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Shakespeare: Richard II [David Tennant] [RSC] [Blu-ray] [2014]

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  • Actors: David Tennant, Oliver Ford Davies, Michael Pennington, Nigel Lindsay, Jane Lapotaire
  • Directors: Gregory Doran
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Royal Shakespeare Company | Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 6 May 2014
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J379KHA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"David Tennant gives a bravado performance of a multi-layered, complex and intelligent medieval king in Shakespeare's masterful history play."

The Daily Express

Richard II is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic and bloody civil war.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role. David is joined in the Company by Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York, Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt and Nigel Lindsay as Bolingbroke.

Richard II was broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 13 November 2013 from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 6 May 2014.

The Blu-Ray disc also includes a commentary by Director Gregory Doran and Live from Stratford-upon-Avon Producer John Wyver, an interview with David Tennant in which he discusses his thoughts on the play and the character of Richard, and a film exploring behind the scenes of the production, giving an insight into the process of putting the play onto the stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the logistics of filming the production for live broadcast.
  • First release in a new partnership with the RSC.
  • Starring distinguished TV, Film and Theatre actor David Tennant whose credits range from Doctor Who to Hamlet at the RSC.
  • Production directed by Gregory Doran "one of the great Shakespearians of his generation" The Sunday Times
  • Extra features: David Tennant interview, Director's commentary and a cast gallery.
Running time: 162 minutes
Subtitles: EN / FR / DE
Region: 0

Review

"David Tennant gives a bravado performance of a multi-layered, complex and intelligent medieval king in Shakespeare's masterful history play." --The Daily Express

'Gregory Doran's exceptional production is a rousing triumph.' --The Observer

'Michael Pennington is little short of magnificent as John of Gaunt.' --The Daily Telegraph

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The Royal Shakespeare Company has released the first disc in its Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon series, which features live broadcasts to cinemas of plays from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and subsequent releases on DVD and Blu-Ray. This release is Richard II, staring David Tennant. I attended a production of this play shortly before it was filmed. I liked it, but was not overwhelmed by it; I felt David Tennant was excellent, but some of the company was weak, and the overall design didn’t really grab me.

But it’s worth discussing the quality of the production on the Blu-Ray (and DVD), which, to me, could hardly be better. I’ve become a regular at the RSC; I live a few miles from Stratford-Upon-Avon, and it’s my “local.” Since I moved to the UK just over a year ago, I travelled there often, then moved nearby, in part to have this wonderful theater a few minutes away.

Being in the two RSC theater’s is magical. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where Richard II was filmed, has about 1,000 seats; the Swan Theatre, next-door, about 460 seats. Both have thrust stages, where the audience sits on three sides of the stage, in a horseshoe shape. Wherever you are in either theater, you’re very close to the stage. I’ve sat in many different locations for a dozen or so productions, and I’ve never been disappointed. Whether in the front row, or in the back, you get a great view.

From the first scene of the play on disc, it’s obvious that they’ve got it right. I immediately had the feeling of being there, in the theater, in the play. While Richard II starts with a shot from above the stage, which I wasn’t able to see in person, the rest of the filming recalled what it was like to be there, in person.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Terrace Ghost on 10 May 2014
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From the first off-hand, dismissive "Old John of Gaunt...” you know he's got this right. Richard II is a tough role; you have to make him unsympathetic enough in the first two acts to make his overthrow justifiable, but not so unsympathetic that you can’t feel that he has been unjustly overthrown by the end.

Greg Doran and David Tennant between them have worked it out exactly; not a tyrant but a naïve young man who has known nothing but authority, entitlement and flattery, but has never learnt how to manage any of them. The “hippy hair” and the gang of youthful acolytes, huddling together to advise, is a perfect visual summary – Tennant’s Richard is essentially a student politician who, faced with a real world in which organised armed factions come equipped with fortresses of vested interest that they’re all quite prepared to kill and die for, suddenly realises he simply hasn’t the equipment to survive, never mind preside over or rule. Bolingbroke’s supporters know how to raise troops, Richard’s when commanded to muster an army by the Duke of York simply look lost and then run for it. Oliver Ford Davies as York, incidentally, is superb – as usual – as a weak and reasonable man, trapped, not empowered by authority; another theme of the play on which Doran’s incisive production homes excellently.

But this is not a modern setting of the most Medieval of Shakespeare’s Histories and the better for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Ruitenberg on 17 Jun. 2014
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Almost as if I had been there ... no, of course not, nothing will ever replace real theatre. But all in all the filming was well done and there are not enough theatre evenings for all the people who would like to go, so DVD is a good alternative to not seeing anything at all. Especially if you live abroad. So thank you also for the sub-tiltes which I find useful.

The acting is awesome, of all the cast, and the cast fit and filled their roles to a perfection. Most of all DT of course. There is no actor like him at the moment. He rips my heart out. I forgot that he was my Doctor, my Hamlet, my single father or young proud loony ... he becomes the person he plays, in a way, which I have rarely encountered before.

Greg Doran is of another universe as director and artistic director and I hope he stays with the RSC for long long years.

Some background material or making of would have been nice. There is an inverview with DT, but I would have liked some more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. TK Ellis on 5 July 2015
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This production of Richard II is absolutely fabulous. David Tennant in the lead role is phenomenal. He brings to life a king who acts like a spoilt bully in the first half of the play, but manages to elicit your sympathy when he finally ends up in the dungeon at the end of it, betrayed and abandoned. Though it is not surprising he has come to this due to his treatment of people David Tennant manages to make you feel pity for him - and that is no mean feat!

The supporting case are also excellent and it is a thorough joy to watch this production. I shall certainly be keeping my eyes open for other productions like this.
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