Madness Of King George

Madness Of King George

Director: Nicholas Hytner

Cast: Nicholas Hytner, Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm

     
 

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Nicholas Hytner's Oscar nominated costume drama The Madness of King George comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materialsSee more details below

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Nicholas Hytner's Oscar nominated costume drama The Madness of King George comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA that offers excellent picture quality.

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Adapted for the screen from Alan Bennett's hit London stage production by Bennett himself, The Madness of King George is an ebullient, witty, and surprisingly sympathetic portrait of the insanity of politics and the politics of insanity. Directed with grace and assurance by first-time director Nicholas Hytner, the film manages to strike a balance between scatological irreverence and subdued tenderness in its treatment of its titular subject. Portrayed as both a blundering autocrat and a genuinely disturbed man, George is brought to life by Nigel Hawthorne (who also played him on the stage) in a performance that carries the entire film. He is ably supported by a cast of seasoned performers, most notably Helen Mirren as his long-suffering but loving wife, and Ian Holm as the irascible Dr. Willis, the physician who attempts to treat the king through a variety of unorthodox methods. Hawthorne's scenes with both Mirren and Holm provide the film with its more memorable and lucid moments, and they layer his character with added dimensions. The affectionate interludes between the king and his wife communicate genuine poignancy, while the battle of wills between the king and Dr. Willis provides the film with its centerpiece. At the end of it all, Hawthorne emerges triumphant, his George III scarred but spirited, willing to fight the good fight until he can fight no more. — Rebecca Flint
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Adapted for the screen from Alan Bennett's hit London stage production by Bennett himself, The Madness of King George is an ebullient, witty, and surprisingly sympathetic portrait of the insanity of politics and the politics of insanity. Directed with grace and assurance by first-time director Nicholas Hytner, the film manages to strike a balance between scatological irreverence and subdued tenderness in its treatment of its titular subject. Portrayed as both a blundering autocrat and a genuinely disturbed man, George is brought to life by Nigel Hawthorne (who also played him on the stage) in a performance that carries the entire film. He is ably supported by a cast of seasoned performers, most notably Helen Mirren as his long-suffering but loving wife, and Ian Holm as the irascible Dr. Willis, the physician who attempts to treat the king through a variety of unorthodox methods. Hawthorne's scenes with both Mirren and Holm provide the film with its more memorable and lucid moments, and they layer his character with added dimensions. The affectionate interludes between the king and his wife communicate genuine poignancy, while the battle of wills between the king and Dr. Willis provides the film with its centerpiece. At the end of it all, Hawthorne emerges triumphant, his George III scarred but spirited, willing to fight the good fight until he can fight no more.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
UPC:
0027616862808
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo Surround; French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nigel Hawthorne George III
Helen Mirren Queen Charlotte
Ian Holm Dr. Willis
Rupert Everett Prince of Wales
Rupert Graves Greville
Amanda Donohoe Lady Pembroke
John Wood Thurlow
Julian Rhind-Tutt Duke of York
Julian Wadham Pitt
Jim Carter Fox
Geoffrey Palmer Warren
Anthony Calf Fitzroy
Jeremy Child Black Rod
Nicholas Selby Speaker
Barry Stanton Sheridan
Struan Rodger Dundas
Janine Duvitski Margaret Nicholson
Roger Hammond Baker
Cyril Shaps Pepys
Selina Cadell Mrs Cordwell
Peter Woodthorpe Clergyman
Robert Swann 1st MP
Alan Bennett 2nd MP
Roger Ashton-Griffiths MP
David Leon Footman
Joanna Hall Royal Child
Russell Martin Royal Child

Technical Credits
Nicholas Hytner Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
Tariq Anwar Editor
Alan Bennett Screenwriter
Mark Cooper Producer
David Crozier Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Stephen Evans Producer
John Fenner Art Director
George Fenton Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Celestia Fox Casting
David Parfitt Producer
Carolyn Scott Set Decoration/Design
Mary Soan Asst. Director
Mark Thompson Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Title/Appearances [10:19]
2. All In A Day's Work [5:48]
3. A Royal Pain [3:58]
4. "Could He Be Ill?" [4:56]
5. Morning Madness [6:01]
6. "Hush!" [11:19]
7. "Have Mercy Upon Us!" [4:07]
8. Voted Incapacitated [5:17]
9. Behavioral Medicine [3:00]
10. Taken Away For Taming [6:46]
11. A Bill To Dethrone [10:13]
12. "You Must Know!" [9:06]
13. Acting Out King Lear [4:33]
14. "Long Live The King!" [5:18]
15. Back In Control [4:30]
16. "Model Family"/Credits [8:16]

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