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Romeo + Juliet [Blu-ray] [1996]

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Leonardo DiCaprio , Claire Danes , Baz Luhrmann    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes
  • Directors: Baz Luhrmann
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00405SUHG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,216 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom) takes a shot at reinventing Shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet as a visual pastiche inspired by MTV imagery, Hong Kong action-picture clichés, and Luhrmann's own taste for deliberate, gaudy excess. The result is explosive chaos, both in terms of bullets and visual sensibility, which some may find impossible to stick with for more than a few minutes. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the leads, though not with much distinction, while Pete Postlethwaite makes a huge impression as this movie's version of Friar Laurence. The film is successful in spots, but overall its fever-dream game plan is difficult to ride out. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Information and Special Features:

• New HD master approved by director Baz Luhrmann
• “Shaking Up Shakespeare” Picture-in-Picture mode with interactive commentary by Baz Luhrmann features new interviews with him and his crew
• From the Bazmark Vault--Never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage • Concept art and storyboards
• BD-LIVE**: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®
• Additional content (previously released):
Romeo + Juliet – The Music documentary (presented in HD)
Director’s Gallery :
  Impact, Why Shakespeare?, Pitching Shakespeare
  The Gas Station, The Pool Scene, Tybalt’s Execution
Director of Photography Gallery
Interview Gallery (Seven 1-2 minute look at the actors and filmmakers)
Theatrical Trailer

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet Double Pack 18 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Two fantastic films by director Baz Luhrmann that will each enchant the viewer.
Romeo and Juliet turned an old classic love story into a modern masterpiece which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the film (even though I, as do many others already know the ending!) Set in Verona, it's use of antiquated Shakespearean language is given a modern twist in the context that the film is set in, with the use of modern props like cars. The two stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Romeo), and Claire Danes (Juliet)are very believable in their roles of the tragic star crossed lovers led by fate, each going against their families wishes to pursue their love for one another.
Moulin Rouge is a musical in which Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman deliver an outstanding performance in the roles of Christian and Satine. It will make you laugh, and guaranteed it will make you cry as the tragic love story is revealed. I didn't see one dry face as I walked out the cinema after the film had ended.
Try and see how many modern songs you recognise as they are joined together to make the story even more emotive, and look out for a cameo appearance by pop star Kylie Minogue.
Two tragic love stories that the director has successfully modernised to contrast with the old periods in time in which the films are set.
Don't forget your box of tissues for two emotional rollercoasters!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Okay so when you first begin to watch this movie your so close to branding it over dramatic, Americanised drivel. I'll admit it I nearly turned it off...then when Leo Dicaprio smoldered onto the screen and began versing in the perfect words of old Shaky himself I sat up and listened. Never could I imagine a better choice of a young brooding Romeo than he. He plays the role with youthful innocnce, passion and is just utterly captivating. Clare Danes wouldnt have been my perfect Juliet..granted, but she is fresh looking and truly beautiful and by the end of the movie I had warmed to her and her infectious smile. The chemisrty between these two is almost tangible its so real. What convincing and memorable preformances!
You must see this movie...its like marmite. Some will feel the that this film isnt a true reflection of the oridginal works and dismiss it as another dull remake. But in relaity its so much more than that. Its a modern take done on a true classic that keeps the spirit of these charaters alive and the story as tragicly heartbreaking as ever.
On a side note the soundtrack is perfect. The setting sets the tone amazingly well and the direction although sometimes over the top and a little silly (opening gas station scene) is pretty dam good.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film! 8 Dec 2005
By Eileen
Format:DVD
I hear so many people say that this film 'butchered' Shakespeare but I strongly think otherwise. Prepare yourself to see a modern twist of the classic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. It is a feast for the senses with lavish sets, a hip soundtrack, colorful costumes, and cutting edge direction. Leonardo and Claire give heart-wrenching performances. I think that Shakespeare would be pleased because this film really captures the raw teen-angst that the star-crossed lovers experienced. So, expect to see something different, and you just might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accent on worldliness 6 Feb 2008
Format:VHS Tape
The opening sequence of this film includes arial shots of an American city in which a church spire is dominated by two much taller skyscrapers belonging to the chief businesses there. Visually, this sums up one of the important themes of the play, how material values in Verona have become more important than spiritual ones. There are many more ways in which this film intelligently translates Shakespeare's words into pictures. Particularly enjoyable is the way in which, at the Capulet's party, all the major characters play a symbol of themselves: Tybalt is a devil, Lady Capulet is Cleopatra, Mercutio is a transvestite, Juliet is an angel, and though Romeo begins as an astronaut, he ends up looking far more like a knight in shinning armour. The text is very much shorter than we might expect and few of the actors speak the text with much lyricism but anyone who has to teach this play might do a lot worse than ask students to compare and contrast this with Zeffirelli's version, but beware, your discussion could go on for several sessions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Shakespeare, but not as we know it 16 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This isn't like any Shakespeare you'll have ever seen. This isn't like anything you'll have ever seen. Shot in a style which makes NYPD Blue look sedate, Baz Luhrman's version of Romeo and Juliet is one to take the breath away. The story is the same, the setting totally different. Placed in a world of pimps and drugs, crime and revenge Romeo and Juliet sizzles with the wit, energy and passion that the bard deserves. The acting throughout is superb with DiCaprio and Danes in especially good form. John Leguizamo's Tybalt also deserves a mention as a brilliant characterisation. This has to be the best version of Romeo and Juliet around. With a brilliant soundtrack, incredible camera work and of course the incomparable script this film is a work of art that deserves to be seen time and time again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous transposition to modern youth 2 Dec 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Here the adaptation is a modernization in a mythical city of Verona Beach in Calidornia, a city that does not exist, even if we may think of Venice next to Los Angeles. It uses the editing technique and the shooting technique of modern cinema and video clips. The prologue for instance is given three times : on TV by an anchorwoman, over real life pictures by a male overvoice emphasized by headlines in papers, and finally in text injections on black screens at high speed. The situation is changed and the brawl is transformed into a gang war betwwen two rich boys' gangs, the Montagues being some kind of punks and the Capulets some kind of Latin America mafia, with a strong set of allusions to western films, and even to Clint Eastwood's a Man named Nobody . Tybalt is the direct impersonification of evil with his metal teeth printed with SIN, with his image of Christ on his waistcoat that he flashes at Benvolio as an image of the death that is awaiting Benvolio, as if this picture were a mirror image of Benvolio in the process of dying. The main change though is the transformation of the Prince into the head of the police that comes from the sky in a helicopter and that has full power to keep the peace in Verona's streets. It is a vision of a society where the police is omnipresent and where the youth can only organise their pleasures and entertainments in a rebelious search for street adventure. It is in a way marvelous. Di Caprio is admirable as a romantic, naive and completely lost young man or old teenager. Mercutio is a prodigy as a black man and a drag queen, even if only for fun. He is a pretty jolly good fellow even if a grave man in a many ways. One excellent adaptation. Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Paris Universities II and IX.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic and really good price
Published 7 days ago by Mrs. J. E. Major
5.0 out of 5 stars She loved it and now has a Leonardo crush
Bought this for my daughter as I thought she would be interested. She loved it and now has a Leonardo crush. A vibrant way to introduce Shakespeare to a young mind. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Penny the story reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product and service
Published 10 days ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Prompt delivery - as described
Published 21 days ago by Amie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
well done Baz
Published 25 days ago by Lucy Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love this movie..no remake will ever beat this one...leonardo dicapreo playin romeo..stunnin choice..infact im gunna watch this now :)
Published 1 month ago by sara louise mooney
5.0 out of 5 stars This film deserves all of its success - visually stunning and full of...
Fantastic film
Published 1 month ago by Alex Hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars Romeo & Juliet.
Nice story though could only watch the film the once, more I feel for the young one's, but I could be wrong!.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Barbara J. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
Good movie. Great adaptation. Useful when used with the original Shakespeare text when I tutor my students. I am very grateful.
Published 2 months ago by Alfonso
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I love Shakespeare and am familiar with the play, and I also enjoy original scripts set in modern times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. J. spicer
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