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Middleton's Changeling ( The Changeling ) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ian Dury, Amanda Ray-King, Colm O'Maonlai, Richard Mayes, Guy Williams
  • Directors: Marcus Thompson
  • Writers: Marcus Thompson, Richard Coll, Thomas Middleton, William Rowley
  • Producers: Marcus Thompson, Carole King, María Figueroa
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Force Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Feb. 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZ4RKI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,098 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Despite receiving a number of positive reviews in the press when it was released, the few user comments about this film on the net are thoroughly negative. However, I am such a big fan of the play that I was determined to see it and was surprised to discover that it wasn't as bad as I had been lead to believe.

Don't misunderstand, the film is no masterpiece and there are many things to criticize. The inexperience of many of the lead actors is obvious and the acting is not exactly of RSC quality. However, despite the unwise modernising of some of the dialogue, enough of the original beauty and power of the play's language remains to rescue the characters from the limitations of the actors portraying them. Also annoying are the long choppy dream sequences and the popping up of Alonzo's ghost at every dramatic moment.

As for the positive qualities, the film is beautifully shot on location in southern Spain and the costumes are impressive for a low budget film. Beatrice-Joanna looks sufficiently like an aristocratic brat who always gets what she wants. Alsemero is decked out as a virile and attractive adventurer, whilst DeFlores is appropriately dark and beetle-like. The style of the film evokes the art-house timelessness of Julie Taymor's 'Titus' and Derek Jarman's 'Edward II', which in my opinion is a good way of making early modern drama both relevant and sufficiently alien.

Whilst the play's subplot is energetically staged in true Ken Russell style (with the bizarre presence of Billy Connolly as Alibius!), its constant intrusion into the main plot soon becomes tiresome.
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By Anduril VINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2004
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I don't know what they thought they were doing in this 20th century revival of Middleton's 17th century play, but whatever it was, it failed. The acting is dire, the production concept peculiar, and Ian Dury and Billy Connolly both jar. Apart from the occasionally interesting use of lighting and camera angle, this is a film with almost nothing to commend it. I would find something else to do with your time ...
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I had heard quite a few negative reviews of this but bought it anyway to show my class studying it. Some of the acting is wooden it is true, however, the story is followed quite faithfully except with the occasional attempt to modernise it with cars and a burst of modern music which could be slightly out of keeping. However, with this in mind I watched it and thought that despite the above reservations, it was serviceable in terms of telling the story. Parts of it were atmospheric and the mad house scenes give a sense of the chaos. Settings seemed authentic too.
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I watched I waited and waited for the plot to get going, but it never did. Paint drying has more enteraiment value. This movie is so high brow that it falls down ones neck!
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