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Shakespeare's An Age of Kings (Richard II / Henry IV / Henry V / Henry VI / Richard III)
Shakespeare's An Age of Kings
Richard II / Henry IV / Henry V / Henry VI / Richard III
Actors: Robert Hardy, Sean Connery, Judi Dench, Julian Glover, Eileen Atkins
Genres: Drama, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2009     15hr 47min

In this fifteen-part inventive series based on William Shakespeare's history plays, the turmoil, power, mystery and frailty of the English crown in the medieval ages is laid bare in epic style. This series originally aired...  more »


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Actors: Robert Hardy, Sean Connery, Judi Dench, Julian Glover, Eileen Atkins
Genres: Drama, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama, Classic TV, Musicals & Performing Arts
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/31/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1960
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1960
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 15hr 47min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

An Unforgettable Experience
Old 'n' Dazed | Lynchburg, VA USA | 03/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Our local PBS station ran this series in the early '60s. As I recall, it was shown then on a one-episode-per-day schedule. I looked forward to each new installment. In the nearly fifty years since then, I have never forgotten that experience and, in fact, have kept in my library the small brochure that PBS sent to its viewers. Thanks to the BBC for giving us the opportunity to experience this once again! I am greatly looking forward to it.
Now that I have received the DVD set and viewed a large portion of it, I must say that the series is not as I remember it; it is far better. For the time and technology, it is a wonder. I doubt that anything comparable could be done today on live TV. Not to belabor the point, I would simply say than anyone with the slightest appreciation of Shakspeare will find great enjoyment in this production."
The Ageless Age of Kings
Joe D. Gilliland | Bisbee, AZ USA | 03/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"By any standard I can think of this series stands out in memory as the finest television treatment of Shakespeare that exists. If for nothing else the performances of Connery as Hotspur, Hardy as Hal and Harry in Henry V, and Richard Daneman as Richard III are worth owning this. Robert Hardy's St. Crispin's Day speech rivals Olivier's and Brannagh's, Daneman's Richard III also rivals Olivier's and the great Stratford performance of Antony Sher. At no time in his long career did Sean Connery ever exceed his incomparable interpretation of Hotspur. I have wished for, prayed for, hoped for an opportunity to see this again, and NOW! Thanks to all the gods of drama."
Fifty years later
J. Targove | 03/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We were living in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1961 when "Age of Kings" was shown on the local public TV station which, I think, was associated with the University of Nebraska. It was so memorable that I have never forgotten it -- especially Robert Hardy's performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV and as Henry V. He was so young and vigorous that his performance transcended the small screen and the absence of color. I've been a devotee of public TV ever since, but nothing was ever as exciting as those plays at that time. Perhaps it was TV's newness at the time, but since then TV drama has been prettied up and has lost its immediacy."
Indespensable entertainment, and educational too!
Erik Herrmann | Portland, Oregon | 06/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a classically trained actor who has done more than his share of
Shakespeare, I can honestly say I've generally found the connecting
factors of his history cycle (Richard II to Richard III, with three
Henrys in between) somewhat elusive. This series has resolved quite
a multitude of misunderstandings I've had about these plays. To see
the whole cycle performed chronologically, with all the same actors
playing their designated roles throughout, gave me an appreciation
for these works that no actor (or basic Bardophile) should be without.
Many are familiar with Henry V or Richard III because of their past
cinematic incarnations, and some have only a perfunctory knowledge
of characters like Hotspur and Falstaff. This series, as dated as
it is, serves as a wonderful introduction. And what a treat to see
this cast! Many of them were (some still are) legendary performers
of the London stage who, because they never carved out a niche for
themselves in films (either American or British) are unknown outside
the realm. This series may be the only document available of their
incredible talents. Others of course, are more well known. To see
a pre-James Bond Sean Connery as Hotspur, or Judi Dench in her young
ingenue phase as Katherine of France (not to mention character actor
stalwarts like Julian Glover, Geoffrey Bayldon, and George A. Cooper)
is just so much gravy on an impeccable meal. An additional note for
those who may have difficulties in viewing and accepting this material,
is the on-screen English subtitle option that allows you to view the
Shakespearean text as its being spoken. And any qualms about length
are eased by the fact that the series is broken down as originally
broadcast - in 15 (mostly) one-hour segments. It's like viewing an
episodic Shakespearean historical soap opera. Perfect for students!
Highly recommended."