Blu-ray Release Date: April 23, 2013; DVD Release Date; April 9, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
With the 1955 historical war drama film Richard III
, director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier
(Hamlet) brings Shakespeare’s masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to mesmerizing cinematic life.
Olivier is downright diabolical—and captivating–as 15th Century England’s Richard, Duke of Gloucester
, who, through a set of murderous machinations, steals the crown from his brother Edward.
Co-starring including Ralph Richardson
(Long Day’s Journey into Night), John Gielgud
(Arthur), and Claire Bloom
(The King’s Speech), the classic Richard III
is filmed in the gloriously widescreen VistaVision format and Technicolor, making it one of the most visually inspired of all big-screen Bard adaptations.
Criterion previously issued a single disc DVD edition of Richard III
back in 2004. The new Criterion release is a two-disc set that includes all the bonus features that appeared on the first incarnation, as well