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Titus

Anthony Hopkins , Alan Cumming , Julie Taymor    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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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 (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042L0ZDK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,390 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 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 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Over the top........Hopkins saves the day 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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome and spectacular 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loco Adaptation 2 Jun 2005
By Matt
Format:DVD
So bizzare it makes Luhrman's R+J look tame, this is a fantastic adaptation of one of the bards lesser known plays. The most striking thing is the presentation, with dramatic (and utterly unbelievable) melding of old and new high-lighting the barbarity and decadence of the Roman setting. None of the famous gore is done away with, and the lines remain absolutely killer. Hopkins plays to type, but thats no bad thing. Often overlooked by critics, 'Titus Andronicus' translates as well here as any other Shakespeare adaptation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why is it Shakespeare's worst play? 22 Nov 2004
By yorrick
Format:DVD
Having studied Shakespeare for as long as I remember, and having read through the entire corpus, give or take one or two of the comedies, I find it hard to understand why so many people unquestioningly judge this to be the worst of Shakespeare's plays. The rhetoric is fascinating - Tamora's manipulation of natural imagery for her own lustful purposes in Act II.iii, sits alongside Titus' ethereal joy in the forest as a life-giving force in one of the most subtle and satisfying inversions in drama. The disintegration of Roman civilisation is allied to the descent of one man into madness with devastating effect. The rape of Lavinia is painfully - but hopefully - depicted. All this in the original. This stunning adaptation is one of the finest that I have seen. The Dionysian vitality of its cast - without exception - is fascinating alongside the dry, rather embarassed RSC productions of recent years, in which the sole purpose seems to be a race to see who can get through their quota of lines fastest. I loved this adaptation, and rate it as one of the most fascinating and original that I have seen. It has the ability to shock. Seeing Lavinia with twigs for arms and blood pouring from her mouth made my heart skip. This is not Shakespeare's worst play, and nobody need be embarassed by it. Indeed, it is one of the finest examples of Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy, portrayed here with vigour and enthusiasm, not to mention a sense of originality that puts my faith back into modern film-making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... and fast delivery but the film itself is the worst Shakespeare...
item new and fast delivery but the film itself is the worst Shakespeare adaptation I saw in my entire life.
Published 1 month ago by Luis Benkard
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, violent story of loyalty, war and retribution.
Titus is a strong, bloody, murderous play and who better to cast as the lead in a movie production than Anthony Hopkins. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JK
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy at it's best
A different take on one of Shakespeare's lesser known tragic characters. Great performances all round from Anthony Hopkins to Jessica Lange. Beaufifully shot and directored. Read more
Published 16 months ago by m j cuddy
4.0 out of 5 stars Titus Andronicus
Fine interpretation, with flawless acting throughout. Superb production, however at some junctures it was slightly OTT. Alan Cumming is sufficiently creepy and oily to convince. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alex Balmforth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I love the beginning of this film. I love everything about it and cannot find anything to criticise. Great acting, direction and Shakespeare. Three out of three ain't bad.
Published 18 months ago by Storyteller
5.0 out of 5 stars Titus a nut..
Really enjoyable if you are a fan, follower, devotee ?(spelling), of the author... who ever it REALLY was, solid production.
Published 19 months ago by The Grinch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for Shakespeare lovers
This dvd arrived promptly well packaged. For those who know Shakespeare's work, this has to be one of his best (although the play is quite short and gruesome! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Salstickles
4.0 out of 5 stars A misunderstood movie.
In Italy this movie was not appreciated, but I found it totally original, and the quality is very satisfying indeed.
Published 20 months ago by ROBIES
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome brute force!
As soon as you see the name Sir Anthony Hopkins Hanibal Lecter springs to mind and this could have been his Great Uncle! Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Mr. Mc Warwick
4.0 out of 5 stars the dialogue is fantastically poetic and a joy to listen to
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Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange star in this powerful, suspense filled story where honour and duty collide with the seduction of power and hunger for revenge. Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by S. F. husseiny
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