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A Midsummer Night's Dream [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Water Bearer Films
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar. 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007CNXV4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,974 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
Although the scratchy unrestored color makes this DVD it look as if it had been pirated in a movie theatre thirty years ago, it is well worth buying if only to see the delightful performances of young Helen Mirren as Hermia, Diana Rigg (taking a break from Emma Peel) as Helena, Judy Dench as Titania, Ian Richardson (who gives a preview of his "House of Cards" sardonic smile) as Oberon, and even the husband of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) as Snug the Joiner. The production (with its pink-lipped green fairies and hairy-chested Puck) may have been misguided, but the actors shine as future stars of British stage and cinema.
Because of the poor quality and the faded print, I'd actually give it three and 1/2 stars. I still recommend it, however, as a piece of historical interest.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
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*DVD:(A Midsummer Night's Dream):1968:Directed by,(Peter Hall)*
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Hello there...
I have seen a number of clips of this, (wonderfully unique), English production of (A Midsummer Night's Dream) directed by, (Peter Hall) on YouTube...
This film has a refreshingly young cast of future UK greats...

Greats, such as:

[DIANA RIGG]:> (Helena)...
[HELEN MIRREN]:> (Hermia)...
[JUDI DENCH]:> (Queen Titania)...
[BARBARA JEFFORD]:> (Hippolyta)...
[MICHAEL JAYSTON]:> (Demeteius)-(in his 1st ever film role)...
[CLIVE SWIFT]:> (Snug)...
[IAN HOLM]:> (Puck), {or, Robin Goodfellow}...
[IAN RICHARDSON]:> (King Oberon)...
[BILL TRAVERS]:> (Snug)...
[PAUL ROGERS]:> (Bottom)...
[DAVID WARNER]:> (Lysander)...
[NICHOLAS SELBY]:> (Egeus)...
[DERIK GODFREY]:> (Theseus)....
(and a host of other fine actors)... Wow!!, is'nt that a fantastic cast!...
(The original music is composed by: [GUY WOOLFENDEN]....

This production of, [A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM] was the first, (Live-Action) film version to be filmed in colour, (unless you count the 1966 adaptation by: [GEORGE BALENCHINE] with the NYC Ballet)....

This, (ingeniously imaginative) UK production of 124'minutes duration, [which is vertually faithful to the text] was released in September of 1968 by, [PATHWAYS FILMS], and [ROYAL SHAKESPEARE ENTERPRISES]...
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By Walter Plinge on 23 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a filmed record of a wonderful RSC Stratford production of 1968 with most of the original cast from a few years earlier. Sadly, there is no Charles Laughton to reprise his outstanding Bottom (no pun intended but understood anyway) of the original Hall production, but Paul Rogers does very well of course. But come see Warner, Dench, Mirren, Rigg, Jayston, Ian Richardson, Bill Travers and all have a magical time. As a movie it is rough but the stage production is there, so who cares? This is history before your very eyes as well as great fun.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD
An independent film Directed by Peter Hall and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon. This is one of those gems that allow many famous personalities of the time to display a little culture.

There are many fun facets of this film; right off we notice all the actors in a much earlier version. Who would have thought that Judi Dench was once so cute? And Helen Mirren before she was queen. Each version of midsummer Night's Dream displays a different star cast; and also to our advantage displays a different emphasis and dialog of William Shakespeare.

Then there is the negative side. Look closely and it looks like an Italian film with English dubbing; the words and voices are not quite in sync. The cameraman is the one that filmed "The Blare Witch."

Believe it or not it is better the second time through.

This film is a must for the collector.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
See Them At the Outset of Their Careers! 18 May 2005
By F. S. L'hoir - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although the scratchy unrestored color makes this DVD it look as if it had been pirated in a movie theatre thirty years ago, it is well worth buying if only to see the delightful performances of young Helen Mirren as Hermia, Diana Rigg (taking a break from Emma Peel) as Helena, Judy Dench as Titania, Ian Richardson (who gives a preview of his "House of Cards" sardonic smile) as Oberon, and even the husband of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) as Snug the Joiner. The production (with its pink-lipped green fairies and hairy-chested Puck) may have been misguided, but the actors shine as future stars of British stage and cinema.

Because of the poor quality and the faded print, I'd actually give it three and 1/2 stars. I still recommend it, however, as a piece of historical interest.
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Overwhelming Star Power. 27 April 2006
By apt2full - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The film source materials start off looking battered, but the image cleans up pretty quickly.

More importantly, the performances are uniformly strong, without a weak link to be found. If you are familiar with Ian Richardson and Judy Dench only from their recent work, this movie will be an eye-opener. Bill Travers' Snout is a treasure, and Paul Rogers leaves behind his usual kings and bullies to give a vocally astonishing performance as Bottom.

Most productions of this play have trouble balancing the scenes of the confused lovers in the forest with the Pyramis and Thisbe farce at the end - usually one or the other gets out of control, but this one gets it right for once. There is a little self-conscious film editing a la Richard Lester and the New Wave that has dated, but doesn't really kill the occasion. The language and atmosphere are magical, as good as it gets.

Some of the whining in these reviews is silly. There is no other Midsummer Night's Dream so evenly and superlatively cast, and it's worth putting up with less than optimal print quality to watch and listen to them.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Yes, the quality is poor, but......! 5 Mar. 2008
By J. Lynne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Yes, the quality is poor, but as an English teacher, who has watched almost every available video version in the past three weeks, this was the most faithful representation by far! I can't show it in class, but there is nothing more satisfying than seeing young Dame Judy brazen and lovely enough to pull off a nude Titania and seeing the lovely, elegant woman she is now. This is also the only version I have seen, so far, that portrays Hippolyta as the strong, amazon she is supposed to be! Hurrah for the brits, who don't have any problem keeping the complexity of the relationship between Theseus and Hippolyta! The trappings of the sixties just made it more of a romp! I would really rent this, the quality is absolutely terrible. I am sure I have caught snippets of a much better copy on television at some point, if I had known what a must see it was, I would have recorded it then. Rent it, watch it, love it for its kookiness and know that the Bard would have really appreciated it!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Shakespeare in a Nehru jacket? 25 July 2006
By Stratford Flat Coats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Allowing for the albeit distracting 1968-isms (i.e. leather mini skirts and Beatles-style haircuts) this is a first rate version of Shakespeare's magical play. Featuring a cast of amazing stars including Helen Mirren and Diana Rigg as Hermia and Helena, Judy Dench (quite scantily clad) as Titania, the velvet-voiced Ian Richardson as Oberon and the impish Iam Holm as Puck, this version successfully portrays the combination of humor, magic and the absurdities of young love ("Lord, what fools these mortals be!") inherent in Shakespeare's play. The high-speed camera work and overabundance of green face paint can be a bit distracting, but the brilliance of Bottom and the "rude mechanicals", the careful balancing of the magical and the real and the faithful and articulate delivery of Shakespeare's gorgeous language more than compensate for any eccentricities of film-craft. Listening to Oberon's beautiful soliloquies ("I know a bank where the wild thyme blows...") delivered with such beauty and grace by Ian Richardson is worth the price of admission all by itself! Give Peter Hall's MND a try!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A naked Judi Dench 28 Feb. 2007
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
An independent film Directed by Peter Hall and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon. This is one of those gems that allow many famous personalities of the time to display a little culture.

There are many fun facets of this film; right off we notice all the actors in a much earlier version. Who would have thought that Judi Dench was once so cute? And Helen Mirren before she was queen. Each version of midsummer Night's Dream displays a different star cast; and also to our advantage displays a different emphasis and dialog of William Shakespeare.

Then there is the negative side. Look closely and it looks like an Italian film with English dubbing; the words and voices are not quite in sync. The cameraman is the one that filmed "The Blare Witch."

Believe it or not it is better the second time through.
This film is a must for the collector.

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