The King's Speech
Thursday 3rd March 2011
Toast of this year's Academy and BAFTA Awards, The King's Speech is the cinematic phenomenon of the year. Now set to become the must-have home entertainment release of 2011, Momentum Pictures proudly presents The King's Speech on DVD and Blu-ray from 9th May 2011.
Having captured the imagination of a global audience, The King's Speech has quickly become one of the most beloved films of recent years, storming the international box office and receiving unanimous critical support.
The overwhelming affection felt for this majestic cinematic achievement has also extended to a wealth of international awards success, including 12 Academy Award nominations and four wins (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay), seven BAFTA Awards (Best Film, Leading Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and Original Music) and a Golden Globe Best Actor Award for Colin Firth. With a further twelve Oscar® nominations amongst the many, many accolades to date, The King's Speech is already an unstoppable triumph of royal proportions and the film's impending DVD and Blu-ray release will only serve to further cement the film as a true modern classic.
A jewel in the crown of British cinema, The King's Speech is a truly inspirational experience directed by Emmy Award winner Tom Hooper (John Adams, The Damned United). Its stellar line up of acting talent includes Golden Globe winner Colin Firth (A Single Man, Mamma Mia!) delivering a career-defining performance as Prince Albert alongside his Shakespeare in Love colleague, Oscar® winner Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shine), as speech therapist Lionel Logue. The King's Speech also features a truly regal supporting cast that includes Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland) as Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother), Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker) as the abdicating King Edward VIII, Derek Jacobi (Gosford Park) as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Cosmo Lang, Timothy Spall (The Damned United) as Winston Churchill, Jennifer Ehle (Pride and Glory, Pride and Prejudice) as Logue's wife Myrtle and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as King George V.
Based on the true story of King George VI's epic journey to overcome immense personal difficulties on his way to the throne,The King's Speech deftly explores the touching and intricate personal relationship between a reluctant king and the unconventional speech therapist, Lionel Logue. With the threat of the Second World War growing on the horizon, the king must discover hidden worth to become the voice of, and inspiration for, the nation.
Momentum Pictures has packed the DVD and Blu-ray of The King's Speech with a wealth of fascinating and absorbing extra features, including an insightful making of feature, director's commentary and a superb interview with Mark Logue, Lionel Logue's grandson and co-author of The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy.
A genuine landmark in British cinema, The King's Speech has rightly captivated audiences everywhere and looks set to create a lasting legacy on DVD and Blu-ray. Packed with sumptuously detailed extra features and oozing with class, elegance and wit, The King's Speech is one royal appointment fans will be queuing up to honour.
After the death of his father King George and the scandalous abdication of his brother, King Edward VIII, Bertie, who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of the United Kingdom. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue.
- Commentary with director Tom Hooper
- An Inspirational Story of an Unlikely Friendship: The Making of the King's Speech
- Speeches from the real King George VI
- Production sketches from Academy Award-nominated production designer Eve Stewart
- Interview with Mark Logue (Co-author of The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy)
- Photo gallery including A Look Behind The Scenes
Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.