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on June 7, 2013
Criterion does a good job of issuing good copies of great movies. All three of these movies are nice copies with good sound and enable you to enjoy Olivier's treatments of these Shakespeare plays. The Criterion Blu-ray of Richard III is out and is even better than the DVD copy here. If you think you want Blu-ray rather then DVD check with Criterion to see if they plan to reissue the other two in Blu-ray before buying this. If you are not fussy but just want Olivier in a good clean copy of these movies you cannot go wrong with this.
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on December 29, 2013
Olivier has always been superb in playing any of Shakespeare's characters. To me, Olivier is Shakespeare! You have to be a great lover of Shakespeare to enjoy these movies!
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on August 1, 2014
Olivier's Henry V is my favorite movie. I am glad to have a copy of my own, plus it came with Hamlet and Richard III, which is a bonus for this Shakespeare lover!
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on October 25, 2010
The three films of Shakespeare plays that are included in this package hold up remarkable well to the modern eye and year. The latest of the fiims, Richard III, was released more than 50 years ago. Henry V was released during the Second World War and the Hamlet is pre-war. None the less, each is engaging as Shakespeare and as cinema and provides insights into these great plays. Olivier directed and stared in each provided us with a record of a remarkable actor's interpretation of these roles.
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on September 14, 2013
Got this as a gift for a friend of mine ! He was delighted . Good move for all to see !
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on March 4, 2013
No one is better than Olivier...here, he adapts three great Shakespearean plays for the screen - conceiving the style in which the stories should be told, directing them, and starring in them.

He was a master and his work is timeless and inspirational. No one will ever take his place.
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on July 4, 2007
While the acting is excellent, the interpretation Olivier gives Hamlet is nauseating. As a lifelong student of Shakespeare, I have always cringed when I hear students of the bard describe Hamlet as a "man who could not make up his mind." Oliver tells us at the beginning of this film the very essence he sees in Hamlet. I have *no* problem with him interpreting in a way I do not agree with, but to say this is the "definitive work, period" is unfair to some other wonderful adaptations. For my money, Branagh's Hamlet is a more honest portrayal and the excellent dress rehearsal Dvd with Richard Burton is mind-blowing.
I do not dislike Olivier, but Hamlet is hardly his best Shakespearean work. Richard III is much better and Henry V is perhaps better than Branagh's version.

I edited this post on 12-06-2013 because so many people were upset at my use of the term "scholar." So now, get over it.
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