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SALE: Helen Mirren at the BBC: A 5 DVD, 810 Minute Mirren BBC Retrospective Collection
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BuzzFlash.com's Review (excerpt)
From the BBC:


By the time Dame Helen Mirren won her Oscar® for The Queen and her Emmy® for Elizabeth I, she had been wowing theatre and television audiences for more than 40 years. Now take a front row seat at nine of her early, defining television performances, and rediscover a young actress already on her way to stardom. You’ll be swept away by her fresh and commanding presence in The Changeling, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Claretta, The Philanthropist, The Little Minister by J.M. Barrie, The Country Wife with Anthony Andrews, Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter, Mrs. Reinhardt, and Soft Targets by Stephen Poliakoff, with Sir Ian Holm and Rupert Everett.

2007 Oscar winner Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen) stars in nine historic productions from the BBC archives!

The Changeling (1974)
The Changeling featured Helen Mirren in one of her first breakout performances, as tragic heroine Beatrice-Joanna. Betrothed to Lord Alonzo De Piraquo, Beatrice-Joanna finds herself in love with nobleman Alsemero instead. Her decision to have Alonzo murdered puts into motion a heartbreaking chain of events with tragic consequences.

The Apple Cart (1975)
Helen Mirren and Prunella Scales appear in The Apple Cart, a Shaw play set forty years in the future, where the king must match wits with an unruly mistress and a cabinet seeking to transform the nation into a constitutional monarchy.

Caesar and Claretta (1975)
Robert Hardy and Helen Mirren star as Benito Mussolini and Claretta Petacci who spend their last night locked together in a small peasant cottage by Italian partisans.

The Philanthropist (1975)
Philip and his circle of friends talk philology, playwriting and everything in between. During the course of their party, couples form and love blooms as they socialize, insulated from the seismic events unfolding in the world around them. In The Philanthropist Helen Mirren appears in a showstopping performance as Philip’s fiancée Celia.

The Little Minister (1975)
Helen Mirren plays Babbie, a mysterious young gypsy girl who incites a Luddite riot in rural 1840’s Scotland. Drawn into this event is Babbie’s love interest Gavin Dishart, the new “little minister” of Thrums's Auld Licht church. But before the two can declare their love for each other, Babbie has a secret that belies her gypsy past.

The Country Wife (1977)
Horner, a first-class rake, devises a brilliant scheme to lure in the fine married ladies of London society under their husbands noses. But Horner soon meets his match when he becomes involved with Margery Pinchwife (Mirren), an innocent newlywed from the country.

Blue Remembered Hills (1979)
It’s 1943 England, and the end of World War II is still two years away. On a sunny afternoon, seven children play in the Forest of Dean. However, their innocent and carefree day suddenly turns deadly when a harmless prank goes horribly wrong. This Dennis Potter play is traditionally cast with adult actors as the children, and Helen Mirren does not disappoint as pigtailed Angela.

Mrs. Reinhardt (1981)
Helen Mirren is recently separated Mrs. Reinhardt, who meets a charming American during her trip to the south of France. Things are going very well until Mrs. Reinhardt can’t help but feel that something isn’t quite right.

Soft Targets (1982)
Alexei Varyov is a Soviet journalist who is paranoid of the British Home Office, certain that there is a conspiracy against him. However, he bumps into and can’t help being drawn to Celia Watson (Mirren), and is soon whisked into an unforgettable world of Sussex parties and society weddings, meeting all sorts of eccentric people along the way.

Special Features:

Helen Mirren Remembers, an exclusive made-for-DVD interview (30 minutes)
Michael Parkinson interview with Helen Mirren (16 minutes)

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