I have to admit that I only seen a couple of Richard III plays but his presentation stands out as it is the unique blending that explains the history and purpose of Richard III (Laurence Olivier) for those of us that only have a cursory knowledge of English history through film. We also get a look at the major players in the War of the Roses.
The presentation at times comes from our world and at others seems surreal. Therefore, I suggest you watch the presentation as designed, and then watch with the commentary and again without. You will find yourself periodically re-watching this Criterion version and each time finding nuances' that were missed on the original viewing.
This film also give a lot of know actors a chance to express their talent and show that they do not out shine their character. Even though Claire Bloom (The Lady Anne) has been inserted in the play she adds significantly to the understanding of the events.