Henry V

Henry V

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Cast: Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Ian Holm

     
 

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Director Kenneth Branagh's lavish and detailed adaptation of William Shakespeare's timeless classic makes its bow on DVD thanks to MGM Home Entertainment. Presented letterboxed at 1.85:1 (and enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs), this disc also features a closed-captioned Dolby Digital Surround audio track and offers subtitles in Spanish and French. Accompanying this lush… See more details below

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Director Kenneth Branagh's lavish and detailed adaptation of William Shakespeare's timeless classic makes its bow on DVD thanks to MGM Home Entertainment. Presented letterboxed at 1.85:1 (and enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs), this disc also features a closed-captioned Dolby Digital Surround audio track and offers subtitles in Spanish and French. Accompanying this lush presentation are an original theatrical trailer and a collectible booklet. Join Branagh and a cast of talented others as they bring this Shakespearian classic into the digital age in this exciting DVD.

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A triumphant, audacious film, Henry V marked an auspicious beginning for the career of director and star Kenneth Branagh. Somber, gray, and bearing none of the jingoistic glory of Laurence Olivier's 1944 version, Branagh's Henry is a muddy, bloody affair more interested in the complexities of the king himself than in his historic defeat of the French. As such, the film is largely composed of close-ups of its characters, rather than wide angle shots emphasizing the grandly political scale of the events at hand. The only shot of the latter nature is the remarkable eight-minute tracking sequence that follows a blood- and mud-spattered Henry across the field of Agincourt, carrying a dead boy over his shoulder and picking his way through the countless corpses. Virtuoso tracking shots aside, Henry V's strength rests on Branagh and company's ability to make a much-told Shakespeare story seem fresh and innovative. What impresses above all else are the film's emotional inlets, from Henry's rousing, poignant St. Crispin's Day speech to Mistress Quickly's (the formidable Judi Dench) eulogy for the dead Falstaff. A film endowed with both tremendous soul and Branagh's own assurance, Henry V is an exhilarating, sobering experience from beginning to end.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2000
UPC:
0027616850126
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:18:00

Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenneth Branagh Henry V
Derek Jacobi Chorus
Brian Blessed Duke of Exeter
Ian Holm Fluellen
Paul Scofield French King
Emma Thompson Princess Katherine
Robbie Coltrane Falstaff
Michael Maloney Dauphin
Alec McCowen Bishop of Ely
Geraldine McEwan Alice
Simon Shepherd Duke of Gloucester
James Larkin Bedford
John Sessions Capt. MacMorris
Christian Bale Falstaff's Boy
Michael Williams Williams
Richard Briers Lt. Bardolph
Geoffrey Hutchings Cpl. Nym
Robert Stephens Ancient Pistol
Judi Dench Mistress Quickly
Paul Gregory Earl of Westmoreland
Richard Innocent Duke of Burgundy
Calum Yuill Child
James Simmons York
Charles Kay Archbishop of Canterbury
Fabian Cartwright Cambridge
Stephen Simms Scroop
Jay Villiers Grey
Edward Jewesbury Sir Thomas Erpingham
Daniel Webb Capt. Glower
Jimmy Yuill Jamy
Shaun Prendergast Bates
Patrick Doyle Court
Richard Clifford Duke of Orleans
Colin Hurley Grandpre
Richard Easton Constable of France
Christopher Ravenscroft Mountjoy
David Lloyd Meredith Governor of Harfleur
David Parfitt Messenger
Nicholas Ferguson Warwick
Tom Whitehouse Talbot
Nigel Greaves Duke of Berri
Julian Gartside Bretagne
Mark Inman Soldier
Chris Armstrong Soldier
Simon Rattle Conductor

Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director,Screenwriter
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Michael Bradsell Editor
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Stephen Evans Executive Producer
Peter Frampton Makeup
Tim Harvey Production Designer
Kenneth MacMillan Cinematographer
David Parfitt Associate Producer
Simon Rattle Musical Direction/Supervision
Bruce Sharman Producer
Ian Wingrove Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Title/Credits [2:05]
2. Prologue 1 [2:05]
3. Spinning History [1:16]
4. King Henry V [4:07]
5. Attack? [1:23]
6. Loveless Tennis [3:35]
7. 8 Shillings [3:12]
8. A Good Man [4:49]
9. Prologue 2 [1:12]
10. High Treason [6:38]
11. Memorial [5:42]
12. France's Fear [3:58]
13. England's Threat [2:50]
14. "The Blast of War" [2:38]
15. Battle's Disciplines [2:28]
16. Indefensible [3:34]
17. English Lesson [3:58]
18. For Honor [2:17]
19. Not for Rejoicing [1:18]
20. To Hang a Thief [2:28]
21. Tell Your Master! [2:45]
22. Prologue 3 [3:32]
23. Horse and Armor [1:33]
24. Talk With the Heart [:14]
25. The Common Word [3:01]
26. King's Repose [2:46]
27. The French Line [8:12]
28. For England! [5:09]
29. War!!! [1:58]
30. "The Day Is Yours" [5:14]
31. The Sad Toll of War [4:30]
32. Death March [4:16]
33. Terms and Conditions [6:36]
34. Fair Katherine [3:30]
35. Peaceful Union [4:00]
36. End Credits [4:00]

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