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The Tempest [DVD]

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  • Actors: Efrem Zimbalist Jnr
  • Directors: William Woodman
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D351
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,273 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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William Woodman's production of Shakespeare's classic play. Former Duke of Milan, Prospero (Efrem Zimbalist Jr) and his daughter have been marooned on a desert island for years, but now plan to use the magic arts to revenge themselves on the man who stranded them there: Prospero's brother, Antonio (Ted Sorel).

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By A Customer on 4 May 2005
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The words are spoken as Shakespear wrote them, but the actors do not convey any sence that they have understood them. This has lead to a rather dull performance.
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Not as bad as you might expect, but the performances are too uneven for it to be recommended: Zimbalist is surprisingly competent as Prospero, but other performances (such as Palillo's Ferdinand) merely jar. The staging is wooden, and there are certainly better performances available on DVD - Horden's (BBC Shakespeare) performance still stands up well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marooned by sorcery on a prisoner's island 8 Feb. 2014
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
This indie production of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST is a bit uneven, acting-wise.

While Efrem Zimbalist Jr. makes a fine Prospero, Ron Palillo as Trinculo is doing his Arnold Horshack "Welcome Back, Kotter" schtick. This edition, despite some performance and budget limitations, is true to the original and has the feel of an authentic 17th Century stageplay.

SYNOPSIS--
Prospero (the right Duke of Milan) and Miranda, his husband-hungry daughter are banished to a desolate island by Prospero's betraying brother Sebastian and the King of Naples. When a ship carrying his enemies comes near, Prospero casts a spell that creates a storm which wrecks the vessel, marooning all aboard on Prospero's prison island. One of these survivors, the King's son Ferdinand falls in love with Miranda, and she with him while Sebastian and the others wander dazedly around the island.

The Zimbalist "Tempest" is available on DVD.
A 1998 Peter Fonda TV movie is rewritten as a Civil War story set in Mississippi. (VHS only)
The '79 British-made film is probably the best version available. (VHS) (DVD)

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(6.3) The Tempest (1983) - Efrem Zimbalist Jr./J.E. Taylor/Nicholas Hammond/Duane Black/Ron Palillo/Kay E. Kuter/William Hootkins/Ted Sorel
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Marooned by sorcery on a prisoner's island 8 Feb. 2014
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
This indie production of Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST is a bit uneven, acting-wise.

While Efrem Zimbalist Jr. makes a fine Prospero, Ron Palillo as Trinculo is doing his Arnold Horshack "Welcome Back, Kotter" schtick. This edition, despite some performance and budget limitations, is true to the original and has the feel of an authentic 17th Century stageplay.

SYNOPSIS--
Prospero (the right Duke of Milan) and Miranda, his husband-hungry daughter are banished to a desolate island by Prospero's betraying brother Sebastian and the King of Naples. When a ship carrying his enemies comes near, Prospero casts a spell that creates a storm which wrecks the vessel, marooning all aboard on Prospero's prison island. One of these survivors, the King's son Ferdinand falls in love with Miranda, and she with him while Sebastian and the others wander dazedly around the island.

The Zimbalist "Tempest" is available on DVD.
A 1998 Peter Fonda TV movie is rewritten as a Civil War story set in Mississippi. (VHS only)
The '79 British-made film is probably the best version available. (VHS) (DVD)

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(6.3) The Tempest (1983) - Efrem Zimbalist Jr./J.E. Taylor/Nicholas Hammond/Duane Black/Ron Palillo/Kay E. Kuter/William Hootkins/Ted Sorel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production 11 Dec. 2011
By S. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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I had never seen this play before. It was excellent and great cast.It didn't seem so Shakesperian in the language as some plays. Easy to understand.
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