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'Henry V' DVD Laurence Olivier,Robert Newton 1944

Model: V226

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Henry V' DVD, Laurence Olivier , Robert Newton (1944), New & Sealed

aka 'Henry the Fift' (UK) (short title)
aka 'Henry the Fifth' (USA) (trailer title)


If Kenneth Branagh's 1989 version of Shakespeare's tale of conquering greed reflects the post-Vietnam era, Laurence Olivier's version very much mirrored his time. When Olivier gave us his colorful adaptation in 1945, it was vivid, full of pageantry, and most definitely geared toward war. Pretty flags and white steeds, shining armor and theatrical emphasis figure into Olivier's attractive but decorous version, liberally adapted for a pro-war stance. He used the French as comic relief; they appeared foppish and foolish. Their presence implied no threat. If you had not read the play, you would not have to wonder who was going to win. Of course, Olivier wanted England to believe in the justness of war--his country was in the midst of one. The propaganda gets in the way only because it has been filtered through so many decades. His Henry remains, however, a handsome cinematic spectacle. Olivier's performance is gentle and elegant, his imagery rich and colorful. It was considered such a superb film he was awarded an honorary Oscar. He followed this with adaptations of Hamlet and Richard III.

Production Note:

Director: Laurence Olivier


Leslie Banks .... Chorus
Felix Aylmer .... Archbishop of Canterbury
Robert Helpmann .... Bishop of Ely
Vernon Greeves .... English herald
Gerald Case .... Earl of Westmoreland
Griffith Jones .... Earl of Salisbury
Morland Graham .... Sir Thomas Erpingham
Nicholas Hannen .... Duke of Exeter
Michael Warre .... Duke of Gloucester

Laurence Olivier .... King Henry V
Ralph Truman .... Mountjoy
Ernest Thesiger .... The French Ambassador
Roy Emerton .... Bardolph
Robert Newton .... Ancient Pistol
Freda Jackson .... Mistress Quickly

Coding: All Region Code / NTSC format

Video: 4:3 Fullscreen

Audio: Dolby Digital Mono

Language: English

Subtitles: Traditional Chinese (Removable)

Runtime: 137 mins.

Colour: Color (Technicolor)

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