qualities. I watched this couple's desperate and doomed love affair unfolding unable to help wondering what on earth Margaret saw in this dry stick of a man.

Nevertheless, "The Crown" is engrossing and addictive infotainment and well recommended.

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CHRISTI_14
Jan 01, 2018

I loved this series, watched the whole series in 1 night; then next day and night the following series.

Great convincing acting. loved the history and stories.

I loved seeing some of the real life of the young queen.
How must she have felt when she came back to England on her father's death, her mother and grandmother bowing to her as the new monarch. Then later when she had to tell sister Margaret that she could not marry Peter Townsend. And did she talk to her uncle the man who gave up the throne for the woman he loved, and did he talk with the young queen about her responsibility and duty as the monarch to uphold tradition and forbid her sister to marry a divorced person despite the fact that this is what he had done.

I learnt a lot about the modern monarchy with the Queen at the helm. Her struggle with the personal and the political and her sense of duty and responsibility.

What is next for the crown? King Charles, king William. Republic?

CatherineG_1 Dec 30, 2017

Love this series. First season is amazing.

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jimg2000
Dec 30, 2017

Remember? What Papa called us.
- Yes.
Elizabeth is my pride and Margaret is my joy. But Margaret is my joy. I'm sorry. I have to claim the few victories I'm left with. And we're not disputing it, surely?
- What?
That I was Papa's favourite. There's a cruel truth to it, isn't there? When there are two sisters so close in age, the more one becomes one thing, the more the other necessarily becomes the opposite and vice versa. It's the way of things. If one is the Queen, must be the source of honour and all that is good, the other necessarily becomes the focus of the most creative malice. Evil sister.
- No one says you're evil.
Next to you, I will always be evil. Feckless lost lesser thing. And yet you spend so much time telling me that I'm a lesser thing.
-Only to give myself a moment's peace.
Would you consider doing it for me? Just from time to time.
- What?
Putting a foot wrong. The occasional mistake. Let the side down. So I might not be so conspicuous a failure by comparison.

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jimg2000
Dec 30, 2017

Not many quotes in IMDb or wikiquote. Here is a few among many I found memorable:

Dearest Lilibet, I know how you loved your papa, my son. And I know you will be as devastated as I am by this loss. But you must put those sentiments to one side now, for duty calls. The grief for your father's death will be felt far and wide. Your people will need your strength and leadership. I have seen three great monarchies brought down through their failure to separate personal indulgences from duty. You must not allow yourself to make similar mistakes. And while you mourn your father, you must also mourn someone else. Elizabeth Mountbatten. For she has now been replaced by another person, Elizabeth Regina. The two Elizabeths will frequently be in conflict with one another. The fact is, the Crown must win. Must always win.

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jimg2000
Dec 30, 2017

"There are two elements of the Constitution:" wrote Walter Bagehot in 1867. "The efficient and the dignified. Which is the monarch? Your Royal Highness?
- The dignified?
Very good. The efficient has the power to make and execute policy and is answerable to the electorate. What touches all should be approved by all.
The dignified gives significance and legitimacy to the efficient and is answerable only?
- To God.
Precisely. Two institutions, Crown and government, dignified and the efficient, only work when they support each other. When they trust one another. You can underline that.
- Do you teach this to your other pupils?
No, just you. This is what I teach them. These are exam papers.
- Shouldn't I know all of this, too?
No, Ma'am. All very undignified.

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jimg2000
Dec 30, 2017

Does the name Donora mean anything to you?
-Donora? Oh, of course I remember Donora. It was a scandal. A small mill town in America, outside Philadelphia?
Pittsburgh.
-They had a smog brought on by a freak anti-cyclone which trapped the emissions from the local copper work
Zinc.
- ... in the fog. In a few days a number of people died.
Twenty. And several thousand became seriously ill from the poisonous fog.
After the incident a cross-party delegation was sent to Donora on an urgent fact-finding mission. They recommended that clean air zones be set up all round London, as a precautionary measure.
- I never saw the report.
With good reason. Our Prime Minister threw it away, claiming it wasn't a priority.
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The choking, eye-watering fog which has already caused two days of chaos across the capital has worsened overnight. The great coal-burning electricity stations in Battersea and Fulham, have attempted to reduce emissions of poisonous sulphur dioxide from their chimneys.

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jimg2000
Dec 30, 2017

I accepted this commission because I admired you and I came through the experience admiring you even more.
-You make monsters of everyone you admire? It's not vindictive.
It's art. It's not personal.
-Well, you are a lost soul. A narcissist without direction or certainty.
Please, sir. Don't overreact. Give it time. I showed those sketches to your wife throughout. She remarked on how accurate they were.
-That is the whole point. It is not a reasonably truthful image of me!
It is, sir.
- It is not! It is cruel!
Age is cruel! If you see decay, it's because there's decay. If you see frailty, it's because there's frailty. I can't be blamed for what is. And I refuse to hide and disguise what I see. If you're engaged in a fight with something, then it's not with me. It's with your own blindness.

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jimg2000
Dec 30, 2017

Not many quotes in IMDb or wikiquote. Here is a few among many I found memorable:
Well, in the name of the people that live with you and love you, might I suggest not being Head of the Church for a minute. Or Head of State, or Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, or the Army, or the Navy, or the overnment, or the Fount of Justice, or the whole damn circus, frankly.
- And be what?
A living, breathing thing, a woman. A sister. A daughter. A wife.
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Your uncle has let us all down. He put love before family. Now I want you to promise me one thing that you will never put anyone or anything before one another. You are sisters above all else. And must never let one another down. Understood?

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