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Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Judi Dench, Colin Firth
  • Directors: John Madden
  • Writers: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard
  • Format: DVD-Video, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: July 6 2010
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 346 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003H9LIPW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,580 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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It all begins when Lady Viola, desperate to become an actor at a time when women were forbidden from such depravity, disguises herself as a man to audition for Will's play. But the guise slips away as their passion ignites. Now Will's quill again begins to flow, this time turning love into words, as Viola becomes his real-life Juliet and Romeo finds his reason to exist.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
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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Format: Blu-ray
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. No extra features at all, not even a trailer, and, yes, not even a chapter menu!! The film itself is presented in 1080i at 29.97 fps and not in 1080p/24 which is standard for feature film releases on blu! How low can you go? Only one more step is possible: Remove the lossless audio. Congratulations Alliance, never ever will I buy one of your products again!
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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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is one of the best written films of the past 30 years and it's incredibly romantic and funny as well. Paltrow & Feinnes are terrific together and the supporting cast is excellent as well. Even if your NOT into the classics this film is very entertaining and can be viewed multiple times just for the beautiful dialogue and performances.

The Alliance Blu-Ray looks good even though it's only 1080i but is in the proper OAR 2:35 and the dts-hdma comes in loud and clear. Stephen Warbeck's wonderful score sounds especially good!

Highly Recommended!!
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Format: DVD
Well actually, this film stands on its own. Who knows this could be the way it happened or should have happened. Writer Tom Stoppard takes a few liberties with reality and time to bring you the "True" story behind Shakespeare's genius, which would never have surfaced if it were not for love, friendship, tragedy, and a Virgin Queen.

Young Shakespeare has writers block. Then he meets and falls in love with Viola De Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) the daughter of a nobleman, Viola on the other hand is interested in the forbidden fruit of acting.

This film is set with one-liners and many witty inferences as each character plays off of the other. We almost had the play "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter". My favorite line is when Philip Henslowe: The show must... you know... William Shakespeare: [prompting him] Go on!

Do not miss Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth. Her few appearances add spice to the film.

Judi Dench as Titania in Midsummer Night's Dream (1968) [VHS]
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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 Elizabeth I. This is a lush film to look at in many respects. The authentic period costumes is a nice touch. The film is mostly set in the theatre of Shakespeare's day. At this time, there were no female actresses. Only men were involved in theatre. Men played the role of women. Nowadays, it's twisted to think the first Romeo and Juliet were two men. The movie has no accuracy or truth to actual historic account. William Shakespeare was never romantically linked to the character Gwyneth Paltrow plays.
The whole thing is a fictionalized, dramatic melodrama that never took place. William Shakespeare was married to Anne Hathaway but there is evidence he was unfaithful and loved the Jewish keyboard player "Dark Lady" of whom he writes about in his sonnets. The movie is merely Hollywood taking on Shakespeare and it has since been used in English courses throughout the US. Shakespeare is enacted by Joseph Fiennes who is doing a terrific job. However, I don't much care for Gwyneth Paltrow's performance, no matter how much Oscar appeal she was said to circulate. She comes off as pretty wooden and the typical romantic heroine straight out of a bodice ripper, romantic novel. All she does is fall in love for Shakespeare and even goes to the lengths of dressing as a man to be near him during production of Romeo and Juliet. Judi Dench, a sublime actress though she is, does not LOOK anything like the real Queen Elizabeth. They could have cast an actress who looked the part more truthfully. Judi Dench did a better job as England's Queen Victoria in the movie "Mrs. Brown".
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