Olivier's Shakespeare: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1944) / Region 1
Oliviers Shakespeare: The Criterion Collection

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Olivier's Shakespeare: The Criterion Collection

Dubbed the greatest of the twentieth century, Sir Laurence Olivier firs transplanted his passion for Shakespeare to the big screen in the 1940s, and in so doing, allowed Elizabethan verse to break free of its stage-bound origins. Olivier directed only five films in his sixty-year career, yet his three Shakespeare adaptations are still widely considered the definitive screen versions. His thrilling directorial debut, Henry V, stunned 1944 audiences with its vivid Technicolor and full-throttle battle scenes; Hamlet, which won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor in 1948, brought to gripping life literature's greatest protagonist; and his legendary Richard III is thought by many to feature Olivier's most magnetic performance. Faithful to the playwright's words yet open to the unique possibilities of the cinema, these works transcend both screen and stage with timeless passion. Criterion is proud to present this unprecedented filmmaking legacy.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 13 2006
  • Production Year 1944
  • Empire SKU 1154805
  • UPC Code 715515018821
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 4
  • Disc SS-DL


Henry V
Still Gallery

Features Not Specified

Richard III
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 With Olivier, Producer Alexander Korda, Production Designer Roger Furse, and Other Crew Members at Work in Shepperton Studios
Theatrical Trailer
Essay by Film Historian Bruce Eder


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W
    Standard 1.33:1 Color
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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