A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Overview

Renowned theatrical director Adrian Noble directed the Royal Shakespeare Company's mid-'90s stage production and helmed this film adaptation of that version. Its 1999 video release was apparently to coincide with Michael Hoffman's higher-profile feature of the same year. The setting is very theatrical in nature, with nearly all of the scenes taking place on a theater stage. The story is also bookmarked by a child Osheen Jones, who is apparently dreaming all of the events, and also appears frequently in most of ...
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Overview

Renowned theatrical director Adrian Noble directed the Royal Shakespeare Company's mid-'90s stage production and helmed this film adaptation of that version. Its 1999 video release was apparently to coincide with Michael Hoffman's higher-profile feature of the same year. The setting is very theatrical in nature, with nearly all of the scenes taking place on a theater stage. The story is also bookmarked by a child Osheen Jones, who is apparently dreaming all of the events, and also appears frequently in most of the scenes. Hyppolyta/Titania Lindsey Duncan and Theseus/Oberon Alex Jennings drive the plot with their romantic bickering, which stems from the romantic foursome of Demetrius Kevin Doyle, Hermia Monica Dolan, Lysander Daniel Evans, and Helena Emily Raymond. Lysander and Hermia are in love, but Hermia is promised to Demetrius by Hermia's father, Egeus. Helena, who is Hermia's best friend, is in love with Demetrius, but Demetrius loathes her. As one would expect, Lysander and Demetrius are very hostile towards one another. Hyppolyta feels strongly for Hermia and Lysander' case and becomes angry with Theseus when he takes Egeus' part in the predicament. Lysander and Hermia flee, Demetrius pursues, and is, in turn, pursued by Helena. The foursome then encounter the fairy kingdom, led by Oberon and Titania. Oberon orders his lackey, Puck Barry Lynch, to cast a spell on Titania as a form of retribution for an argument the royal pair are currently having. Oberon also commands Puck to place the same spell on Demetrius, whom he has witnessed scorning Helena. However, due to miscommunication, Puck enchants Lysander instead. The scene becomes hectic, with enchantments and miscommunication abounding. At one point, Helena becomes the focus of love from both Demetrius and Lysander, while Hermia assumes the scorned woman role. Meanwhile, Titania has been forced to become infatuated with a mortal named Bottom Desmond Barrit, whom Puck has enchanted with an ass head. By movie's end, however, all is straightened out. The fairy rulers reconcile and the mortal couples are united in marriage. At the wedding party, Theseus and his minions are entertained by the Pyramus and Thisbe play as performed by the rude mechanicals headed by Bottom. The Pyramus and Thisbe play-within-a-play is traditionally one of the highlights of the piece, but seems to lack some focus in this treatment. As films go, this is standard fare, technically speaking. In relation to other filmed versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, however, few are more enjoyable.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • UPC: 031398138273
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,891

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alex Jennings Theseus/Oberon
Lindsay Duncan Hippolyta, Titania
Desmond Barrit Bottom
Barry Lynch Philostrate/Puck
Gemma Aston
John Baxter
Alfred Burke
Emily Button
Jane Colenutt
Howard Crossley
Monica Dolan Hermia
Kevin Doyle Demetrius
Daniel Evans Lysander
Robert Gillespie
Tim Griggs
Guy Hargreaves
Ann Hasson First Fairy
Osheen Jones The Boy
John Kane
Sarah Kruger
Mark Letheren
Nicola McRoy
Joseph Morton
Matt Patresi
Oscar Pearce
Emily Raymond Helena
Darren Roberts
Kenn Sabberton
Howard Blake Conductor
Technical Credits
Adrian Noble Director
Paul Arnott Producer
Howard Blake Score Composer, Songwriter
Jon Bowen Animator
Chas Cash Animator
Alison Chard Casting
Dave Child Animator
Neil Culley Special Effects
Cliff Culley Special Effects
Paul Hodgson Editor
Peter Hollywood Editor
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Francesco Reidy Asst. Director
Adrian Rhodes Sound Editor, Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Ward Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Ian Wilson Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Midsummer Night's Dream
1. Opening Credits: Cloudy Night [1:34]
2. Dreaming [2:09]
3. "The Next New Moon" [3:27]
4. "The More I Love" [3:56]
5. "Let Me Play Thisby" [8:00]
6. "That Shrewd Sprite" [6:00]
7. "Fetch Me That Flower" [7:19]
8. "Wake When Some Vile Thing Is Near" [10:04]
9. "We Are Haunted" [9:53]
10. "Fair Helena" [7:31]
11. "Up And Down" [7:13]
12. "Wake You" [6:13]
13. "Bottom's Dream" [6:10]
14. "The Play" [14:40]
15. The Midnight Hour [6:27]
16. End Credits [2:49]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Midsummer Night's Dream
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   Scene Selection
   Captions
      Captions
         English for The Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
   Sneak Peeks
      Strictly Ballroom
      Shakespeare In Love
      Hamlet
      Miramax - A Year of Gold
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Loved it!

    I thought that this film was a very original rendition of Shakespeare's work. Barry Lynch, esspecially, did a fantastic job of playing the role of Robin Good Fellow. I recommend it for any fan of the Bard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not My Cup of Tea

    I didn't enjoy the movie at all. When I read the play by W.S. I imagined it in a strict theatrical sense. The director made the movie in a sort of interpretitive dance way, with the fairies coming down in umbrellas and looking like Big Bird with enourmous feathers. To top it off the character of Puck resembles the Chris Kattan SNL character of Mr.Peepers. You won't respect it as a Shakespearen production, but as an unintentional comedy.

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