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Essential Art House: Richard III [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1955]

  • SKU: 17742427
  • Release Date: 06/16/2009
  • Rating: NR

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    Richard III
    Laurence Olivier was the director, co-screenwriter (with Alan Dent), and star of this robust adaptation of Shakespeare's drama, which, as Bruce Eder has written, "was the final, crowning glory of the British studio system and the end of the great cycle of British films aimed at international audiences." Olivier begins his Richard III with Edward IV (Cedric Hardwicke) being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard (Laurence Olivier) jealously views the proceedings and begins to pick off those obstructing his pathway to the throne. Eventually, Richard becomes king and, after proceeding with a succession of intrigues and duplicities, he finds his kingdom in dire peril, set upon by Henry Tudor (Stanley Baker) and mustering a final defense for his realm at the Battle of Bosworth. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Cedric Hardwicke
      Cedric Hardwicke - Edward Plantagenet (King Edward IV)
    • Laurence Olivier
      Laurence Olivier - Richard III
    • John Gielgud
      John Gielgud - George, Duke of Clarence
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      Nicholas Hannen - Archbishop of Canterbury
    • Claire Bloom
      Claire Bloom - Lady Anne Neville

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Incredible upgrade in PQ!

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      Olivier is satisfyingly snarky as Richard III, but you don't need to take my word for's an acknowledged seminal performance! The real draw here for those who know the film via the several VHS and previous dvd release is that the new restoration and transfer to BluRay simply makes it a freshly minted experience! Colors are vibrant and accurate (within the souped up Technicolor palette) and the improved resolution lifts several layers of haze off previous versions!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Fine British Production

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      Laurence Olivier cast in tile role. Need I say more?

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