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Tempest (Blu-ray)

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 220509331
UPC 786936811681
UPC 14 00786936811681
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/1/2013
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ReviewSource New Yorker
Review 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.
Reviewer David Denby
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
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Video Format Blu-Ray
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...dazzling.
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK] Mirren is a powerful presence...
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