DVD, Digital HD Release: The Dresser

Digital Release Date: July 12, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 12, 2016
Price: DVD $15.96
Studio: Anchor Bay/Starz

Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Anthony Hopkins (The Remains of the Day) star together for the first time onscreen in a BBC production of the STARZ original movie The Dresser.

Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins in The Dresser

Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins in The Dresser

Adapted from the 1980 West End and Broadway play by Ronald Harwood, the wickedly funny, moving drama-comedy of friendship and loyalty is set one fateful night in a small English regional theatre during World War II, where a troupe of touring actors are staging a production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Bombs are falling, sirens are wailing, the curtain is going up in one hour, but the actor/manager Sir (Hopkins) who is playing Lear is nowhere to be found. His longtime dresser Norman (McKellen) must scramble to keep the production alive. Meanwhile, Sir reflects on his lifelong accomplishments and seeks to reconcile his turbulent friendships with those in his employ before the final curtain.

Directed by Richard Eyre and co-starring Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything) and Vanessa Kirby (About Time), the DVD of the film contains two featurettes as bonuses.

The Dresser originally aired on STARZ May 30, 2016.


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