For a traditional presentation of Shakespeare's classic work, it would be hard to improve on this. Michael Elliott's production boasts a fine cast, notably Laurence Olivier's Lear and John Hurt's Fool, working hand-in-glove in the scenes where the king's daughters reject him in particular. When I say "traditional", I am thinking of the stage-like influences on the video; the relative economy of the sets and costumes, impressive though these still are, are presented in a manner realizable in the space of a stage. This lends an intimate, in-your-face portrait of the characters' thoughts and feelings, possible to a greater extent on video than on film. The Stonehenge sets, positioned at either end of the production like monolithic bookends, are a very effective backdrop to illustrate the antiquity and importance of the setting. If, however, you don't mind reading English subtitles in foreign language films, Grigori Kozinstev's 1971 version is much more "filmic" in its use of scenery and sets, to an extent not achievable on stage. This is a more innovative version, Oleg Dal's Fool surviving the play's action to the end for example. Russian composer Shostakovich's music powerfully accentuates the play's themes in this haunting production. But for a more immediately accessible film of the text, in language terms at least, the Elliott film is well worth buying.