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The Tempest [Blu-ray + DVD]

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Jan. 10 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0068FKYC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,093 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The Tempest

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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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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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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 11 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Internet Rule #63: For every male character there is a female version. No exceptions.

Technically, Shakespeare predates the Internet. But in the case of Julie Taymor's dark, swirling adaptation of "The Tempest," this rule applies -- the legendary wizard Prospero becomes Prospera, played by the peerless Helen Mirren. The gender-flip does give the character a subtle feminist quality, but the story actually remains mostly unchanged -- and definitely supported by a solid cast, a bleak island, and some lovely special effects.

Many years ago, the Duchess of Milan Prospera (Mirren) was left the care of the city by her late husband. But her treacherous brother Antonio (Chris Cooper) accuses her of witchcraft, and exiles her and her daughter Miranda to sea.

Now Prospera dwells on a remote island with the teenaged Miranda (Felicity Jones), as well as the rebellious slave Caliban (Djimon Hounsou) and the ethereal Ariel (Ben Whishaw). When she discovers that Antonio and his similarly treacherous friends are nearby on a sailing ship, Prospera summons a storm that causes the ship to crash on the island, and has Ariel guide them all there.

Like a puppet-master, Prospera arranges events as she wants -- she sends Ariel to haunt the men who betrayed her, allows Caliban to get up to wacky hijinks with a pair of drunken idiots (Alfred Molina, Russell Brand), and even pretends to treat the young prince Ferdinand (Reeve Carney) badly while secretly matchmaking him with Miranda. In the end, everything will be as she desired.

Gender-flipping Prospero apparently wasn't for some kind of feminist point -- it was simply that director Julie Taymor couldn't think of a male actor she wanted in the role. The only Prospero she could think of was Helen Mirren.
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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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Format: DVD
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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