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This 'Merchant' sold me!,
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This review is from: The Merchant of Venice [DVD]  (DVD)
I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Shakespeares' Merchant of Venice. Sumptuously costumed and breahtakingly staged it caught the imagination. The acting was excellent, my only quibble was that Jeremy Irons seemed to speak very softly at times but that was only a minor fault, his portrayal of Antonio and his deep affection for Bassanio came over very well bringing out facets of this relationship that I had never seen before. Previously I have not been enamoured of Al Pacino but he was superb as Shylock, again showing me things that I had not realised were there. The ladies were also well served, I had always understood Portia because I have played her on stage myself (Miss Collins does not have to look to her laurels)but again the depth of perception amazed me. I could go on raving about this production but space forbids, I can only say it is well worth viewing.