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The Tempest [Blu-ray + DVD]

Helen Mirren    Blu-ray
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Shakespeare's epic play is translated from page to screen, with the gender of the main character, Prospero, changed from male to female. // L'adaptation de la pièce éponyme de Shakespeare. La sorcière Prospera vit sur une île en compagnie de sa fille Miranda. Grâce à la magie, elle est maître d'Ariel, esprit positif de l'air et du souffle de vie et de Caliban, être négatif symbolisant la terre, la violence et la mort. Avec leur aide, elle va faire subir à des naufragés diverses épreuves...

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such dreams as we are made on March 30 2012
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Tempest is Shakespeare's last great play, and i've been hoping that eventually someone would take advantage of the advances in cinematic technology to bring its magic to the screen as effectively as Peter Jackson and crew did with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Julie Taymor is just the director to achieve this, and the visual effects in this film are everything one could hope for and more, especially considering the budget limitations which ruled out elaborate CGI. The next question is whether this film could be equally successful in rendering the psychological turmoil and interpersonal conflicts which revolve around the magician at the centre of the play. And the answer, for me, is that this film is _dramatically_ the most powerful version of The Tempest that i've seen on stage or screen.

The decision to cast the wronged magician Prospero as a woman was bound to raise eyebrows, but Helen Mirren's performance as Prospera blows away all doubts on that score. It is masterful in every way, especially in its embodiment of her struggle against the dark side of her own power. The rest of the cast is equally good, and i would single out Ben Whishaw's Ariel as a revelation. I've seen some good stage Ariels, but never before one who is so totally convincing as a powerful and shapeshifting being whose volatile moods are expressed in every move, thanks not not only to the imaginative visual effects but also to Whishaw's performance as an actor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Tempest Ever.. March 23 2013
Format:Blu-ray
I just love love this movie and i don't care if they use a woman to play this
part and [Helen Mirren] did a fantastic job of it.my goodness it's so good to see someone
really think outside the preverbal Dam Box thank you miss [Julie Taymor]
there is nothing else to be said about this master piece of a movie you have to
see it. hands down Five Stars.I Love It.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Dec 16 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Julie Taymor is, to me, the direct line to all of my favourite classic auteur directors. Her productions are theatrical and satisfying. She captures performances like no other. Her grasp of film history is second to none. Her grasp of Shakespeare is even scarier! I, personally, am willing to sit through anything she does. It is always an experience. Thank you, Julie, for continuing to push the envelope!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Prospera, once the Duke of Milan and sorceress now reigns over a faraway island, living there with her daughter, Miranda. After 12 years of being abandoned she has an opportunity for revenge. However the ships may bring more than she planned on.

It is impossible to have lived in the cinematic world and not come across any the other productions by Julie Taymor. With each of her productions she does not copy but enhances the originals in a unique way. In this case we have quite a few deviations. However as long as you are aware of the original play you can appreciate the deviations. Prospero is replaced by Prospera (Helen Mirren) one of the greatest actresses of our time. Julie's approach is different but does not go off the deep end and re-create a whole new story; as the story is just enhanced by dynamic technology and cinematic capabilities not available in earlier productions. And naturally a mother daughter story will have some different outlook than a father daughter story.

The only drawback is the curt runtime forcing some reduction in dialog and addition of references.

Added plusses of course first include Helen Mirren. Also the location (various untraded locations in Hawaii) is perfect. The underwater or through water scenes gave an ethereal feel.
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