As You Like It

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Pure joy

on 3/7/2013

This movie is beautiful! There are stylised Komonos and rich 1890-ish Western costumes. A pallette of amazing reds, maroons and rose colors set against a magical green forest with ancient towering trees and exotic oriental marshes. The romantic comedy element is all about being in love; being giddy with all consuming love. The movie has a very good quality.

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Product Overview

Osalind is a young woman living in the court of her uncle when she falls in love with orlando. When rosalind is banished, she flees into the forest disguised as a man ... Only to encounter orlando who has also been exiled! But can she win his heart, disguised as she is?


Studio HBO
SKU 204881444
UPC 026359401923
UPC 14 00026359401923
Format DVD
Release Date 10/20/2009
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Cast & Crew
Adrian Lester - Actor
Alfred Molina - Actor
Bryce Dallas Howard - Actor
Christian Andersson - Art Director
Kenneth Branagh - Director
Kenneth Branagh - Screenplay
Kenneth Branagh - Executive Producer
Kevin Kline - Actor
Neil Farrell - Editor
Patrick Doyle - Original Music By
Roger Lanser - Cinematographer
Simon Moseley - Producer
Tim Harvey - Production Designer
William Shakespeare - Based On Play By
ReviewSource Variety
Review Kenneth Branagh's fifth foray into Shakespeare alights in the sheltered gardens of HBO, where the whimsical, romantic "As You Like It" seems better suited than, say, withstanding the challenge of a theatrical release. Filled with some of the bard's more memorable lines but also one of his most convoluted plots, this latest adaptation takes notable liberties -- beginning with situating the action in 19th-century Japan -- not all of which work. Still, it's a handsomely mounted production that will surely be welcomed by English majors the world over, especially those who would rather watch their homework than read it...Assembling a top-notch cast, Branagh opens with a haiku that helps explain the location shift, centering on a community of European traders residing in Japan...If there's a weak link in the sprawling ensemble, it's Howard. Rosalind is a tricky role given her gender-bending fits of exasperation, jubilation and cunning, and at times those swings simply feel beyond her...This adaptation nevertheless represents an ideal HBO project -- offering major stars an opportunity to engage in classy work that would likely possess marginal appeal if forced to meet the ruthless demands of weekend box office or network ratings.
Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Joel Pearce, DVD Verdict Those who are able to get caught up in the drama will have a blast...It's certainly better than those old BBC versions...
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ...attractive, intelligent...Branagh's direction is fluent, surefooted...and Howard is very good.

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Pure joy on Mar 07, 2013