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Richard III

Author: Laurence OlivierColley CibberDavid GarrickCedric HardwickeNicholas HannenAll authors
Publisher: [New York] : Janus Films : Criterion Collection [distributor], 2006.
Series: Criterion collection, 213.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : Special ed., widescreen presentationView all editions and formats
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Begins by recapitulating the final scene of Henry IV, Part III with Edward IV being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard jealously views the proceedings. Soon afterwards, Edward IV is murdered, drowned in a vat of wine. 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 and mustering a final  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Film adaptations
Drama
Feature films
Historical drama
DVD
Video
Named Person: Richard, King of England; Edward, King of England; Edward, King of England; Richard, King of England
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence Olivier; Colley Cibber; David Garrick; Cedric Hardwicke; Nicholas Hannen; Ralph Richardson, Sir; John Gielgud; Mary Kerridge; Paul Huson; Claire Bloom; Otto Heller; Carmen Dillon; Helga Cranston; William Walton; Roger Furse; Bruce Eder; William Shakespeare; London Film Productions.; Janus Films.
ISBN: 0780021177 9780780021174
OCLC Number: 73245763
Language Note: English with English subtitles; closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1955.
Based on the play by William Shakespeare.
Special features: new high-definition digital transfer, including newly discovered footage from the original theatrical release, with restored image and sound; audio commentary by playwright and stage director Russel Lees, joined by John Wilders, former governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company; "Great acting: Laurence Olivier", a 1966 BBC interview with Olivier hosted by renowned theater critic Kenneth Tynan; gallery of on-set and production stills and posters, featuring excerpts from Olivier's autobiography "On acting"; 12-minute television trailer, including footage of Olivier, producer Alexander Korda, production designer Roger Furse, and other crew members at work in Shepperton Studios; original theatrical trailer; essay by film historian Bruce Eder.
Credits: Director of photography, Otto Heller ; art director, Carmen Dillon ; editor, Helga Cranston ; original music, William Walton ; production designer, Roger Furse ; special effects, Wally Veevers.
Cast: Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Mary Kerridge, Paul Huson, Claire Bloom.
Description: 2 videodiscs (approximately 158 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
Details: DVD; Dolby Digital mono.
Contents: Disc 1. New high-definition digital transfer, including newly discovered footage from the original theatrical release, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions --
Audio commentary --
Disc 2. Documentaries and other special features.
Series Title: Criterion collection, 213.
Other Titles: William Shakespeare's Richard III
Responsibility: London Film Productions ; Janus Films ; producer, Laurence Olivier ; [textual alterations], Colley Cibber, David Garrick ; director, Laurence Olivier.

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Begins by recapitulating the final scene of Henry IV, Part III with Edward IV being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard jealously views the proceedings. Soon afterwards, Edward IV is murdered, drowned in a vat of wine. 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 and mustering a final defense for his realm at the Battle of Bosworth. An immortal tale of lust, murder, treachery and the ruthless pursuit of power.

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