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Richard III (Special Edition) Richard III (Special Edition)

Starring and directed by Laurence Olivier. Starring and directed by Laurence Olivier.
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Following 'Henry V' (1944) and 'Hamlet' (1948), this was the last of the three Shakespeare films in which Laurence Olivier took the title role in addition to serving as director, producer and writer. In this case, the title role is that of the cold and calculating king, a treacherous and untrustworthy fellow who makes plans to kill anyone who threatens his position. Henry Stafford (Ralph Richardson), the Duke of Clarence (John Gielgud) and Lady Anne Neville (Claire Bloom) are just some of those moving in his orbit.

Soon after Edward IV is crowned King, his brother, Richard, a hunchback, twisted in mind as well as body, starts scheming for the throne of England. He woos and wins Lady Anne and then poisons Edward’s mind against their brother, Clarence, later organising his death. But even after his coronation, Richard continues with his villainous campaign to secure his position as King...

This award-winning adaptation of Shakespeare’s play won Laurence Olivier BAFTAs for Best British Actor and Best British Film, as well as an Oscar nomination and various other Awards. This star-studded adaptation stars Olivier (Hamlet, Marathon Man), John Gielgud (Arthur, Becket), Ralph Richardson (The Heiress, Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan), Cedric Hardwicke, Claire Bloom, Alec Clunes, Esmond Knight, John Laurie, Patrick Troughton and Stanley Baker.

This version of the film is taken from a digitally-restored High Definition print of RICHARD III. It is the first time this version has been available uncut since its original theatrical release in 1955. This special edition also includes THE TRIAL OF RICHARD III. Unseen since its first television transmission in 1984, this 225 minute show puts Richard on trial for murder using historical evidence and expert witnesses, including acclaimed historian David Starkey. Will he be acquitted or convicted?

Following 'Henry V' (1944) and 'Hamlet' (1948), this was the last of the three Shakespeare films in which Laurence Olivier took the title role in addition to serving as director, producer and writer. In this case, the title role is that of the cold and calculating king, a treacherous and untrustworthy fellow who makes plans to kill anyone who threatens his position. Henry Stafford (Ralph Richardson), the Duke of Clarence (John Gielgud) and Lady Anne Neville (Claire Bloom) are just some of those moving in his orbit.

Soon after Edward IV is crowned King, his brother, Richard, a hunchback, twisted in mind as well as body, starts scheming for the throne of England. He woos and wins Lady Anne and then poisons Edward’s mind against their brother, Clarence, later organising his death. But even after his coronation, Richard continues with his villainous campaign to secure his position as King...

This award-winning adaptation of Shakespeare’s play won Laurence Olivier BAFTAs for Best British Actor and Best British Film, as well as an Oscar nomination and various other Awards. This star-studded adaptation stars Olivier (Hamlet, Marathon Man), John Gielgud (Arthur, Becket), Ralph Richardson (The Heiress, Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan), Cedric Hardwicke, Claire Bloom, Alec Clunes, Esmond Knight, John Laurie, Patrick Troughton and Stanley Baker.

This version of the film is taken from a digitally-restored High Definition print of RICHARD III. It is the first time this version has been available uncut since its original theatrical release in 1955. This special edition also includes THE TRIAL OF RICHARD III. Unseen since its first television transmission in 1984, this 225 minute show puts Richard on trial for murder using historical evidence and expert witnesses, including acclaimed historian David Starkey. Will he be acquitted or convicted?

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SKU 5027626238346
Catalogue Number 7952383
Product contents 2 discs
Year 1955
Director Laurence Olivier
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Network
Aspect ratio 16:9 - 1.66:1
Language(s) English
Running time 152 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate U

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