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Director: Julie Taymor     Starring: Jeremy Irons Helen Mirren
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220509331
UPC: 786936811681
UPC 14: 00786936811681
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Film by Julie Taymor
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"...dazzling.  Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian
"Mirren is a powerful presence...  Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]

Editor's Note
Across the Universe's Julie Taymor shakes up Shakespeare with her adaptation of THE TEMPEST, retrofitting the fantastical tale with a female lead, casting Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren in what is usually the male role of Prospero. The storyline follows the newly coined Prospera (Mirren), an exiled magician who uses her powers to call upon a tempest to bring her enemies to the island she's been forced to call home, not knowing that it will bring a suitor to her daughter, Miranda (Felicity Jones). The Miramax/Touchstone release also stars David Strathairn, Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, and Ben Wishaw.


Video Features Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/1/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00786936811681
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jeremy Irons
Video Cast Info Alfred Molina
Video Cast Info Djimon Hounsou
Video Cast Info Felicity Jones
Video Cast Info Russell Brand
Video Cast Info Ben Whishaw
Video Cast Info Helen Mirren
Video Cast Info Tom Conti
Video Cast Info David Strathairn
Video Cast Info Reeve Carney
Video Cast Info Alan Cumming
Video Cast Info Julie Taymor - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Julia Taylor-Stanley - Producer
Video Cast Info Bob Chartoff - Producer
Video Cast Info Lynn Hendee - Producer
Video Cast Info William Shakespeare - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Julie Taymor - Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[The actors] speak the language beautifully, finding nuances of humor, feeling and fantasy packed into the prose and poetry of the script." 12/09/2010

Chicago Sun-Times
"Here Prospero becomes Prospera and is magnificently played by Helen Mirren with more ferocity than resignation." 12/15/2010

A.V. Club
"[Mirren is] a remarkable actress and makes for a fine Prospera, at once flinty and determined but with a pulsing parental tenderness she makes evident in lines that lesser actors might throw away." 12/09/2010

"[Wishaw] has a command of the language that, along with Mirren, sets the film along its proper axis." 12/10/2010

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Mirren, striding around like an ageing Glastonbury hipster, leads from the front, while Felicity Jones is an appealing presence as her lovestruck daughter Miranda." 04/01/2011

New Yorker 7 of 10
In Julie Taymor's adaptation of Shakespeare's final play, Prospero, the deposed duke of Milan, has become the deposed duchess Prospera (Helen Mirren), whose bitter exile on a barren island is made more bitter still by the knowledge that the relatives and friends who robbed her of her station resented her intellectual and necromantic powers as a female. Mirren has the range and power to play a woman with unprecedented control of the elements, and over men, too. Prospera has two minions at her disposal?the sylph Ariel (Ben Whishaw), a translucent pale hermaphrodite who digitally skitters through the air, and the very earthbound and lustful slave Caliban (Djimon Hounsou), an African man covered with mud. Taymor, by turning Prospero into a woman while retaining an "imperialist? view of Caliban, will no doubt simultaneously please and enrage left-wing critics. The rest of us can enjoy the movie's strengths, including the dramatic blackened turf, the solid acting of David Strathairn and Tom Conti as two of the scheming Italians brought into Prospera's web by the storm that she summons forth, and the shenanigans of Russell Brand and Alfred Molina as Trinculo and Stephano, Shakespeare's inevitable buffoons. - David Denby

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