I'm amazed that it has taken me so long to see this film. It is, of course, the stuff of all Richard 111 impersonations and while it is difficult to watch Olivier's performance without recalling its many parodies, no one could deny that it is absolutely riveting. "Hammy" it may be at times, perhaps deliberately so, but he is always spellbinding. The supporting players more than hold their own; Gielgud is a lyrical Clarence, Richardson is brilliantly understated as the manipulative Buckingham and Cedric Hardwicke is very fine as the ailing King Edward. The rest of the cast reads like a "Who's Who" of British stage and screen, including the likes of Claire Bloom, Stanley Baker, John Laurie and Patrick Troughton. Two underrated actors, Alec Clunes (father of Martin) and Lawrence Naismith are especially fine as Hastings and Stanley and there are ghoulish cameos from Michaels Gough and Ripper as the two murderers. On a personal note, years ago, I worked with the chap who played one of the princes in the tower. I was quite unprepared for the innovative nature of Olivier's direction, which is quite stunning; this is much more than a simple filming of a stage production. Walton's music is, of course, wonderful and the newly restored print is very effective. At this bargain price, the purchase of this DVD is a "must."