Two of the finest actors of their generation, Burton and O'Toole, square off in this splendid production of Jean Anouilh's 1959 play. The lifelong friendship of Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, is tested and ends in tragedy as ......more
Two of the finest actors of their generation, Burton and O'Toole, square off in this splendid production of Jean Anouilh's 1959 play. The lifelong friendship of Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, is tested and ends in tragedy as Becket grows more confident and thoughtful in his position. Academy Award Nominations: 12, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor- Richard Burton, Best Actor--Peter O'Toole. Academy Awards: Best (Adapted) Screenplay (Edward Anhalt).
This is one of the all-time great movies. Until now it was not available on DVD. If you like early British history or the fabulous acting of Peter O'Toole and/or Richard Burton, seeing this movie is a must.
This is an excellent story between two friends who through protocol of their duties to the realm of England, became arch enemies, but still deep down inside still care deeply for each other as the life long friends they had become. Both Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole keep you entranced and make you laugh with their incredible acting talents.
The movie is pretty accurate to things I've read on the subject of King Henry and Thomas Beckett. It has always been one of my favorite stories and the movie has also been one of my favorites.
I always find it amazing to learn that classic, Academy Award ® winning films have been allowed to fade, quite litterally, into oblivion.
"Becket" may not have crumbled into celluloid dust but it came close, as this restoration shows. There are periods of faded color, color imbalance and an annoying scene in which the image pulsates yellow in every third frame. The newly created Dolby 5.1 audio track is acceptable but reflects the limitations of aging magnetic masters.
I won't bother with a review of the actual film, that can be accessed elsewhere but as far as teh DVD is concerned I found it above avaerage.
First and formost we are fortunate to have a full length running commentary with Peter O'Toole, priceless in it's own right. There are two archival interviews with Richard Burton, neither of which is direct;y related to the film but still interesting. Finally there are two new interviews with film editor Anne V Coates and composer Laurence Rosenthal.
All in all 4 stars out of 5 losing one only due to the reduced tedcnical quality imposed by the aging original itself.
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