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Richard III

Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Ian McKellen, Annete Bening, Robert Downey, Jr.

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Includes a production notes booklet and the theatrical trailer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 908419
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Rated R for violence and sexuality.
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 104
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/28/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Loncraine
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Richard III is is a compelling cinematic adaptation of the Shakespeare play about power and political intrigue. Richard III (McKellen) is a charismatic malcontent who fights for the throne of England with a delicious mix of treachery, seduction, and murder. This intriguing release, however has one distinctive twist: the characters and action are taken out of their original setting and the story has been re-imagined in a Europe of the 1930

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD is quite impressive, and exhibits an improved picture over the reference quality LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 22. Colors are stylized to enhance the look of the 1930s, with warm tones and excellent balance. Blacks are deep and solid. With so many rich, fully saturated hues, clarity is impressively rendered. Images are sharp and detailed, with excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Despite the occasional soft focus and infrequent shimmer, the picture will surely delight. Edge enhancement is rarely a factor. Occasional source element artifacts are noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)

As previously reviewed, the Dolby

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