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Shakespeare Retold (2005) [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2010
I watched all series on BBC when it was aired and have not seen finer adaptations of the shakespeare play with a twist.
Modernised, Much ado about nothing centres in a news stations, Macbeth a top restaurant, The taming of the shrew a political stand-off and A midsummers night dream at a holiday getaway.
Each tale, thoroughly enjoying and even a little working into the script with the original diaglogue and speech, it could easily be taught in any school, or just stuck on to be watched and enjoyed on your own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2012
Purchased this specifically for Shrew, after reading a review - so will comment on this title only.

This production of Shrew is unbelievable - not only for the two leading protagonists, whose parts are perfectly cast. But also the cutting edge script writing and immaculate direction. One minute the sheer laughter almost brought tears to my eyes, the next you're presented with such genuine interpretations of passion, that it could have been actually happening. Perchance the bard himself, would have loved it (that's if he ACTUALLY originally wrote it, of course)..!

Now had a chance to view TWO other titles - Much Ado and Dream.

Much Ado grows on one, it's very well written and cast. Listen for the subtle comment 'You really do put the W into anchorman' certainly the 2nd best.

Dream is steady, well acted, very funny.

However apologies to these - but I think SHREW is in a class of it's own, BY FAR..!

(Skeabrae)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2013
I had already seen some of the films on BBC and loved them, especially The Taming of the Shrew. A very intelligent updating of the story. I think no one better than BBC to carry it off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2010
I only bought this for The Taming of The shrew because I adored it when it was on TV oiginally. It was as brilliant as I remembered and when I got round to watching the other episodes I found they were all worth watching.

A must buy for anyone who likes shakespeare with a bit of a twist. My favourite DVD to watch when I'm bored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4 really nice short movies. I'm only sorry I watched it already, so I can't watch them for the 1st time again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2012
I'm still at school and we have to study Shakespeare every single year. I can't stand his work, mostly because of how hard it is to understand. I loved this because it made all of the plays so much easier to understand and they're much funnier in this modern situation. Definitely a worthwhile buy, especially for a student.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2011
first of all, I am a customer outside of UK, and I'm not good at English...... so I expected that this DVD got subtitles in English, but it didn't. little bit disappointed :( but except for that, this is good. I love it. Especially I'm fond of the 'Macbeth'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2010
I really enjoyed these modern remakes of shakespeares plays, espeacially macbeth. The two disks have, Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummers Nights Dream. They are all a very entertaining watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2014
Cant go wrong with a BBC production. I love Taming of the Shrew - wonderfully acted. This one the only one I wanted so delighted the dvd came with three other plays. Fantastic value for such high quality performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2011
Can Shakespeare be made available to all? Yes, just watch this DVD, MacBeth in a kitchen where the chef hates Gordon Ramsey, A Midsummer Nights Dream in a theme park with a dope smoking Puck. Even Will would love it.
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