Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Madness of King George

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 31, 2017
Price: DVD $17.99, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Olive

Nicholas Hytner (The Lady in the Van) made his film directing debut with The Madness of King George, the 1994 historical drama based on the true story of the deteriorating mental health of Britain’s King George III.

With a cast of British acting royalty led by Nigel Hawthorne (Amistad) as the “Mad King” George III, the film features Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold) as Queen Charlotte, the King’s wife and staunchest supporter; Rupert Everett (Parade’s End) as George, eldest son and the Prince of Wales; Ian Holm (Time Bandits) as the caring Dr. Willis whose radical treatment of mental disorders is viewed with skepticism by the royals; Rupert Graves (TV’s Sherlock) as Captain Greville, the King’s equerry; and Amanda Donohoe (The Lair of the White Worm) as Lady Pembroke, attendant to the Queen.

The well-liked film went on to garner four 1995 Academy Award nominations including Best Actor (Nigel Hawthorne), Best Supporting Actress (Helen Mirren), Best Writing Adaptation (Alan Bennett) and the Oscar-winning Ken Adam and Carolyn Scott for Best Art Direction.

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