Henry V

Henry V

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Cast: Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Renée Ashershon, Esmond Knight

     
 

Presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, the DVD version is derived from a 35 mm internegative made from masters in England. Film historian Bruce Eder provides a detailed and extensive commentary on the history and making of the film. Other special features include a piece on the costumes of the period, a chronology of the history plays -- "Shakespeare's Royalty… See more details below

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Overview

Presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, the DVD version is derived from a 35 mm internegative made from masters in England. Film historian Bruce Eder provides a detailed and extensive commentary on the history and making of the film. Other special features include a piece on the costumes of the period, a chronology of the history plays -- "Shakespeare's Royalty," 11 black-and-white production photos, the theatrical trailer, and color bars, presumably for making color adjustments. The audio is monaural and sounds it, and the colorization is rather obvious.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Sir Laurence Olivier's breathtaking adaptation of the Bard's history play proved to be the first truly successful cinematic treatment of Shakespeare. Made at the height of World War II, the film reenvisioned Shakespeare's morally ambiguous play as a morale booster for the British people enduring German bombardment. Playing Henry as a just and courageous monarch who leads his men to victory against the much stronger French army, the dashing young Olivier is mesmerizing, while the supporting roles are filled by many of the greatest British actors of the day. But the brilliance of Olivier's HENRY V (adapted again in 1989 by Kenneth Branagh) also lies in the daring stylistic innovations and injections of humor that make Shakespeare accessible to a movie audience. Shot in exquisite Technicolor by cinematographer Robert Krasker (THIEF OF BAGDAD), HENRY V starts out as a filmed play, then opens up into a dazzling cinematic environment designed to look like a medieval illuminated manuscript, and shifts finally into the harrowing realism of the magnificent Battle of Agincourt. Olivier won a special Academy Award for this magical melding of theater and cinema that many still consider the best of all Shakespeare films.
All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Laurence Olivier's Henry V confounded almost every assumption about bringing Shakespeare's work to the screen. In contrast to previous Shakespeare adaptations, it was fresh and lively -- even challenging and daring -- in its presentation and structure; it had fun with its subject, while other versions had been reverent and respectful; and it delighted audiences, scholars, and critics alike, becoming the first screen adaptation of a Shakespeare play to receive mostly enthusiastic reviews and turn a profit. Olivier made his movie in the middle of World War II, convincing the British government of the morale-boosting potential and propaganda uses of a good adaptation of the original play, about an English invasion of France in the 15th century; he then took off for the neutral wide-open spaces of Ireland with the best cast he could assemble from actors too old to be in uniform, a handful of actors borrowed from the armed services, highly sought-after Technicolor cameras, and a script that kept intact the core of Shakespeare's play. The movie earned him a special Academy Award. Equally important in broader historical terms, Henry V paved the way for all other Shakespeare films, from Olivier's versions of Hamlet, Richard III, and Othello through to Kenneth Branagh's more contemporary adaptations.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
UPC:
0037429128527
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:17:00
Sales rank:
34,361

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder; Theatrical trailer; "Shakespearean Royalty," a chronology of England's rulers; Stills galleries: the "Book of Hours" and production photos; Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Olivier Henry V
Robert Newton Ancient Pistol
Renée Ashershon Princess Katharine
Esmond Knight Fluellen
Leslie Banks Chorus
Leo Genn The Constable of France
Felix Aylmer Archbishop of Canterbury
Janet Burnell Isabel of France
Gerald Case Earl of Westmoreland
Valentine Dyall Duke of Burgundy
Roy Emerton Lt. Bardolph
Jonathan Field French Messenger
Frederick Cooper Cpl. Nym
Morland Graham Sir Thomas Erpingham
Vernon Greeves English Herald
Arthur Hambling Bates
Jimmy Hanley Williams
Nicholas Hannen Duke of Exeter
George Cole Boy
Robert Helpmann Bishop of Ely
Freda Jackson Mistress Quickly
Griffith Jones Earl of Salisbury
John Laurie Capt. Jamie
Francis Lister Duke of Orleans
Niall MacGinnis Capt. MacMorris
Brian Nissen Court
George Robey Falstaff
Michael Shepley Capt. Gower
Ernst Thesiger Duke of Berri
Russell Thorndike Duke of Bourbon
Frank Tickle Governor of Harfleur
Ralph Truman Mountjoy, French Herald
Harcourt Williams Charles VI King of France
Ivy St. Helier Alice
Max Adrian The Dauphin
Ken Richmond Actor

Technical Credits
Laurence Olivier Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Reginald Beck Editor
Dallas Bower Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Alan Dent Screenwriter
Carmen Dillon Production Designer
Roger Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Filippo del Guidice Producer
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Robert Krasker Cinematographer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Sheriff Art Director
William Walton Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapters
1. Logos [:29]
2. Opening Credits [:35]
3. Stratford-on-Avon [1:54]
4. The Globe Playhouse [1:58]
5. Curtain up: "O for a muse of fire..." [2:25]
6. "The king is full of grace and fair regard" [4:09]
7. Backstage at the Globe [:54]
8. Enter King Henry V [:57]
9. Henry's claim on France [4:34]
10. The clergy's promise [:44]
11. "This mock of his hath turned these balls to gun stones!" [4:01]
12. Chorus: "Now all the youth of England are on fire..." [1:15]
13. The Boar's Head-Ancient Pistol [5:09]
14. Chorus: "Unto Southampton do we change our scene" [:07]
15. "The signs of war advance-no King of England, if not King of France!" [1:16]
16. The death of Falstaff [1:03]
17. Chorus: "Suppose that you have seen a well-appointed king..." [7:04]
18. The court of France [1:01]
19. A message from Henry [3:37]
20. Chorus: "Work, work your thoughts and therein see a sea" [2:33]
21. "Once more unto the breach!" [:26]
22. The four captains [3:02]
23. Henry's conquest [4:19]
24. Katherine learns English [1:24]
25. The French war council [5:20]
26. Mountjoy's warning to Henry [:32]
27. Chorus: "Now entertain conjecture of a time..." [1:48]
28. Dauphin's horse and armor [3:04]
29. "A little touch of Harry in the night" [1:23]
30. St. Crispin's Day: "Come come, away-the sun is high" [4:37]
31. "If we are mark'd to die we are enow to do our country loss" [16:49]
32. ."..they shall have none, I swear, but these my bones..." [1:13]
33. The battle of Agincourt [2:36]
34. "I was not angry since I came to France, until this instant" [4:31]
35. Henry's victory: The Agincourt Song [7:24]
36. "O God, Thy arm was here" [2:43]
37. Pistol's exit [1:40]
38. Sealing peace with the French [1:59]
39. Henry woos Katherine [5:16]
40. The marriage of two kingdoms [1:10]
41. Chorus: ."..this star of England..." [4:14]
42. End Credits [9:47]

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