History Boys

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A delightfully witty comedy about 8 boisterous-yet-talented schoolboys hoping to gain admittance to england's most prestigious universities.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 204145782
UPC 024543425199
UPC 14 00024543425199
Format DVD
Release Date 6/16/2009
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Griffiths,Richard
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Cast & Crew
Alan Bennett - Writer
Andrew Dunn - Cinematographer
Damian Jones - Producer
David M. Thompson - Executive Producer
Frances de la Tour - Actor
George Fenton - Original Music By
John Beard - Production Designer
John Wilson - Editor
Nicholas Hytner - Director
Richard Griffiths - Actor
Samuel Barnett - Actor
Stephen Campbell Moore - Actor
Nominee (2007) British Academy Awards, Richard Griffiths, Best Actor in a Leading Role,British Academy Awards, Frances de la Tour, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review Plays do not always make the transition well from stage to screen - they can come off too talky or stagnant, mannerisms that work well on a far-off stage sometimes appearing stilted on a big screen...Fortunately, thanks to the rambunctiously energetic performances and Nicholas Hynter's equally jaunty direction, The History Boys looks right at home on screen; what poses a larger problem is whether it will translate as fluidly from Britain to America...The History Boys offers an ably immortalized version of a simple coming-of-age en masse drama that works nearly as well on screen as it would on stage. Whether the benevolent view of inappropriate teacher/student relationships, for instance, or the jokes made at the expense of the decidedly British social class system will fare as well in the U.S., remains to be seen.
Reviewer Anne Gilbert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review There is a certain familiarity to The History Boys, Alan Bennett's critically lauded, prize-winning play that arrives on screen with its entire original cast and director, Nicholas Hytner, in tow. There is a tradition of inspirational teacher dramas, from Goodbye, Mr. Chips and The Corn is Green to Dead Poets Society and Stand and Deliver, that The History Boys fits comfortably into, but few of these dramas have been this smart, witty, or playful, and fewer still have brimmed with the sheer energy of a cast that knows this material so well that it is practically encoded into their DNA...Much of it is set in classrooms, so it is bound to remain somewhat stagebound. For all of that, it is still an excellent adaptation, Bennett's wit and the fine cast surviving and ultimately triumphing in the transition from the theater to the multiplex.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Griffiths,Richard
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Vibrates with exuberance and erudition.
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club ...a dazzling verbal cleverness--the gleeful rat-a-tat of snappy banter expertly executed...
New York Magazine Brilliant and infectious. Explosively alive!

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