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THREE GREAT MOMENTS... OLIVIER... SHAKESPEARE... CRITERION...
on August 23, 2006
Basically, these are three great Criterion Editions boxed together - which gives it a nice sense of continuity between these films.
HAMLET is, perhaps, Shakespeare most widely known and popular work. And Olivier gives it the film performance to which all others are compared. Period. And it is a great film with a striking cinematography and (naturaly) a great cast. A classic. Criterion, as always, does a fine job in terms of image and sound... although this disc has no extras.
RICHARD III tells the story of the evil duke of gloucester and his murderous machinations to get the throne of England. Another great performance. Great Technicolor cinematography. Here, Criterion gives us a two-disc edition full of nice extras: an Olivier interview, a featurette, etc.
HENRY V is another tour de force as the king who must battle all odds in order to achieve the greatest victory. The Agincourt battle scenes are a wow!!! Another Tecnicolor triumph.
So, here you have three great Shakespeare adaptation at a better price (you can buy the separately) by Criterion.
I say look no further.