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The Tempest

(DVD - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Tempest
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This modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical, and magical fantasy. Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge.
Title: The tempest
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] : Touchstone Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Visa Home Entertainment, Inc., 2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Raising the Tempest; Julie Taymor audio commentary; annotated Shakespeare; "O Mistress Mine" music video; Russell Brand rehearsal riff.
Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare.
Summary: This modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical, and magical fantasy. Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge.
Audience: Rating PG-13 for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images.
Statement of Responsibility: Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films present a Chartoff/Hendee Talkstory Artemis Films production ; screenplay by Julie Taymor ; directed by Julie Taymor
Credits: Cinematography, Stuart Dryburgh ; editor, Françoise Bonnot ; music, Elliot Goldenthal.
Performers: Chris Cooper, Djimon Hounsou, Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alan Cumming, Alfred Molina, Reeve Carney, Tom Conti, Felicity Jones, David Strathairn, Ben Whishaw.
System Details: DVD; widescreen aspect ratio (1.85:1) ; Dolby digital 5.1 ; Region 1.
Other Language: English or dubbed Spanish dialogue with optional Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Subject Headings: Magicians Drama. Shipwreck victims Drama. Political refugees Drama. Fathers and daughters Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Magicians
Shipwreck victims
Political refugees
Fathers and daughters
Publisher No: 106588
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Mar 21, 2014
  • dragonwings rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fantastic, multi-faceted version that delights with originality and freshness.

Mar 27, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Perhaps it is because I am not a fan of Shakespeare, or perhaps I simply did not find the storyline interesting. So apart from some good scenery - the film was shot in Hawaii - I got nothing out of it. Too much talking. Forced acting. A disappointment.

This dvd was unexpected for me. I saw the actors listed and thought "can't go wrong"
Well I was completely surprised and delighted!
For some Shakespeare / movies I find it hard to really grasp the english language. I Love it mind you.
I think that the director. Taymor [i think] did a brilliant job. She really does show how the language was so descriptive and visual and poetic. When I think of this generation and all its short forms of speaking It saddens me. I highly recommend this movie. I watched every inch of it twice!.

Jul 03, 2012
  • neonkc rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

la verdad no le entendi a la movie y se me hizo un aburrida

Jun 28, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

One of the most Disappointing -Unwatchable films I’ve ever seen this year. Really a dumb movie. "I fast forwarded all the way." It would be a waste of money to buy.

Feb 22, 2012
  • winston16 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautifully imagined and wonderfully acted.

Feb 11, 2012
  • Keogh rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Profoundly uneven adaptation of the play which switches the gender of the main character, played by Helen Mirren. It's her performance, plus that of David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Tom Conti, and Alan Cumming that do the film credit, and without that, I'd have rated this with no stars. That said, however, the film has huge problems that it utterly fails to overcome. The two younger actors, Felicity Jones and Reeve Carney, are lifeless in their roles. Alfred Molina and Djimon Hounsou, who are capable of so much better work, are badly damaged by spending much of their onscreen time with Russell Brand. This "comedian" and general waste of space is completely out of his element, and frankly, one of the most obnoxious human beings on the planet. The film is entirely derailed by his jackass behaviour. Finally, Julie Taymor directs the film as if she's either insane, on drugs, or both. The Tempest as a story deserves better. This is the worst adaptation of Shakespeare since that wretched 90s version of Romeo and Juliet.

Feb 10, 2012
  • xaipe rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Am I the only person on the planet who is sick to the teeth with Hollywood's special effects? Shakespeare's plays are meant to be performed on a stage. The exchange between the actors and the audience is essential which is why I always find a cinematic version of his plays lacking however artful the acting. A tight closeup showing emotion is not a substitute for the acting skill required for the same scene on stage. This was an imaginative and visually intriguing version of The Tempest, but it was not Shakespeare. I agree that Russell Brand's casting was a BIG mistake.

Feb 10, 2012
  • kayafraser rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Cheesy special effects and distracting music spoil the texture of this adaptation, overshadowing a fine cast and some very good performances. For me, changing the sex of Prospero was not so much the problem (it actually created some interesting new dynamics in the relationships between characters--Prospera and Caliban, notably). It was rather a general lack of restraint and cohesive vision in the production as a whole. Somehow this film manages to make this gorgeous play tedious. And that's just not right.

Jan 20, 2012
  • happygirl15 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very visually beautiful, but still has the spareness of settings like a play performed on stage. Really interesting blend of actors and actresses. I appreciate actors who appreciate Shakespeare and try to honor the tone and sensibility of the period in which his works were written. ALL of Shakespeare's works that we are most familiar with WERE first and foremost PLAYS - written to be performed in front of an audience.

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