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The Hollow Crown The Complete Series: Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V

by William Shakespeare ; producer, Rupert Ryle-Hodges ; a Neal Street Productions co-production with NBCUniversal and WNET Thirteen for BBC
Video; DVD
The Hollow crown: New adaptations of Shakespeare's tetralogy of history plays comprising the 'Henriad' for the BBC's 2012 Cultural Olympiad: King Richard; II King Henry IV, Part 1; King Henry IV, Part 2 and King Henry V. The plays chronicle a continuous period in British history from the end of the 14th century to the aftermath of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Together, the plays comprise a story with recurring themes of power struggles, redemption, family conflict and betrayal -- IMDB.
Pt 1. Prince Hal (Tom Hiddleston) defies his father, King Henry IV (Jeremy Irons) by spending his time at Mistress Quickly's (Julie Walters) tavern in the company of the dissolute Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) and his companions. The King is threatened by a rebellion led by Hal's rival, Hotspur (Joe Armstrong), his father Northumberland (Alun Armstrong), and his uncle Worcester (David Hayman). During the Battle of Shrewsbury Hal faces Hotspur in mortal combat.
Pt 2. Northumberland (Alun Armstrong) is told of the death of his son Hotspur in service of the King (Jeremy Irons). The Lord Chief Justice (Geoffrey Palmer) attempts to separate Falstaff (Simon Russell Beale) from the Prince Hal (Tom Hoddleston). The rebels continue to plot against the crown but their forces are outwitted. This brings comfort to the dying King, who is finally reconciled with his son. Falstaff rushes to Hal's coronation with the expectation of high office.
"The newly crowned King of England, Henry V, (Tom Hiddleston) is persuaded by his courtiers including Exeter (Anton Lesser) and York (Paterson Joseph), that he also has a rightful claim to lands in France. The chorus (John Hurt) tells of England's preparations for war and Henry's army sails for France. After Exeter's diplomacy is rebuffed by the French King (Lambert Wilson) Henry lays siege to and captures the town of Harfleur. The French now take Henry's claims seriously and challenge the English army to battle at Agincourt"-- Container.
After halting a duel between warring nobles Bolingbroke and Mowbray, Richard II banishes both men from his kingdom. Following the death of Bolingbroke's father, John of Gaunt, Richard seizes his money and land to pay for wars against rebels in Ireland. Bolingbroke returns to claim his birthright and more.
Rupert Goold; Richard Eyre; Thea Sharrock
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.
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528 min.
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Not rated
  • Title from container cover; credits from title frames.
  • Originally produced for television as individual episodes in 2012.
  • Special features include: 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.
Variant Title
The hollow crown : Richard II
The hollow crown : Henry IV
The hollow crown : Henry V
Richard II
Henry IV part 1
Henry IV part 2
Henry V
  • [Pt. 1] Richard II / by William Shakespeare ; adapted by Rupert Goold & Ben Power ; director, Rupert Goold (2 hr., 28 min.)
  • [Pt. 2] Henry IV (Part 1) / by William Shakespeare ; adapter and director, Richard Eyre (4 hrs., 1 min., on 2 discs)
  • [Pt. 3] Henry IV (Part 2) / by William Shakespeare ; adapter and director, Richard Eyre.
  • [Pt. 4] Henry V / by William Shakespeare ; directed by Thea Sharrock ; adapted by Ben Power (2 hr., 19 min.)
Richard II: adapted by Rupert Goold & Ben Power ; director, Rupert Goold ; director of photography, Danny Cohen ; editor, Trevor Waite ; composer, Adam Cork.; Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2: adaptor and director, Richard Eyre ; director of photography, Ben Smithard ; film editor, Lesley Walker ; composer, Stephen Warbeck.; Henry V: directed by Thea Sharrock ; adapted by Ben Power ; director of photography, Michael McDonough ; editor, John Wilson ; composer, Adrian Johnston.
Universal City, CA : Universal Studios, [2013]
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  • 61124947 Universal Studios (container)
  • 2027665-2027668 Universal Studios (containers)
  • 507519-507520 Universal Studios (discs)
  • 507522-507523 Universal Studios (discs)
  • 2027444-2027447 Universal Studios (discs)
4 videodiscs (8 hr. 48 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD, region 1, NTSC, anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) presentation, English 5.1.
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