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Shakespeare: As You Like It [Globe on Screen] [Blu-ray] [2010]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2012
I already have three versions of `As You Like It' on film, but this is by far the best. Not only is the acting superb, but being a film of a live production allows you to see how the actors are able to use the audience to great effect. The comedy really comes out, and you get a feel for what Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote the play. This production also has the advantage of being directed by Thea Sharrock, who handles the whole play brilliantly, particularly the relationship between Orlando and Rosalind as Ganymede as Rosalind.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2010
This is a fantastic production of As You Like It! Brilliantly beautiful music, wonderful actors and a really funny jig at the end. Would definitely watch this over and over again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The precise nature of this unique setting enhances the audience participation to a marked degree, an element that is utilised at every suitable opportunity by the actors. The lines are delivered with a knowing fluency that nicely bridges the gap between the Elizabethan use of the language and modern comprehension of that usage.

Music and song is effortlessly woven into the production, and the naturalness of the non-professional singing also adds to the veracity and charm of the event.

I use the word 'event' to describe this production and recording as an 'event' is the over-riding feeling of this very vibrant production/performance which sets it apart from all other versions that I have previously seen.

The actors and acting are both of a high standard throughout, and whatever minor quibbles one may have about either of those two considerations, one is constantly reminded throughout that ';the play's the thing' and on this occasion the play is made to come alive most successfully and enjoyably.

The recording does full justice to this with all words and actions clearly caught.

I would suggest that this disc in either format, Blu-ray or DVD, deserves serious consideration as a potential purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If, like me, you are rather fed up by "films of plays" that are actually plays turned into films, then this is for you. As You Like It played in the Globe, and sympathetically filmed as a production - you can feel - and see! - the audience's excitement and involvement.

Naomi Frederick makes for a very exciting Rosalind, almost believable as a male (Ganymede) - amusingly (and fittingly!) almost more male than her Orlando (Jack Laskey).

Thea Sharrock's production was rightfully acclaimed at the Globe, and this DVD is a great way to experience the performance.

And if you're a student studying the play - or a teacher looking for an easy couple of lessons - look no further, and buy this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2013
...and these men (and women - and women dressed as men) make for a great evening's entertainment. This is not one of Shakespeare's meatiest plots; nor, frankly, one of his funniest comedies - but it is hard to imagine any production doing better than the Globe players.

Rosalind holds this play together, and Naomi Frederick does a splendid job, with a light comic touch. For most of the play she is dressed (rather fetchingly, I thought...) as a boy, but scrubs up nicely for the final scene. Jack Laskey plays Orlando as a naive and callow youth, which is fair enough, as he has to be fairly dense not to see through Roslaind's disguise in eight seconds flat. The only problem with this is you wonder why Rosalind doesn't dump him for his elder brother the second Jamie Parker walks on stage.

Touchstone hams it up nicely, the Duke-in-the-forest is handled sympathetically, and minor characters such as Audrey, Phebe and (in particular) Silvius are faultlessly portrayed; but Jacques steals every scene he's in. Tim McMullan (looking and sounding like a young Terry Jones) is wonderfully lugubrious, world-weary, and aloof to all the excitement the other characters feel. He pops up in all sorts of strange parts of the theatre, and deals with the over-familiar Seven Ages speech wonderfully well.

One minus - the music. Usually the Globe's musicians do a splendid job; but not so here. It's not bad, as much as inappropriate. Dixieland jazz in the Forest of Arden doesn't cut it for me.

That tiny quibble aside, this is an excellent production, and is heartily reccommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellant DVD The production is a very good one and the camera angles make you feel as you are right there in The Globe Theatre. Not a thing is missed. The director has picked up well on the comedy in this play without resorting to slapstick. Enjoyed it a lot.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2012
This DVD is a filmed version of a performance at the Globe. Subtitles are available, which is handy.

As You Like It as a play is a potent mixture of fairytale romance and simple, often bawdy, comedy. We know that Shakespeare wrote his plays so they would appeal to the groundlings and the educated audience but director Thea Sharrock takes it a bit too far. The characters that are meant to be broad are done for the most part very well. Silvius, Phoebe and Jaques are spot on; Audrey is suitably grotesque; Touchstone garbles a little. However I disliked the broad interpretation of Celia, which smacked of upstaging to me. You don't need to bang the audience over the head with the meaning- the very fact that they've come to the Globe means that they must have some experience of Shakespeare.

Naomi Frederick as Rosalind gives an earnest performance but it feels slightly out of place in such a broad "modern" production. Jack Laskey as Orlando looks far too modern and perhaps a bit too much of a weed. The only name here you might recognise is Jamie Parker as Oliver, Orlando's evil older brother. Parker does a good job of balancing the words with the comedy- there's a great moment when he's trying to revive Rosalind (dressed as Ganymede) and discovers that this boy may not be all boy...

Out of all his plays, As You Like It is the most solidly theatrical. There is no real plot- Rosalind falls in love with Orlando, runs off into the wood in disguise with her pals, and everybody has jaunts and chats in the forest- and so all the film adaptations have been to some degree a failure. Therefore as a stage performance, this is useful to students of the play. Sharrock does manage the pace well, but it's just a shame that the play is never really touching or romantic.
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on 27 July 2015
Really enjoyed watching this adaptation if As you like it , the globe does a brilliant job with every Shakespeare show , although DVDs can be a bit over priced , probably easier to rent on the globe player.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2010
A first class production, filmed live at The Globe Theatre, London. A wonderful cast brings Shakespreare Rom Com, to life. Theres, music, romance, cross dressing, and a goat !!!!! What more could you ask for !!Shakespeare: Loves Labours Lost (Globe Theatre 2009) [Blu-ray]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2012
This is my first experience of Shakespeare at the New Globe, and it is brilliant! The theatre is beautiful,and lends itself to pacy, fluent and focussed productions, which is what we got. The acting and production were excellent. I hated the stridently inauthentic music though, but everything else was so good I willingly endured it. I'll definitely be on the look out for more Globe productions.
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