Lion In Winter

Lion In Winter

Peter O'Toole
Director: Anthony Harvey Cast: Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
, Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
, Jane Merrow
Jane Merrow
Anthony Harvey

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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Full of plots and schemes, this wordy costume drama, an Oscar winner from 1968, come to DVD with some fine results. While not without its faults, the 2.35:1 transfer, enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions, is surprising strong on all accounts. Specks of grain and occasional scratches don't interrupt this top-quality presentation, one that highlights the limited use of colors while, at the same time, gives equal balance between dark and earthy tones which comprise the majority of the surroundings. The muddy feel of the 12th century is captured almost flawlessly. The two-channel mono soundtrack in Dolby Digital isn't going to impress anyone, nor was it meant to. At times a certain amount of echo is present, and auditory detail isn't its strong point, but for the most part, there are few complaints as dialogue is clear enough. Considering this is a dialogue-driven film, that is sufficient. While not necessarily going out of its way, MGM has supplied a couple of supplements. The exceedingly dated theatrical trailer is included, but far more noteworthy is an audio commentary recorded in 2000 by director Anthony Harvey. In a typically reserved British manner, Harvey discusses a number of points about his involvement in the production, but, unfortunately, the track is marred by significant gaps. Still, his memories of more than 30 years earlier have relevance.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2001
UPC: 0027616858979
Original Release: 1968
Rating: PG
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 2:15:00
Sales rank: 4,132

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Anthony Harvey; Original theatrical trailer; French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter O'Toole Henry II
Katharine Hepburn Eleanor Of Aquitaine
Jane Merrow Princess Alais
John Castle Prince Geoffrey
Timothy Dalton Philip II of France
Anthony Hopkins Prince Richard (Richard the Lionhearted)
Nigel Terry Prince John
Nigel Stock William Marshall
O.Z. Whitehead Bishop of Durham
Kenneth Griffith Strolling Player
Henry Woolf Strolling Player

Technical Credits
Anthony Harvey Director
John Barry Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
John Bloom Editor
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
James Goldman Screenwriter
Kip Gowans Asst. Director
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph E. Levine Executive Producer
Bill Lodge Makeup
Gilbert Margerie Art Director
Peter Murton Art Director
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Martin Poll Producer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Logo/Main Title [2:56]
2. Unlike King Lear [:07]
3. Christmas Reunion [3:17]
4. 3 Kings, One Kingdom [4:12]
5. The "Boy" Of France [1:14]
6. Richard Gets All [6:22]
7. Geoffrey's Plan [2:55]
8. A Deal For Eleanor [5:06]
9. The Sudden Wedding [5:31]
10. "We Are The Killers!" [3:08]
11. King Philip's Bedroom [7:28]
12. "Ive Lost My Boys" [1:25]
13. Henry's Future Son [2:37]
14. Never Let Them Out [5:32]
15. The Family Dungeon [1:44]
16. 'Till Easter/Credits [6:56]

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