- Format: NTSC
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Oct. 19 2010
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0040PZ754
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,231 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
For a Shakespeare purist (as I am myself), the problem is not the modernization of the setting and the use of the language in that setting (I personally love it), but it's the absolutle murder of the language by the majority of the cast that makes my skin crawl. This movie, in terms of the execution of the script, does a disservice in getting kids hooked on the poetry of Shakespeare's writing.
However, I will admit that visually it's great. The setting is apt. Mercutio is amazing. But, teachers, I would think twice about showing this version to your class.
The only thing I do recommend is to read the play first, or you may not catch on to fast. I saw this in my English class, and I thought it was nice to watch other then just reading it.