Hollow Crown: Series 1 DVD (2015) 1

Hollow Crown: Series 1 DVD (2015)

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The series re-imagines the classic tetralogy of William Shakespeare’s most celebrated history plays - Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two, and Henry V - with unprecedented ambition, exploring themes of succession, power, corruption, and greed in a singular sweeping production.

The classic tetralogy of William Shakespeare’s most celebrated history plays.

Beginning in the year 1399, the plays deal with events affecting the monarchy during a 16-year period, where the ruling orders of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V find themselves beset by rebellion, greed and war.

This stunning adaptation tells the story of three Kings, Richard II, Henry IV & Henry V and their battle for survival. Shakespeare's epic yet intimate plays are filmed in the visually breathtaking landscape and architecture of the period. Superb performances by Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston & Jeremy Irons are not to be missed.

Four Parts Include:

Richard II (140mins)
Ben Whishaw as King Richard II
Rory Kinnear as Bolingbroke
Clémence Poésy as Queen Isabella\Anne
David Suchet as Duke of York
David Morrissey as Northumberland
Patrick Stewart as John of Gaunt
James Purefoy as Mowbray

Henry IV Part 1 (120mins)
Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV
Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal
Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff
Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly
Alun Armstrong as Northumberland
Joe Armstrong as Hotspur

Henry IV Part 2 (120mins)
Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV
Tom Hiddleston as Prince Hal
Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff
Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly
Alun Armstrong as Northumberland

Henry V (140mins)
Tom Hiddleston as King Henry V
Mélanie Thierry as Princess Katherine
Richard Griffiths as Duke of Burgundy
Julie Walters as Mistress Quickly
John Hurt as The Chorus
Lambert Wilson as French King
Geraldine Chaplin as Alice
Edward Akrout as Louis the DauphinThea Sharrock

The latest show to close the gap between the production values of the big screen and television, The Hollow Crown is a sumptuous piece of work, filling the screen with simply glorious visuals, and real period detail. It pulls together and reimagines four of William Shakespeare's plays, from Richard II and Henry V to both parts of Henry IV. Then, it brings in a cast boasting the likes of Jeremy Irons, Patrick Stewart and Tom Hiddleston, acting heavyweights who make much of the already strong material. The end result is something very special indeed.

The idea of bringing four plays together in one mutli-part production is a strong one anyway, but The Hollow Crown really is an accessible yet deep look at three different kings and their differences. Of course, that leaves ample room for politics, power struggles, family and conflict, and the sheer ambition of what's on the screen is refreshing and engrossing.

The disc release also digs into how it all came together, spending some time looking at the making of the series and includes a collection of interviews from some of the substantive cast.

Number of discs: 4
Actors: Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, David Morrissey
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe.)
Run Time: 520 minutes

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