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  • Actors: Sir Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr.
  • Directors: Richard Loncraine
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00120TRHY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,801 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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German import with easily selectable english or german language with NOT REMOVABLE german subtitles. Cover contains foreign writings.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lyon on 18 Mar. 2014
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
My initial review of this film was a touch mis-informed; you *can* get English language versions of this sans-subtitles on DVD but they aren't plentiful or cheap, and the film isn't in the shops. I've no idea why.

Because this is great Shakespeare on film - it's on the same level as Brannagh's Henry V, Feinnes' Coriolanus, Olivier's Hamlet - it should not only be on the shelves of HMV, it should be on school curricula. If anyone knows of any way to bring pressure to bear on the right person to get this situation changed, please do let me know. United Artists don't even pretend to be open to dialogue.

To refer to the cast as 'stellar' is almost to devalue the word - not just Ian McKellen (Maybe the film's being witheld because it would be wrong to let stupid people see the actor that went on to play Gandalf here playing a villain) - Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Tim McInerny, Jim Carter, Bill Patterson, Adrian Dunbar, Michael Elphick - and Annette Bening and Robert Downey jnr - but look at the roll call on IMDB; the only adult speaking part not to be played by a star is 'Subaltern' played by David Antrobus.

Admittedly the script is pared down to the basics, but at least most of the words are Shakespeare, though the addition of 'Prime Minister' will annoy some purists, as will the interpolation of a line from Henry VI 3, but it is worth bearing in mind that Richard III is a very long play and if you want to find out how long just take a look at The BBC production starring Ron Cook, because that's the uncut text.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David Bailey on 29 Oct. 2010
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This is, of course, one of the most innovative interpretations of Richard III and I can't add anything to the other reviews about the performance.

BUT!!!!! this is a German DVD and it does play in English, only at the expense of having German subtitles which can't be switched off. I find this very distracting. Currently, there doesn't seem to be any other recording available, so I have to put up with it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Hutchings on 23 July 2006
Format: DVD
The cast list reads like a who's who, which can occasionally make one a little sceptical. However, this is a wonderful brought-about production. The whole film is worth it for Ian McKellen's turning to the camera and saying 'well I'm not made of stone...'

Beautifully dry yet inspiringly wonderful. Buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe Public on 23 May 2011
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A great cast. A truly great play.Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Nigel Hawthorne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith and Robert Downey Jr.I agree that there ought to be another release of this fine production as it was produced in English after all.As that doesn't exist at present this is the one to watch!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Farmer on 6 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
If you hate this movie then you are obviously of the pixie caps and tights brigade who hate to see Shakespeare removed from the 'proper setting'. In my opinion there are very very few flaws in this movie. The pure and unrepentant villainy of McKellen's Richard is phenomenal, and who can forget the utter hilarity of the final scene. All I'll say is: "I'm sittin on top, top of the world..."

Buy this movie, watch this movie, show it too your friends. Believe me I have...
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 1 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
A gala ball: The York family celebrate their reascent to power; the War of Roses (named for the feuding houses' heraldic badges: Lancaster's red and York's white rose) is almost over. Actually, the year is 1471, but for present purposes, we're in the 1930s. A singer delivers a swinging "Come live with me and be my love." Richard of Gloucester (Sir Ian McKellen), the reinstated sickly King Edward IV's (John Wood's) youngest brother, moves through the crowd; observing, watching his second brother George, Duke of Clarence (Nigel Hawthorne) being quietly led off by Tower warden Brackenbury (Donald Sumpter) and his subalterns. With Clarence gone, Richard seizes the microphone, its discordant screech cutting through the singer's applause, and he, who himself made this night possible by killing King Henry VI of Lancaster and his son at Tewkesbury, begins a victory speech: "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York" (cut to Edward, who regally acknowledges the tribute). But when Richard mentions "grim-visaged war," who "smooth'd his wrinkled front," the camera closes in on his mouth, turning it into a grimace reminiscent of the legend known to any spectator in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: that he wasn't just born "with his feet first" but also "with teeth in his mouth;" hence, not only crippled (though whether also hunchbacked is uncertain) but cursed from birth, his physical deformity merely outwardly representing his inner evil.
Then, mid-sentence, the image cuts again.
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