The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown

The Complete Series : Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V

DVD - 2013
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The Hollow crown: New adaptations of Shakespeare's tetralogy of history plays comprising the 'Henriad' for the BBC's 2012 Cultural Olympiad: King Richard; II King Henry IV, Part 1; King Henry IV, Part 2 and King Henry V. The plays chronicle a continuous period in British history from the end of the 14th century to the aftermath of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Together, the plays comprise a story with recurring themes of power struggles, redemption, family conflict and betrayal -- IMDB.
Pt 1. Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston) defies his father, King Henry IV (Jeremy Irons) by spending his time at Mistress Quickly's (Julie Walters) tavern in the company of the dissolute Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) and his companions. The King is threatened by a rebellion led by Hal's rival, Hotspur (Joe Armstrong), his father Northumberland (Alun Armstrong), and his uncle Worcester (David Hayman). During the Battle of Shrewsbury Hal faces Hotspur in mortal combat.
Pt 2. Northumberland (Alun Armstrong) is told of the death of his son Hotspur in service of the King (Jeremy Irons). The Lord Chief Justice (Geoffrey Palmer) attempts to separate Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) from the Prince Hal (Tom Hoddleston). The rebels continue to plot against the crown but their forces are outwitted. This brings comfort to the dying King, who is finally reconciled with his son. Falstaff rushes to Hal's coronation with the expectation of high office.
"The newly crowned King of England, Henry V, (Tom Hiddleston) is persuaded by his courtiers including Exeter (Anton Lesser) and York (Paterson Joseph), that he also has a rightful claim to lands in France. The chorus (John Hurt) tells of England's preparations for war and Henry's army sails for France. After Exeter's diplomacy is rebuffed by the French King (Lambert Wilson) Henry lays siege to and captures the town of Harfleur. The French now take Henry's claims seriously and challenge the English army to battle at Agincourt"--Container.
After halting a duel between warring nobles Bolingbroke and Mowbray, Richard II banishes both men from his kingdom. Following the death of Bolingbroke's father, John of Gaunt, Richard seizes his money and land to pay for wars against rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim his birthright and more.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Studios,, [2013]
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (8 hr. 48 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD,4 3/4 in
DVD,laser optical,NTSC,rda
DVD,video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Additional Contributors: Ryle-Hodges, Rupert
Neame, Gareth
Horn, David
Harris, Pippa
Mendes, Sam
Goold, Rupert - Adapter
Eyre, Richard 1943-- Adapter
Sharrock, Thea 1976-
Power, Ben - Adapter
Cohen, Danny
Smithard, Ben
McDonough, Michael 1967-
Waite, Trevor
Walker, Lesley
Cork, Adam
Warbeck, Stephen
Johnston, Adrian
Dicks-Mireaux, Odile - Costume designer
Symons, Annie - Costume designer
McAlpine, Andrew
Woods, Donal
Macdonald, Alan (Production designer)
Whishaw, Ben 1980-- Actor
Irons, Jeremy 1948-- Actor
Hiddleston, Tom - Actor
Armstrong, Alun - Actor
Armstrong, Joe 1978-- Actor
Bamber, David - Actor
Beale, Simon Russell - Actor
Bradley, David 1942-- Actor
Chaplin, Geraldine 1944-- Actor
Cusack, Niamh - Actor
Dawson, David 1982-- Actor
Dockery, Michelle 1981-- Actor
Duncan, Lindsay - Actor
Freeman, Paul 1943-- Actor
Georgeson, Tom 1937-- Actor
Glen, Iain 1961-- Actor
Griffiths, Richard 1947-2013,- Actor
Hayman, David 1950-- Actor
Hughes, Tom 1986-- Actor
Hurt, John 1940-2017,- Actor
Jones, Nicholas 1946-- Actor
Joseph, Paterson - Actor
Laurenson, James 1940-- Actor
Lesser, Anton - Actor
Lloyd, Harry 1983-- Actor
Kinnear, Rory 1978-- Actor
Morrissey, David - Actor
Palmer, Geoffrey 1927-- Actor
Peake, Maxine - Actor
Poésy, Clémence - Actor
Pugh, Robert 1950-- Actor
Purefoy, James 1964-- Actor
Ritter, Paul (Actor),- Actor
Sinclair, Malcolm 1950-- Actor
Stewart, Patrick 1940-- Actor
Suchet, David - Actor
Teale, Owen 1961-- Actor
Thierry, Mélanie - Actor
Walters, Julie 1950-- Actor
Wilson, Lambert - Actor
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616,- Author
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 King Richard II
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 Henry V
Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 King Henry IV
Neal Street Productions
NBC Universal Television
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
British Broadcasting Corporation
Universal Studios Home Entertainment (Firm) - Publisher


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Aug 21, 2017

Disclaimer: I did not watch Richard II in its entirety. For me, the attraction is Falstaff, who figures prominently in the two parts of Henry IV. The production is such that you seem to be transported back 700 years. The grandeur and squalor of London assaulted your senses. The battle scene depiction may not be on par with Brenagh's Agincourt but it is enough IMHO.

Now about the characters, I saw familiar faces from GOT(not a surprise). Mr.Iron's Henry IV makes you weep when he lamented about his playboy Prince of Wales (my nearest and dearest enemy...) and in his last breath, making peace with Henry V -- the gradual decline from a powerful king to the withered and illness-stricken old man... Mr. Hiddleston is a good match to portrait playboy-turned-warrior-king Henry V. Falstaff is the star of the two episodes -- we know he is a liar and a cheat but he has certain qualities that make people not able to dislike him -- perhaps that shows how capable the actor that portrayed him is -- reading Shakespeare's play text simply would not give you the impression.

Mar 07, 2017

My God, Ben Whishaw is such a fine actor! Visually this series was tops... I never seem to be able to 'forget' I am in the presence of Jeremy Irons when he is onscreen. I know. I know- he's a more than capable actor, I just never quite forgot he was PORTRAYING HenryIV... full disclosure: I didn't watch Tom Hiddleston's performance. (for me it's Kenneth Branaugh who embodies Henry V)... Highly recommend "The Hour" for anyone who wants more of Ben Whishaw

Jan 24, 2016

Richard II -- Ben Whishaw was brilliant. Sympathetic yet majestic and weak at the same time.
Henry IV,part I and Part II. I'm sorry , this was boring. Jeremy Irons and Joe and Alum Armstrong are riveting. But I think the actors who played Falstaff and Hal have been miscast.
Henry V -- I don't even remember this because I lost interest.

Jun 11, 2015

It was well done & would take me a dozen more times to even get the gist of WS. Just don't have the mind for his brilliance.

Dec 09, 2014

I'm someone who doesn't understand the language of Shakespeare. After 10 minutes of listening to something that sounds half Greek, that's it for me.

Aug 21, 2014

This is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays.
This DVD includes an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II (treated as one film in two parts in the series) and Henry V.
This TV series aired in the United Kingdom in 2012.
The first episode, "Richard II", is the best of all in the sense that it really grips you in the most dramatic way with bloody yet fascinating scenes.
In the film, after interpreting King Henry's "living fear" as a reference to the still-living Richard, an ambitious nobleman goes to the prison and murders the former king.
In history, however, he is thought to have starved to death in captivity on or around 14 February 1400.

EuSei Aug 03, 2014

Boring! Before the highly offended start attacking my lack of "taste," I could never stand Shakespeare, but I thought I’d give it a try; wish I hadn’t. And since I was not raised in the US, I didn’t have to suffer studying his literature, AND you won’t be able to impute me with the usual "stupid American" label! Besides, where I come from, we say that taste is something that can’t be debated! But what really surprised me was the feminine mannerisms affected by actor Ben Whishaw, in a clear attempt to portray Edward II as a homosexual! Yet, it shouldn’t be a surprise since nowadays every other historical figure is been imputed with that sexual taste. I highly recommend partisans of that line of thought to peruse Michael Prestwich and Seymour Phillips’ works. (Attempts to censor my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of the ALA's beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.)

Mar 10, 2014

An outstanding collection of four of Shakespeare's historical plays- often called The Henreid- focusing on three kings, Richard III, Henry IV, and Henry V. Adapted for British television and filmed with a sense of attention to detail and accuracy, these films assemble a splendid cast of British actors playing the parts. Ben Whishaw is wonderfully cast as the vain and self absorbed Richard, out of his depth and making mistakes as a young king. Jeremy Irons plays the older Henry IV in the two plays that follow, giving him a world weariness in his performance as he deals with turmoil to his throne and his uncertainty about the fitness of his son and heir to rule. Tom Hiddleston plays his spirited heir through three plays, Henry V, going from carefree troublemaker to accepting responsibility and growing into the role of a king and decisive leader. These three performances are powerful in different ways, and well backed up by a splendid supporting cast, especially Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff. Highly recommended, and well done by cast and crew.

Feb 14, 2014

Four of Shakespeare's War of the Roses plays. The budget is closer to theatrical than to international TV co-production levels but a starry cast has set aside their usual fees to take part. Richard II stands on its own as a work of art, and the Henry IVs are a fine introductions to the plays. The weakest is Henry V. Tom Hiddleston's performance is just okay, and the direction is dull-witted. For example, when the chorus says imagine something, e.g. the cry of seabirds, seabirds immediately start crying on the soundtrack. Gee...thanks. Guess I don't have to imagine anything. BONUS: cast and producers say some obvious things in the making of docs. Unless you're completely new to Shakespeare, don't bother.

xaipe Jan 27, 2014

A beautiful production of 3 of Shakespeare's most importan historical plays. Ben Whishaw's Richard II is a piece of perfect casting as the weak, self-deluded, self-pitying king. Tom Hiddleston is a lively, intelligent Henry V who morphs from a careless and self-indulgent Prince of Wales to a strong leader at Agincourt. The RSC star-studded cast couldn't be better, but Simon Russell Beale's Falstaff steals the show and is by far the best Falstaff I have ever seen. I still prefer Kenneth Branagh's Prince Hal, but that's a small quibble. Jeremy Iron's disappointed, world-weary Henry IV is a subtle masterpiece. I'm looking forward to the continuation of this wonderful production series for television.

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