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The Merry Wives Of Windsor [1983] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Leon Charles, Gloria Grahame, Joel Asher, Valerie Seelie-Snyder
  • Directors: Jack Manning
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2002
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004D350
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,662 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Jack Manning's production of Shakespeare's classic play. The arrival in court of the vain and boastful Falstaff sets the cat among the pigeons, as he attempts to seduce and corrupt the ladies who now surround him.

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.... at least not in this version. This is an old version and it shows. An American cast at The Globe, doing a traditional straight version of Shakespeare is now very old hat. I found the whole thing excruciating, but in all honesty, it was probably okay at the time. Americans doing English, and Welsh, accents, isn't always easy on the ear, and the acting in this version too, was stilted.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Horrible! 11 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
This video was so bad that I could barely watch it. And the fact that I had paid over $..... for it made me even madder. Shakespeare is abused in this video! The acting is terrible. Probably the worst I have ever seen. I am a high school drama teacher, and I have 14 and 15 year olds who can act better than these so-called professional actors! The direction was horrible, too. They say that this was probably how Shakespeare was actually played in the 16th Century. Bull! If any acting company ever played him like this, they would have been out of business really soon. I feel sorry for people who watch this and think that this is what Shakespeare is about. Don't buy this video!
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Beware: Not "Shakespearian Drama of the Highest Quality" 20 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
I was extrememly dissatisfied with the quality of the product, 'The Plays of William Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor' on DVD . Despite the claim that this series is 'Shakespearian Drama of the Highest Quality", this DVD is an amateurish home video-translated production. The audio was unitelligible, large parts of the play were out of focus and the digital navigation was impossible to use. While none of this is the fault of Amazon, the end result is a little like selling a book with several chapters missing. I wouldn't give this product to a high school, let alone sell it for [price] to a good customer. I asked for my money back, and strongly recommended Amazon reevaluate its relationship with this company, Kultur.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Shakespeare more accessible 22 Feb. 2002
By Volunteer of America - Published on
Format: DVD
While it's not Olivier starring in this very accessible production, the acting is certainly better than adequate. Use of American actors makes Shakespeare a great deal easier to understand for US students, and the recreation of the original Globe sets adds authenticity. Kultur is to be congratulated for providing this DVD at a reasonable price when the school market isn't exactly welcoming the new format with open arms; one is certainly spared an infinite amount of winding backwards and forwards by the scene search function.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Foolish enough 5 Mar. 2012
By tomcat - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Hear! Hear! As horrible as this DVD is, I was foolish enough to ignore the previous reviews and bought it. There may be better version on the horizon. A Globe Theater production in HD is being released in April, and I hope that is worth the money. I was ignorant enough to buy it, but it should not stop me from warning others. STAY AWAY...DON'T PURCHASE THIS DVD!!!!
Some terrible acting here! 4 Jun. 2009
By Roger Bagula - Published on
Format: DVD
This play is acted as badly as I spell!
I could see that when done well the result might be of some humor,
but much of that is lost in bad delivery and relatively poor staging.
The sound quality and picture quality is equally ugly.
Several of the player are better than the overall quality,
but dragged down by the
production as a whole.
A quarter of the way through I almost gave up watching as
it hurt me to see the good lines so undone!
It may be a good thing this is Shakespeare's only prose play,
because such misuse of a play is a crime of the stage.
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