Olivier's Shakespeare (Hamlet / Henry V / Richard III) (The Criterion Collection)
|Additional DVD options||Edition||Discs||
|New from||Used from|
(Aug 01, 2006)
Deal of the Day: Select DC titles on Blu-ray and DVD
Save on featured DC Comics titles including all season 1s of The Flash, Arrow, and Gotham. This offer ends at 11:59:59 PM (PT) on July 25, 2016. Learn more
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
- 3 features: Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III
- Commentaries by film historian Bruce Eder on Henry V and playwright and stage director Russell Lees on Richard III
- A 1966 BBC interview with Olivier, featured on Richard III
- Original theatrical trailers of Henry V and Richard III
- Galleries of production stills and posters on Henry V and Richard III
Top Customer Reviews
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.
2. Five stars for shelling these three classics together.
3. Laurence Olivier is one of the most captivating and most talented actors to ever grace the craft. His honing and mastering of timing, process and realism is bar none compared to the actors of this day and age as a whole. He was masterfully involved in every facet of a production.
4. Clearly 'Henry V' is his shining tour de force, although the majority will say it was 'Hamlet'. A Classics teacher I had once freshman year, a true inspiration of a hero, said "Olivier is the crowning jewel of a lost empty space." Olivier's Henry V unchains Shakespeare from most Elizabethan limits. He commands the performance with mobility and tenderness, yet brings Shakespeares poetry into a new light. He masterfully illuminates the complete package.
I remember seeing Olivier play Master Nikodemus in Zeff's potrayal of the life of Christ in 'Jesus of Nazereth', (I am forever the agnostic, but Zeff's film was mesmorizing) and even there, even there in that simple tiny, forgotten role, we see that illumination at first hand. A gentle hovering spirit that soared to the very upper echelon of his profession.
Thank you Criterion for understanding majestic raw talent, pinnacle acting and directing from a superstar, in which the likes of will surely not be matched for some time, if ever.
This masterfully crafted boxed-set by Criterion contains three of his best versions of the Bard.
The first is "Henry V", filmed during WWII, and as such it reflects a bit of the mood and the propaganda needs,
that were prevailing in England during those days.
Despite of this, Olivier shows us filming techniques, which for those days, were considered revolutionary.
Of course the speeches are held for an audience in need for motivation and are far less naturalistic than, say,
in Kenneth Branagh's own version.
Yet, the entire production, which actually starts on a stage at the "Globe" Theater in Shakespeare's times, just
to slowly switch to actual exterior shots (especially in the final Agincourt Battle), runs smoothly and very
Names such as Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Leo Genn, Esmond Knight and many other famous British actors of the
time grace and crowd the screen with powerful performances.
The DVD transfer, at least to me, seems extremely well done.
Sharp images, vivid colors and details that on a VHS tape and even on the Laserdisc looked somewhat washed out
are now fully restored to their original showing vision.
The sound is impeccable, despite being in Mono, it is now more rounded up and fuller than previous versions
The second is "Hamlet", in which Olivier truly takes center stage, both as a director and as an actor.
This one is in Black and White, but due to the gloomy and complex subject involving the title character, it seems
very appropriate and adds to the "gray" mood that pervades the whole plot.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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!Published 24 months ago by Judy Zimmerman
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!Published on December 29, 2013 by Anna Marie J. Prudente
Got this as a gift for a friend of mine ! He was delighted . Good move for all to see !Published on September 14, 2013 by viswnyiczke
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... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by M. Kenny
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... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Elizabeth Kaye
For all that more contemporary actors have done to make Shakespeare movies contemporary public can relate to these 3 Olivier produced Shakespeare movies still knock my socks off. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by S. Schoelzel
The three films of Shakespeare plays that are included in this package hold up remarkable well to the modern eye and year. Read morePublished on October 25, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Finally, versions of Shakespeare that are understandable, thanks to the superb artistry of Olivier. He was the epitome of an actor for this genre. Read morePublished on January 23, 2009 by baligal7
Anyone loving or teaching Shakespeare and wishing to see a magnificent actor at the height of his powers (who can speak the verse) should buy this collection. Read morePublished on December 25, 2008 by G. Helsham
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Classics
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Drama
- Movies & TV > Boxed Sets > Military & War
- Movies & TV > Criterion Collection > All
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Military & War
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Shakespeare on DVD Store > More to Explore > Collections
- Movies & TV > Shakespeare on DVD Store > The Works > Hamlet
- Movies & TV > Shakespeare on DVD Store > The Works > Henry V
- Movies & TV > Shakespeare on DVD Store > The Works > The Histories
- Movies & TV > Shakespeare on DVD Store > The Works > The Tragedies