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#1 clydefro

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:45 PM

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RICHARD III
Laurence Olivier

United Kingdom • 1955 • 159 minutes • Color • 1.85:1 • English
With Richard III, director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier brings Shakespeare's masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to mesmerizing cinematic life. Olivier is diabolically captivating as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who, through a set of murderous machinations, steals the crown from his brother Edward. The supporting cast -- including Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, and Claire Bloom -- is just as impressive. Filmed in VistaVision and Technicolor, Richard III is one of the most visually inspired of all big-screen Bard adaptations.


DISC FEATURES
  • New high-definition digital master of the Film Foundation's 2012 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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 from the film
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  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin in the Blu-ray edition


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Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:45 PM

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  • BD/DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • OOP DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:07 AM

Hilarious! "Now is the winter of our discontent?" All the Olivier adaptations of Shakespeare are camp comedy gold.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:12 PM

The old version has a different booklet essay so looks like I'll be keeping both.

Also, they both have unbelievably ugly covers.
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:58 AM

I like both the old and new covers (both based on vintage posters, a practice I endorse in many cases). Love the movie, too.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:17 AM

Yeah, I have no problem with the cover either.

I prefer the self-conscious artiness of Olivier's Hamlet to but I'm also a big fan of this one. I even really like his Henry V, though, bombast and all, so perhaps I'm just predisposed to enjoying this sort of production.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:38 PM

I prefer the older cover to the new one which is particularly ugly. When were these vintage posters used an where were they from?
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

The new cover is based on a poster Janus Films has used in the past when touring the film in retrospectives. The old cover is taken from the original British theatrical poster (and was also on Criterion's laserdisc release of the film).

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:41 PM

Well if Janus made that new art then its not really like the original art then. Still hideous.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 12:11 AM

It mirrors the film's disfigured, evil main character, surely one of the most wretched ever written.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:19 AM

There are ways to do that that don't look like bad wood block art with horrible fonts.
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:15 AM

Man, you really hate this cover.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 11:26 AM

It mirrors the film's disfigured, evil main character, surely one of the most wretched ever written.


I sort of identify with him (tapping my hump). "The Bells, the bells" wait wrong story. Nothing more pragmatically spoken than "Conscience is a word that cowards use."

Does anyone prefer this to the Richard Loncraine directed one starring Ian McKellen? "Shall I be plain? I wish the bastards dead."
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 04:13 PM

I have to look at them both again, I like the updating of it to 30s era facism, and I generally love Loncraine in anything he does. Have been watching Wimbledon a bit lately and it's a very nice little film.

And yes I really do hate this cover. One of my majors in college was design, and one of the reasons I am into Criterion is the packaging and design of it, so when you get a really crap looking batch like this it's depressing.
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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:41 PM

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