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Richard III Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1955 | 158 min | Not rated | Apr 23, 2013

Richard III (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 4.1 of 54.1
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Richard III

 (1955)

Richard III Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

For more about Richard III and the Richard III Blu-ray release, see Richard III Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom, Cedric Hardwicke, John Gielgud, Laurence Naismith
Director: Laurence Olivier

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Richard III Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.67:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Laurence Olivier's Richard III arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:

"When it premiered at London's Leicester Square Theatre in December 1955, Richard III ran 161 minutes. Subjected to cuts by both theatrical and television distributors, the film has been shown at various lengths over the years in the United Kingdom and the United States, including versions as much as twenty minutes shorter. In 2012, The Film Foundation completed an extensive digital restoration of a 158-minute cut of the film. This restoration utilized, for the first time, the original VistaVision camera negative, the original YCM separation pro-masters, and footage trimmed from the original negative, to create the longest existing version of the film. All the elements were scanned at 4K resolution at Cineric Inc., in New York, on an Oxberry wet gate scanner. The color correction was done by Sheri Eisenberg at Colorworks, in Culver City, California, using a Baselight 8 color-grading system. The soundtrack was restored from an original 35mm monaural optical track print.

Restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Restored by The Film Foundation and Janus Films, in association with the BFI National Archive, ITV Studios Global Entertainment Ltd., the Museum of Modern Art, and Romulus Films.

Restoration supervisors: Grover Crisp, Tom Heitman.
4K mastering: Colorworks, Culver City, CA.
Digital picture restoration: MTI Film, Hollywood.
Soundtrack restoration: Chance Audio by Deluxe, Burbank, CA."

The new restoration of Richard III is as impressive as the recent restorations of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and The Red Shoes. Indeed, detail and especially image depth are dramatically improved. Close-ups, in particular, look absolutely spectacular (see screencapture #12). The biggest improvements, however, are with color reproduction. There is a wide range of lush and very stable reds, blues, browns, and grays that are simply not present on previous DVD releases of the film. It is very easy to see that different stabilization corrections have been applied as well (many problematic jump cuts, in particular, have been addressed). Furthermore, there are absolutely no traces of problematic degraining corrections. Sharpening corrections have not been applied either. Needless to say, the film looks wonderfully lush and stable, without a shadow of a doubt the very best it ever has. Indeed, this is a mighty impressive restoration. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Richard III Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray release: English LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

It is incredibly easy to tell that various stabilization improvements have been performed. The audio is stable, crisp, and clean. There are no annoying distortions, pops, cracks, or audio dropouts. The overall range of dynamics is excellent, allowing William Walton's score to shine in all the right places.



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The Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in April. On April 9th, the studio will release Richard III (Laurence Olivier, 1955), Gate of Hell (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953), and Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg, 1991). A week later, it will ...



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