Full of plots and schemes, this wordy costume drama, an Oscar winner from 1968, come to DVD with some fine results. While not without its faults, the 2.35:1 transfer, enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions, is surprising strong on all accounts. Specks of grain and occasional scratches don't interrupt this top-quality presentation, one that highlights the limited use of colors while, at the same time, gives equal balance between dark and earthy tones which comprise the majority of the surroundings. The muddy feel of the 12th century is captured almost flawlessly. The two-channel mono soundtrack in Dolby Digital isn't going to impress anyone, nor was it meant to. At times a certain amount of echo is present, and auditory detail isn't its strong point, but for the most part, there are few complaints as dialogue is clear enough. Considering this is a dialogue-driven film, that is sufficient. While not necessarily going out of its way, MGM has supplied a couple of supplements. The exceedingly dated theatrical trailer is included, but far more noteworthy is an audio commentary recorded in 2000 by director Anthony Harvey. In a typically reserved British manner, Harvey discusses a number of points about his involvement in the production, but, unfortunately, the track is marred by significant gaps. Still, his memories of more than 30 years earlier have relevance.
Audio commentary by director Anthony Harvey
Original theatrical trailer
French and Spanish subtitles
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)
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 The set and props were a little outdated, but the castle looked just like I remembered it!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
At last on Blu-ray !
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.