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Shakespeare In Love [DVD] [1999]

Gwyneth Paltrow , Joseph Fiennes , John Madden    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Simon Callow
  • Directors: John Madden
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZAP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,349 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of the most endearing and intelligent romantic comedies of the 1990s, the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love is filled with such good will, sunny romance, snappy one-liners and devilish cleverness that it's absolutely irresistible. With tongue placed firmly in cheek, at its outset the film tracks young Will Shakespeare's overwrought battle with writer's block and the efforts of theatre owner Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush, in rare form) to stage Will's latest comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Jokey comedy, though, soon takes a backseat to ravishing romance when the beautiful Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) disguises herself as a young man to wangle herself an audition in the all-male cast and wins both the part of Romeo and, after much misunderstanding, the playwright's heart. Soon enough, Will's pirate comedy becomes the beautiful, tragic Romeo and Juliet, reflecting the agony and ecstasy of Will and Viola's romance--he's married and she's set to marry the slimy Lord Wessex (Colin Firth).

The way that Oscar-winning screenwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard enfold their story within the parameters of Romeo and Juliet (and even Twelfth Night) is nothing short of brilliant--it would take a Shakespearean scholar to dissect the innumerable parallels, oft-quoted lines, plot developments, and thematic borrowings. And most amazingly, Norman and Stoppard haven't forgotten to entertain their audience in addition to riding a Shakespearean roller coaster, with director John Madden (Mrs. Brown) reigning in his huge ensemble with rollicking energy. Along the way there are small gems to be found, including Judi Dench's eight-minute, Oscar-winning turn as a truly regal Queen Elizabeth, but the key element of Shakespeare in Love's success rests on the milky-white shoulders of its two stars. Fiennes, inexplicably overlooked at Oscar time, is a dashing, heartfelt Will and as for Best Actress winner Paltrow, well, nothing she'd done before could have prepared viewers for how amazing she is here. Breathtakingly beautiful, fiercely intelligent, strong-willed and lovestruck--it's a performance worthy of Shakespeare in more ways than one. By the film's end, you'll be thoroughly won over--and brushing up your Shakespeare with newfound ardour. --Mark Englehart

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Shakespeare in Love [Region 2]

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Love Triumphant...And A Bit With A Dog..." 27 Jan 2011
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
In 2003 (and at considerable expense) I bought the 'Superbit' DVD of this wonderful film to get the best picture quality I could and it was far better than the standard DVD version (even though it didn't have the extras the standard DVD did). But this January 2011 BLU RAY reissue with its superlative picture quality AND nicely complimentary extras - trumps all previous formats. And at less than ten quid, it's reasonably priced too. But to the details first...

Originally released into cinemas in early 1999, "Shakespeare In Love" was nominated for a whopping 13 Academy Awards and went on to win 7 - Best Picture, Best Leading and Supporting Actress, Screenplay, Set Design, Costumes and Music. So many things came together on this film - the inspired casting of Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes as Viola De Lessops and William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Rush as the permanently living-on-the-edge theatre owner Philip Henslowe (his dialogue titles this review), Colin Firth as the dastardly and arrogant Lord Wessex (wittily refers to life in 1593 as "Dallas in frocks"), right down to the ordinary-people emotion of Imelda Staunton who is superb as Viola's nurse. In fact the entire ensemble cast (Tom Wilkinson, Martin Clunes, Rupert Everett, Jim Carter and Simon Callow) are all superlative and add hugely to its overall classy feel. There's John Madden's assured direction (he did "Mrs. Brown"), the beautifully evocative score by Steven Warbeck, the 17 fully reconstructed buildings and two theatres created by the Production teams and of course the movie's true ace-in-the-hole - the stunning screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman which successfully emulates the bard's genius while at the same time making him real and human to us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A note for US customers 9 April 2011
Format:Blu-ray
This title is region free, as I've confirmed on two BluRay players (a crappy, cheap Magnavox and a Sony). Since it's not available as a direct, Region A release, this might be a good option for those who are tired of waiting.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespearian Wit 20 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Stoppard certainly knows what he's about: The plot is delightful and the references elegant, clever parodies if you spot them or inconspicuous parts of the plot if you don't. And the references are on all levels: to Shakespeares plays, his unknown life and the many theories that have been made about it, and his writer and actor collegues. Normally I'd hate "the person behind the genius-films" because they miss the point that it's precisely the work, not the person, that's interesting. However, this is not so much a film about Shakespeare as a story in its own right. There is no temptation to believe that "this is really how it was" and yet the information is so true to the period that even specialists need not be annoyed by uninformed inconsistencies. It's a cornucopia of Shakespearian wit!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The show must...........Go on! 18 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
What can you say about this film that hasn't already been said? Nothing, its absolutely brilliant, I noticed that someone gave it one star previously. Idiot. You do not have to have an intimate knowledge of The Bard to enjoy this film, a modicum of intelligence is useful but really anyone could & should enjoy this film. Its funny, witty, beautifully written & the acting is superb throughout, especially Tom Wilkinson who to be fair is brilliant in anything he is in anyway. Its also incredibly uplifting & the final scenes with Gwyneth Paltrow walking across the beach to the words of Twelth Night whilst Stephen Warbeck's incredible score grows ever louder in the background, never fail to inspire & move me to tears. A wondrous, wondrous film!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
One of the most romantic, charming and at the same time witty and humorous films about Shakespeare. With John Madden as the director "Shakespeare in Love" becomes a film to be recommended to Shakespeare-fans as well as to those who just want to enjoy a fabulous movie. However, due to all the parallels that the director drew to Shakespeare's plays - especially to Romeo and Juliet - it is recommended to have read them before in order to be able to fully understand all the allusions. Likewise a deeper knowledge about the various circumstances of the Elizabethan Age like all the customs and the social situation at that time helps to be able to follow the plot of "Shakespeare in Love". But the brilliant acting of the protagonists and their way of interpreting their roles makes the film also very interesting and just a romantic love story to everyone who doesn't know anything about Shakespeare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and very clever. 27 Jun 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very funny but also very clever version of how Shakespeare might have come to write Romeo and Juliet. Captures the mood of the times and is a very enjoyable watch. item arrived super quick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED EVERY SECOND 5 Sep 2011
By Ria
Format:DVD
i love this movie to bits! the sets are brilliant and the costumes and the acting. i love it!
they do a great job in making real Shakespeare reference and slip in aspects of his life in the movie to why he thought of certain bits for his plays.
~I am a huge Shakespeare fan anyway and normally i wouldnt like movies like this that try to bend the truth but i love this! i have it on VHS and DVD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UK Version Plays in US on PS3 6 April 2011
Format:Blu-ray
It is not my intention to specifically review this U.K. Blu Ray release of "Shakespeare in Love". Instead, I wanted to alert any potential buyers of this European release that it plays FLAWLESSLY at 1080p/24 on the standard Sony PS3 at my home in the USA. Additionally, the 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio codec and subtitles are rock solid. The image is more accurate than on the recent Canadian (Alliance) 1080i transfer which also contains a 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio track. Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice film.
The film is great. I have enjoyed watching it again. The only problem is that there are no Greek subtitles (I knew it before the purchase but I still wonder why Greek subtitles are... Read more
Published 1 day ago by IRENE BOMPOLOU
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare and lovely
The spirit of drama is in this movie.The greatest dramawriter struggles his way through social barries and mighty stupidity to win fame and the love of the lady who loves his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kaarlo Suotamo
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect film
This film is absolutely great! It portraits the life of Shakespeare in a very realistisc manner.
Furthermore the dvd worked as it was new
Published 2 months ago by Rawand
4.0 out of 5 stars great film
great film, totally loved it. perfect film for a hopeless romantic like my self but a girl film he wont watch it
Published 2 months ago by danielle deabreu
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
This is a really good film with a good plot and full of references to Shakespeare, it was nice to see a film based on the famous playwright. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare in Love
Recently saw clips on TV and replaced video version with DVD. What a treat - love the paraphrasing of play.
Published 4 months ago by J. Andreasen
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film
no something i would normally be into buy was brilliant, very good film, watched over and over again, arrived quick too
Published 5 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
The script and performances are absolutely brilliant - but then anything Tom Stoppard is involved with, usually exceeds expectations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jean
4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare in love
Good film, great viewing but the dialogue sometimes was so garbled I thought I was going deaf, spoilt the film for me.
Published 6 months ago by Charlotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted if bittersweet
A light-hearted look at Elizabethan England, featuring Judi Dench wonderfully portrayed as Her Majesty in a variety of stunning costumes, and delightful dry humour. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sue
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