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Becket [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Richard Burton , Peter O'Toole , Peter Glenville    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa
  • Directors: Peter Glenville
  • Writers: Edward Anhalt, Jean Anouilh, Lucienne Hill
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis, Joseph H. Hazen
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Restored, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2007
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1WH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,586 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Special Features: Peter O'Toole commentary A Tapestry Of Music: Laurence Rosenthal on his score for Becket Interview with editor Anne V. Coates Lobby card gallery --johnr@metrodomegroup.com

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Return 15 Feb 2011
By Bedinog
Format:DVD
Version is 142min restoration anamorphic w/screen R2 (not Blu Ray)

This masterpiece of filmed theatre had long been out of the catalogue but the restoration to absolute pristine condition, even better than the original cinema prints, apparently, makes this well worth waiting for. This is not a mere two hander although Burton (Thomas Becket) and O'Toole (Henry II of England) inevitably dominate because of the story. Director Peter Glenville did a wonderful job keeping the raft of scene stealers, including Gielgud and Woolfit as well as the principals, in check, eliciting fine, at times career best performances. I'm not sure Burton was ever better, and O'Toole's is a fascinating, if neurotic interpretation of the same character he was to play as an older, more mature man in 'Lion in Winter.'
With Geoffrey Unsworth's magnificent cinematography, and Anne V Coates' perceptive editing, we have a visual feast. Mention should also be made of Laurence Rosenthal's wonderful score, some of it skilfully adapted Gregorian Chant as well as his original music, and too rarely available on LP or CD.

Criticism has been made of the quite serious historical inaccuracies in this film but this is the responsibility of playwright Jean Anouilh, whose research was apparently non-existent. He set the Henry/Becket conflict against a non-existent barrier of racial (Saxon/Norman) difference, for Becket was of Norman extraction. However,it doesn't seriously undermine the principal themes of loyalty, love and honour with which the play and film, are concerned.
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! 20 April 2007
Format:DVD
I have been waiting for this release for years, and I just can't wait to watch "Becket" again, in all its widescreen splendor. This film simply has it all: Great human drama, complex characters interpreted by superb actors; impressive cinematography, evocative music, and an exciting plot. I think "Becket" is indeed one of the best films ever made, notwithstanding that its screenplay sticks very closely to Jean Anouilh's original stage play. I highly recommend this film to everyone who prefers films about human beings rather than nonsensical special effects.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beyond belief! 14 Dec 2012
By Philip
Format:DVD
I love this film. I've watched it twice now and really began to listen to thre script. O'Toole and Burton at the height of their powers. Medieval chess. Religion vs State. Brilliant. I don't care what the deriders say. This is one of the finest pieces of historical film drama made in the last 50 years (I'm 57). Historical inaccuracies (Beckett was sa Norman not a Saxon) do not detract from the excellent and razor sharp script. The passage from religiosity of the Early Medieval Period to the post-30 years War secularism beghan here. I'm sure any number of prof historians could find find fault with it and with my commentys. You know whast? I don't care. I love Burton and I love O'Toole as the finest actors of their genetration. I will treasure this movie for ever. End of story. Thank you.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Becket the Saint 27 Aug 2007
By Gregory S. Buzwell TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As the years roll by it's all too easy to forget just how good an actor Richard Burton actually was. In a sense his off-screen presence overshadows the work he did in-front of the camera and that's a shame - at his best, and 'Becket' shows him at the height of his powers, Richard Burton was a superb actor.

The film focuses on that well-known medieval spat between Church and state. Frustrated at every turn by the Church's refusal to help fund his wars against France and by its insistance that criminal offences committed by the clergy should be tried by the church, and not by the state, King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) takes the opportunity presented by the timely death of the Archbishop of Canterbury to appoint in his place his good friend Thomas Becket. Sadly, for the King, his youthful companion, so recently a willing participant in the traditional medieval kingly pursuits of drinking, hunting, eating to excess and ardently pursuing the attractive female portion of the peasantry, suddenly begins to take his duties to the Church far too seriously.

The historical Becket, played by the charismatic and charming Burton, does rather well out of this. Historically Becket is often regarded as a rather pompous and self-important individual, more interested in his own reputation than in the health of the Church, but here he comes across as a noble, troubled and intelligent man. The King, admirably played by Peter O'Toole, is charming and dashing, but quick to temper and prone to violent outbursts. The scenes between the two great actors are electric: two forces of nature clashing and sparking against each other, both perfectly capable of seeing the other's point of view and yet neither willing to budge an inch.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories of 'Becket' 26 Jun 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was all of 12 or 13 when I first saw this film in 1968, when it was screened by the school film club. Even at that tender age it left an indelible impression on my mind and fostered a real affection for cinema. And this film shows just how good a movie can be! The costumes are excellent - the dialogue superb - the acting remarkable - and a great story taboot! All lovingly restored for DVD the extras are also very good. In particular Peter O'Toole's commentary on how the film was made is brilliantly intelligent, precise and perceptive - a valuable education in the business and skills of acting. So sad that they don't make them like this any more, or maybe an illustration of just how good so much of the cultural era of the sixties was?
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1.0 out of 5 stars NO SUB-TITLES
NO SUB-TITLES for the "umpteenth" time !! Totally useless for those with hearing problems. IS ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION ?
Published 28 days ago by An Old Greybeard
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Published 1 month ago by A F ROWLAND
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well worth watching
Published 2 months ago by E j f
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good DVD to watch if you are interested in history
Published 2 months ago by tony
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I've loved "The Lion in Winter" since I first saw it on TV back in 1978. It's one of my all-time favourite movies, and so I've wanted to see "Becket" for many, many... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marco M
5.0 out of 5 stars love it.
A classic; love it.
Published 3 months ago by neets
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The acting is superb and the history realistic.
Difficult to believe the film was made so many years ago.
Highly recommeded.
Published 5 months ago by R.A. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok for an oldie
It's not a classic, but I really like Burton and O'Toole and apart from the occasional 'odd' scene it's a good watch.
Published 5 months ago by Phil Price
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our finest Actors
One of our finest Actors, I saw this film when younger and it is well worth seeing again the power of O'Toole with a brilliant cast, A+++.
Published 6 months ago by I. Longhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
An old version of an historical event, well potrayed by character actors, scenery and good storytelling. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barbara O`Brien
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