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Henry V

Laurence Olivier

 
Henry V (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1944
  • 137 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #41

Olivier mustered out of the navy to film this adaptation of Shakespeare’s history. Embroiled in World War II, Britons took courage from this tale of a king who surmounts overwhelming odds and emerges victorious. This sumptuous Technicolor rendering features a thrilling re-creation of the battle of Agincourt, and Sir Laurence in his prime as director and actor.

Cast

King Henry VLaurence Olivier
ChorusLeslie Banks
Ancient PistolRobert Newton
Princess CatherineRenee Asherson
The Constable of FranceLeo Genn
King Charles VI of FranceHarcourt Williams
Duke of BourbonRussell Thorndike
Duke of OrleansFrancis Lister
The DauphinMax Adrian

Credits

Disc Features

  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • Theatrical trailer
  • “Shakespearean Royalty”: A chronology of England’s rulers
  • Stills galleries: the “Book of Hours” and production photos
  • Subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Gordon Reynolds

Film Essays

Henry V

By Bruce Eder June 21, 1999

Laurence Olivier’s Henry V today seems like nothing less than a miracle in answer to the Chorus’s call for “a muse of fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” It’s a dazzling . . . Read more »

Interviews

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Matías Piñeiro on Reimagining the Rhythms of Shakespeare

By Hillary Weston October 12, 2016

Over the last five years, Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro has established his own idiosyncratic approach to bringing Shakespeare’s comedies and their complex female characters into the . . . Read more »


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Photo Galleries


Film Essays

Henry V

By Bruce Eder June 21, 1999

Laurence Olivier’s Henry V today seems like nothing less than a miracle in answer to the Chorus’s call for “a muse of fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.” It’s a dazzling . . . Read more »

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