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WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Queen Margot” is about the French fighting the Huguenots in the middle of a massively important wedding. The Queen Mother of France is tired of all of the religious squabbles, so she offers up Margot as a means of bringing peace. But, Margot finds love in the most peculiar places. This leads to bonding with scoundrels and a bit of period violence. If you were thinking this is a chick flick, then you’re 12 years old and probably shouldn’t be reading this site.
Isabelle Adjani as the top of her game in this movie. While the extra 20 minutes don’t make Adjani’s role that much better, it helps the film’s sense of pacing. Events unfold far more naturally and Perez gets more of a shot at looking comparable to Auteuil. I haven’t read the original Dumas novel in ages, so I can’t say if the longer version is truer to the novel. That being said, enjoy it as the piece of historical fiction that it strives to bring to the big screen. For those that have seen and will want to see it, I’d suggest following up the viewing with some reading about the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. There is some truly fascinating stuff to uncover.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentary, trailer and a booklet as the special features. The A/V Quality is far better than the old VHS tape I remember from my college days. That being said, the 1080p transfer is a rustic revelation. On top of that, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track makes the mid 18th century come to life. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 08/26/2014