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Studio and Year: The Weinstein Company - 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 119 minutes
Genre: Drama


Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Music by: Alexander Desplat
Written by: David Seidler
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 19, 2011







"It takes leadership to confront a nation's fear. It takes friendship to conquer your own."



Film Synopsis:

When England’s throne is suddenly thrust upon him, amidst royal family scandal and impending world war, King George VI must overcome a lifelong, debilitating speech impediment to lead his nation. After his iron-willed, compassionate wife Elizabeth secretly enlists an eccentric speech therapist, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that will ultimately empower the monarch to find his voice, inspire his people and rally the world.




My Take:

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Public speaking has always made me a barrel of nerves. In the opening scene, when King George VI (Colin Firth) approached the microphone at Wembley Stadium to give 'The King's Speech', I was riddled with anxiety. This is a testament to how effective Tom Hooper's direction was, as the plot of the film had not yet been fully introduced.

Colin Firths portrayal of the stuttering English Duke of York, was absolutely wonderful. Not just in the believability of his 'stammer', but in the way he emoted having a big heart deep below his guarded nature. He also conveyed an intoxicating uncertainty as he not only worked to overcome his stuttering speech pattern, but ultimately learned to overcome himself. After trying every so-called cure for his stutter, from a mouthful of marbles to smoking, his wife, played with much needed comic relief by Helena Bonham Carter, sends him off to meet Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). He reluctantly agrees to work with Lionel, a speech therapist of Australian descent, to try to overcome his speech impediment. Their unlikely friendship gives him a new outlook on the common man, the world, and a confidence to take the throne after the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, and in the beginnings of WWII. The interactions between Firth and Rush are thrilling display of acting chops, and their on-screen chemistry was nothing short of a joy to watch.

From direction to acting, script and pacing, I found 'The King's Speech' to be engaging, fully enjoyable and worthy of all the accolades and superlatives it has received. It won Best Film, Best Actor, as well as Director in the 83rd Academy Awards. It also received nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. This is one not to be missed!








Parental Guide:

Rated R for some language.





AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


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Audio: 86



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Video: 82



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'The King's Speech' comes to Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22.9 mbps and DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound that has an average bitrate of 3.7 mbps.

From the opening shots, it is evident we will be treated to great details by the definition in the BBC Studios microphones grille. Unfortunately these details, though rendered quite well on close-ups, appear a bit soft on long shots. Shadow detail and black levels is where this release was lacking the most, appearing crushed and noisy a bit more often that I would like to have seen. Colors felt natural, though, at times a bit understated; they were grounded with Flesh-tones that looked spot-on.

DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound track was very nice for what seemed to the primary focus, voices. Geoffrey Rush had a buttery warmth in the low end when his voice rumbled, while the clicks and pops in Colin Firth's stutter came through with a crisp level of articulation. Surrounds were used quite well, but seeing that this is a dialogue driven film, it was mostly for atmospherics like echoes in the large, open rooms of most the films locals. Alexandre Desplat's score was the most compelling aspect of the mix, not only sounding superb, but adding much needed dynamics.

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Bonus Features:



  • Audio Commentary With Director Tom Hooper

  • (HD) Making of Featurette: An Inspirational Story of An Unlikely Friendship

  • (HD) Q&A With The Director & The Cast Including Colin Firth

  • Speeches From The Real King George VI

  • The Real Lionel Logue Highlights

  • Previews: Blue Valentine, The Company Men



Final Thoughts:

'The Kings Speech' is worthy of all the accolades it has received. Though I had a few minute issues with the video presentation, I found it to be a well above average Blu-ray release. The supplemental features were worth the time to view, and I did quite enjoy the Q&A, as well as listening to speeches from the real King George VI. If you have yet to see 'The Kings Speech' I highly suggest viewing it in its original form (not the PG-13 re-release), as one of my favorite scenes will surely be missed. This release comes highly recommended.






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Old 04-11-2011, 09:20 PM
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Thanks for the great review Lee, I can't wait to watch this when it comes out.

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Saw it in theaters before all the hype, and I enjoyed it. I just don't think it's even close to being Best Picture worthy....it's just a good little film
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Greetings,

I enjoyed this one as well and loved both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush's performances. Lee, I noticed some intermittent noise as well. The most glaring instance was during the dinner sequence in chapter 5. The dark curtains in the background were crawling a bit.

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Lee,

Saw this one in the theater and agree with your assessment of the story. Nice write up. This is one intend to buy.

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I enjoyed this one as well and loved both Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush's performances. Lee, I noticed some intermittent noise as well. The most glaring instance was during the dinner sequence in chapter 5. The dark curtains in the background were crawling a bit.

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I noticed the exact same thing.

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To me, the Oscar should have gone to Geoffrey. The words polished, nuanced come to mind. A stellar performance by him.

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To me, the Oscar should have gone to Geoffrey. The words polished, nuanced come to mind. A stellar performance by him.

I second that comment. I purchased the book and read it. Ironically, the book followed the film, as opposed to the other way around. But I guess part of my interest (and bias in favoring the underdog) is the fact that Lionel Logue as played by Geoffrey Rush, was an "everyman" character. Without Lionel, there is no story, just a stuttering King. And Rush played him to perfection. My 2 cents.
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Boring flick. Great acting, but drab story. Not recommended for people who don't smell like mothballs.
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Boring flick. Great acting, but drab story. Not recommended for people who don't smell like mothballs.

From watching the trailer this was pretty much what i gathered.
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Saw it in theaters before all the hype, and I enjoyed it. I just don't think it's even close to being Best Picture worthy....it's just a good little film

It was a bit slow at times and I also think it should not have won BP (but what SHOULD have instead?) .

Firth deserved the BA Oscar for this. I know all to well what it is like dealing with someone with a severe speech impeiment (mother). CF's performance was flawless.
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Boring flick. Great acting, but drab story. Not recommended for people who don't smell like mothballs.

In his commentary on the Gosford Park dvd Robert Altman revealed that he deliberately threw in 4 F-bombs to get an R rating to keep adolescents out

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Boring flick. Great acting, but drab story. Not recommended for people who don't smell like mothballs.

Can't stop laughing at this comment. I'm an ophthalmologist so trust me, I know that old person smell.

F-ing hilarious.

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Excellent film! The picture quality on this one is quite grainy and shows a lot of noise in some scenes.. Audio quality on the other hand is ok...

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Boring flick. Great acting, but drab story. Not recommended for people who don't smell like mothballs.

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In his commentary on the Gosford Park dvd Robert Altman revealed that he deliberately threw in 4 F-bombs to get an R rating to keep adolescents out

In this case it didn't work.

Fantastic human drama, beautiful writing and acting all around. 4 stars.
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Great.... so the movie and Blu-Ray are both giant snooze-fests.

An overrated film.

Why let facts or common sense get in the way of your opinions.

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Great.... so the movie and Blu-Ray are both giant snooze-fests.

An overrated film.

There you have it folks..the definitive review..lol
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It wasn't a review it's called a comment. Opinions are like *******s we all have one, you didn't see me slamming those who were "commenting" on how they thought it was great, did you?

Now buzz off.

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I loved The King's Speech when I saw it in the theater and loved it even more when I watched the BD last night. It is brilliant, filled with great performances and great writing. I admit it, The King's Speech moved me. It is a quiet and thoughtful human drama without a bang, boom, or chase sequence to be found. As we have seen from some of the posts here, some moviegoers with short attention spans just don't get such a picture.

When I was watching the BD last night I had trouble with the audio during part of it. I had set my AV receiver for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track with PL-IIx used to enable the back surround speakers. For awhile I was getting only white noise out of the back surrounds. Whether it was caused my my BD player or AV receiver I can't say but it probably wasn't the BD itself. I took a break while I was watching the movie and after I came back the problem cured itself and all 7 channels worked perfectly. Go figure.
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Pretty amazing movie that kind of sneaks up on you and leaves you with a lump in the throat at the end. Great acting all the way around, glad to see that Geoffrey Rush got numerous nominations as well.

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Pretty amazing movie that kind of sneaks up on you and leaves you with a lump in the throat at the end. Great acting all the way around, glad to see that Geoffrey Rush got numerous nominations as well.

I was particularly gratified that Colin Firth got the Best Actor Oscar for his wonderful performance as George VI, it was richly deserved. I was disappointed, though, that Helena Bonham Carter didn't win an Oscar, too, for her performance as the future Queen Mum.
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I loved this movie, but I would rate the video quality quite a bit lower. The video noise was so bad in a couple of scenes that I noticed it more than the acting. Fortunately, the ending scenes were OK, so my lasting impressions of the movie are positive.

So many movies these days have such a frenetic pace that it was quite refreshing to see a movie take its time to develop the friendship between these people.
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I know this was a well received movie but still, the story line at face value sounds a bit boring, but I wanted to see for my self and I'm glad I did. This was an outstanding movie in every respect--so much more than I anticipated. For me, the video and audio quality were spot on--pretty much as evaluated by Lee. This was the first Blu Ray I watched with my new Marantz 6005 and although it wasn't too tough a test, it performed admirably--the dialog was imaged perfectly.

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Anyone else have playback problems with the regular DVD? It plays back fine on my dvd player, but fails hard around chapter 14 in my PC. Power DVD and VLC experience the same problem. It looks like compression/decompression problems, almost like a fading ATSC channel... I'm really stumped on this one...
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I had some audio drop-out near the end of the BD. Also my projector said it was 1080i/60 even though this review said 1080p/24. I checked my player and it was set for auto 24p. It was Netflix disk. Did they do this?

I wondered what that smell was that seem to hang around me. Mothball? Yikes! No wonder my wife and I loved this movie. We were alive then.

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Finally get a chance to watch this tonight. I'm looking forward to it.

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Great film. I really enjoyed it.

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