Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

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Director: Kenneth Branagh, Michael Keaton, Robert Sean Leonard, Keanu Reeves

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Michael Keaton, Robert Sean Leonard, Keanu Reeves

     
 

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Kenneth Branagh's charming, all-star rendition of Much Ado About Nothing comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three

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Kenneth Branagh's charming, all-star rendition of Much Ado About Nothing comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer, and a making-of featurette. This is a fine release from MGM/UA that should please Shakespeare fans as well as romantic comedy enthusiasts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A slightly streamlined but mostly charming adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic comedy, transplanted to a sunny Tuscan villa, featuring an all-star cast. Reinterpreted by writer-director-star Kenneth Branagh, the story is wonderfully updated to include color-blind casting (Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves play brothers) and real-life pairings (Branagh and co-star Emma Thompson were married at the time) that actually work in service of the film instead of drawing attention away from it. Comprised of the director's earmark attention to detail and flights of fancy, the film found a significant audience and paved the way for more screen adaptations of Shakespeare's comedies by other filmmakers. This effort continued Branagh's fascination with the Bard on celluloid, after his extraordinary filmization of Henry V in 1989, and proved that he could switch gears from heavy drama to light comedy with the surest of hands.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
Director Branagh, who altered the play imaginatively for the screen, gives wonderful import to this silliness from long ago.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The key to the film's success is in the acting, especially in the sparks that fly between Branagh and Thompson.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/07/2003
UPC:
0027616869548
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
7,139

Special Features

Making much ado featurette; Origional theatrical trailer; English stereo surround; French stereo surround; Spanish mono; English, french, & spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenneth Branagh Benedick
Michael Keaton Dogberry
Robert Sean Leonard Claudio
Keanu Reeves Don John
Emma Thompson Beatrice
Denzel Washington Don Pedro
Richard Briers Seigneur Leonato, Governor of Messina
Kate Beckinsale Hero
Brian Blessed Seigneur Antonio
Richard Clifford Conrade
Ben Elton Verges
Gerard Horan Borachio
Phyllida Law Ursula
Imelda Staunton Margaret
Jimmy Yuill Friar Francis
Andy Hockley George Seacole
Chris Barnes Francis Seacole
Alex Lowe Messenger
Patrick Doyle Balthasar
Alex Scott Servant to Benedick
Edward Jewesbury Sexton

Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Martin Childs Art Director
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Paul Engelen Makeup
Stephen Evans Producer
Tim Harvey Production Designer
Roger Lanser Cinematographer
Andrew Marcus Editor
L. Justin Muller Asst. Director
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
David Parfitt Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Heroes' Welcome [9:31]
2. A Jewel [6:10]
3. Fair Disguise [1:38]
4. A Plain Villain [2:40]
5. Masquerade [7:45]
6. Merry for Love [8:26]
7. Benedick Bemused [11:43]
8. Taming My Wild Heart [3:16]
9. The Night Watchman [3:24]
10. Nothing is as it Seems [5:03]
11. Dying to Live [9:31]
12. What He Will do for Love [4:26]
13. The Gentleman [4:03]
14. The Challenge [4:17]
15. A Father's Plan [6:37]
16. Mourning After [3:08]
17. Good News [4:10]
18. Taking Thy Hand [4:23]
19. A Miracle [3:45]
20. Many Happy Returns/End Credits [6:43]

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Much Ado About Nothing 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Firannion More than 1 year ago
Thompson and Branagh are brilliantly brittle as the sparring, too-smart-for-their-own-good Beatrice and Benedick. In most respects this is one of the most satisfying realizations of Shakespeare on film that I've seen. The one really big fly in the ointment is the gross miscasting of Michael Keaton as Dogberry: a role that is traditionally interpreted as a charmingly daft elderly man. Keaton's scenery-chewing performance distracts and detracts from the rest of the movie significantly.
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This is a great film. A great feel-good film. Great locations, great acting, great scale. Whether you like Shakespeare or not, this is a film for all the family to enjoy over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent film played to perfection by a strong, balanced cast. Beautiful scenery, beautiful people, beautiful Shakespeare. Watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film made me want to book a trip to Italy. Robert Sean Leonard seems terribly immature, which I think is exactly the point. Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, and Kate Beckinsale were great. Branagh and Thompson were great fun to watch. It's too bad they won't likely do another film together. Keanu Reeves was an odd casting choice. He was truly terrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie despite the poor casting of Keanu Reeves and Michael Keaton. Conversely, the casting of Denzel Washington was ideal and I enjoyed his performance so much. I think Kenneth Branagh is a great talent and wish I could see more of him.
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