The year is 1183. Like many a modern-day politician, Britain's King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) finds it occasionally useful to take his wife out of mothballs and parade her before the public. Henry's Queen Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn), long exiled to a faraway castle, is "invited" to join Henry and their three sons for a family reunion. In this way, Henry hopes to maintain a stronghold on his empire and prevent the balance of power from shifting to Eleanor or one of his sons: Richard the Lion-Hearted (Anthony Hopkins in his movie debut), Prince Geoffrey (John Castle), or Prince John (Nigel Terry). Also on hand for the get-together is Henry's mistress Princess Alais (Jane Merrow) -- who covets the King's influence -- and the Princess' brother, King Philip of France (Timothy Dalton). Despite Henry's efforts to keep his wife and offspring at arms' length (and away from the throne), Eleanor successfully reunites the brood, assuring that her power will not only be restored, but will last long after her death.~Hal Erickson
Audio commentary by director Anthony Harvey
Interview with sound recordist Simon Kaye
Original theatrical trailer
Peter O'TooleHenry II
Katharine HepburnEleanor Of Aquitaine
Jane MerrowPrincess Alais
John CastlePrince Geoffrey
Timothy DaltonPhilip II of France
Anthony HopkinsPrince Richard (Richard the Lionhearted)
Nigel StockWilliam Marshall
Nigel TerryPrince John
O.Z. WhiteheadBishop of Durham
Kenneth GriffithStrolling Player
Henry WoolfStrolling Player
James GoldmanPlay Author
John BarryComposer (Music Score)
John BarryMusical Direction/Supervision
Gilbert MargerieArt Director
Peter MurtonArt Director
Joseph E. LevineExecutive Producer
Peter JamesSet Designer
Margaret FurseCostume Designer
Simon KayeSound/Sound Designer
Family Drama,Marriage Drama,Period Film
The Lion in Winter
Year of Release
50th Anniversary Edition, Blu-ray
Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
KL Studio Classics
The Lion in Winter [50th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] 
The DVDs I have purchased from Best Buy have always been have top notch Movies. I would recommend buy the classics from Best Buy for there quality, Price and Packaging. I really enjoy this production, The Lion In Winter.
Saw this movie years ago when I was in high school and wanted to see if it held up. The dark colors are really rich and deep black. Liked the intense drama between the main characters. It captured the essence of the time period. The set and props were a little outdated, but the castle looked just like I remembered it!
This has always been one of my favorites since seeing it theaters when it first came out. The blu-ray is much better than the previous DVD copry.
Too bad they did not have any special extras other than the trailer.
There is closed caption though - which is always appreciated for my mom.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Sure to Enjoy
I bought this because of the notable actors and the fact I have never seen them act together before. The description given, of the flaws in the movie, makes it sound charming all the more.