I have to ask, WHY is there nowhere on this page, or in any of the customer reviews (as yet), ANY mention of WILLIAM LUCE, the talented WRITER of this wonderful play which Christopher Plummer so brilliantly and unforgettably brought to life on the stage? Mr. Luce is also the author of (among many other plays) 'The Belle Of Amherst' for which Julie Harris won a richly deserved Tony Award (as did Plummer for 'Barrymore') for her luminous portrayal of Emily Dickinson. And it's a pity that the writer of such superb material is often not given adequate -- or ANY -- credit for their marvelous craft, without which it is doubtful that those Tony awards would have been forthcoming. After all, no actor performs in a vacuum, without the benefit (or sometimes hindrance) of the play in which they are appearing. So here's a huge "BRAVO" to William Luce for his glorious WORDS! Take a bow, sir!
An important addendum: Now that I have received the DVD I am delighted to report that it contains one of the finest behind-the-scenes "making of" documentaries I've ever seen, covering both the original Broadway stage production and the recent Toronto revivial and subsequent filming of it. All too often these kinds of bonus features are quickly cobbled together almost as an afterthought. However, this intimate backstage glimpse is so good it's worth the price of the DVD all by itself. And as it contains in-depth, insightful interviews with the entire production team -- yes, including the play's author William Luce who is very nicely represented -- it addresses all of my original concerns expressed above. Anyone who watches this glorious documentary will not only know full well who first created the play itself, but will get to know the other impressive talents who cumulatively pooled their skills to create the magical experience which is 'Barrymore'. And wonderful interviews with Helen Mirren, Zoe Caldwell and Julie Andrews are added icing to an already ultra-rich cake. Buy this DVD forthwith!