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  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin, Brian Blessed
  • Directors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Writers: Kenneth Branagh, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Bruce Sharman, David Parfitt, Stephen Evans
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Fox Video
  • Release Date: April 1 2003
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 079284615X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,456 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan T. Smillie on Sept. 16 2002
Format: DVD
This may be the best Shakespeare film ever made. In 1942, Laurence Olivier delivered a jingoistic, stylized wartime production of "Henry V" that nonetheless stood as the standard interpretation. Nearly fifty years later, Kenneth Branagh's film appeared not only as a powerful and amazingly accessible recasting of the text, but a serious examination of the nature and the costs of the war that was Henry the Fifth's only real achievement.
Although studded with a fine array of subsidiary characters, "Henry V" is essentially a one-man play, and Branagh's performance informs and naturally influences all of the rest. His character has most of the lines, and he delivers them with a refreshing naturalism and candor that re-infuses the humor into the funny bits and cuts a lot of the potential for stilted jingoism out of the patriotic and warlike ones. If the real Henry's delivery of the St. Crispin speech was anything like Branagh's, it's no wonder the English won.
Slogging through the mud and rain of Harfleur and Agincourt with Branagh is a masterful supporting cast, including the incomparable Judi Dench as Mistress Quickly, Brian Blessed as a marvelously solid Exeter, and Ian Holm, wonderful as the irreverent and sarcastic Fluellen. On the French side, Paul Scofield's King is weary and indecisive rather than weak and mad; Michael Maloney's Dauphin is entertainingly arrogant, and Emma Thompson delivers a small but charming performance in playwright-broken English and much better French than Shakespeare likely spoke. Tying it all together is Christopher Ravenscroft, who invests the herald Mountjoy with a sympathy that extends to both sides, and a phenomenal showing by Derek Jacobi as the earnest, mocking and informative Chorus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray on Sept. 19 2004
Format: DVD
Shakespeare is a beautiful form of drama. It speaks to human emotions on all level, from blithe humour to darkest evils within soul. But in today's INTERNET, hip-hop world, the appeal fades for the general masses. The Hard-Core Will addicts still treasure his tales, his prose, but younger generations think they should be modernised because it's too hard for their patience. Well, I saw 12-year-olds adoring this Branagh's Henry, and with just cause. When you find 12 and 13-years-olds watching this movie without being "forced", it tells you something of Branagh's power. The man was born to speak the words, and lead the way for others to suspend the "its too hard". Suddenly the KEY is there. Under Branagh's magic, the words have their full power, their majesty, their impact. Branagh speaks Will's words as Will intended them, with a natural ease that makes one question why we don't still speak this way!
The movie is brilliant from start to finish. Branagh is magic, a sorcerer conjuring in others the ability to follow "his pied piper". It just does not get any better than this. And Derek Jacobi is Branagh's match.
Sigh, why can they not do all Shakespeare's works on film with the same power?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 4 2004
Format: VHS Tape
For a first effort at feature-film direction, now-veteran director/writer/actor Kenneth Branagh provided an astonishing introduction to his many talents in filmmaking with his 1989 production, 'Henry V'. There is a gritty realism brought to the screen in this production that combines in dynamic and interesting ways with the Shakespearean dialogue and situations. The battle scenes are some of the best in cinema for depicting the kind of royal and knightly battles. A special commendation goes to cinematographer Kenneth MacMillan, art directors Martin Childs, Norman Dorme, John King, and costume designer Phyllis Dalton for combining elements of stage and screen together to complement the story perfectly without overpowering it. Indeed, the picture won the Oscar for Best Costumes; Branagh was nominated for Best Leading Actor and Best Director. The film and crew were nominated for and won many other awards as well.
One of the problems of Shakespeare on the silver screen is that the situations, settings, and acting often ends up somewhat contrived. That rarely happens here, because of this remarkable team.
The principle writing credit of course goes to William Shakespeare, but as is always the case, the play is recast to make the film medium more natural for the story. Kenneth Branagh is the one credited here, and has shown himself several times after this film as a master of adapting Shakespeare faithfully to the screen.
The play itself is one of Shakespeare's history plays -- remember the broad three categories of Shakespeare: history, drama (some say tragedy), and comedy. Like most of the history plays, there is creative license taken with the actual history, as it is invariably adapted to make the present regime look good, credible and more legitimate.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 25 2013
Format: DVD
There are several film versions of Shakespeare's "Henry V" available and it may be best to view each of them. However if time or money is short then this is the one to watch.

The BBC is more complete and closer in verbiage to the original play versions. So if you miss the BBC version you will want to be sure to read the play first. Lawerence Olivia was force to cut out much of the play because of time constraints and because of the time of the production Henry V could not look like a tyrant and they had to justify the war so it would coincide with the WWII war effort.

However Kenneth Branagh, Making his directing debut, pulled out all stops. He may have missed a few lines here and there but replaced them with visuals and innuendos. There was more reliance and background music which is indispensable in today's movies.

The film was as usual in Branagh movies and in many Shakespeare adapted movies packed with known stars of the time. The only person in this one that did not come up to snuff was Emma Thompson who just did not cut it as Princess Katherine de Valois. Ian Holm was excellent as Captain Fluellen. The real hinge point is the selection of Derek Jacobi as Chorus whom caries the story forwarded between scenes.

This story is based on prior works but can stand alone very well as what history of Henry is needed is mentioned in the play. Henry V was a sort of playboy (probably by cunning design) as a youth and when becoming king has decides to acquire France that is his heritage. In the process he must prove his ability to understand and lead people. One of his first tests is to detect treachery and remove it. Laurence left it out. The BBC Play executes the detection as written. But Branagh really articulates the treachery and its solution.
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