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Richard III
     

Richard III

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Director: Richard Loncraine, Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent

Cast: Richard Loncraine, Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent

 
Scandal, betrayal, and treachery abound in this involving update of Shakespeare's classic tale, arriving on DVD from MGM Home Video. Viewable in either the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen theatrical version (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) or in standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, and featuring a choice of either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or

Overview

Scandal, betrayal, and treachery abound in this involving update of Shakespeare's classic tale, arriving on DVD from MGM Home Video. Viewable in either the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen theatrical version (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) or in standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, and featuring a choice of either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or French Dolby Digital Mono soundtracks, this release also offers optional Spanish and French subtitles. Extra features include a collectible booklet and an original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Visually striking and highly imaginative, Richard Loncraine's screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Richard III ranks as one of the best -- or at least the most cinematic -- versions of the bard's work to ever appear on screen. Here, the story is moved into the 1930's as a neo-fascist government has taken power in England, and Richard (Ian McKellen) ruthlessly climbs through its ranks, using murder, marriage, seduction, and deception to get to the top. While the staging takes certain minor liberties with the story, and at 105 minutes the text has been condensed a bit, Loncraine's direction gives this production a dynamic visual strength that matches the power of its story, and McKellen's performance as Richard is nothing short of superb, with Jim Broadbent, Nigel Hawthorne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, and (most surprisingly) Robert Downey, Jr. all delivering fine support.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2000
UPC:
0027616841926
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Collectable booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian McKellen Richard III
Annette Bening Queen Elizabeth
Jim Broadbent Buckingham
Robert Downey Earl Rivers
Nigel Hawthorne Clarence
Kristin Scott Thomas Lady Anne
Maggie Smith Duchess of York
Jim Carter Hastings
Dominic West Henry Richmond
John Wood Edward IV
Bill Paterson Ratcliffe
Adrian Dunbar James Tyrell
Donald Sumpter Brackenbury
Tim McInnerny Catesby
Edward Hardwicke Stanley
Roger Hammond Archbishop
Christopher Bowen Prince Edward
Edward Jewesbury King Henry
Dennis Lili Lord Mayor
Bruce Purchase City Gentleman
Andy Rashleigh Jailer
Michael Elphick NCO
Ryan Gilmore George Stanley
Matthew Groom Prince James
Tres Hanley Miss Pan-Am
Kate Steavenson-Payne Princess Elizabeth
Marc Williamson Prince Of Wales

Technical Credits
Richard Loncraine Director,Screenwriter
Maria Apodiacos Executive Producer
Stephen Bayly Producer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Richard Bridgland Art Director
Tony Burrough Production Designer
Kathy Ducker Makeup
Paul Green Editor
Shuna Harwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Nick Hobbs Stunts
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Irene Lamb Casting
David Lascelles Producer
Ellen Dinerman Little Executive Producer
Ian McKellen Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Lisa Katselas Pare Producer
Mary Richards Associate Producer
Joe Simon Executive Producer
Michele Tandy Associate Producer
Peter Taylor Camera Operator
Ken Tuohy Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title [3:42]
2. Intro/Your Majesty [8:18]
3. Farewell Brother [2:08]
4. Speak Of The Devil [8:12]
5. Late Pardon [1:21]
6. "If He Were Dead..." [1:11]
7. Getting His Man [1:17]
8. A Terrible Dream [3:55]
9. Bottled Spider [4:31]
10. His Brother's Killer [3:19]
11. Peace OF Enmity [3:04]
12. The King Is Dead... [3:38]
13. Rivers' End [1:30]
14. A Family's Ruin [1:47]
15. ...Long Live The King [2:52]
16. A Kindly Boar [1:42]
17. Witchcraft [4:03]
18. "He Deserved To Die" [1:50]
19. A Captive Woman [:47]
20. Richard The Humble [6:35]
21. "I Am Their Mother" [1:45]
22. Likely To Die [5:12]
23. Broken Promise [1:43]
24. It Is Done [1:49]
25. Curse Of My Loins [1:36]
26. A Queen In Jest [1:27]
27. Not My Daughter [6:20]
28. Assuring His Loyalty [5:07]
29. Elizabeth Weds [1:01]
30. I'm The Villain [3:09]
31. Kingdom For A Horse [5:44]
32. End Credits [3:24]
Side #2 -- STANDARD
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title [:09]
2. Intro/Your Majesty [3:42]
3. Farewell Brother [8:18]
4. Speak Of The Devil [2:08]
5. Late Pardon [8:12]
6. "If He Were Dead..." [1:21]
7. Getting His Man [1:11]
8. A Terrible Dream [1:17]
9. Bottled Spider [3:55]
10. His Brother's Killer [4:31]
11. Peace Of Enmity [3:19]
12. The King Is Dead... [3:04]
13. Rivers' End [3:38]
14. A Family's Ruin [1:30]
15. ...Long Live The King [1:47]
16. A Kindly Boar [2:52]
17. Witchcraft [1:42]
18. "He Deserved To Die" [4:03]
19. A Captive Woman [1:50]
20. Richard The Humble [:47]
21. "I Am Their Mother" [6:35]
22. Likely To Die [1:45]
23. Broken Promise [5:12]
24. It Is Done [1:43]
25. Curse Of My Loins [1:49]
26. A Queen In Jest [1:36]
27. Not My Daughter [1:27]
28. Assuring His Loyalty [6:20]
29. Elizabeth Weds [5:07]
30. I'm The Villain [1:01]
31. Kingdom For A Horse [3:09]
32. End Credits [5:44]

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Richard III 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
katknit More than 1 year ago
Ian McKellen takes his shot at the consummate villain role, and a well-aimed shot it is. I generally like my Shakespeare acted within its own time frame, but for a modern production, this one isn't bad. The 1930's sets, backdrops, and music are over-the-top in their presentation, lending a surreal, supremely fascistic aspect to this history play. It translates well. McKellen's delivery of Richard's famous lines is spot-on. Watching Maggie Smith is a joy, as usual, and veterans Kristin Scott Thomas, Edward Hardwicke (better known to Americans as Sherlock Holmes's Watson), and Nigel Hawthorne perform admirably in important supporting roles. On the down side, Annette Bening and Robert Downey, Jr. are almost comically miscast, their presence jarring and shallow. Then again, it's a rare American "movie star" who isn't routinely upstaged, and badly, by classically trained British actors.

This is a fun version of Richard III, easy to understand, visually impactful, and true to Shakespeare's own intentions.