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DISC SPOTLIGHT: "Richard III" Criterion Collection

Richard III Criterion Collection Blu-ray (NR)

Movie: 4 out of 4 stars

Disc: 3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars

Director/lead Laurence Olivier's third and final cinematic adaptation of the Shakespeare play is widely acknowledged by Bard scholars and critics as the finest of its kind ever made. Second in length only to "Hamlet," Olivier's 161-minute "R3" excises roughly a third of the stage play and unless you're an obsessed purist, that truncated length works quite well, thank you. Rarely in the history of storytelling has such a loathsome, cruel and inhumane character been so fun to watch.

-- Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.77:1), audio: English (LPCM Mono), subtitles: English.

Special features include:

-- 2012 hi-def digital remastered print

-- 1966 Olivier interview

-- Gallery, stills and posters

-- Essay booklet

-- Trailers

-- Commentaries

(Criterion, $39.95)