Return of the Bunch-Back'd Toad: Olivier's "Richard III" Gets Two-Disc DVD Release

News   Return of the Bunch-Back'd Toad: Olivier's "Richard III" Gets Two-Disc DVD Release Director, producer and actor Laurence Olivier's 1955 film version of Shakespeare's Richard III is now on DVD in a two-disc set with special features.

The Janus Film release, on DVD as part of the Criterion Collection series of "important classic and contemporary films," includes audio commentary by stage director Russell Lees, joined by John Wilders, former governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The new digital transfer of the film includes newly discovered footage from the theatrical release, with restored image and sound the picture is "enhanced for widescreen televisions."

The movie was shot in VistaVision and Technicolor. Olivier won 1956 British Academy Film Awards for Best British Actor and Best Film for "Richard III," which co-starred no less than Claire Bloom, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson.

Disc Two of the set includes "Great Acting: Laurence Olivier," a 1966 BBC interview with Olivier by theatre critic Kenneth Tynan; gallery of production and set stills and posters, featuring excerpts from Olivier's autobiography, "On Acting"; a 12-minute television trailer and original theatrical trailer. An essay by film historian Bruce Eder is also included.

Running time is 158 minutes. Visit www.criterionco.com.

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