Blu-ray Release: Richard III

Blu-ray Release Date: April 14, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time

Director Richard Loncraine (The Missionary) gives us the 1995 cinematic version of Ian McKellen’s (Lord of the Rings trilogy) heralded 1990 National Theatre stage performance as the vile but fascinating Richard III.

Ian McKellen is Richard III

Ian McKellen is Richard III

Updating Shakespeare’s most entertaining history play to the 1930s, the filmmakers offer a slick-haired fascist Richard, disturbingly recognizable as one of our ambitious own, coldly, pleasurably eliminating his enemies and scooping up the widow (Kristin Scott Thomas, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) of one victim even as she’s burying him.

The acclaimed war drama also stars Annette Bening (Mother and Child), Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady), Robert Downey, Jr. (Marvel’s The Avengers), and Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie).

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, be prepared to preorder the title from distributor Screen Archives when it prebooks towards the end of March.

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.