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Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray]

Gwyneth Paltrow , Joseph Fiennes , John Madden    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
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One of the most endearing and intelligent romantic comedies of the '90s, 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 theater 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) in the near future.

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 ardor. --Mark Englehart

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Blu-ray ever July 11 2011
By Luiz
This Alliance version is probably one of the worst releases ever! First, there is no menu and no subtitles. This alone would be somewhat acceptable in your case if you understand English accents very well, but on top of that you get a very bad transfer with a noticeable blue tint on the edges of the movie! Looks like bleeding light from the scanner. Really bad. Try to get the other releases, avoid the Alliance one.
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Story line not great. Probably historically accurate. Definitely not a "watch-again" DVD or one to be added to a collection.
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I loved this film.
It is about a fictional love affair between Shakespeare & his love for a woman who desires to be an actress.
In Elizabethan Times females were not allowed to act on stage, & their roles were played by males.
The plot of the romance is an inter-play with the play he is writing - Romeo & Juliet.
It is well done & very cleverly presented. It is rather amusing & comical as well.
Anyone who loves Romeo & Juliet will enjoy & relate to this film.
Gwyneth Paltrow & Joseph Fiennes give a great performance, as does Judi Dench as an aging
Queen Elizabeth 1. The movie won 7 Academy Awards.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be disappointed July 7 2002
Format:VHS Tape
If you are a lover of Shakespeare, English and/or period movies, be prepared to be extremely disappointed with this movie. If you really want to own a DVD or video of this movie, rent it first. If you like Judi Dench, you may want to buy it for this reason alone, then you can scan the part where she is shown, otherwise this movie is not worth watching again or worse, owning. This is the first movie I've seen of Gwyneth Paltrow and I think this is the main reason why I could care less if I see another movie with her on the cast. Paltrow is dry and artificial. This movie is so ridiculous, it is almost insulting. Not even Judi Dench's magnificent performance (as always) could save it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ha ha ha, what a stupid movie! May 31 2002
By Christy
Format:VHS Tape
I'm still wondering the whole point of the movie to this very day. I mean, I get the whole "Shakespeare has some sorta 'writers' block' thing, and that this chick dresses up as a man to be in a play of his ...and they end up making steamy passionate love one nite...but damn! This movie was nominated for an Oscar...BR>...
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1.0 out of 5 stars You're kidding right? Dec 12 2001
By slider
This movie won Best Picture over Saving Private Ryan? Who was doing the judging and how much were they paid? I tried watching this movie but literally had to turn it off after 30 minutes. Truly unwatchable in my opinion. What tripe.
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1.0 out of 5 stars bad movie June 23 2001
i saw this movie and man seriously it was horrible. if you have any semblance of good taste, please steer clear of this awful movie. robbed many other worthy competitors at the Oscars. the only thing worse would be a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The DVD casing claimed in big bold letters "Best Screenplay" Academy Award winner. I can surely see why! Must have been some deviously creative team that crafted this crisp comic period-piece.
The film is really two love stories: one a bawdy romance between two smitten humans, and the other an ode to the art of theatre. The writers'/director's love for showmanship is loud and evident throughout the brilliant screenplay, and if you're a fan of wordplay in any way, well then this is a surefire delight.
Both Paltrow and Fienners turn in lusciously romantic performances in their respective roles -- she pulls off the formidable order of gender-switching without a hitch, and he has just the right pitches and patterns for a young, struggling Shakespeare. Geoffrey Rush is magnetic as usual.
Don't be fooled by the Elizabethan accoutrements, this film and its arsenal of laconic quips could easily shoot several contemporary romances to dust. Buy this one in fact, don't just rent, it quite comfortably stands the test of more than one viewing..
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Definiion of Barebones
This is not a review of the film which harvested 7 Academy Awards but of this blu-ray release. It is the worst I have so far. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2011 by Karl Mauk
1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy
The product is out of Canada and therefore 1080i not p as we are accustomed. The shipping charges are outrageous. I think I could have shipped a case of them for this price. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2011 by lady4951
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead", do not miss this
Well actually, this film stands on its own. Who knows this could be the way it happened or should have happened. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2010 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film - okay Bluray edit
First, my Sharp bluray player had trouble playing this disc. And I have the latest firmware. There is no initial menu, the disc just starts playing and all you can do is change... Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2010 by Iconoclast
5.0 out of 5 stars "I LOVE YOU WILL, BEYOND POETRY"
This is one of the best written films of the past 30 years and it's incredibly romantic and funny as well. Read more
Published on July 13 2010 by Shane Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Rush in an unforgettable role
Although Geoffrey Rush is not the star of the film, he delivers a memorable performance, as usual. Fiennes does, also. Read more
Published on June 16 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Fraudulent and Morally Offensive NON-Love Story
Before I start out, I should say that I am NOT one of those people who think they have to deride "Shakespeare in Love" because it's a "chick flick" and therefore unworthy(?! Read more
Published on June 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun But Flawed Flick
Shakespeare in Love is a lot of fun to watch. However, it is also flawed. There are major inaccuracies in it. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Charles J. Rector
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Takes On Shakespeare
This won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1998. Stars Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow as the romantic partners William Shakespeare and his Muse, with Dame Judi Dench as Queen... Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Rudy Avila
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