Henry V

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Collector's Sets

Collector's Set

Olivier’s Shakespeare

Olivier’s Shakespeare

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

Ships Jun 13, 2018

$63.96

Out Of Print

Special 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

Henry V
Cast
Laurence Olivier
King Henry V
Leslie Banks
Chorus
Robert Newton
Ancient Pistol
Renee Asherson
Princess Catherine
Leo Genn
The Constable of France
Harcourt Williams
King Charles VI of France
Russell Thorndike
Duke of Bourbon
Francis Lister
Duke of Orleans
Max Adrian
The Dauphin
Credits
Director
Laurence Olivier
Producer
Laurence Olivier
Screenplay
Alan Dent
Screenplay
Laurence Olivier
Based on the play by
William Shakespeare
Editing
Reginald Beck
Art director
Paul Sheriff
Cinematography
Robert Krasker
Costumes
Roger Furse
Music
William Walton
Conducted by
Muir Mathieson
Played by
The London Symphony Orchestra

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