Midsummer Night's Dream

Midsummer Night's Dream

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Director: Michael Hoffman

Cast: Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett

     
 

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Michael Hoffman's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the originalSee more details below

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Overview

Michael Hoffman's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from 20th Century Fox that does a great job presenting the film, but offers little else. Fans of the all-star cast (Kevin Kline, Calista Flockhart, Michelle Pfeiffer, and a half dozen other notables) will enjoy this disc, although bios of all those stars would have been a nice touch.

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Brimming with fairies, sex, love potions, transformations, and slightly malevolent forays into matchmaking, A Midsummer Night's Dream leaves its interpreters with much to work with. Its already preposterous nature allows for quite a bit of tweaking, and the play has often fallen victim to ill-fated flights of directorial whimsy. Michael Hoffman, in an effort to showcase the decadent nature of A Midsummer Night's Dream, changed its original location in ancient Greece to a more sensual 19th century Italy, accomplishing little save for providing some gorgeous scenery and low-cut period costumes. Otherwise, the play was left to speak for itself by means of a stellar cast and its legendary playwright, William Shakespeare. Rupert Everett gives a delightfully brooding performance as Oberon, the fairy king, who sets the chaos in motion when he enchants his wife into falling in love with Nick Bottom (Kevin Kline), the aspiring thespian-turned-mule via one nasty potion. Kline, a Shakespearean veteran, shamelessly hams it up as the melodramatic Nick, while simultaneously imparting a buffoonish vulnerability. The forest setting is frenzied, wildly sexual, and arguably more hallucinatory than director Baz Luhrmann's modernized version of Romeo + Juliet. The best thing about Hoffman's take on A Midsummer Night's Dream, however, is his expert interweaving of the conventional and the outlandish. Though the film is traditional enough in its approach to use Felix Mendelssohn's classical compositions, as did director Max Reinhardt in his 1935 Hollywood version, it portrayed fairies as they were believed to be by Elizabethans: humorous, mischievous, sexual, and oftentimes up to no good. The surreal, sweaty atmosphere combined with giddy Elizabethan dialogue and one seriously lowbrow plot makes for a visually stimulating adventure and an irresistibly happy ending.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
UPC:
0086162123085
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
5,420

Special Features

Widescreen format [aspect ratio 2.35:1]; Interactive menus, scene selection; Original theatrical trailer; Languages: English Dolby surround, English 5.1 surround; Subtitles: English and Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Kline Bottom
Michelle Pfeiffer Titania
Rupert Everett Oberon
Stanley Tucci Puck
Calista Flockhart Helena
Anna Friel Hermia
Christian Bale Demetrius
Dominic West Lysander
David Strathairn Theseus
Sophie Marceau Hippolyta
Roger Rees Peter Quince
Bernard Hill Egeus
Bill Irwin Tom Snout
Sam Rockwell Francis Flute

Technical Credits
Michael Hoffman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jo Allen Makeup
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Maria Teresa Barbasso Art Director
Antonio Corridori Special Effects Supervisor
Garth Craven Editor
Gerry Gavigan Asst. Director
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Lora Kennedy Casting
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Boswell Score Composer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Leslie Urdang Producer
Robert Urdang Musical Direction/Supervision
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Ann Wingate Co-producer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
0. Menu Group #1 with 24 chapter(s) covering 02:00:30
1. Main Titles. [4:09]
2. Wedding Preparations. [6:03]
3. The Course Of True Love. [3:41]
4. Casting A Play. [9:37]
5. Fairies. [:30]
6. Puck's Errand. [7:28]
7. Helena And Demetrius. [1:58]
8. The Flower. [3:27]
9. Titania's Bower. [1:37]
10. Lysander And Helena. [3:06]
11. Helena Enters. [5:29]
12. The Rehersal Place. [2:53]
13. Puck's Trick. [:29]
14. Puck's Mistake. [3:39]
15. A Donkey And A Queen. [1:03]
16. Helena's Lovers. [5:31]
17. The Cure. [2:38]
18. The Wood Nymphs. [2:06]
19. Bottom's Dream. [3:09]
20. A Wedding Celebration. [4:04]
21. Pyramus And Thisbe. [8:17]
22. Fairy Time. [1:01]
23. Puck's Speech. [4:12]
24. End Titles. [5:37]

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