The History Boys DVD

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A class of undisciplined, smart and funny history students actively pursue an undergraduate place at Oxbridge.

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Released
17 April 2019
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
20th Century Fox 
Classification
Runtime
108 minutes 
Features
PAL 
Barcode
5039036029759 
  • Average Rating for The History Boys - 3 out of 5


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  • The History Boys
    michael rutt

    This little gem shines out in a plethora of blockbusters and mindlessly violent offerings as a highly quirky and intelligent entertainment.
    Based on Alan Bennetts highly successful and enigmatic stage play of the same title and filmed in the suitably atmospheric surroundings of Watford Grammar School for Boys and its female counterpart this handsome production proves to be a real tour de force of acting ,producing and direction.
    Boasting a superb characterisation from veteran Richard Griffiths,ably supported by Frances De la Tour and a veritable bevy of new acting talent from the eponymous students, this is one involving and telling history lesson you definitely won't want to miss!
    To divulge the many intricacies and intrigues contained in the plot would be unforgiveable to say the least,but this is an adult drama with plenty of food for thought and one which stands up well to repeated viewings to really appreciate some of the subtle nuances and allegories in the structure of the storyline.
    Hopefully this moving and sometimes highly amusing production will gain the recognition it rightfully deserves and may well grow into the status of a cult classic in years to come.

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. History. It's Just One Thing After Another. Starring the original stage cast, and based on the play by Alan Bennett, The History Boys brings together eight bright, funny history students in the north of England in the mid '80s. Their Headmaster is obsessed with breaking into the ranks of those schools that regularly send boys up to Oxford and Cambridge and enlists Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore), a shrewd newcomer, to coach the boys into intellectual shape for the trials ahead. Seduced though they are by the exam-busting bag of tricks offered by the temporary supply teacher, the boys are torn by their loyalty to the hugely eccentric, poetry-spouting English master Hector (Richard Griffiths). As they prepare for the daunting admissions process, the journey of the History Boys becomes as much about how education works as it is about where education leads. Commentary by Director Nicholas Hytner and Writer Alan Bennett Featurette: History Boys Around The World: The Tour Diaries (14 mins) Featurette: Pass It Along: The History Boys On Screen (13 mins) Actors  Samuel Anderson, Jack Bagley, Samuel Barnett, Stephen Campbell Moore, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Frances De La Tour, Sacha Dhawan, Richard Griffiths, Robbie Jarvis, Andrew Knott, Clive Merrison, Penelope Wilton & Jamie Parker Director Nicholas Hytner Certificate 15 years and over Year 2006 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Additional Languages English Audio Description Subtitles English Duration 1 hour and 43 minutes (approx)

Comedy adapted from the play by Alan Bennett. Eight bright, funny history students in the mid 1980s are pursuing an undergraduate place at the country's two finest universities. Their headmaster is obsessed with breaking into the ranks of those schools that regularly send boys up to Oxford and Cambridge and enlists Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore), a shrewd newcomer, to coach the boys into intellectual shape for the trials ahead. Seduced though they are by the exam-busting bag of tricks offered by the temporary supply teacher, the boys are torn by their loyalty to the hugely eccentric, poetry-spouting English master Hector (Richard Griffiths) and the regular diet of nourishing facts and figures dispensed by Mrs Lintott (Frances de la Tour), their history mistress. As they prepare for the daunting admissions process, the journey of the History Boys becomes as much about how education works as where education leads.