The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown

The Wars of the Roses

DVD - 2016
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Henry VI, Parts I and II and Richard III tell the story of an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. These exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare's most eloquent and powerful language.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2016]
Edition: DVD
ISBN: 9786316486554
Branch Call Number: DVD 822.33 HOLLOW WARS
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (364 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in
digital,optical,5.1 surround,Dolby digital
anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1)
video file,DVD video,region 1


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Dec 30, 2019

A good follow-up to the previous Hollow Crown series of Shakespeare adaptations, although it lacks some of the charm of the first series. The two most striking performances are Sophie Okonedo as the savvy and ambitious Queen Margaret and Benedict Cumberbatch as the scheming Richard III, both of whom lend an impressive energy to their respective roles.

Dec 30, 2019

I'm not generally a fan of Shakespeare. It is so often played overdramatically, to the point that the average modern viewer often can't follow. These, however, are played spectacularly. The line delivery is more conversational, to the point that once you get into it, at times you can forget that it's not how we speak today. The settings also help with creating a more understandable atmosphere.

Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant. You know you're supposed to hate Richard III, but you just can't quite. There is something so compelling, and while villainous, something pitiable about him. These renditions actually ended up leading me to a fascination with Richard III, with lots of reading and a visit to York. I highly recommend these movies.

Nov 16, 2019

Beowolf is written in Old English, The Canterbury Tales is written in Middle English. Shakespere's plays were written in Early Modern English. Some of the words are archaic, but the biggest problem is they are written in iambic pentameter. They are poetry. The word order is not straight forward like noun, verb, object, but is twisted to fit the poetic form. You just have to listen faster so your brain can translate, and, yes, captions help.

Feb 19, 2019

Spoken in ye olde English, so a little hard to follow even with the captions.

Jan 20, 2019

Well worth the time commitment. The malevolence of Benedict Cumberbatch's Richard III was spine tingling.

Oct 04, 2018

A completely satisfying War.

Sorry for everyone who doesn't appreciate Shakespeare especially the poor, starved souls like University of San Francisco students back in the day who studied not the bard but a 'modern translation' of the poor, outdated poet. A Jesuit university. Still recovering from the horror.

Always exciting when Britain's finest actors go another round with the good old stuff. Everyone here with diction most wondrous fair. Elocution as it should be, allowing one to roll about in the muck and nearly drown in that richest of dialogue.

An excellent cast - each actor as good as the next, IMO - each character falling-down drunk with power. Also a visually satisfying production with each frame like an old masterwork.

A splendid performance by the eloquent Cumberbatch. His persuasion of poor, hapless Anne -always a stretch - was most convincing - a first for me - as was his serial killer's disgust with his victims, Richard being the only true victim in Richard's psychopathic view.

Seeing the plays together is almost a guilty pleasure - one that amplifies understanding of evil Dick and the episodes that shaped his dark motivation.

Highly recommended especially for those contemplating a political career.

I think Hollow Crown may hold special appeal to some if one considers how swiftly, for example, Evil Dick was able to dispose of so many loathsome relations. Perfect holiday fare for some but not all.

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.

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.

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.

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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