- Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Osheen Jones, Dario D'Ambrosi, Raz Degan
- Directors: Julie Taymor
- Writers: Julie Taymor, William Shakespeare
- Producers: Adam Leipzig, Brad Moseley, Conchita Airoldi, Ellen Dinerman Little, Jody Allen
- Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 2
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- Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
- Release Date: July 13 2004
- Run Time: 162 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 179 customer reviews
- ASIN: 6305962987
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Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange ignite the screen in a strikingly original "coup de cinema" (The New York Times). "Titus" is a "wild ride" (Chicago Tribune) - a shocking journy into the depths of the human heart - a place where vengeance and passion reign supreme. A film by Julie Taymor, acclaimed creator and director of Broadway's "The Lion King."
In a lively Q&A, director Julie Taymor elaborates on her goals in adapting Titus Andronicus; her full-length commentary goes into greater detail, with rich analysis and pertinent anecdotes. Commentaries by Anthony Hopkins, Harry Lennix, and composer Elliott Goldenthal are equally insightful, and a costume gallery reveals the remarkable transformation of conceptual sketches into fully realized wardrobes. The "Making of Titus" documentary is one of the best of its kind, allowing an intimate glimpse of Taymor and her superb cast in rehearsal and production, molding Shakespeare's violent and oft-maligned play into a dazzling work of art. --Jeff Shannon
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I only takes a little while to get into the swing of Shakespeare's English and Julie Taymor does an exceptional job of helping the audience understand. This timeless story of revenge and it's consequences has us actually cheering for Titus even as he turns barbaric.
I would recommend this to all. Even if you are not a big fan of Shakespeare, this may make one of you.
In fairness, and in spite of the foregoing, it should be added that some of the key scenes were quite well done; the ending is particularly well handled, and it shows why such revenge plays, and this one in particular, were so popular in Shakespeare’s day. Overall, however, I wouldn’t want to have to sit through this one again. Your best choice is probably the Globe's film, though Julie Taymor's is also worthwhile.
The film opens with a scene where a young Lucius is sitting at the kitchen table, with a brown paper bag over his head, eating dinner while sadistically tearing the heads of his warrior dolls while violently smashing the items on the table and pouring ketchup over the "killed" dolls. This is followed by an explosion where Lucius dives bawling to the floor for protection. Lucius is a clear resemblance of his father Titus in the opening shot. The rest of the film is a carnival of hideous acts and morbid behavior that alll falls around Titus with a domino effect trigged by one wrong decision. Despite the distressing elements of Titus, the film offers a brilliant cinematic experience that devours the audience as it supplies several subplots and themes, which the audience should ponder under the light of human compassion and the word "consequences".
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