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Henry IV Part 2: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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Hotspur is dead and Prince Hal has proved his mettle on the battlefield, but King Henry IV lies dying and the rebels show no sign of surrendering. Even Sir John Falstaff is forced out of the taverns to raise a militia, but will his attachment to Hal be rewarded with promotion and the life of ease he feels sure he deserves? Henry IV Part 2 includes some of the greatest moments in Shakespeare: the deathbed scene of the old King, when Hal contemplates the crown; and Hal's devastating rejection of Falstaff himself. Roger Allam ('a Falstaff to treasure' - The Times) won the 2011 Best Actor Olivier Award for his performance in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. 'Jamie Parker (Prince Hal) is 'terrific to watch' (London Evening Standard); he appeared in As You Like It at the Globe in 2009, and was also in The History Boys at the National Theatre, on Broadway and on film.

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  • Actors: Roger Allam, Jamie Parker
  • Directors: Claire van Kampen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RP4BZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael M. Winters on September 16, 2012
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Waited months for this to become available on DVD in this country. It was shown in simulcast on theater screens last summer, but unavailable for purchase til now. Great for any vid-library. These plays are not produced that often, particularly both parts, so it is a great satisfaction to have these. I hope Shakespeare Globe keeps offering their shows on home video.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on May 25, 2013
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From the end of part one of this history play by William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616):

(1) The charismatic Hotspur (a leading rebel against the King) is dead
(2) Prince Hal (the King's son) has proven his ability on the battlefield.

Beginning of part two of this play:

(1) King Henry IV lies dying.
(2) The rebels attack against the King's forces show no signs of surrendering.
(3) Falstaff is to raise a militia.

This Globe Theatre production of "Henry IV Part 2" (written circa 1598) brings the last part of this play (and the most interesting part, in my opinion) to life. It does so with some unforgettable acting (aided by good scenery, costumes, and music).

The title "Henry IV" is somewhat misleading. (You'll realize this when you watch this production.) King Henry is rarely on stage, and at times seems to exist solely as a peg upon which to hang the more interesting tale of Prince Hal and Sir John Falstaff.

Yes, the play generally is about Henry's struggle to maintain the throne. But the play itself centers on Prince Hal and his development from jokester into king. Two plots, one comic and one serious, are represented, respectively, by Falstaff & the Boar's Head Tavern gang and by King Henry & his court. Hal is sort of like a hinge upon which the two swing back and fourth.

Thus, there are two "musts" when bringing this play to the stage:

(1) You must have a good Falstaff. I was "hugely" impressed with actor Roger Allam's performance as that "huge hill of flesh" called Falstaff. He gives an admirable performance to what can be a difficult character to portray at times.

(2) You must have a good Prince Hal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Kerwick on September 2, 2014
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This was an excellent performance, although I wish there had been fewer cuts. It was as close to the ideally entertaining Shakespeare as I've seen and Roger Allam is far and away the best Falstaff I've ever seen. His youth and vigor, such as they are, make the character believable, which the seriously older great actors doing the role usually leave behind. His Olivier is more than amply earned. I'm on Amazon right now to see if this troupe and actor have done a Part 1. The Prince Hal, was a bit less impressive, and suffers a little by comparison to Tom Hiddleston, whose job in the Irons version was very good, although his career seems to be a sellout to Sci-Fi since that time. If one only buys a single DVD, I recommend that this be the one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By janice hyden on January 4, 2013
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This is a fun and fast moving presentation of Henry IV and I enjoyed it very much. The actors are the best
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred T. Isquith on July 1, 2013
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To the best of my knowledge there are three readily available filmed versions of the Henry IV plays.

In the early 1960s the BBC produced the Shakespear chronocles as a 15 episode one hour television series entitled An Age of Kings. This edited and shortened version of the plays is most engaging and entertaining with a unified cast. If one is tired of contemporary television fare, this series is why the televsion of that era were called "The Golden Age."

About 25 years of so later, the BBC produced a series of the complete cannon of Sharkespear which included unified cast versions of the entire Histories. Again, for great acting of an ensamble production with a single director (if I recall correctly) and for those with the time and patience or love of the Bard, the series is highly recommended.

So, then, why go for the newer film of the stage production of the Henry IV plays produced by the Globe Theatre in London.?

The reason is for the Fallstaff of Roger Adams. Adams memorable protrayal brings one of Shakepear's most famous persons to three dimensional life, giving him a subtlety and dimension, oft missed in the "fat John foil to Prince Hal", approach oft seen. To view Adam in the role, is to see Fallstaff anew.

For a evening or two sitting with the residents of "lady" Tiersheets tavern, this version is more than worth the hours.
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By Jeff Price on March 13, 2014
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All I have to say. Falstaff is always open for contemplation. He is one of Shakespeare's most intelligent characters for sure.
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