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Tony Palmer's Film About Henry Purcell - England, My England

Tony Palmer's  Film About Henry Purcell - England, My England
ID: TPDVD151
CDs: 1
Type: DVD
Collection: Movies

Actors: Michael Ball, Simon Callow, Vernon Dobtcheff, Corin Redgrave, James Bowman
Directors: Tony Palmer
Writers: John Osborn, Charles Wood
Producers: Simon Flind

Format: Classical, Color, DVD, Subtitled, NTSC
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Italian, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Tony Palmer Films
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
Run Time: 152 minutes


Tony Palmer directs this prize-winning film about the great English composer Henry Purcell. Very little is known about his life, but the script - by Charles Wood and the late John Osborne - solves this problem by launching a group of actors in the 1960s on a voyage of discovery into the 1660s & late-17th century England, the extraordinary period in which Purcell lived. But it is Purcell’s music which is the driving force of the drama, with a stunning soundtrack conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.
Features an all-star cast with Simon Callow as Charles, Michael Ball as Henry Purcell, Letitia Dean as Barbara, Nina Young as Mrs Purcell, Corin Redgrave as William III, Lucy Speed as Nell, John Shrapnel as Pepys, Robert Stephens as Dryden, Murray Melvin as Shaftesbury, Terence Rigby as Cooke, Peter Woodthorpe as Kiffen, John Fortune as Clarendon, Edward Michie as young Harry and Bill Kenwright as Bill.

Performance Credits
The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists - (Films) Participant
Susan Graham - Participant
Stephen Varcoe - Participant
Lynne Dawson - Participant
Nancy Argenta - Participant
James Bowman - Participant
Michael Chance - Participant
Paul Agnew - Participant
Peter Harvey - Participant
Robert Johnston - Participant
Teresa Shaw - Participant
Jennifer Smith - Participant
Michael Ball - Harry Purcell
Simon Callow - Charles II
Joseph David - Actor
Antonia de Sancha - Actor
Letitia Dean - Barbara
Vernon Dobtcheff - Spratt
Simon Flind - Draghi
John Fortune - Clarendon
Rebecca Front - Mary
Constantine Gregory - Wharton
Guy Henry - James
John Hibbs - Blacksmith
James Hicks - Blow
Bill Kenwright - Bill
Murray Melvin - Shaftesbury
Edward Michie - Young Harry
Bernard Padden - Blackwell
Patricia Quinn - Elizabeth Purcell
Corin Redgrave - William
Terence Rigby - Cooke
James Saxon - Vyner
John Shrapnel Pepys
Lucy Speed - Nell
Robert Stephens - Dryden
David Thomas - Gostling
Rebecca Tremain - Catherine
Brook Williams - Priest
Peter Woodthorpe - Kiffen
Nina Young - Frances
John Eliot Gardiner - Conductor

Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director, Editor
Rob Ayling Executive Producer
Mike Bluett Producer
Alan Cridford Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Flind Executive Producer
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Wagner - Richard Burton

Wagner - Richard Burton
ID: TPDVD157
CDs: 3
Type: DVD
Collection: Documentary
Subcollection: Drama

Actors: Richard Burton, Laurence Oliver, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, László Gállfi, Gemma Craven, Ekkehardt Schall, Richard Pasco, Marthe Keller, Gabriel Byrne, Franco Nero, Ronald Pickup, Corin Redgrave, Cyril Cusack, Prunella Scales, Andrew Cruickshank, Joan Greenwood, Liza Goddard, Bill Fraser, Arthur Lowe & Joan Plowright
Directed by Tony Palmer

Picture Format: Box set, Color, DVD, Widescreen, NTSC (0, All regions),
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese
Screen (Picture) Format: 16:9
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 3
Rating: E (Exempt from Certification)
Studio: Koch Entertainment
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2011
Run Time: 420 minutes (7hrs 46mins)


Tony Palmer’s epic film was made in 1982/3 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wagner’s death. Filmed in 200 locations throughout Europe, many where the actual historical events took place, with a team from 19 different countries, the entire production was completed in less than a year. Sadly Wagner was to be Richard Burton’s last major role, but the stellar cast - including Laurence Oliver, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, László Gállfi, Gemma Craven, Ekkehardt Schall, Richard Pasco, Marthe Keller, Gabriel Byrne, Franco Nero, Ronald Pickup, Corin Redgrave, Cyril Cusack, Prunella Scales, Andrew Cruickshank, Joan Greenwood, Liza Goddard, Bill Fraser, Arthur Lowe, Joan Plowright, with composer Sir William Walton in a cameo role - assembled partly because of him.
Only now is the film being released on DVD as its director Tony Palmer wishes it to be viewed. Previously it’s been seen in badly edited versions and been made available on DVD (reproduced from poor-quality VHSs) with sub-standard pictures and sound. Finally, here is the restored presentation as it was originally edited by Tony Palmer in its complete 7 hours 46 minutes duration, issued in wide-screen, re-mastered in Hi-Definition. The music, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti with singers including Dame Gwyneth Jones and Peter Hofmann, has never sounded better, and the astonishing images of cameramen Vittorio Storaro and Nic Knowland have never looked better.
The script by Charles Wood remains a miracle of historical compression and accuracy, given that Wagner himself was an appalling fantasist and the truth often hard to ascertain.
And Richard Burton, who towers above the production, reminds us what a great actor he was. This is a fitting tribute to his - and to Wagner’s - genius.

Exhaustive TV biopic of the German composer with Richard Burton in the title role. Recognised early in his career for his groundbreaking talents, Wagner is feted by European society until his scandalous and radical political views force him into exile in Zurich. There he meets the young Nietzsche (Ronald Pickup), and has a major influence on the philosopher. At the same time, Wagner begins a scandalous relationship with the composer Liszt's illigitimate daughter. Reactionary, anti-semitic and obsessed with money, Wagner still goes on to prove himself as a major force in German and European culture after completing his epic 'Ring' cycle of operas.
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