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TOTALLY worth the money to ship it to the USA!,
This review is from: Shakespeare Retold (2005) [DVD] (DVD)When I read the description of this DVD, I knew I had to have it. Since this DVD is not available in the US, I paid the extra to have it shipped from the UK, and I'm having to use a region-free DVD player to view it. It is totally worth the hassle!
"Taming of the Shrew" is worth it all by itself, really. Rufus Sewell is a very good actor, but I confess I usually didn't get too excited when I learned he was in a movie. (He's always fabulous but so often he plays creeps and bad guys.) In this production, however, he is *hilarous.* Brilliant! I am forever a Rufus Sewell fan now. His character is the perfect complement to Shirley Henderson's petite bundle of hate and hostility as the bad-tempered Kate. I also consider myself a fan of Henderson now as well. She's wonderful. These two characters--who are each a mess by themselves--somehow make a perfect (in an off-beat way) couple.
"Macbeth" is also very good. Keeley Hawes and James McAvoy really do a wonderful job in their roles, and the updated storyline (about an ambitious chef) is well done. Also, if you are a fan of "North & South" (BBC miniseries, based on the Gaskell novel) you'll notice that Richard Armitage (who played the brooding Mr. Thornton) has a smallish--but important--role as MacDuff.
"Much Ado About Nothing" is hilarious, enjoyable, and makes a believable update of that play. "Midsummer Night's Dream" is good as well.
Don't expect these stories to copy the original Shakespeare plays perfectly—they are adapted in ways that make the stories work for current times, while keeping the "spirit" of the original.
This is definitely worth the money! Even if you have to have the DVD shipped overseas.