Richard III: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1955) / Region 1
Richard III: The Criterion Collection

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Richard III: The Criterion Collection

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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 01 2003
  • Production Year 1955
  • Empire SKU 576210
  • UPC Code 037429126721
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


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
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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