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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
excellent quality - its shakespeare filmed as it should be really - on a stage with one background - the focus is on the acting and the acting is excellent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pantomime drama
We watched this as a follow on to the recently screened BBC series of Shakespeare history plays covering the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V. These stunning new productions - The Hollow Crown - really brought those plays to life and I can't recommend them highly enough.

Anyway, this older BBC production, which continues the story into the War of the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 20 Aug 2013
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excellent quality - its shakespeare filmed as it should be really - on a stage with one background - the focus is on the acting and the acting is excellent.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little history lesson......., 5 May 2011
This review is from: Henry VI Part One - BBC Shakespeare Collection [1983] (DVD)
To do justice to the play i would need to write a very long review.
So instead i will just say this :- Great fun, plenty of laughs, plenty of play fights and arguments a plenty.
Lovely costumes and a little silly in places.
All set in a childs playground. Excellant.
On word of caution, this play is in three parts on three DVDs and they are, each, quite long.
But well worth ploughing through.
But do watch them in order or you might not know what is going on, as so many characters play so many different parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good production, 9 Sep 2013
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Mr. P. Savill "Pez" (London uK) - See all my reviews
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Brenda Blethyn is stunning as Joan of Arc and the King is almost ideally cast (he may be a bit old!) but he really comes across as the most inept monarch ever!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pantomime drama, 6 Aug 2012
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Ruth O'D (Limerick, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Henry VI Part One - BBC Shakespeare Collection [1983] (DVD)
We watched this as a follow on to the recently screened BBC series of Shakespeare history plays covering the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V. These stunning new productions - The Hollow Crown - really brought those plays to life and I can't recommend them highly enough.

Anyway, this older BBC production, which continues the story into the War of the Roses, looks pretty pathetic in comparison. The same minimalist set is used through-out with fairly basic props and costumes, the hair styles are embarassingly awful and they even used pantomime horses in one scene.

Most of the acting wasn't very realistic; Joan of Arc was really annoying - with a dreadful, grating North of England accent and a very overdone acting style, and the child-king Henry VI looked more like the child-catcher out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang than a young boy. He also spoke in a silly mild-mannered voice that just made us giggle.

But it wasn't all bad; Trevor Peacock was outstanding as the heroic Lord Talbot, and his scenes with his son were genuinely dramatic and moving despite being in rhyming couplets. Bernard Hill as a sullen Duke of York, and Frank Middlemass as the belligerent Cardinal Beaufort were reasonably convincing as were some of the lesser characters. The play was over 3 hours long, but we found that the action moved along quite quickly and we didn't really find it boring, just odd. It probably helped that we didn't try to watch it all in one go and that we were reasonably well informed about English history (thanks largely to Horrible Histories!), because there are an awful lot of different characters to keep track of.

If you know what to expect - a rather dated stage play rather than a modern drama - and if you are really interested in Shakespeare and/or the War of the Roses then you could probably enjoy this as we did, but it could be so much better in a well-made up-to-date version - I hope BBC are planning 'the Hollow Crown part 2' for next year!
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