DVD Release: Burton and Taylor

DVD Release Date: Feb. 4, 2014
Price: DVD $24.98
Studio: BBC

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Helena and Dominic are Dick and Liz in Burton and Taylor.

Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) and Dominic West (Centurion) star as Hollywood’s most famously volatile on-again-off-again couple in the 2013 TV movie Burton and Taylor.

The film is set in 1983, when Elizabeth Taylor and her ex-husband (twice over!) Richard Burton star in a Broadway stage revival of the Noel Coward play Private Lives. With the middle-aged Taylor’s pill-popping and lack of stage experience and Burton’s ongoing struggle to control his drinking and a new girlfriend who may become his wife, the lives—both private and public of the two legendary stars prove to be both tempestuous, dramatic and funny!

Directed by Richard Laxton, the BBC Drama/BBC America co-production was broadcast on BBC America in October, 2013, with Carter garnering a Golden Globe nomination for her take on La Liz. The film’s reception was positive, with the biographical drama garnering a 9.4/10 at Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 reviews.

Bonus features on the DVD include two featurettes.

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