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2.0 out of 5 stars It's nothing compared to Kenneth Branagh's Film, 16 Sept. 2013
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I bought this as a teaching tool; mistake number one! The sound quality isn't good enough and while it is the full play, it really doesn't engage as a comedy; there isn't enough shade between the dark and light moments. Lindsay and Lunghi are 'good' - but a director with a more imaginative approach would have been better - it's stiff and dull, and I don't quite understand why everyone looks like an Italian pirate! The set is acceptable - but it's neither stage nor film. Watch the master, Branagh, instead.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2014 20:33:18 GMT
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lyra says:
If this comment refers to GCSE I'd definatly agree that this version won't engage. It focusses more on language than visual engagement. However, for A level students I'd disagree. A reasonable A level student should be able to cope with this full length production especially if watched at home. It does feel dated if you compare it to current stage to screen offerings eg National theatre live, however, if you can ignore the cardboard set, the individual actors do a good job.

For GCSE a film version edited highlights with more engaging visuals would be better. Branagh at 103 mins is good as long as you don't mind him cutting large elements of the play.
Sadly I felt recent the Joss Whedon version disappointing and irritating.
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