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Midsummer Night's Dream [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Derek Godfrey    DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Derek Godfrey
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM Mod
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052SO010
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,110 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A naked Judy Dench? 2 Aug 2013
By bernie VINE VOICE
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? In addition, Helen Mirren before she was queen. Each version of midsummer Night's Dream displays a different star cast; this is the 1967 version many people will recognize Diana Rigg as Helena. Each version is to our advantage displays a different emphasis and dialog of William Shakespeare. Too many individual actors to point out.

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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The Twentieth Century Fox and MGM's 2011 release of Peter Hall's 1968 film adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a perfectly good print of this splendidly performed and clearly enunciated play. This is the print to obtain not the other poor copies issued earlier and much complained about on Amazon film reviews.

A host of Britain's finest actors from the last quarter of the twentieth century are shown here performing in the (near) nakedness of their (relative) youth from Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Diana Rigg to Ian Richardson, Ian Holm and many more! They speak and act the text clearly, and the camera angles apart from a bit of camera tricky favour the faces and the viewer's right to hear the text properly.

The only significant flaw worth mentioning is the lamentable lack of subtitles, essential in all Shakespeare films.

Get it while you can!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! Plus, seeing mega-stars of today 30 years ago, cool! 19 May 1999
By SteelJan - Published on
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It's first of all, Midsummer Night's Dream, always a winner. But also, this film is full of some magnificent stars when they were young.. Diana Rigg -- if she were all ya got, that would be enough. However, you get Ian Holm, who was the android in the first Aliens movie and also in Branagh's Henry V, and many other wonderful shows. Then, a young Dame Judi Dench.. a great performance and she's nearly nude to boot!!
And if you're a fan of the british comedy Keeping Up Appearances, you get a treat of watching a young Clive Swift (Richard in KUA).
This is fun, campy, and well deserving to be a keeper. Someone complained about the quality.. yes, this transfer of film to video has a couple of old-age problems, but they are way too few to notice by the discriminating eye.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It or Hate It -- But Don't Miss It 14 May 2000
By Gillian M. Kendall - Published on
This movie is awful. This movie is brilliant. Either way, Peter Hall brings *A Midsummer Night's Dream* off the screen and into your gut. The trick lies in enjoying the sensation of being disoriented: the film opens; it rains English rain; an English bird chirps; we see a stately English mansion; the word on the screen reads "ATHENS". The joke has begun.
But the film is more than a joke. Hall's filming constantly jars the viewer and wakes him/her up to the fact that logic and continuity are just concepts that we impose on an essentially chaotic world. At one moment Lysander and Hermia are in the court -- cut to them in a boat (although no time appears to have passed). Helena recites a soliloquy and, while doing so, pops up disconcertingly next to a pillar and then a bush and then a tree. We see Titania and Oberon run towards each other and come face to face -- only to cut to a view of them running towards each other all over again. Time, as in *Hamlet*, is out of joint. The performances are muted, almost sullen. The atmosphere, dark. And everyone gets muddy.
This film is not light and bright and sparkling, but it's a treat to see young Helen Mirren, Diana Rigg, Ian Holm and Judi Dench (watch her age, classically, through *Henry V*, *Hamlet* and *Shakespeare in Love*). The film, too, reveals how embedded in culture our Shakespeare is: the women wear eyeliner a la sixties; Hippolyta is in a leather miniskirt and go-go boots, and the fairies are very green partially naked flower children. The magic plant, love-in-idleness, is the drug of choice. Enjoy this dark ride through *A Midsummer Night's Dream.* Better yet, make an enormous bowl of popcorn and watch it back-to-back with the new version starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Do, however, make sure it's a very big bowl of popcorn.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This adaptation is outstanding!! 5 Jan 2002
By Andrew Clark Adair - Published on
I just had to weigh in when I read the wide range of opinions posted regarding this film -- most seem to have strong feelings about it, either favorable or decidedly not so. OK, so the film quality is not ideal, and the jerky camera shots are intermingled with cheesy special effects... so what, the ACTING is excellent! The feeling and expression behind each and every actor and actress in this production is sincere and intelligent. Unlike certain "hot" actors on the current scene (Ahem... Mr. Branagh), these young players (many of whom have become the revered masters of today) deliver the goods with moderation, humility, humor, intellect, and yes, passion. They are also all eminently well trained in the classic style (it is the Royal Shakespeare Company, after all) and it shows. Throw all the modern special effects and scenery to the dogs... Fine acting like this is all I'll ever want.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The previous reviewer is entitled to his opinion... 17 May 1999
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But he really ought to reconsider displaying his ignorance in such a public forum. Admittedly, this production is not for everyone; if you cannot appreciate a production which strips away special effects and slick editing to allow the Bard's magical words to be spoken by well-cast (particularly Ian Richardson as Oberon) actors, you should stick with Titanic and Phantom Menace. I can't imagine what you were expecting, but I'm truly sorry you didn't get it. To answer your question, this IS the RSC's performance (albeit it bit more adventurous a production than one would expect from today's RSC). Lastly, let me quote from Allan Bloom's excellent work, "Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human." "Unfortunately, every production of [A Midsummer Night's Dream] that I have been able to attend has been a brutal disaster, with the exception of Peter Hall's motion picture of 1968, happily available on videotape."
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting! Anyone with an eye for art will relish this! 7 Nov 2001
By Kay Nickischer - Published on
This fantastic version of Midsummer's Night Dream will keep any viewer glued to the screen. However, it is best for those who have a liking for the absurd in arts. For example, the choppy close ups, odd sound and bizarre lighting effects might turn some viewers off. If you love the story enough, you can use those effects to your advantage as the viewer. If you like big budget Hollywood versions of Shakespeare, don't bother with this one. However, if you enjoy true art, this video will find a place in your permanent collection.
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