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I was rather nervous about revisiting this as I carry vivid memories of it from my youth. And yes, even at the time we knew the battle and crowd scenes were underpopulated and unconvincing - and they are. And yes, it's in black and white and recorded live in studio which leads to limited camera angles and static shots. But fifty years on the central performances are so good and the intelligence and clarity of the verse speaking so impressive that most of the time it really doesn't matter. Not surprisingly the reissue singles out the performances by actors whose names bring recognition and they are good, particularly Sean Connery. Is this his only Shakespearean role? But Mary Morris as Margaret is every bit as commanding and powerful as I remember and Paul Daneman's witty and sinister Richard, relishing his confidences to camera, is also hugely impressive. And I hadn't fully appreciated the quality of Terry Scully's haunted and haunting Henry VI. But this is an ensemble company cast in depth and if you're hesitating, I urge you to take the plunge and give it a try.