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This review is from: The Hollow Crown - TV Mini Series [DVD] (DVD)
I loved the idea of filming Shakespeare outside without the restrictions of the stage. I'm really buying this for Henry IV parts 1 and 2, the tavern scenes and Simon Russell Beale's Falstaff - the best version of the two plays that I've ever seen. Its regrettable that Jeremy Irons replaces Rory Kinnear as the mature Henry IV as Kinnear is much the better actor.
Unlike all the other reviewers here (must just be me), I found Ben Wishaw's Richard so annoyingly fey and mannered that he came across as bonkers. The seashore scene was reminiscent of Horrible Histories enacting Caligula at war with Neptune and if Henry IV had wanted to finish him off and I'd been there I'd have offered to do the job. Henry V suffered most from cutting - why was it necessary to do that?
So - five stars for Henry IV 1&2, but only three for the other two plays.