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Much Ado About Nothing [DVD] [2012]

Amy Acker , Alexis Denisof , Joss Whedon    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz
  • Directors: Joss Whedon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C2A4SYA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From Joss Whedon, acclaimed Director of The Avengers: Assemble, and a stand out cast of Whedon s regular actors, comes this stunning new vision of Shakespeare's classic comedy. When Leonato, the Governor of Messina is visited by his friend Don Pedro, he is accompanied by two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. Claudio falls for Leonato s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice , the governors niece. A series of comic and tragic events help keep the two couples from truly finding happiness - but then again perhaps love may prevail in the end!


A masterpiece - 5 STARS

Everyone should see this movie --ign

Second to none - 4 STARS --The Guardian

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare and Whedon? Pure gold 13 Jun 2013
I saw this movie in the cinema, and it was more than worth the price of admission. The combination of Shakespeare, in one of his finest comedies, Joss Whedon at his best and his cast of superb actors made it sublime. The ability of Whedon to take you from hilarity (laugh out loud from everyone) to solemn drama in a moment is beautiful, aided by The Bard's words.

It took me all of about three lines of dialogue before I was captivated.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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It is so rare that you go to see a film with high expectations only to find that those expectations did not do the true experience justice. Whedon's skill was to simplify the visual (single location, shot in B/W) but to allow the humour and brilliance of the pure Shakespearean script to bubble from the exciting, young and talented cast. Many of the actors I recognised from earlier Whedon works (such as Angel and Buffy). I can't recommend this film highly enough to the lover of razor sharp dialogue, words that 400 years and a modern setting, have not dulled.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Black and White 4 Sep 2013
Saw this in the cinema and have been waiting for it to come out on DVD. The choice of black and white was surprising but SO effective! If you have a hard time understanding Shakespeare, you won't here. The actors did a fantastic job respecting the Bard's words while at the same time saying them in a natural manner. Bravo!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful interpretation 2 July 2013
This is a really thoughtful, well acted, and amusing take on the great play (far, far better than the Branagh version for example). The modern setting is not a distraction but adds weight to the story - the 'constables' as modern day security agents, the warriors are from the world of finance or business not literally army men, the ways of the modern wealthy middle class fit the story perfectly. Benedict is not the brightest person in the group and rather slow but that works well with the script, and Beatrice is a wonderfully feisty counterpart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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While not a huge Shakespeare fan, nor a Whedonite, I've grown to enjoy each work and let the fandom tear and wreck themselves apart. Much Ado, however, is an enjoyable, well-shot, directed and of course written, adaptation of the classic Shakespearean work. The Blu-Ray highlights the time and care Whedon took with the project even though shooting it on his own limited time and money. Definitely a must-have for fans of Buffy, The Avengers or the BBC Shakespeare Retolds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous fun 25 Nov 2013
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I worried that this Shakespeare was: (1) in black and white, and (2) with American accents (no offense, please). It took all of about five minutes for me to forget about all of that and settle in to enjoy an absolutely fabulous and true - and modernized - version of Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare's universal themes and motifs are everlasting and infinitely transferable to modern interpretations - obviously some of the reasons why he's still loved and enjoyed today. This was top class acting, top class reinvention of a charming Shakespeare, top class story telling. It would be helpful to watch it alongside a classical interpretation, and see which one makes the most sense to viewers. This one? Joss Whedon's woven magic here for the Bard. I laughed, I cried; I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Nothing 20 Nov 2013
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I saw this in the local Film Institute and immediately loved it. The ensemble cast is fabulous and the intimate setting really works for this play. Thumbs up to Mr. Whedon on a real winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've seen this done by the RSC on stage, I've seen the BBC version, and the Branagh film version among others, but this stands head and shoulders above them all. Amy Acker is excellent as Beatrice, showing great flair for physical humour and verbal sparring. Nathan Fillion is a revelation as Dogberry, this is the first time I've actually found that role funny at all, and he just killed it, spot on. Hard to believe this was made in less than 2 weeks, it is so good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Whedon at his usual level of genius
Makes Shakespeare actually fun to watch.
Published 1 day ago by Sian Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Great modern adaptation of my favourite Shakespeare play
Much Ado is my all time favourite Shakespeare play. I believe this modern adaptation was only on general release at the cinema for a short time, so I've been looking out for it on... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gaynelle Samuel
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this film
I absolutely loved this film, Amy Acker was outstanding as were the rest of the cast. A definite must have!
Published 1 month ago by Alan Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Go the Bard!
Just buy it and watch!
Unless you "don't like Shakespeare" in which case there is no hope and why are you reading this?
Published 1 month ago by Lewis P Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent take on a classic
This is a modern dress version of the classic, with with the Bards words.
I would certainly recommend it highly, I have been blown away by this version. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sue
1.0 out of 5 stars Joyless.
I hated this from beginning to end. I strongly recommend the luvvy darling version which has an enthusiasm for, and understanding of, the text which this turgid crock totally fails... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John R. Wade
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but some superb scenes
It's very difficult to get Kenneth Branagh's energetic Benedick out of your mind as you watch what appears to be a somewhat lack-lustre performance here. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lex
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, delightful acting
Doing Shakespeare is a little daunting for any cast. The best scripts, but somewhat arcane, and the fear of messing it up in front of the whole world forever must worry them... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. John Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Nothing film
Ordered as my daughter is studying this for her GSE English Lit exam had previously seen it in the local cinema, had really enjoyed the film with it modern portrayal of this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marina Crocker
4.0 out of 5 stars easy Shakespeare- entertaining and funny
great acting by all characters. nothing lost in the adaptation. recommend. Romantic comedy true to the original. glamourous modern setting.
Published 4 months ago by J C Lints
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