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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. These rich films are woven with the some of Shakespeare's finest poetry.
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5.0

THE HOLLOW CROWN

By JUDY H

from UPSTATE NEW YORK

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Comments about PBS The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series DVD:

AFTER VIEWING ONLY THE FIRST DVD OF THE SERIES, I WAS JUST BLOWN AWAY... FIRST BY THE QUALITY OF THE IMAGES AND THEN BY THE PERFECT QUALITY OF THE SOUND TRACK, AND THEN BY THE PERFECT RENDITION OF THE WORK OF THE BARD OF STRATFORD ON AVON. IT IS MANY MANY YEARS SINCE I LAST FOCUSED ON EITHER SHAKESPEARE OR EARLY BRITISH HISTORY.

SHAKESPEARE AS A KEEN EYED RECOUNTER OF HISTORY AND OF THE HUMAN CONDITION, THE BEAUTY OF OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AND THE SENSITIVE ACTING OF EACH CONTRIBUTOR TO THIS PRODUCTION MADE ME SORRY TO SEE THE EPISODE COME TO AN END. I HAPPILY AWAIT NEXT SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO CONTINUE EXPERIENCE.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Shakespeare would have loved this!

By Shakespeare Fan

from Stockbridge, MA

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Comments about PBS The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series DVD:

These four fresh interpretations of Shakespeare's great history plays have haunted me since I viewed them last spring on PBS. Finally, after months of reviewing scenes in my mind I decided I needed to own them. Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddelston, are, in turn, supported by fine casts as each embodies a ruler driven and haunted by his own failings, intentions and desires. I wept for each of them. Fans of Kenneth Branagh's Henry V will be astonished at the power of this entirely different presentation of the St. Crispin's speech. I believe I will only ever hear it this way again.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Stunning production!

By Penina

from NYC, NY

Comments about PBS The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series DVD:

This four-part production of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V is a well-paced version of Shakespeare's tetralogy, one of two of the later Plantagenet line of English kings. Conceived and produced for a television series, it has excised some text of the original plays with the aim of adapting to a modern audience who may not have seen any of the plays before. I've seen a number of live and film productions of these plays, which are magnificent works of poetry and a part of Western literature not to be missed. But I was completely immersed in the historical drama presented in this series, by actors of tremendous talent, each of them well cast in his role. I enjoyed the excellent development of character and portrayal of relationships -- which can be confusing even to students of these plays -- and have been motivated to explore the works in greater detail (in "Sheakespeare's English Kings - History, Chronicle, and Drama," by Peter Saccio, Oxford Univ Press). I recommend this series enthusiastically to any lover, or would-be lover, of Shakespeare. They are a compelling introduction to the plays for those not familiar with them, as well as a lovely reacquantance for viewers who haven't seen them for an extended time.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Richard II

By DR Z

from Detroit MI

Comments about PBS The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series DVD:

Whishaw is EMPYREAN! (better than Jacobi!) Falstaff is quite good!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So much the hallow crown

By Marie

from St. Louis MO

Comments about PBS The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series DVD:

It was a present for my daughter who loves Shakespeare. She enjoys the great performances. Great product PBS.

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