Henry V [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1944]

Presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, the DVD version is derived from a 35 mm internegative made from masters in England. Film historian Bruce Eder provides a detailed and extensive commentary on the history and making of the film. Other special features include a piece on the costumes of the period, a chronology of the history plays -- "Shakespeare's Royalty," 11 black-and-white production photos, the theatrical trailer, and color bars, presumably for making color adjustments. The audio is monaural and sounds it, and the colorization is rather obvious.
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Shakespearean Royalty," a chronology of England's rulers
  • Stills galleries: the "Book of Hours" and production photos
  • Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition


Henry V
Laurence Olivier's adaptation of Henry V is one of the finest Shakespeare films ever made, full of rousing action, beautiful colors, and passionate performances. Henry V is the story of the newly crowned king of England, who fights the French for possession of Normandy. Olivier's direction is inventive, beginning the film as if it were a performance at the Globe Theatre, and having it slowly expand so the final battle scenes take place in realistic settings. Released in 1944 during the height of World War II, Henry V didn't receive an American release until 1946, upon which Olivier won a special Academy Award for "his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Laurence Olivier
    Laurence Olivier - Henry V
  • Robert Newton
    Robert Newton - Ancient Pistol
  • Image coming soon
    Renée Ashershon - Princess Katharine
  • Esmond Knight
    Esmond Knight - Fluellen
  • Leslie Banks
    Leslie Banks - Chorus

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