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The Tempest (BBC Shakespeare) [VHS] [1980]

Michael Hordern , Warren Clarke , John Gorrie    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Actors: Michael Hordern, Warren Clarke, Nigel Hawthorne, Andrew Sachs, Pippa Guard
  • Directors: John Gorrie
  • Producers: Cedric Messina
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001BYIKCE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,988 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A spectacular adaptation of William Shakespeare's last play, which illustrates his genius for interweaving the tangible and intangible elements of human existence.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant adaptation 3 Jun 2009
By J.E.T
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this to accompany my study of the play version of The Tempest and found it excellent both in terms of acting and content. Unlike many modern adaptations, this was virtually word perfect to the original and I could follow it in my book whilst I listened, which I found really helped it to sink into my memory.

The acting is very believable, with Hordern playing an impressive Prospero, which really embodies every side of his personality. The supernatural element was not made cheesy with too many special effects, but was simply and sparingly brought in to help you get a grasp of it's significance.

The only criticism is that it does seem slightly dated now and is not so suited to a general modern audience for that reason. However, I find that of very little importance and that this is a great adaptation to watch if you are studying the play or are a fan already. There is not a huge 'wow' factor here, as modern Hollywood could probably provide if picking up on the mystical elements of the play, but the BBC have made a sound and true to the book version which I would highly recommend.
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