William Shakespeare Compilation

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Contains: romeo and juliet (1997), titus, and midsummer night's dream


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202221958
UPC 024543231622
UPC 14 00024543231622
Format DVD
Release Date 10/17/2006
Doomed Lovers
Family Interaction
Editors Note
Note A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: Michael Hoffman's film adaptation of Shakespeare's magical comedy of a love-tangled quadrangle shimmers with sumptuous cinematography and a truly stellar cast that includes Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart, and Sam Rockwell. Relocated from Athens to an Italian villa, the film follows the romantic misadventures of four would-be lovers. At the beginning of the film, Helena loves Demetrius, who loves Hermia, who loves Lysander, but everything changes when the four young people chase each other into the woods and wander into the domain of Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the Fairies) and the mischievous magic of Puck, who possesses a flower that causes people to fall in love with the first person they encounter. Into the hilarity and confusion stumble a hapless band of laborers rehearsing a play for the Duke's wedding. One of the band, Nick Bottom, a humble weaver, is given the head of donkey and then, through the power of the flower, wins the love of Titania herself. After a dizzying whirl of magic, mayhem, and a million minor follies of the heart, everything is sorted out and everyone finds, at last, the proper match. ^ROMEO AND JULIET: This ambitious undertaking adapts Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers, 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.^TITUS: Based on Shakespeare's TITUS ANDRONICUS (one of his lesser-known but most gruesome works), TITUS is directed by Julie Taymor (Broadway's THE LION KING), who brings this adaptation to life with dazzling imagery and haunting immediacy. Titus (Anthony Hopkins) is a victorious Roman general who makes two mistakes: supporting the wily Saturninus (Alan Cumming) as the new emperor, and wronging Tamora, Queen of the Goths (Jessica Lange), by killing her eldest son. Murder follows murder as the tides of fate change, and Tamora is aided by her two reckless sons and her Moorish lover. The body count is raised higher and higher until Titus finally holds a very special dinner banquet. Taymor's bold visual sense verges on absurdity, but her sense of morality, as well as powerful acting by Hopkins and company, combine to tell a powerful, violent tale.
Baz Luhrmann
Julie Taymor
Leonardo DiCaprio
Anthony Hopkins
Kevin Kline
Cast & Crew
Alan Cumming - [Titus] Actor
Anthony Hopkins - [Titus] Actor
Baz Luhrmann - [Romeo] Director
Brian Dennehy - [Romeo] Actor
Calista Flockhart - [Midsummer] Actor
Christian Bale - [Midsummer] Actor
Claire Danes - [Romeo] Actor
Colm Feore - [Titus] Actor
Jessica Lange - [Titus] Actor
John Leguizamo - [Romeo] Actor
Julie Taymor - [Titus] Director
Kevin Kline - [Midsummer] Actor
Leonardo Di Caprio - [Romeo] Actor
Michael Hoffman - [Midsummer] Director
Rupert Everett - [Midsummer] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 2233162
UPC 00024543231622
Number of Discs 4
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Oscar (2000) Milena Canonero, Nominee, [Titus] Best Costume Design
British Academy Awards (1998) Catherine Martin, Winner, [Romeo] Best Production Design
Oscar (1997) Catherine Martin, Brigitte Broch, Nominee, [Romeo] Best Art Direction
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Romeo] Shakespeare's death scene in the tomb lacked a dramatic payoff for Luhrmann, who has Juliet regain consciousness just as Romeo poisons himself, so that she can use her sweet alases while he can still hear them.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Product Attributes
Actor Hopkins,Anthony
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dan Jardine, Apollo Movie Guide [Romeo] This movie is beautiful to the eye...
James Berardinelli's ReelViews [Romeo] ...by incorporating lively, modern imagery with a throbbing rock soundtrack and hip actors, he has taken aim at an audience that would normally regard Shakespeare as a chore to be endured in school...
M. V. Moorhead, Dallas Observer [Midsummer] One of the best of the many delights of director Michael Hoffman's new film - is that he manages to have it both ways - the gauzy fantasy and the bacchanal.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle [Titus] A film of audacity and total gut-level appeal.
Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer [Titus] Gorgeous in its gore and, for all its destruction, despair and death, concludes on an optimistic and vibrantly alive note.

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