The Crown, Season 1 and 2 DVD
The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne… a new era is dawning. Queen Elizabeth II is a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Golden Globe winner for Best TV Drama Series, “The Crown”, created by Peter Morgan, explores the Queen’s private journey behind the public fa?ade with daring frankness.
Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
Actors: Claire Foy,Matt Smith,Vanessa Kirby,Eileen Atkins
Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, PAL
Region: Region 4 for Australia
Number of discs: 8
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
DVD Release in: 2018
The Crown: Your ultimate binge guide to seasons 1 and 2
The life and times of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and her family get the small-screen treatment from creator Peter Morgan, who — as the writer behind the 2006 film The Queen and the 2013 play The Audience, both starring Helen Mirren as the Queen — is no stranger to dramatizing the 20th century through the monarch’s eyes. The Netflix series, an awards (and Anglophile) magnet that nabbed three Emmys and two Golden Globes in its first season, examines Queen Elizabeth’s personal history as much as it does England’s, with plans to follow her to present day by the end of its six-season run, switching principal casts every few years. Now that season 2 is streaming, here’s your chance to dive into the merry lives of Windsor.
A princess ascends the throne as the new queen, just as a celebrated politician enters his final act.
1. “Wolferton Splash”
Meet newlyweds Princess Elizabeth and Philip, who hastily return from a stay in Malta when King George is diagnosed with lung cancer. Elder statesman Winston Churchill also returns to London for a second term as prime minister.
Crowning Achievement: Elizabeth gives birth to Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Aww.
2. “Hyde Park Corner”
When the King dies, Elizabeth and Philip cut their Commonwealth tour short to mourn. Elizabeth is now the new sovereign.
Crowning Achievement: A safari brings Elizabeth face-to-face with giraffes and elephants — a far cry from the fauna (read: corgis) she sees at home.
Season 2 (Spoilers Ahead!)
The Queen faces troubles both at home and abroad, but some are more personal than others.
Picking up soon after the events of the finale, season 2 opens with Elizabeth questioning Philip’s loyalty after discovering possible evidence of infidelity, just before he leaves for his five-month tour of the Commonwealth (yes, again).
Crowning Achievement: Even with thoughts of Philip on her mind, Elizabeth manages to advise Prime Minister Anthony Eden on the Suez Crisis.
2. “A Company of Men”
Philip giddily goes on tour, free from the public eye, a proper razor, and, most of all, from Elizabeth’s shadow. But a scandal brews in London when the wife of Philip’s private secretary and closest friend, Mike Parker (Daniel Ings), seeks a divorce. A man is known by the company he keeps…
Crowning Achievement: Elizabeth delivers a touching Christmas speech that brings Philip to his senses.
Edward, who abdicated the throne, returns for his brother’s funeral, ruffling the royal family’s feathers, and counsels Elizabeth on how to deal with Philip’s demands.
Crowning Achievement: When Churchill delays the coronation to maintain power, Elizabeth uses it to her advantage. (Divine right, indeed.)
4. “Act of God”
The Great Smog, caused by London’s pollution, descends on the city, leaving thousands dead and Churchill potentially shouldering the blame. The Queen is pressured to ask him to step down. A tough hour to watch — especially for those invested in Churchill.
Crowning Achievement: Elizabeth holds her own opposite both a bullheaded Churchill and her equally bullheaded advisers.
In a single episode, Elizabeth confronts Philip about his behavior, Eden gets ousted, and Philip obtains his royal title in exchange for joining Elizabeth on her “second act” (a.k.a. more children). Phew!
Crowning Achievement: Her Majesty gives His Royal Frat Bro a glare at their reunion that’s so icy, it says it all.
Margaret finds a new paramour in Antony “Tony” Armstrong-Jones, a seductive photographer. Yes, he’s played by Matthew Goode (!!!), but you’ll be rooting against him soon enough.
Crowning Achievement: When a nude photograph of Margaret appears in the press, Elizabeth looks past it. (Then again, why would she stare?)
When Edward and Wallis fail to receive an invitation to Elizabeth’s coronation, Edward protests the, uh, oversight. Can’t anyone remember he was once king?
Crowning Achievement: Elizabeth literally gets coronated, but her speech to Philip telling him why he must kneel — to his queen, if not his wife — is the real winner. We won’t judge if you want to replay that scene again and again.
The Kennedys — well, mainly Jackie (Jodi Balfour) — dazzle Buckingham Palace. And though Jackie badmouths Elizabeth behind her back, her criticism ends up inspiring the Queen to use charm as a diplomatic weapon during a visit to Ghana. It’s a memorable hour that ends on a somber note, when news of JFK’s death reaches the Queen.
Crowning Achievement: Elizabeth dances the fox-trot! It’s her most triumphant moment — and it’s all in her smile.