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Richard III

Spine #213

Feb 24, 2004

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Richard III

Other Versions:

2013 Release


Directed By: Laurence Olivier
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom, Cedric Hardwicke, Alec Clunes, Laurence Naismith, Mary Kerridge, Norman Woodland, Esmond Knight, John Laurie, Paul Huson, Andy Shine, Pamela Brown, Clive Morton, Dan Cunningham, Douglas Wilmer, Michael Gough, Michael Ripper, Andrew Cruickshank, Stanley Baker
Licensor: Janus Films

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With Richard III, Laurence Olivier-as director, producer, and star-transfigures Shakespeare's great historical drama into a mesmerizing vision of Machiavellian villainy. Olivier's performance, viewed as the greatest of his career, charges Richard with magnetic malevolence as he steals his brother Edward's crown through a murderous set of machinations. His inspired direction brings to the screen superlative performances by veteran theater actors Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud and the young Claire Bloom. Filmed in VistaVision and Technicolor, The Criterion Collection is proud to present the restored full-length version for which Olivier received the 1956 British Academy Film Awards for Best Actor and Best Film.

  • Commentary by playwright and stage director Russell Lees, joined by John Wilders, former Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • 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 with Olivier, producer Alexander Korda, production designer Roger Furse, and other crew members at work in Shepperton Studios
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Essay by film historian Bruce Eder


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