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Richard III

Laurence Olivier

 
Richard III  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1955
  • 158 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #213

In Richard III, director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier brings Shakespeare’s masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to ravishing cinematic life. Olivier is diabolically captivating as Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who, through a series of murderous machinations, steals the crown from his brother Edward. And he surrounds himself with a royal supporting cast, which includes Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, and Claire Bloom. Filmed in VistaVision and Technicolor, Richard III is one of the most visually inspired of all big-screen Bard adaptations.

Cast

Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later, King Richard IIILaurence Olivier
Duke of BuckinghamRalph Richardson
George, Duke of ClarenceJohn Gielgud
The Lady Anne, later, queen to Richard IIIClaire Bloom
King Edward IV of EnglandCedric Hardwicke
The Lord HastingsAlec Clunes
The Lord StanleyLaurence Naismith
Queen Elizabeth, wife to Edward IVMary Kerridge
CatesbyNorman Wooland
RatcliffeEsmond Knight
LovelJohn Laurie
Edward, Prince of WalesPaul Huson
Richard, Duke of YorkAndy Shine
Jane ShorePamela Brown
The Lord RiversClive Morton
The Lord GreyDan Cunningham
The Lord DorsetDouglas Wilmer
First executionerMichael Gough
Second executionerMichael Ripper
BrackenburyAndrew Cruickshank
Henry, Earl of Richmond, later, King Henry VIIStanley Baker

Credits

DirectorLaurence Olivier
Produced byLaurence Olivier
Screenplay adapted byLaurence Olivier and Alan Dent
Production designerRoger Furse
Associate directorAnthony Bushell
Art directorCarmen Dillon
EditorHelga Cranston
Director of photographyOtto Heller
Production supervisorJohn Gossage
Camera operatorDenys Coop
Special effectsWally Veevers
Sound recordistsGeorge Stephenson and Red Law
Sound editorBert Rule
Music composed bySir William Walton
Music performed byThe Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
ContinuityPamela Davis
MakeupTony Sforzini
HairdresserGladys Atkinson
Set dressing and titlesRoger Ramsdell
CostumesL&H Nathan Ltd.
Scenic artistRobert White
Masters of horseJeremy Taylor and Jack Curran
Technicolor consultantJoan Bridge

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New high-definition digital transfer (box set edition); new digital master of The Film Foundation’s 2012 4K restoration (single-DVD and Blu-ray editions), with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by playwright and stage director Russell Lees and John Wilders, former governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Interview with actor Laurence Olivier from a 1966 episode of the BBC series Great Acting, hosted by theater critic Kenneth Tynan
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes and production stills and posters, accompanied by excerpts from Olivier’s autobiography, On Acting
  • Twelve-minute television trailer featuring footage of Olivier, producer Alexander Korda, and other cast and crew
  • Restoration demonstration hosted by director Martin Scorsese (single-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A new essay by Bruce Eder (box set edition); a booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin (single-DVD and Blu-ray editions)

    Covers based on theatrical posters

Film Essays

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Richard III: Red-Blooded Richard

By Amy Taubin April 22, 2013

A vivid portrait of a ruthless murderer, Laurence Olivier’s Technicolor Shakespeare adaptation is back in a killer restoration. Read more »


Film Essays

Richard III

By Bruce Eder February 23, 2004

Laurence Olivier’s Richard III was the last and best of the trilogy of Shakespeare films directed by and starring the late actor and filmmaker. Shot in sixteen weeks during late 1954 and early . . . Read more »

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Flashback: Laurence Olivier

By Peter Cowie July 01, 2014

The author’s recollections of the great English actor. Read more »


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May 08, 2014


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Richard III: Red-Blooded Richard

By Amy Taubin April 22, 2013

A vivid portrait of a ruthless murderer, Laurence Olivier’s Technicolor Shakespeare adaptation is back in a killer restoration. Read more »


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10 Directors On-screen

October 12, 2011


Film Essays

Richard III

By Bruce Eder February 23, 2004

Laurence Olivier’s Richard III was the last and best of the trilogy of Shakespeare films directed by and starring the late actor and filmmaker. Shot in sixteen weeks during late 1954 and early . . . Read more »

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