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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Alan Cumming, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica Lange, Colm Feore
  • Directors: Julie Taymor
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Subtitles: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Medusa Video
  • Run Time: 156.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042L0ZDK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,122 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Il generale romano Tito Andronico torna a casa vittorioso dopo aver sconfitto i Goti e aver fatto prigionieri la regina Tamora, i suoi figli Alarbo, Chirone e Demetrio e il suo amante segreto Aronne il Moro. Tito ha pagato a caro prezzo la vittoria dal momento che solo quattro dei suoi figli sono sopravvissuti. Lucio, il maggiore di questi, ricorda il padre che è giunto il momento di rispettare il rituale che prevede il sacrificio agli dei di un nemico. Tito fa uccidere Alarbo, ma la regina dei Goti e i suoi due figli bramano vendetta. A Roma, intanto, dopo la morte dell'Imperatore è guerra aperta, per la successione, fra Saturnino e Bassiano. Il viziato e corrotto Saturnino, prescelto dai tribuni, chiede in sposa a Tito la sua unica figlia Lavinia che, poi, abbandona per sposare la regina Tamora. Mentre Lavinia viene brutalizzata dai figli di Tamora, questa porta a compimento la sua vendetta uccidendo Bassiano e facendo incolpare i figli di Tito Quinto e Marzio.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Peter Carr on 20 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
Despite taking all the liberties you can imagine with Shakespeares text this is an eye popping extravaganza of a movie.Mixing ancient and modern settings it coveys decadence and bleakness with real panache.It is violent and gory and somehow conveys the essence of the play .Hopkins is exellent...totally at home with the role.Lange and Cummings are miscast but it doesnt really matter.This is for fans of bloody revenge tragedy who dont mind it full on.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor on 10 Nov. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
TITUS ANDRONICUS is perhaps the least regarded of Shakespeare's plays, and there are several reasons. Written early in his career, it shows little of the brilliant language we associate with Shakespeare's work; moreover, the plot is extremely derivative and so extravagant as to be virtually unbelievable, owing a great deal to both Roman "closet drama" and the "revenge tragedy" popular at the start of Shakespeare's career. At best, most critics regard it as developmental; at worst, a virtually unperformable mishmash of spurting blood and grotesque comedy.
The plot is notoriously bloody. Titus Andronicus has returned to Rome after successfully subduing the Goths, and he brings with him Tamora, Queen of the Goths, and her three sons as prisoners. Upon his arrival, and in spite of Tamora's pleas for mercy, he sacrifices Tamora's oldest son--but when Tamora's charms cause the newly crowned emperor Saturnius to crown her as empress, Tamora and her Moorish lover Aaron plot to destroy Andronicus for his refusal to show mercy to her oldest son. And the revenge they wreck is horrific indeed, as is the revenge Andronicus seeks against them in return. Before the story ends, we've seen rape, limbs lopped off, tongues plucked out, and two heads baked in a pie.
Given the outrageous nature of the story and the very loosely constructed plot and script, it shouldn't be a surprise that director Julie Taymor's film is not entirely successful. What IS surprising is that TITUS is as successful as it is. Coming from a remarkably strong theatrical background, Taymor follows suit with the script, giving it the most extravagant visual and highly theatrical style her limited budget will allow. When it works, it works extremely well; when it fails, which is fairly often, it is at least visually interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Titus is a strong, bloody, murderous play and who better to cast as the lead in a movie production than Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins brings the right amount of high drama, machismo and madness to the character of Titus. He's the right age for the part, he looks the part and, obviously, has the theatrical experience to lend a good deal of credibility to a hugely complicated character.

Jessica Lang, Queen Goth Tamora, gives a good performance and finds the right balance of warrior, seductress, lover and grieving mother in her war of hate against Titus.

This is a story of retribution, family loyalty and wicked deception featuring war weary Roman army officers, Roman and Goth nobility and those hostages, slaves, taken during battle. They're involved in scenes of human sacrifice and driven by a need for revenge so dreadful it leads to the assault and torture of a young woman. Those scenes are brutal but pivotal. It's here we're asked to decide whether or not Titus loses his mind to grief or; is he such a brilliant military strategist it's all part of a bigger plan?. Who will win this ultimate battle?. The Romans or the Goths?. Or is it that revenge so powerful will consume itself and everone in it's path?. The film concludes with a good deal of blood and a high body count.

My negatives; I would have preferred a little more clarity into character motivation. Had I not read the play I wouldn't have understood much of Titus from the film. Queen Tamora is better presented. Her reasoning and need for blood are better shown but; what I really didn't care for were the opening scenes. They're set in current times and are just too random. Once they're done with and the 'real' Titus begins it's actually a decent performance.

The film runs for 156 minutes, has English subtitles and an 18 certificate due to "..strong sex and violence and sexual violence theme..".
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. O. G. Owen on 24 Mar. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
There are two ways of dealing with "Lesser Shakespeare". That is to say, there are two ways of dealing with the less famous, arguably less good, Shakespeare plays.
One is to produce it apologetically. To essentially say "Hi. Yeah. This is a Shakespeare play. It's not very good, but it's Shakespeare, so it must have *some* value, right? Sorry if you don't like it. We don't much, either".
The other is to embrace the play for all it's worth and try to squeeze every last drop out of what it has to offer. And such, it would seem, is the ethic of Julie Taymor.
Visually, "Titus" is superb and the casting is practically perfect. To rattle off a whole host of celebrities: Anthony Hopkins gives a world-weary battle-hardened eloquence to the title role, Jessica Lange is energetic and wonderfully evil as Tamora, Lennix plays Aaron with vigour and enthusiasm, Angus MacFadyen portrays Lucius superbly as the noble young soldier, Alan Cumming plays Saturninus with all the camp insanity befitting the part, Laura Fraser plays the part of Lavinia with exact distress and emotion the part needs and, in doing so, proves that she can actually act (which came as something of a surprise), James Frain does well as Bassianus, and Colm Feore, frequently overlooked in reviews, is superb as the noble brother of Titus, Marcus.
Sadly, Demetrius and particularly Chiron, played by Matthew Rhys and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers respectively, are less good. Rhys-Meyers seems to have only a vague impression of what his lines actually mean, and thus his interpretation of the part is not great.
The text is fairly heavily abridged, but so few people are familiar with the original text that Taymor easily gets away with it.
On the whole though, this is a really quite spectacular movie.
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