Elizabeth [videorecording] : the golden age / Universal Pictures and StudioCanal present ; in association with MP Zeta Productions ; a Working Title production ; a Shekhar Kapur film ; produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jonathan Cavendish ; written by William Nicholson and Michael Hirst ; directed by Shekhar Kapur.
Golden Age [videorecording]
Anamorphic widescreen presentation.
Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Company : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2008, c2007.
Video 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Biographical films. Feature films. Historical films. Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
In English, French, or Spanish; subtitles in French or Spanish. Closed-captioned in English; optional English SDH.
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1.
1585: Philip II's Catholic Spain is the most powerful empire in the world. Only England, ruled by Protestant Elizabeth, stands against him. The Queen is threatened by a depleted treasury, constant threats of assassination, and plots by Philip to install her cousin, Queen Mary of Scotland, on her throne. To which end a great armada is poised to invade England--as punishment for the capture of his treasure-ships, and to make Europe safe for Catholicism--even as Elizabeth's attention is diverted to Sir Walter Raleigh, returned from the New World with two gifts: the territory of Virginia and tobacco. Facing her greatest challenge, Elizabeth must rally her country to safeguard her kingdom, destroy her enemies, and secure her position as "Mother to her people."
Religious loyalties Heir to the throne Political pirate Familial betrayal In the Queen's favor New World Lying in wait Enterprise of England Royal warrant Virgin Queen In control Royal attack No time for mercy Formal execution Holy war declared Prepare for the worst In the midst of battle Defeat of the Armada Mother to her people End titles.
Director of photography, Remi Adefarasin ; editor, Jill Bilcock ; music by Craig Armstrong and Ar Rahman ; production designer, Guy Hendrix Dyas ; costume designer, Alexandra Byrne ; make-up and hair designer, Jenny Shircore.
Aspect ratio 1.85:1. Originally produced as a motion picture in 2007. Special features: Deleted scenes (9 min.); The reign continues: Making "Elizabeth: the golden age" [featurette] (12 min.); Inside Elizabeth's world [featurette] (8 min.); Commanding the winds: Creating the Armada [featurette] (12 min.); Towers, courts and cathedrals [featurette] (11 min.); Feature commentary with director Shekhar Kapur [audio feature].