Criterion has announced an April 9th release date for Laurence Olivier's Richard III (1955) on standard DVD & Blu-Ray.
Both come with all the bonus features from the previous standard 2-disc release, with the exception of an essay by historian Bruce Eder. Exclusive the Blu release is a booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin.
With Richard III, Laurence Olivier-as director, producer and star-transfigures Shakespeare's great historical drama into a mesmerizing vision of Machiavellian villainy. Olivier's performance, viewed as the greatest of his career, charges Richard with magnetic malevolence as he steals his brother Edward's crown through a murderous set of machinations.
His inspired direction brings to the screen superlative performances by veteran theater actors Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud and the young Claire Bloom.
Filmed in Vista Vision and Technicolor, The Criterion Collection is proud to present the restored film for which Olivier received the 1956 British Academy Film Award for the Best Actor and Best Film.
Audio Commentary by Playwright and Stage Director Russell Lees, Joined by John Wilders, Former Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company
Great Acting: Laurence Olivier, a 1966 BBC Interview with Olivier, Hosted by Renowned Theater Critic Kenneth Tynan
Gallery of On-Set and Production Stills and Posters, featuring excerpts from Olivier's Autobiography on Acting
12 Minute Television Trailer, including footage of Olivier, Producer Alexander Korda, Production Designer Roger Furse, and Other Crew Members at Work in Shepperton Studios
Original Theatrical Trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Amy Taubin (BLU-RAY ONLY)
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