This production is just lavish in terms of sets, costumes and number of extras.
It succeeds in making this (light) Shakespearean play very accessible to a general public, at the expense certainly of much of the original dialogue.
The approach is farcical and includes for instance chases up and down stairs and even on rooftops.
Richard Burton is excellent in his role as Petruchio and Elizabeth Taylor is, well, a bit excessively shrewish.
Overall, however, this is a very enjoyable movie that is highly recommended to all.