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Shakespeare Box Set [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rupert Everett
  • Directors: Baz Luhrmann, Michael Hoffman, Michael Radford, Kenneth Branagh
  • Producers: Gabriella Martinelli, Michael Hoffman, Cary Brokaw, Kenneth Branagh, Baz Luhrmann
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • 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: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMGRDW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,888 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Four disc set of modern adaptations of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. In 'Romeo and Juliet' (1996) Shakespeare's play is transferred to the futuristic urban backdrop of Verona Beach, California. The Montague and Capulet families are embroiled in a long-running feud. When Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio), a Montague, attends a Capulet ball in disguise, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet (Claire Danes). Although already engaged to Dave Paris, whom she does not love, Juliet vows to marry Romeo. They ask the kindly Father Laurence to perform the ceremony in secret, but bloodshed and tragedy threaten the couple's future together. In 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' (1999) Duke Theseus (David Strathairn) is unhappy because his daughter Helena (Calista Flockhart), passionately in love with Lysander (Dominic West), refuses to marry her suitor Demetrius (Christian Bale). Helena's friend Hermia (Anna Friel) does love Demetrius, but her affection is unrequited. The quartet escape into the woods, with Helena and Lysander determined to elope. Meanwhile, the fairy king and queen Oberon (Rupert Everett) and Titania (Michelle Pfeiffer) are quarrelling, and their dispute entangles a group of amateur actors rehearsing their play. In 'The Merchant Of Venice' (2004), set in 16th-Century Venice, the story follows the lives of a group of Christian noblemen and their interactions with the Jewish moneylender Shylock (Al Pacino). Antonio (Jeremy Irons) borrows money from Shylock but when his shipping business is wrecked and he can't afford to pay back the loan, Shylock claims his forfeit in the form of a pound of Antonio's flesh. In 'Love's Labour's Lost' (2000) Kenneth Branagh directs, writes and stars in this musical adaptation of Shakespeare's play, relocated to Thirties Britain. The King of Navarre (Alessandro Nivola) asks three of his fellow Oxford students to join him as he embarks on a three-year course of abstinence and hard study; they agree, although Berowne (Branagh) in particular is reluctant. However, each of the men soon forgets their vow with the arrival of the French princess (Alicia Silverstone) and her attractive entourage. Romance is soon in the air, but will the amorous males manage to conceal their broken promise to each other while pursuing true love?

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Sörensen on 11 May 2009
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Just to make sure that you know which films you are about to buy ;-)
Romeo and Juliet (1996) - director Baz Luhrman; actors: Leo and Claire Danes
Midsummer Nights Dream (1999) - director Michael Hoffmann; actors: Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Carlista Flockhard etc.
The Merchant of Venice (2004) - director:Michael Redford ;actors: Al Pacino
Love's Labour's lost (2000) - director Kenneth Branagh; actors: Alica Silverstone, Kenneth Branagh

Each films is in a slimcase and all four are in a cardboard box. There's also a german audio track on Midsummer Nights Dream.
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11 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Was once a trance freak on 14 Feb. 2008
Ok, love shakespeare, excellent set of DVD, recomended. But I would not purchase it from Amazon again. In fact I don't think I will be purchasing from Amazon EU again.

I tried to complain about the seller Amazon s.a.r.l, who is the company that does business in the UK, for sending me mail shots from British Gas and Bupa in with my package. I cannot use either of them as I am not a UK resident nore was the sending address a UK address, but they still felt it was fine to send me down to the recycling place.

When I tried to complain the first time I got "thanks for your suggestion" when I was looking for answers, and "send a letter to this UK address if you want to take if further" when I asked for them to answer my questions.

I am still at a loss to understand why I should send a letter to a company that only does business on the WEB to a UK postal address, when the company in question is not registerd in the UK, it is in some dodgy tax haven somewhere else in europe.

All in all not impressed with AMAZON, very impressed with shakespeare.

Remember you have been warned, AMAZON will try to profit from you twice, once from the sale, once from the mailing work they do for 3rd parties. And then when you try to complain they ignore you or create hoops of fire to jump through. Not a customer facing company after all...........
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