Richard III

( 5 )

Overview

Laurence Olivier was the director, co-screenwriter with Alan Dent, and star of this robust adaptation of Shakespeare's drama, which, as Bruce Eder has written, "was the final, crowning glory of the British studio system and the end of the great cycle of British films aimed at international audiences." Olivier begins his Richard III with Edward IV Cedric Hardwicke being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard Laurence Olivier jealously views the proceedings and begins to pick off those ...
See more details below
Blu-ray (Pan & Scan)
$19.99
BN.com price
(Save 50%)$39.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Blu-ray)
  • All (9) from $18.25   
  • New (6) from $20.63   
  • Used (3) from $18.25   

Overview

Laurence Olivier was the director, co-screenwriter with Alan Dent, and star of this robust adaptation of Shakespeare's drama, which, as Bruce Eder has written, "was the final, crowning glory of the British studio system and the end of the great cycle of British films aimed at international audiences." Olivier begins his Richard III with Edward IV Cedric Hardwicke being crowned king. In the background of the celebration, Richard Laurence Olivier jealously views the proceedings and begins to pick off those obstructing his pathway to the throne. Eventually, Richard becomes king and, after proceeding with a succession of intrigues and duplicities, he finds his kingdom in dire peril, set upon by Henry Tudor Stanley Baker and mustering a final defense for his realm at the Battle of Bosworth.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

*New high-definition digital master of the Film Foundation's 2012 restoration
*Audio commentary by playwright and stage director Russell Lees and John Wilders
*Interview with actor Laurence Olivier from a 1966 episode of Great Acting
*Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production stills and posters
*Twelve-minute television trailer featuring footage of Olivier and other cast
*Trailer
*PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1955 film offers a rare boon, the opportunity to see three of the 20th century's greatest British actors -- Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, and Sir Ralph Richardson -- acting together in the same production. Olivier, the director and star of Richard III, overarches the film in a portrayal of Richard that ranges from impishly wicked to fiendishly diabolical. Early on, he is perversely endearing. His hooked nose, his hunched back, and his halting gait make him a quaint sideshow. Later on, he is unabashedly horrifying. His serial murders of men, women, and children make him a grotesque main attraction that, curiously, still attracts as well as repels. We like Richard, for he is more audaciously sinister and wicked than the sum of all villains since Cain. He dares to do what we all would like to do to a haughty boss or a nincompoop neighbor, if we had no conscience. Often during his performance, Olivier turns away from his interlocutors and looks directly at the audience, confiding his inmost thoughts and feelings. This visual technique works well to establish a relationship with the audience. Gielgud and Richardson support Olivier with wonderful performances. Other distinguished British actors -- including Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Claire Bloom, and Stanley Baker -- also perform with savoir-faire. But the film is not perfect. Olivier sometimes takes unnecessary liberties with Shakespeare's text. Also, because the production was filmed in Technicolor, the reds and blues and yellows scream for attention in their vividness, often overpowering the importance of a dagger or a menacing smile. Nevertheless, Richard III is an extraordinary film that will likely survive the test of time.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2013
  • UPC: 715515104616
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:38:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 407

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cedric Hardwicke Edward Plantagenet (King Edward IV)
Laurence Olivier Richard III
John Gielgud George, Duke of Clarence
Nicholas Hannen Archbishop of Canterbury
Claire Bloom Lady Anne Neville
Ralph Richardson Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
Alec Clunes Thomas, Lord Hastings
Stanley Baker Henry Tudor
Mary Kerridge Elizabeth Woodville (Queen Elizabeth)
Pamela Brown Jane Shore
Paul Huston Edward, Prince of Wales
Russell Thorndike First Priest
Norman Fisher Monk
Andrew Cruickshank Brankenbury
Clive Morton Antony Woodville, Earl Rivers
Dan Cunningham Grey
Douglas Wilmer Marquess of Dorset
Michael Gough Dighton
Michael Ripper 2nd murderer
Roy Russell Abbot
George Woodbridge Lord Mayor of London
Esmond Knight Sir Richard Ratcliffe
John Laurie Lord Lovell
Peter Williams Messenger to Hastings
Timothy Bateson Ostler
Willoughby Gray Priest
Ann Wilton Scrub woman
Bill Shine Beadle
Deering Wells Clergyman
Richard Bennett George Stanley
Patrick Troughton James Tyrell
Brian Nissen 1st Messenger
Alexander Davion 2nd Messenger
Lane Meddick 3rd Messenger
Robert Bishop Messenger
John Greenwood Knight
Helen Haye Queen Mother
Bernard Hepton
Laurence Naismith Thomas, Lord Stanley
John Phillips John Howard, Duke of Norfolk
Derek Prentice Clergyman
Norman Wooland Sir William Catesby
Technical Credits
Laurence Olivier Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Colley Cibber Screenwriter
Helga Cranston Editor
Alan Dent Screenwriter
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Roger Furse Production Designer
Otto Heller Cinematographer
Alexander Korda Co-producer
L&H Nathan Ltd. Costumes/Costume Designer
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
H. Nathan Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Sforzini Makeup
Wally Veevers Special Effects
William Walton Score Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sir Laurence Olivier's Greatest Masterpiece After "Hamlet." A Shakespeare Classic. Highly Recommended For English Classes. AVOID The 1995 Modern Version.

    Sir Laurence Olivier's epic production of William Shakespeare's "Richard III" is a classic and his greatest masterpiece after his stunning version of "Hamlet" in 1948, which won him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor...with good reason. Of course, Olivier had to cut the play, but he did it very well. I liked the way he intertwined Richard's opening monologue (one of the most famous in English literature) with parts of another monologue from "King Henry VI, Part III" (a less popular play but everything the Bard wrote-37 plays, 4 poems and 154 sonnets-is excellent). I highly recommend this version for English classes. This version is Not Rated. AVOID the 1995 modern "Remake" of this play. It is a waste of time and talent.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Olivier's Masterpiece

    Olivier's Masterpiece

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews