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DVD, Videorecording, Projected Medium, Visual Materials
Title:
Edition:
Widescreen version.
Publisher, Date:
[Orland Park, Ill.] : MPI Home Video, 2007.
Description:
1 videodisc (ca. 150 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Henry II surprises England by naming his fellow rogue and trusted confidant Thomas Becket 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?
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: PG-13; for some sexual content and violence.
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Based on the Broadway play "Becket" by Jean Anouilh ; produced upon the stage by David Merrick.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1964.
"Restored by the Academy Film Archive Restoration Funding provided by The Film Foundation." -- Container.
Special features: Commentary with Peter O'Toole; interviews with editor Anne V. Coates and composer Laurence Rosenthal; archival interviews with Richard Burton; theatrical trailer; still gallery; TV spot.
Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, John Gielgud, Donald Wolfit, Martita Hunt, Pamela Brown.
DVD, region 1, anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo.
English (Dolby 5.1, Dolby 2.0), French (Dolby 2.0) or Spanish (Dolby 2.0) dialogue with optional English subtitles.
ISBN:
0788604708
9780788604706
Publisher Number:
DVD1053
Other Number:
79834416
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
1
Control Number:
167401
Call Number:
DVD-AD DRAMA BECK
# Local items in:
1
# System items in:
1
Medium:
[DVD videorecording]
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A high-class costume drama with a substantive historical basis, Becket is the true story of the friendship between King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) and Thomas à Becket (Richard Burton), a royal courtier and confidant whom Henry appoints as Archbishop of Canterbury. As Becket takes his duties with the Church seriously, he finds himself increasingly at odds with the King, who finally orders the death of his once-close companion when he continues to defy the throne. Burton is very good and O'Toole is even better: both men were nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, while Edward Anhalt's screenplay, based on the stageplay by Jean Anouilh, won for Best Adapted Screenplay. The basic theme of separation of church and state still reverberates today, while the top-notch production values ensure Becket's place as one of Britain's better historical epics. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi
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Peter O'Toole went on to play Henry II again in The Lion in Winter (1968). (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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