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Review: "Mary, Queen Of Scots" (1971) Starring Vanessa Redgrave And Glenda Jackson; Kino Lorber Blu-ray Special Edition


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By Fred Blosser

Kino Lorber Studio Classics has released “Mary, Queen of Scots” (1971) in a new Blu-ray edition. A Hal B. Wallis production starring Vanessa Redgrave in the title role and Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth I, the picture opened on a limited basis in Los Angeles on December 22, 1971, in order to qualify for the 1972 Academy Awards. General release in the U.S. followed on February 2, 1972. The filmmakers’ hopes were high, since a previous Wallis production about the 16th Century British monarchy, “Anne of the Thousand Days,” had been a critical and commercial success two years earlier, with the same screenwriter (John Hale) and director (Charles Jarrott). As if more cred were needed, a weighty biography by Antonia Fraser, “Mary Queen of Scots” (no comma), had been a best-seller in 1969. Since Mary was a historical figure in the public domain, the filmmakers

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