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5.0 out of 5 stars ...a muse of fire!, 31 July 2006
This review is from: The Shakespeare Collection [DVD] [1978] (DVD)
How wonderful to have the entire Shakespeare canon at your finger-tips! This is really where current DVD technology comes into its own.

These would be great for any student studying the Bard and his works; to be able to see rather than just read the plays. In any case it is a joy for all of us who are interested.

There may be one or two duds production-wise, but who cares when you have Derek Jacobi's Hamlet, a definitive Twelfth Night, a beautiful All's Well That Ends Well etc etc.

Look out too for Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Brenda Blethyn, Robert Lindsay, Ian Charleson, Jane Lapotaire, Michael Hordern, Helen Mirren , Alan Howard, Anthony Hopkins, Felicity Kendall, Nicol Williamson and Jonathon Pryce...

As someone else here has pointed out, it may seem like a large financial investment, but per dvd it is a bargain and how many nights out at the theatre would you get for that sort of money!

Oh and you get to keep them...forever...
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2009 17:18:16 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Nov 2010 16:07:03 GMT
Compared to our copy here in the US, this one from your country, Graham, is a bargain (I got mine in May 2008 with conversion for $178, the American copy is $1,500). 37 discs for less than 200 bucks in this country (not sure about yours) is a steal. Update 11/6/10 (actually sooner): The American copy complete now sells for $750. This British copy is STILL the better buy.

Posted on 30 May 2012 15:09:35 BDT
S. Herbert says:
Do you know if John Nettles is in any of the plays in the boxed set? I know he had been with the RSC prior to 1981 when he left to do Bergerac. Thought maybe he'd be in one or two...Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 16:21:39 GMT
Robert Jones says:
John Nettles is in The Merchant of Venice. He plays Bassanio, and as one would expect from such a fine actor, he is very good. If you invest in this box you will not be disappointed. There are one or two dull performances, but overall the standard is very high indeed.
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