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The Shakespeare Collection - Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, King Lear [DVD]

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  • Actors: Sir Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Richard Briers, Patrick Magee
  • Directors: Kenneth Branagh, Philip Casson, Joan Kemp-Welch
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 July 2012
  • Run Time: 606 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007Q279XG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Some of the finest actors in a generation peform 4 of the bard's greatest plays in specially filmed adaptations by the Royal Shakespeare Company for Thames Television.

Macbeth: Trevor Nunn's highly acclaimed production of the classic tale of the Scots nobleman whose ambition, spurred on by his alluring wife and an evil prophecy, leads him to treachery, murder and damnation. Starring Sir Ian Mckellen and Judi Dench together with the original RSC cast.

Romeo & Juliet: The Montagues and Capulets are bitter enemies, sworn to hatred. Yet when their children Romeo (Christopher Neame) and Juliet (Ann Hasson) fall in love, their happiness is doomed to failure in this brilliant interpretation of the classic tale of love and loss.

Twelfth Night: Performing one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, the Renaissance Theatre Company, starring Richard Briers and directed by Kenneth Branagh, deliver one of the most highly acclaimed adaptations of all time.

King Lear: Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece is brought to life in this superb production starring Patrick Magee as the titular king who descends to madness after foolishly disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters based on their flattery.

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These RSC/THAMES productions are, of course, sadly dated and the wobbly studio sets are occasionally disconcerting - especially in Twelfth Night. Nevertheless, Judi Dench and Ian Mckellan's slightly bloodless Macbeth is the seminal performance of the Scottish play. Dame Judi is simply electrifying as The manipulative Lady Macbeth. Definitely worth the price of this collection alone!
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A very good collection, I have the books in my home library but never
had the time to read them. It is easy to watch the series instead. I would
recommend these for educational and entertainment purpose.
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This performance of Macbeth was ok, although the lighting was a bit dark for my taste. Plus, I am not very keen on these productions that feature the principal actors slobbering at dramatic moments of a play. This Macbeth suffered the increasing common phenomenon of poor sound quality which made it difficult at times to follow what was being said. There were no subtitles.

I was not impressed with this version of King Lear. There were many cuts and tinkering with the orders of events and characters. I much preferred the offerings from Olivier and McKellen. I also found it difficult to follow Magee's dialogue, especially during his mad scene on the moors.

I enjoyed this production of Romeo & Juliet. The only comment I would make is that both of the main actors were much too old for their parts, especially Juliet who was quoted by Shakespeare as being under 14 years of age. Ann Hasson, good as she was in the part, was quite clearly well into her twenties.

This production of Twelfth Night, as much as I enjoyed it, came across to me as not so much a comedy as a sad little tale with a few humorous moments. Generally well acted by all.
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Great for new viewers and fans alike.stunning performances by very talented actors. Viewing quality amazing, was not sure that DVD showing of Shakespeare would work well being a theatre fan but thoroughly enjoyed it. Still got a really good vibe and sense of the raw emotion from great acting ability. A good theate fix in between RSC visits. Excellent value for money with 4 very diverse plays to choose from. Will definately order more of this collection. Love it.
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As a parent of someone who is just starting to study Shakespear e at school it it an excellent combined study aid.

The background staging is a bit of Crossroads quality but this does not matter if you are looking at content which has been presented in clear and audible manner.

Dont buy it for the actors ability (which can be likened to a performance put on to fill the time between meals) but for the clarity of recounting the script.
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very good production. Very well acted and produced. Atmospheric and mysterious . Supporting cast excellent.. Sit Ian one of thebest MacBeths I have ever seen.
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Good acting and mainly traditional production that well supports the text. I would certainly recommend this as excellent value for money.
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I write this on behalf of my class, whom I purchased it for. In their words, its still filled with gobble-de-goop, but they got the jist of the story line. If you are in to Shakespeare you'll love it, if you are thinking of purchasing it to study... get your popcorn and large bottle of Pepsi's at the ready.... and try to persevere!!!
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