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"The Hollow Crown" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Based loosely on Shakespeare, from executive producer Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) comes a stunning adaptation of four of the Bard's most celebrated history plays: Richard II, Henry IV (Part 1 and Part 2), and Henry V. Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, and Ben Whishaw in his award-winning role as Richard II star in this epic tale of three kings, their battle for survival, and the rise and fall of a dynasty.

Specifications

  • Universal Stusios
  • 2013, Color
  • Rated NR
  • 9 Hours, 20 Minutes
  • 2.78:1, 1080p, AVC Encoded
  • Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Ben Whishaw, David Suchet, Jeremy Irons, John Hurt
  • Directed By: Richard Eyre, Rupert Goold, Thea Sharrock
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Implied
  • Language: No

Commentary

Oh what great actors these mortals be! Gorgeous set pieces, intricate and opulent costumes and outstanding supporting cast makes this the box set of the Fall to see. If you think Shakespeare is to cerebral, you owe it to yourself to see this stories. Irons has done great roles in many American films, but Hiddleston and Whishaw are truly outstanding. "For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed; Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd; All murder'd: for within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples of a king Keeps Death his court..." As you can tell, I recommend this set highly.

Technical

These DVDs look very good (on my Oppo 103) with great detail and colorful flourishes and the sound quality, though dialog heavy, is sumptuous and well specialized. Some good boom from your subwoofer, too.

Extras

The extras are an interesting faire: The Making of Richard II, The Making of Henry IV, The Making of Henry V and the Making of a King.