Romeo and Juliet (Blu-ray) (1996)
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|Baz luhrmann (strictly ballroom) takes a shot at reinventing shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers as a visual pastiche inspired by mtv imagery, hong kong action-picture cliches, and luhrmann's own taste for deliberate, gaudy excess.|
Editor's NoteThis ambitious undertaking, adapting William Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers and setting the story in a glossy music-video style in 1990s Florida. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the famous lovers kept apart by rival industrialist families. Bookended by newscastsers reciting Shakespeare's prose as their copy, this clever glam updating of ROMEO AND JULIET is one of the most unusual adaptations of the Bard's work in the history of cinema. The stylish and colorful sets earned the film an Oscar nomination for art direction. John Leguizamo gives a memorable performance as a devilish Tybalt.
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Michael Prince Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 10/29/2010 4:31 PM
|In 1996, Australian director Baz Luhrmann released his take on the immortal tale of star crossed lovers titled William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. The movie was an immediate hit but was debated amongst critics as to its merits. The movie is now finally available on Blu-ray with the transfer overseen frame by frame by Luhrman himself and the results are striking indeed. It is easy to understand why some people who are blind purists dislike this version of Shakespeare’s tale of lovers from warring families. The setting is a fictional Verona Beach in the 1990’s with the feuding Capulet and Montague families represented by gangster style land barons....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Harold Perrineau Jr.|
|William Shakespeare - Story|
|Donald McAlpine - Director of Photography|
|Baz Luhrmann - Director|