Apr 302021

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex comes on Blu-ray through the Warner Archive Collection receiving a new video restoration and stars Bette Davis and Errol Flynn and is out May 18th.



The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Drama
Warner Bros.| NR – 106 min. – $21.99 | May 18, 2021

Date Published: 04/30/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer(s): Maxwell Anderson (play); Norman Reilly Raine and Aeneas MacKenzie (screenplay)
Cast: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Hayilland, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Vincent Price

Features: Featurettes, Musical Short, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Full Frame 1.37
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 37.47 GB
Total Bitrate: 38.80 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



Queen Elizabeth (Bette Davis) secretly loves the ambitious and courageous Earl of Essex (Errol Flynn), but at the same time she distrusts his desire for power, fearing he will exploit his political influence to her detriment. Though Essex’s popularity soars when he returns victorious from a military campaign in Spain, Elizabeth instead chides him for prosecuting an unprofitable war. While the lovers’ quarrel, Sir Walter Raleigh (Vincent Price) schemes to bring about the downfall of Essex.



Features include Leonard Maltin Hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1939 (TRT 33:16) with: Intro by Malrin, Newsreel, The Royal Rodeo Musical Short, Old Glory Cartoon; Elizabeth and Essex: Battle Royale (10:36) featurette and last the Theatrical Trailer (3:29).


VIDEO – 4¾/5, AUDIO – 4½/5

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex debuts on Blu-ray through the Warner Archive Collection line, presented in its original 1.37 full frame aspect ratio and given a new 1080p high-definition transfer. Picture quality is excellent as I come to expect from the studio, detail is sharp and colors are vibrant but in keeping with the time period. Another very well done transfer.

The disc comes with a basic but more than serviceable DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track. Dialogue comes across with good clarity and even though it’s a singular channel, there’s some fine depth for the music and ambient noises.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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