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Shakespeare: The Taming Of The Shrew [Samantha Spiro, Simon Paisley Day] [Globe on Screen] [DVD] [2013] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Samantha Spiro, Simon Paisley Day, Michael Bertenshaw, Pearce Quigley, Joseph Timms
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sept. 2013
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E4Q6Q5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,264 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew tells the tale of the sharp-tongued Kate, who must marry before her younger sister, Bianca, is allowed to find a suitor. Undaunted by her waspish reputation, Petruchio attempts to woo the not-so-fair maiden, but is faced with a tirade of poisonous insults. Samantha Spiro stars as cantankerous Kate, capable of knocking a grown man down with her fist. With a stellar supporting cast, the production is a triumph, thanks to its ‘riotous mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick’ (The Daily Telegraph). Filmed in High Definition and true Surround Sound.

Press Reviews

"This is a crowd-pleasing production ... and the laughs come thick and fast" (The Evening Standard)
Cast
Tom Anderson (Curtis)
David Beames (Vincentio/Tailor)
Jamie Beamish (Tranio)
Michael Bertenshaw (Gremio)
Simon Paisley Day (Petruchio)
Samantha Spiro (Katherina)
Sarah MacRae (Bianca)
Rick Warden (Hortensio)


Stage Director: Toby Frow
Television Director: Ross MacGibbon
Catalogue Number: OA1113D
Date of Performance: 2012
Running Time: 167 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Label: Opus Arte

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I am just back from my local cinema as I type this - and I have to say that I haven't laughed so much in a cinema for a very long time.

I confess that I've never seen the Shrew before in any format - mainly because of its reputation vis a vis the M-word (of which more later), but I'm very glad I saw this version. For the odd "Induction" the theatre doesn't so much as break the fourth wall as shatter it to pieces with a piece of farce that had the whole audience in stitches. And this is just the start; the comedy and the laughs keep on coming, whether they were in the text all along or grafted on in production. Possibly the funniest is Grumio (a brilliant performance from Pierce Quigley) and the bucket, which I won't spoil for you.

The central performances of Simon Paisley Day (Petruchio) and Samantha Spiro (Katherina) are magnificent. Their jousting has real crackle and sparkle (and Day has a serious lack of inhibition, which I also won't spoil for you), and they are well-supported by the rest of the cast. Grumio leads the comics, but the actors playing Tranio and Biondello are by no means over-shadowed. Even Bianca gives as good as she gets in one scene. The second half begins with a wonderfully lewd comic song which isn't in any taxt I've seen, but which works very well.

And so to the M-word. Misogyny. The Shrew is the play the feminists love to hate. Is this hate justified? In this production I think not. This is because Samantha Spiro gives such a strong performance that even during the mental torture scenes one can never quite decide whether she has been truly tamed by Petruchio, or is humouring him, or has finally found a man worthy of her steel.
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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Sept. 2013
The most problematic issue within The Taming of the Shrew is undoubtedly the accusation of misogyny often levelled against it. There are clever ways of dealing with this and making it palatable for a modern audience, but the best way of addressing the issue is to simply to rely on the text itself, and the Globe's production here, directed by Toby Frow, does that exceptionally well. The Christopher Sly Induction rightly included here, makes it clear that the play is a comedy and a farce that laughs just as much at the preposterous arrogance and gullibility of men as it does at the weakness of women in unequal relationships. As ever, the Globe strike exactly the right tone with this particular Shakespeare comedy, and the casting lot Samantha Spiro as Kate and Simon Paisley Day as Petruchio have a lot to do with the success of this approach.

Globe productions may be period and largely traditional, but that doesn't mean that there's any reverential theatricality about them. The whole ethos of the circular theatre is to bring the works directly to the audience and involve them, and that's achieved brilliantly here right form the outset. The Induction framing device of a trick being played upon the drunken Christopher Sly not only takes advantage of the Globe's close-up interaction with the audience, it is even taken outside the theatre this time with Simon Paisley Day wandering in and onto the stage, followed by anxious "stage crew". From there on, the players have the audience in their hands and completely aware that this is a comedy and not to be taken too seriously.
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This is undoubtedly not only the finest production of the Shrew that I have ever seen, but also one of the very best productions I have seen of any Shakespearean play or film and I have seen a lot. It is face paced, superbly acted and extremely funny: Samantha Spiro and Simon Paisley Day shine as Kate and Petruchio. I saw this at my local cinema and couldn't wait to buy it on DVD. Buy it, watch it, love it.
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I chose this particular production because it starred Samantha Spiro - which I realised was inspired casting

It was great to see the play being performed as nearly as possible to the way in which it would have been done in Shakespeare's time.

The music was great - and Spiro certainly didn't disappoint. The only negative would be that at 167 min, it seemed overlong and this could have been remedied by some judicious editing of smaller scenes with some of the background characters. We might have done with one less song!
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Fantastic traditional production. Cast are tremendous. Unusual but effective modern prologue. Great physical comedy. Simon Paisley Day plays Petruchio with a fantastic Basil Fawlty-like attitude and comic timing that Shakespeare would be proud of. Great fun to watch.
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This must be the best ever production of the shrew. Simon Paisley Day is a stupendous wacky petruchio matched by sam spiros heartbreaking katherina. A funny Grumio which is almost unheard of and a production that is laugh out loud funny without losing the serious echos of the plot. Would love to have seen it in situ but then at least theres no badly behaved noisy foreign tourist groundlings to distract you in the DVD
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