Madness of King George (Region A Blu-ray)

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In the late 1780s, George III of England (Nigel Hawthorne) began to suffer bouts of dementia, the source of which remains debated to this day. As the behavior of the monarch grew increasingly erratic, his scheming son (Rupert Everett) started the political groundwork for early ascension to the throne... and a controversial therapist (Ian Holm) labored to steer the regent back to rationality. Marvelously acted, meticulously crafted opus co-stars Helen Mirren, Rupert Graves, Amanda Donohoe, Julian Wadham. 110 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.

Product Details

Barcode
887090138512
Department
Movies & TV
Released
31 Oct 2017
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Drama
Region
Region A
Studio
Olive Films
Runtime
111 min
Age Restriction
PG13
Supply Source
USA

Movie

Title
Madness of King George
Release Year
1995
Running Time
111 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / British / Mental Illness / Period Piece / Royalty / Theatrical Release / True Story
Synopsis
King George III does some very odd things, but then who is to argue with the king? Well, his ambitious son, for one. He's not getting any younger, and all he does is sit around waiting for his father to die. So when the king starts behaving like a real madman, the Prince of Wales lobbies Parliament to assign him the power of prince regent. What ensues is a political struggle between the prime minister, a royalist, and the opposition party. In the meantime, the king is slowly being tortured by the strange practices of 18th-century medicine: He is bled regularly, and his feces are analyzed by all manner of doctors. To rectify this atrocity, the king's distressed entourage solicits the aid of a country doctor who's as unsuccessful as his predecessors but a little more humane. When it seems as if he will be forced to abdicate his throne, George III regains his sanity just in time to assure the Parliament that he's able to rule. Directed by Nicholas Hytner and featuring an Oscar-nominated tour-de-force performance from Nigel Hawthorne, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE is an unforgettable romp through a crucial period in English history.
Notes
An intertitle at the film's conclusion explains that King George may have suffered from a hereditary metabolic disorder known as porphyria, which produces chemical changes in the body and dementialike symptoms.
Release Notes
Blu-ray Disc Features:
  • Widescreen - 1.85
Audio:
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • DTS
  • Subtitles - English
Cast & Crew
Director
Nicholas Hytner
Star
Helen Mirren / Jim Carter / Amanda Donohoe / Rupert Everett / Rupert Graves / Nigel Hawthorne / Ian Holm / Geoffrey Palmer / Julian Rhind-Tutt / Julian Wadham
Screenwriter
Alan Bennett
Producer
Stephen Evans / David Parfitt
Director of Photography
Andrew Dunn
Editor
Tariq Anwar
Production Designer
Ken Adam
Costume Designer
Sue Honeybourne / Mark Thompson
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...Bennett's play, and the direction by Nicholas Hytner, are more lighthearted than analytical, and the performance by Nigel Hawthorne as the ailing king is barbed and yet lovable..."
Roger Ebert (27 Jan 1995, p.31)
Entertainment Weekly
"...[Hawthorne] makes a dignified and affecting monarch....The humor [is] built into this sharp-witted human comedy..." -- Rating: B+
Lisa Schwarzbaum (20 Jan 1995, p.37)
Los Angeles Times
"...Potent, engrossing and even thrilling to experience....THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE keeps us amused, surprised and delighted..."
Kenneth Turan (28 Dec 1994, p.F1)
New York Times
"...There's much to admire in [Hytner's] splendid screen adaptation....A deft, mischievous, beautifully acted historical drama with exceptionally broad appeal..."
Janet Maslin (28 Dec 1994, p.C11)
Premiere
"...[Hawthorne] has a blast....Mirren is marvelous....But the real treat is Everett..."
Kitty Bowe Hearty (1 Feb 1995, p.25)
Rolling Stone
"...Comedy and tragedy cohere in this extraordinary film....The thrill of Hawthorne's astounding performance is not something you want to miss..."
Peter Travers (26 Jan 1995, p.68)
Sight and Sound
"...Brisk, confident direction....It manages the rare feat of being both cinematic and theatrical..."
Geoffrey Macnab (1 Apr 1995, p.47)

Awards

Cannes
Best Actress
Winner: 1995 - Helen Mirren