Review: ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’

Historical dramas and male auds don't always go hand in hand, but "The Other Boleyn Girl" offered a new temptation: Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson starring as the sibling seductresses of Henry VIII.

Historical dramas and male auds don’t always go hand in hand, but “The Other Boleyn Girl” offered a new temptation: Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson starring as the sibling seductresses of Henry VIII. Despite Columbia and Focus Feature’s attempt to lure in a younger demographic (sexy posters, anyone?), “Boleyn” only tallied $26 million at the domestic box office. Now, the Justin Chadwick-helmed piece gets a second life on DVD, though, for Old Coppernose and Co., the single disc package isn’t a big upgrade from the film itself.

At first glance, the disc’s featurettes — “To Be a Lady” (life of a 16th-century woman) and “Members of the Court” (bios of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII and others) — would seem like a hearty and enjoyable post-entre for home viewers. Instead of using historical images or real-life artifacts to convey the information, however, the bonus material simply relies on looping footage from the film as well as historical “insight” from the actors. 

Oscar-winning scribe Peter Morgan does offer a whimsical, albeit brief, glimpse into his adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s novel, but again, doesn’t seem to add much insight from the pic’s original viewing.

Other features include “Translating History to the Screen” and footage of deleted scenes.

The Other Boleyn Girl

$16.99; Released: June 10, 2008

Production

Columbia Pictures/Focus Features.

Crew

AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen. Running time: 115 mins

Cast

Cast: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana
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