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Laurence Olivier - Shakespeare Collection - Henry V/ Hamlet/ King Lear/ As You Like It/ Richard III/ Merchant Of Venice (DVD, Boxed set) Loot Price: R286
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Laurence Olivier - Shakespeare Collection - Henry V/ Hamlet/ King Lear/ As You Like It/ Richard III/ Merchant Of Venice (DVD, Boxed set)

Laurence Olivier, Colin Blakely, Anna Calder-Marshall, John Hurt, Jeremy Kemp, Marc Clement, Lou Crisuolo, Peter Elliot, Jayne Lindsay-Gray, Ted Prichard, …

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Box set featuring six Shakespeare adaptations starring legendary actor Laurence Olivier. In 'King Lear' (1983), the ageing King Lear (Olivier) decides to split his kingdom between three daughters - Regan, Cordelia and Goneril - with each receiving a share appropriate to the amount of love they feel for him. However, when the faithful Cordelia refuses to protest her devotion, an enraged Lear foolishly cedes complete control to the devious remaining siblings - with terrible results. In 'Henry V' (1944), the young king (Olivier) puts his rakish past behind him and rallies his men to invade France, winning against the enemy's superior numbers. The film was shot in Ireland to avoid the constant bombardment of the Blitz and Olivier was discharged from the Navy to make the film. In 'Hamlet' (1948), Hamlet (Olivier), Prince of Denmark, is still mourning over the death of his father and his mother Gertrude's (Eileen Herlie) subsequent remarriage to Hamlet's despised uncle, Claudius (Basil Sydney), who is now King. When his father's ghost appears to Hamlet and reveals that it was Claudius who murdered him, the young prince vows revenge. However, a fatal flaw in his character - hesitation - mars his efforts, resulting in murder, madness and treachery. In 'The Merchant of Venice' (1974), Jewish moneylender Shylock (Olivier) provides young Antonio (Anthony Nichols) with a loan, stating that if it is not repaid he will claim a pound of flesh. When Antonio's bond defaults, Shylock attempts to claim his grisly compensation in a court of law, but Portia (Joan Plowright) pleads Antonio's case. In 'Richard III' (1955), Olivier stars as the cold and calculating king, a treacherous and untrustworthy fellow who makes plans to kill anyone who threatens his position. Henry Stafford (Ralph Richardson), the Duke of Clarence (John Gielgud) and Lady Anne Neville (Claire Bloom) are just some of those moving in his orbit. 'As You Like It' (1936) was filmed in England in 1936 when Olivier was still considered a promising young actor rather than one of the finest thespians ever, as he would later become, this is his first filmed Shakespeare performance and thus a milestone in film history.


Studio: Itv DVD
Release date: June 2007
Movie released: 1983
Actors: Laurence Olivier • Colin Blakely • Anna Calder-Marshall • John Hurt • Jeremy Kemp • Marc Clement • Lou Crisuolo • Peter Elliot • Jayne Lindsay-Gray • Ted Prichard • Richard Rhodes • Alan Sader • Larry Souder • George Yiasomi • Robert Lang • Robert Lindsay • Leo McKern • Diana Rigg • David Threlfall • Dorothy Tutin • Robert Newton • Leslie Banks • Esmond Knight • Leo Genn • Felix Aylmer • Ralph Truman • Harcourt Williams • Ivy St Helier • Ernest Thesiger • Max Adrian • Eileen Herlie • Basil Sydney • Jean Simmons • Norman Wooland • Terence Morgan • Stanley Holloway • John Laurie • Anthony Quayle • Peter Cushing • Patrick Troughton • Niall Macginnis • John Gielgud • Joan Plowright • Jeremy Brett • Michael Jayston • Anthony Nicholls • Ralph Richardson • Claire Bloom • Alec Clunes • Stanley Baker • Pamela Brown • Michael Gough • Cedric Hardwicke • Helen Haye • Mary Kerridge • Clive Morton • Laurence Naismith • Andrew Cruickshank • Nicholas Hannen • Henry Ainley • Stuart Robertson • Leon Quartermaine • Austin Trevor • Lionel Braham • J. Fisher White • McKenzie Ward • Aubrey Mather
Contributors: Filippo Del Giudice • Laurence Olivier • Alan Dent • William Walton • Muir Mathieson • Carle Davies • J.M. Barrie • Robert Cullen • Carl Mayer • William Shakespeare • Paul Czinner
Directors: Michael Elliott • Laurence Olivier • Reginald Beck • John Sichel • Paul Czinner
Dimensions: 192 x 137 x 27mm (L x W x T)
Format: DVD
Disks: 7
Region encoding: Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
Video format:  Standard 4:3 (1.33:1)
Languages: English
Age restriction: 15
Categories: DVD > Classics
DVD > Feature Film
Barcode: 5037115258137

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