Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1973)

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Released 2-Aug-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1973
Running Time 119:53 (Case: 121)
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (80:45) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Waris Hussein

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Keith Michell
Donald Pleasence
Charlotte Rampling
Jane Asher
Frances Cuka
Lynne Frederick
Jenny Bos
Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Michael Gough
Brian Blessed
Michael Goodliffe
Bernard Hepton
Garfield Morgan
Case ?
RPI $9.95 Music David Munrow

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     In the 1970s, BBC television produced a magnificent series starring Australia's Keith Michel as Henry the Eighth. Following on the heels of that success, he revised his role in this somewhat truncated film version which focuses on the chequered lives of his six spouses.

     It is a visual feast, with magnificent costuming and a return largely to the sets used in the series. This was a taste of Tudor England with less gloss than audiences were accustomed to seeing - with straw on the floors and grot and grime aplenty to be seen. Assuredly, royal houses of that day would become so fetid that it prompted their frequent moving from house to house in order to fumigate their previous abode!

     Each cast member is perfectly up to the challenge of bringing those troubled and dangerous times to life, although it will help to have at least a workable knowledge of that period of history as the story rarely pauses too long to provide historical detail.

     We see Michel develop in front of our eyes from a robust and jovial young king to a bitter, gout plagued old man, agonising about who to trust and which course to take in treacherous times.

     This film has held up well over the course of time. It is an enjoyable and absorbing film well worth a look by anyone interested in this period of history.

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Transfer Quality


     The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 16x9 enhanced.

     Given the age of its original stock, this is a pretty good transfer. There is good depth and detail in both highlights and shadow areas and there is no low level noise.

     The colours are absolutely glorious. Skin tones are impressive although a little on the pallid side.

     There was minor evidence of dust speckling, but no aliasing and no major distractions.

     This is an RSDL disc with the layer change between Chapters 10 & 11 at 80:45. The change was fluid and not distracting.

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     The soundtrack is delivered in English Dolby Digital 2.0 and is not too bad.

      The dialogue is very clear, but rather flat and presented very evenly over the front speakers. There are no subtitles available.

     The music is superb, capturing the atmosphere of the piece perfectly.

      The surround sound is very limited, with a rather flat presentation. However, this is a largely dialogue driven film so it was not overly disappointing.

      There was no subwoofer activity present.

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Surround Channel Use



     The menu is static and silent.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

      There does not appear to be an R1 version of this film.


     This is a thoughtful and entertaining look at a treacherous time in history. Each performer brought their characters utterly to life, providing a couple of hours of very high quality entertainment.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Mirella Roche-Parker (read my bio)
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDSinger SGD-001, using S-Video output
DisplayTeac 76cm Widescreen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationTeac 5.1 integrated system
SpeakersTeac 5.1 integrated system

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