The hollow crown. Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V / The complete series

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Goold, Rupert, television director.
Kinnear, Rory, 1978- actor.
Suchet, David, actor.
Morrissey, David, actor.
Duncan, Lindsay actor.
Movie (Entertainment) - North Wing Basement
DR 19066
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Physical Desc
4 videodiscs (8 hr. 48 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


General Note
Originally broadcast on television from June 30 to July 21, 2012.
General Note
Special features of these DVDs: The making of Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V- featuring interviews with cast and crew; "The making of a king"- a featurette looking at this landmark Shakespearean series ; widescreen presentation ; Dolby Digital ; scene selection.
Creation/Production Credits
Richard II: director of photography, Danny Cohen ; editor, Trevor Waite ; composer, Adam Cork.
Creation/Production Credits
Henry IV, parts 1 and 2: director of photography, Ben Smithard ; film editor, Lesley Walker ; composer, Stephen Warbeck.
Creation/Production Credits
Henry V: director of photography, Michael McDonough ; editor, John Wilson ; composer, Adrian Johnston.
Richard II: Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, David Suchet, David Morrissey, Lindsay Duncan, James Purefoy, Clémence Poésy, Tom Hughes, David Bradley, Patrick Stewart.
Henry IV, Part 1: Jeremy Irons, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Alun Armstrong, Joe Armstrong, David Dawson, Michelle Dockery, Tom Georgeson, David Hayman, James Laurenson, Harry Lloyd, Maxine Peake, Robert Pugh, Julie Walters.
Henry IV, Part 2: Jeremy Irons, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston, Alun Armstrong, David Bamber, Niamh Cusack, David Dawson, Michelle Dockery, Tom Georgeson, Iain Glen, Nicholas Jones, James Laurenson, Geoffrey Palmer, Maxine Peake, Paul Ritter, Julie Walters.
Henry V: Tom Hiddleston, Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Freeman, Tom Georgeson, Richard Griffiths, Paterson Joseph, James Laurenson, Anton Lesser, Paul Ritter, Malcolm Sinclair, Owen Teale, Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Julie Walters, John Hurt.
Richard II: Fey, vain and foolish, young Richard initiates his downfall by banishing Henry Bolingbroke and the Earl of Mowbray as a resolution to their feud and then confiscating the lands of his uncle, Bolingbroke's father John of Gaunt, on John's death, to pay for a war in Ireland which he loses. This angers many courtiers including the Duke of York, who welcomes Bolingbroke back to England, where he executes Richard's flatterers. The king himself is soon taken prisoner and murdered in his cell. Bolingbroke, now proclaiming himself Henry IV, vows a pilgrimage to atone for his part in the regicide.
Henry IV, part 1: Henry IV finds himself facing uprisings from the Welsh chieftain Owen Glendower and impetuous young Harry Hotspur, son of the Duke of Northumberland, angry with the king for not paying Glendower ransom for his brother-in-law Mortimer. Another trial for Henry is the fact that his son, Prince Hal, keeps company with the older, reprobate drunkard Sir John Falstaff. Though the prince is his friend he is not above playing cruel jests on Falstaff, robbing him in disguise and returning his money after Falstaff has given an exaggerated account of his bravery in the hold-up. However Hal joins his father at the wintry battle of Shrewsbury to put down Hotspur's revolt, where Hal kills Hotspur in single combat - Falstaff later claiming credit for the deed. Hotspur is routed but Henry and Hal still have to face the uprisings of Glendower and Nortumberland, now joined by the archbishop of York.
Henry IV, part 2: As Northumberland swears revenge for his son's death and gathers his allies to fight the ailing king, the Lord Chief Justice, having rebuked Falstaff for being a bad influence on Hal, charges him to recruit an army on Henry's behalf. After brawling with the truculent Pistol Falstaff prepares to leave his lover, Doll Tearsheet, criticizing Hal to her, unaware that the prince is eaves-dropping. Falstaff assembles a motley crew from Justice Shallow but Henry's cousin Westmoreland arrests the rebel leaders after duping them into a truce. Hal, assuming his father is dead,dons the crown and is berated by the dying king, but they reconcile as Henry's last gesture is to crown his son. Hal accedes to the throne as Henry V but, now aware he must put frivolity aside, banishes Falstaff as his first act as ruler.
Henry V: Hal is now a responsible monarch as Henry V, his rejection of Falstaff hastening the latter's death. Told by courtiers that, through Edward III, he has a claim to the French throne he makes overtures to the Dauphin but is sent a humiliating present of tennis balls. He prepares an expeditionary force to cross the Channel and take the throne, capturing the town of Harfleur during a surprise nocturnal raid following an inspirational speech. Though merciful to its inhabitants Henry allows soldier Bardolph to be hung for looting. After another truce is turned down by the French, Henry prepares for the pitched battle of Agincourt, wandering the camp in disguise on its eve to gauge opinion of him. The battle is won with minimal English losses and the French king, whose daughter Henry marries, declares him to be his successor.
Target Audience
Not rated.
System Details
Subtitled in English for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Goold, R., Kinnear, R., Suchet, D., Morrissey, D., Duncan, L., Purefoy, J., Poésy, C., Hughes, T., Bradley, D., Beale, S. R., Armstrong, A., Armstrong, J., Dawson, D., Dockery, M., Georgeson, T., Hayman, D., Laurenson, J., Pugh, R., Walters, J., Bamber, D., Cusack, N., Glen, I., Jones, N., Palmer, G., Ritter, P. (., Freeman, P., Griffiths, R., Lesser, A., Sinclair, M., Teale, O., Thierry, M., Wilson, L., Cork, A., Warbeck, S., Johnston, A., Eyre, R., Sharrock, T., Shakespeare, W., Hurt, J., Chaplin, G., Irons, J., Joseph, P., Whishaw, B., Peake, M., Hiddleston, T., Lloyd, H., & Stewart, P. (2013). The hollow crown: Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V . Universal Studios.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Rupert, Goold et al.. 2013. The Hollow Crown: Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V. Universal Studios.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Rupert, Goold et al.. The Hollow Crown: Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V Universal Studios, 2013.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Goold, Rupert,, et al. The Hollow Crown: Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V Universal Studios, 2013.

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