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Taming of the Shrew [DVD] [1983] [US Import] [NTSC]

Karen Austin , Franklyn Seales , John Allison    DVD
1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Karen Austin, Franklyn Seales, Bruce Davison, Larry Drake, Jeremy Lawrence
  • Directors: John Allison
  • Writers: William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Jack Nakano
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Tapeworm Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 1998
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305239436
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,827 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Taming of the Shrew video 14 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video was so bad that I had to force myself, cringing, to watch it to the end in order to write this review; it was then immediately consigned to the waste bin. The production seems to be a deliberate parody of Shakespeare's comedy. The acting is ham, and there is a constant chorus from the extras which is profoundly irritating and distracting. The dialogue is largely inaudible, in a grating mixture of British and American accents. The production is small-scale, taking no advantage of the medium and giving the impression of an amateur theatrical that has been filmed. To make matters worse, the entire video is out of focus. Far inferior to the Burton/Taylor version. If I had had the option of giving it a zero star rating I would have done so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the video it is recorded on 27 Jun 2010
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
There are several versions of "Taming of the Shrew" floating around out there. Each with its strong points. Howard Keel's is the closest to the original. Richard Burton is the most flamboyant and fun. But this animal has no social redeeming value and lacks any memorable actors.

This film counts on camp to distract from the bad acting and pore timing. It is worse than a high school play. Karen Austin as Katherina is more sex than shrew. Everyone else is just duffus.

The Taming of the Shrew

Kiss Me Kate
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful at any price 28 Jun 2001
By Paul Morrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
One star is too high a rating for this production of Taming of the Shrew. It was so campy and cheap that it was a torture to watch. I wanted to throw something at the screen everytime Grumio mugged directly into the camera lens. The tinny and repetitive synthesized music is also extremely grating on the nerves. The cover literature of this cheaply packaged disc makes a point of stating that "English accents... are absent from this series" in order to achieve "clarity of both language and story." Translate this as: "Dumbed-down for North Americans." I'm insulted! This disc is awful at any price.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Taming of the Shrew 19 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I saw this movie years ago and loved it. When I saw it on Amazon I knew I had to have it, especiallly since it was one of my favorite Shakesphere plays. The actors have done an excellent job capturing the fire and wit of the characters, I thourghly enjoyed it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the media it is recorded on 13 Dec 2009
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There are several versions of "Taming of the Shrew" floating around out there. Each with its strong points. Howard Keel's is the closest to the original. Richard Burton is the most flamboyant and fun. But this animal has no social redeeming value and lacks any memorable actors.

This film counts on camp to distract from the bad acting and pore timing. It is worse than a high school play. Karen Austin as Katherina is more sex than shrew. Everyone else is just duffus.

The Taming of the Shrew

Kiss Me Kate
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the video it is recorded on 1 Aug 2009
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
There are several versions of "Taming of the Shrew" floating around out there. Each with its strong points. Howard Keel's is the closest to the original. Richard Burton is the most flamboyant and fun. But this animal has no social redeeming value and lacks any memorable actors.

This film counts on camp to distract from the bad acting and pore timing. It is worse than a high school play. Karen Austin as Katherina is more sex than shrew. Everyone else is just duffus.

The Taming of the Shrew

Kiss Me Kate
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