Romeo and Juliet

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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.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40682522
UPC 024543034650
UPC 14 00024543034650
Format DVD
Release Date 1/7/2014
Doomed Lovers
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Young Love
Editors Note
Note This 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.
Premiere "...A visual flamboyance and an experimental flair..." 12/01/1996 p.30
Rolling Stone "...A whirlwind of hardball action, rowdy humor and rapturous romance....DiCaprio and Danes cut to the heart..." 11/14/1996 p.123-4
Variety "...DiCaprio brings youthful energy to the role....The language is spotlighted by Danes, who has somehow found a way to both enunciate the Shakespearean lingo and make its meanings lucid and accessible..." 10/28/1996
Los Angeles Times "...It has enough positive energy and dizzying high spirits to make it irresistible..." 11/01/1996 p.F1
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] stylishly energized and vivid adaptation....With a defiantly modern soundtrack." 05/01/2007 p.117
Baz Luhrmann
Leonardo DiCaprio
Claire Danes
Cast & Crew
Leonardo DiCaprio - Star
Miriam Margolyes - Star
Claire Danes - Star
Paul Rudd - Star
Harold Perrineau Jr. - Star
Pete Postlethwaite - Star
Brian Dennehy - Star
Diane Venora - Star
John Leguizamo - Star
William Shakespeare - Story
Donald McAlpine - Director of Photography
Baz Luhrmann - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 2259045
UPC 00024543034650
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 130 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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