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the hollow crown complete collection 

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench, and Tom Hiddleston 


REVIEWER: lyall carter


Both classic and contemporary screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s epic plays in a traditional and visually breathtaking landscape and architecture of the period.

The British are the undisputed Kings and Queens of Shakespeare. Even though Shakespeare originates from the same spectred isle, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Brits would be better a Shakespeare any more than expecting that Americans would make the best cheeseburgers. The Hollow Crown celebrates the best of British Shakespearean TV theatre.


From executive producer Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) comes the complete The Hollow Crown Seasons 1 & 2. The series features acclaimed contemporary adaptations of five of Shakespeare’s most celebrated history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI & Richard III. The Hollow Crown Seasons 1 and 2 has an all star cast which includes Hugh Bonneville, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw.


As a bonus this special edition collection includes the original BBC Shakespeare adaptations of Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI & Richard III.


These traditional versions are considered some of finest dramas in the English language, each production a celebration of the greatest talents in contemporary British theatre and television. Among the great actors featured in these plays are: John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi & Brenda Blethyn.


You cannot help but pinch yourself at the acting riches that are on display not only in The Hollow Crown but also in the other contemporary adaptions that you get in this ultimate box set. Which makes the productions on this box set so accessible is the fact that they’re not confined to a stage theatre set but that they are performed out on location. 


For any lover of Shakespeare, The Hollow Crown Ultimate Collection is everything they could possibly want and more.


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The Hollow Crown: Ultimate Collection is available on DVD from all good disc retailers. 

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