Richard III [Blu-ray] [1955]

  • SKU: 20961955
  • Release Date: 04/23/2013
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Audio commentary by playwright and stage director Russell Lees and John Wilders, former governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Interview with actor Laurence Olivier from a 1966 episode of the BBC series Great Acting, hosted by theater critic Kenneth Tynan
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production stills and posters, accompanied by excerpts from Olivier's autobiography, On Acting
  • Twelve-minute television trailer featuring footage of Olivier, producer Alexander Korda, and other cast and crew
  • Restoration demonstration hosted by director Martin Scorsese
  • Original theatrical trailer


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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    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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