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Shakespeare In Love [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features
"making Of" Documentary
John Madden Commentary
Cast and Crew Commentary
21 TV Spots
Academy Awary Winning Costumes
Language:English, Dolby Digital 5.1/German, Dolby surround
One of the most endearing and intelligent romantic comedies of the 1990s, the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love is filled with such good will, sunny romance, snappy one-liners and devilish cleverness that it's absolutely irresistible. With tongue placed firmly in cheek, at its outset the film tracks young Will Shakespeare's overwrought battle with writer's block and the efforts of theatre owner Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush, in rare form) to stage Will's latest comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Jokey comedy, though, soon takes a backseat to ravishing romance when the beautiful Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) disguises herself as a young man to wangle herself an audition in the all-male cast and wins both the part of Romeo and, after much misunderstanding, the playwright's heart. Soon enough, Will's pirate comedy becomes the beautiful, tragic Romeo and Juliet, reflecting the agony and ecstasy of Will and Viola's romance--he's married and she's set to marry the slimy Lord Wessex (Colin Firth).
The way that Oscar-winning screenwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard enfold their story within the parameters of Romeo and Juliet (and even Twelfth Night) is nothing short of brilliant--it would take a Shakespearean scholar to dissect the innumerable parallels, oft-quoted lines, plot developments, and thematic borrowings. And most amazingly, Norman and Stoppard haven't forgotten to entertain their audience in addition to riding a Shakespearean roller coaster, with director John Madden (Mrs. Brown) reigning in his huge ensemble with rollicking energy. Along the way there are small gems to be found, including Judi Dench's eight-minute, Oscar-winning turn as a truly regal Queen Elizabeth, but the key element of Shakespeare in Love's success rests on the milky-white shoulders of its two stars. Fiennes, inexplicably overlooked at Oscar time, is a dashing, heartfelt Will and as for Best Actress winner Paltrow, well, nothing she'd done before could have prepared viewers for how amazing she is here. Breathtakingly beautiful, fiercely intelligent, strong-willed and lovestruck--it's a performance worthy of Shakespeare in more ways than one. By the film's end, you'll be thoroughly won over--and brushing up your Shakespeare with newfound ardour. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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You don`t need to even like Shakespear to enjoy this film - but it would help or may even lead to to delve further into his artistry..
This films main conceit is that Shakespeare in London, has writers block. He also has creditors, and other playwrights to worry about, and he doesn`t quite know what to do about it all. He has the beginnings of new plays, but just can`t seem to get them going. Meanwhile the heroine is a young unmarried lady from a wealthy family who loves the theater - not a good attribute for any Tudor suite/man to consider - and desires to take part in a play (totally forbidden by the Laws of the time - all female parts were played by young boys in that period).
Under pressure from his very successful competitor Christopher Marlow and the people he owes money to, Shakespear hurridly starts his new play without any idea what he will come up with, assembling a cast and making it up rather ameturistically on the way. The wayward heroine, desperate to become a `player` drags up to look like a boy and presents herself at audition, and gets the part of Shakespeares latest heroine! Shakespeare feels uncomfortably aware that there is something very likeable about this new player . . . he is falling in love!
You all know what is going to happen next don`t you. Well it is drawn out in a very refreshing way, and developes like Shakespears Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, inspiring him to write this play from his own experience. But it must all turn out badly, as there is no future for the lovers - a case of life imitating art?
Sumptuously filmed (glorious colour pallette) superb sound, clear witty dialogue, superb writing throughout the cast all extremel;y well played all the way down to bit parts, this is superb cinema.
I defy anyone who sees this not to laugh out loud, or shed a tear at some points throughout this film.