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Much Ado About Nothing [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher
  • Directors: Joss Whedon
  • Format: Closed-captioned, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C2A4SX6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,668 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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From Joss Whedon, acclaimed Director of The Avengers: Assemble, and a stand out cast of Whedon s regular actors, comes this stunning new vision of Shakespeare's classic comedy. When Leonato, the Governor of Messina is visited by his friend Don Pedro, he is accompanied by two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. Claudio falls for Leonato s daughter Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice , the governors niece. A series of comic and tragic events help keep the two couples from truly finding happiness - but then again perhaps love may prevail in the end!

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Second to none - 4 STAR --The Guardian

Everyone should see this movie --ign

Masterpiece - 5 STARS --HeyUGuys.co.uk

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For someone who suffered through studying Shakespeare at school this is the first time I have properly enjoyed watching a film production of one of his plays. Really funny, and very understandable even without reading a plot synopsis first. Would recommend watching it!
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This is a modern dress version of the classic, with with the Bards words.
I would certainly recommend it highly, I have been blown away by this version.
A cast that you will certainly recognize, from Joss Wedons other projects.
My stand out actor would have to be Clark Gregg (know for his Agent Coulson in the Avenger universe of f ilms and tv).
He was excellent.
Would recommend this film, don't be put off by it being in black and white, if anything it adds to the film.
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I saw this movie in the cinema, and it was more than worth the price of admission. The combination of Shakespeare, in one of his finest comedies, Joss Whedon at his best and his cast of superb actors made it sublime. The ability of Whedon to take you from hilarity (laugh out loud from everyone) to solemn drama in a moment is beautiful, aided by The Bard's words.

It took me all of about three lines of dialogue before I was captivated.
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Exquisite, no? Compare Branagh's picture-postcard, classic-serial version. Hard to convey just how or why this is so effective, given the crap plot - well, it's a romance, innit? - but we wept. We haven't a clue who Whedon is or any of the cast (we see a movie a year, max, and scarcely watch TV), but these two old fogeys were touched to the core. And of course we laughed. At Benedick, that is. Dogberry we felt for; more tragedy than farce. Whedon doesn't put a foot wrong. The whole thing felt suffused with love

My last 'hot' films? The Social Network. Sideways. 11 Minutes Ago. Memento. Sweet Liberty. Guess that leaves a few gap years..
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Saw this in the cinema and have been waiting for it to come out on DVD. The choice of black and white was surprising but SO effective! If you have a hard time understanding Shakespeare, you won't here. The actors did a fantastic job respecting the Bard's words while at the same time saying them in a natural manner. Bravo!
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It is so rare that you go to see a film with high expectations only to find that those expectations did not do the true experience justice. Whedon's skill was to simplify the visual (single location, shot in B/W) but to allow the humour and brilliance of the pure Shakespearean script to bubble from the exciting, young and talented cast. Many of the actors I recognised from earlier Whedon works (such as Angel and Buffy). I can't recommend this film highly enough to the lover of razor sharp dialogue, words that 400 years and a modern setting, have not dulled.
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Shot in black and white, with an indie pop soundtrack, modern dress and props, this is probably never going to be your definitive reading of Shakespeare's play. But it is a lot of fun. The words are the bard's, but the action is modern, with amusing physical gags, such as Beatrice falling down stairs when she overhears the news of Benedick love for her, and the dozy watchman Dogberry getting his partner's undersized jacket.

The cast are Josh Whedon regulars, from Firefly, Dollhouse, and the like but they are clearly having a ball here. Nathan Fillion steals a few scenes, perfectly cast as Dogberry, shown here wondering around in dark glasses like someone pretending to be a secret agent. But frankly it's a whole cast affair with Alexi Denisof and Amy Acker sparkling as Benedick and Beatrice, Sean Maher playing a menacing Don John, while Fran Kranz and Jillian Morgese are sweet as the lovers whose romance is derailed by a lie.

The modern dress is played cleverly, guns for swords, maglights for lanterns, and modern zip-tie cuffs for the prisoners chains. Josh Whedon's house stands in for the palace (hell, it is a palace, I must start writing my own cult sci-fi series) and it all hangs together remarkably well.

I don't know why so many people are protesting the black and white. Critics have said it recasts Much Ado as a 1930s screwball comedy. I just think it brings out textures and gives this already anachronistic film a sense of timelessness. The picture is crisp and bright, and the blu ray allows a little extra dynamic range that shows of the pleasing contrasts.

I guess it will be mostly Whedon fans who give this a chance, which would be a shame, as it's a very entertaining movie, and a nice place to start if the idea of watching Shakespeare seems more like a homework assignment than an fun evening in. This version is light and sparkling in it's wit, dark in it's tragedy, with a genuinely moving ending.
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This is a really thoughtful, well acted, and amusing take on the great play (far, far better than the Branagh version for example). The modern setting is not a distraction but adds weight to the story - the 'constables' as modern day security agents, the warriors are from the world of finance or business not literally army men, the ways of the modern wealthy middle class fit the story perfectly. Benedict is not the brightest person in the group and rather slow but that works well with the script, and Beatrice is a wonderfully feisty counterpart.
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