The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown

The Wars of the Roses

DVD - 2016
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A mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Henry VI Parts One and Two, and Richard III.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Studios Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approximately 379 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm., in container
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby 5.1, rda

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scribby
Jul 05, 2018

I agree with the reviewer below that this is the original "Game of Thrones". Shakespeare chronicles the War of Roses, with all of its court intrigue, shifting alliances, battles, adultery, witchcraft, and an appalling body count. Shakespeare's language, as always, is "archaic" enough to be difficult to understand until about ten minutes in, when the viewer's ear becomes more accustomed (and then the sheer poetry of the words becomes apparent!). The settings (filmed "on location") and costuming are historically informed; the latter with added color schemes representing the personalities of the principal characters. The performances, by a Who's Who of British actors, are outstandingly nuanced, but Benedict Cumberbatch steals the show as the villainous Richard III. He portrays a pure distillation of evil with a single glance at the audience. For those new to Shakespeare, this would be a good introduction, and aficionados will find a lot here to discuss as well.

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Beltane
Jun 25, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the stories and to someone not familiar with Shakespeare, they too would understand and have a clear appreciation.

Everything about this series is top-notch but the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III, stunning. He was Richard III.

SPPL_Anna Mar 26, 2018

I was surprised by how much more I liked that Henry VI parts over the Richard III parts, but I am slowly coming to realize that I just do not care for Richard III as a play.

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Mmegood
Nov 10, 2017

This was difficult for me to get through due to the time commitment to watch each disc. Make sure you have the time available when you check this set out! Or plan on rechecking out.

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Twiggzette
Oct 01, 2017

Too often in the past, I have read and watched stage and screen plays of Richard III and been totally bemused. It's clear that Richard III is a monster, but the reasons for his behavior and the War of the Roses were totally unclear. In order to understand this critical period of English history, which encompassed both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, you must read, or better yet see performances of, Shakespeare's Henry VI, Henry VI Parts 1 & 2, and Richard III. "The Hollow Crown" encompasses these four plays and this period of time and is brilliantly adapted, acted, and directed for television.

These Shakespeare plays compete in greatness with his "Henriad", consisting of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and culminating in Henry V, possibly Shakespeare's most powerful and accessible historical plays. They chronicle the ascension to maturity and power of King Henry V.

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Charlie68
Aug 14, 2017

The original Game of Thrones? Good series well acted and set really brings alive the era.

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SteelMagnolia
Nov 22, 2016

So disappointing ... lacked a sense of story, characters not well-cast

LPL_IlkaI Oct 03, 2016

The trick to enjoying Shakespeare is make it accessible through language and visuals. This latest installment of The Hollow Crown will ne'er a hollow frown find! These three plays featured were directed by Dominic Cooke, an acclaimed British stage director, and a cast filled with acting royalty. Tom Sturridge and Phoebe Fox deliver stunning portrayals of Henry VI and Lady Anne respectively. And Sophie Okonedo...my Kingdom for more roles for Sophie Okonedo! She holds her own with the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch so effortlessly. Cumberbatch's Richard III...where to start? Some people were made to play Shakespeare; Cumberbatch was BORN to play Shakespeare. It takes a rare talent to make a character as vile as Richard III charismatic and, at times, piteous. Check this series out and find yourself a fan of the Bard posthaste!

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Nora_31
Sep 11, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this series. Brilliant.

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