For the first time in more than forty years, experience two of the greatest actors of our time in one of the most honored motion pictures in history. Peter O Toole delivers an electrifying performance as the mischievous Henry II, who surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted valet Thomas Becket (Richard Burton in a career defining role) as Chancellor. But when Henry next appoints him Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket shocks the world by openly defying the King with his newfound faith and compassion. Will a desperate ruler now destroy a beloved friend to save his splintering kingdom? John Gielgud co-stars in this stunning epic based on the Broadway sensation and brought to the screen by Hall Wallis, the legendary producer of True Grit and Casablanca.
Once thought lost forever, BECKET has now been restored to its original majesty with the support of the Film Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including breathtaking new 2.0 stereo and 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks and a revealing commentary by Peter O Toole.
Available for the first time ever on Blu-Ray
Nominated for 12 Academy Awards
Career-defining roles for Peter O Toole and Richard Burton
Fully restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences including brand new 2.0 and 5.1 audio
5.1 Dolby Digital / 2.0 PCM Lossless
Includes revealing commentary by Peter O Toole
"The primary bonus feature is a treat: a feature-length commentary by Peter O'Toole. With only occasional gaps of silence, the still sharp and well-spoken O'Toole recalls the making of the film, how he didn't research the historical King Henry, and his memories of Richard Burton, both personal and professional. There are also two archival interviews with Burton from 1967 and 1977 (26 minutes total), in which he doesn't discuss Becket, but he does say a lot about his life on stage, he recites some lines, and speaks candidly about his drinking problem." --David Horiuchi