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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INVS
Oct 25, 2018

I'm not a Royalist & generally keep my personal opinions to myself, especially while in the UK. That said - despite my lack of any great interest, other than historical significance, I was drawn into this story. IMO the acting was excellent with many characters to love, dislike or find indifferent. I wasn't 'crazy' with the portrayal of P.Phillip, but what do I know of the real person? The continual pose with head down, coy looking upward with eyes, got so tiresome. V. Kirby as P. Margret was enticing; J. Harris was excellent despite as the King even though his appearance didn't resemble for me; Alex Jennings is always brilliant in any role. I didn't care for J Lithgow as Winston, even though he did a remarkable performance in bringing the brilliance & mercurial nature of the PM.

Having spent considerable time in the far north, seen the Q's Mothers domain I didn't know the historical background. The scenery almost made me weep at the beauty. The enormous cost of taxpayers money spent on the opulence for The R's is staggering. Tradition.

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readatyeg
Aug 05, 2018

Its amazing to see the past brought to life. A beautiful and thrilling series. The companion book is excellent too with more details and great photos - both from the series and the actual historical events. Enjoy!

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duanetucker
Jul 30, 2018

I’m not a royalist in the least — the opposite really — but this is a mesmerizing probe of underbelly of the monarchy. It’s the war between duty and humanity, stricture and sentiment; the grotesque insensitivity and suffering inflicted by that war, as well as the courage and tenacity it inspires.

How regal protocol both imprisons and strengthens a struggling, utterly unprepared young monarch.

Absolutely brilliant.

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richibi
Jul 24, 2018

wow, Peter Morgan is the new Shakespeare, recounting stories of the Royals with prose worthy of very poetry, which he couples with profound human emotion, there's nothing better right now on television, watch

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bmcal56446
Jul 22, 2018

Please get the remaining part of the series. The end of Season 1 leaves everyone hanging.

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Bookworm39
Jun 12, 2018

Loved Series one, hoping the Library gets Season 2

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PackyMoore
Jun 01, 2018

I cannot attest to the historical accuracy of 'The Crown,' however, I found watching the actor performances, in particular Claire Foy and Matt Smith as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, to be totally captivating.

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nat_cyr0
May 23, 2018

Absolutely loved watching this series about Queen Elizabeth the Second, the actors play their roles beautifully especially Claire Foy and John Litgow as Winston Churchill. Looking foward to seeing more of this series at it progresses.

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dmanjam
May 15, 2018

So now that you have me hooked, are you going to obtain Season 2?

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Doublena
May 02, 2018

Wonderful!!!

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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.
===
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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