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Shakespeare Retold

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Overview

The BBC shook things up a bit with its 2005 series Shakespeare Retold, and this compilation collects four of the five films produced for telecast over BBC One in November of that year. First, David Nicholls updates Much Ado About Nothing into a behind-the-scenes comedy at a Wessex TV news operation, with Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis, Tom Ellis, and Doctor Who's Billie Piper starring. Peter Moffat takes on Macbeth, setting the action in a contemporary restaurant where the acclaimed chef Joe Macbeth James McAvoy, ...
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Overview

The BBC shook things up a bit with its 2005 series Shakespeare Retold, and this compilation collects four of the five films produced for telecast over BBC One in November of that year. First, David Nicholls updates Much Ado About Nothing into a behind-the-scenes comedy at a Wessex TV news operation, with Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis, Tom Ellis, and Doctor Who's Billie Piper starring. Peter Moffat takes on Macbeth, setting the action in a contemporary restaurant where the acclaimed chef Joe Macbeth James McAvoy, newly aware that he's destined to inherit the place, begins to consider accelerating the transition, with his bride, Ella Keeley Hawes, egging him on. Shirley Henderson and Rufus Sewell square off in Sally Wainwright's take on The Taming of the Shrew: Henderson's Kate Minola is a formidable British politician who barrels headlong into Sewell's eccentric Petruchio. Finally, Peter Bowker adapts Shakespeare's romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream with Imelda Staunton as Polly, Bill Patterson as Theo, and Johnny Vegas as the fuzzy-eared Bottom.
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Special Features

Interviews with the stars and production team for all four plays
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • UPC: 794051289025
  • Rating:

  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 6:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,341

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shakespeare Retold: Much Ado About Nothing/Macbeth
1. Wessex Tonight [8:12]
2. New Partner [4:19]
3. Old Friends [3:55]
4. Sparring Partners [2:52]
5. Fancy Dress Party [4:21]
6. Party Chat [3:32]
7. Look of Love [2:50]
8. Trapping Ben [8:16]
9. Ben In Love [7:49]
10. Trapping Bea [4:28]
11. Don's Deceit [5:42]
12. Late Night Poetry [6:51]
13. Claude's Cruelty [8:58]
14. Bea's Challenge [3:48]
15. Truth Revealed [4:05]
16. The Death of Hero [4:13]
17. Together At Last [4:12]
18. Closing Credits [1:05]
1. Kitchen Warriors [6:24]
2. Chef! [4:21]
3. Binmen's Prophecy [6:28]
4. The Plot [5:38]
5. Duncan's Last Meal [6:42]
6. Bewitching Woman [4:05]
7. A Dagger Before Me [2:25]
8. Bloody Hands [5:16]
9. A Little Water [2:49]
10. Duncan's Dead [4:40]
11. Confess Now [3:28]
12. The Nightshift [5:45]
13. Binmen's Return [6:35]
14. Billy's Missing [5:39]
15. McDuff's Suspicions [4:28]
16. Ella's Madness [5:10]
17. Pigs Will Fly [5:43]
18. Closing Credits [1:11]
Disc #2 -- Shakespeare Retold: The Taming of the Shrew/A Midsummer Night's Dream
1. The Shrew [5:40]
2. Family Lunch [2:28]
3. Bianca's Men [5:30]
4. Enter Peter [5:20]
5. Mother's Visit [2:41]
6. Wooing Kate [5:44]
7. Lunch With a Gentleman [5:48]
8. Wedding Jitters [5:33]
9. Dearly Beloved [8:08]
10. Newlyweds [5:32]
11. Taming the Shrew [6:30]
12. Wedding Night [3:30]
13. Be Nice [8:16]
14. Pillow Talk [3:07]
15. Kiss Me, Kate [3:56]
16. He's the Boss [4:55]
17. Small Surprises [1:49]
18. Closing Credits [1:01]
1. Welcome Party [6:45]
2. Change of Heart [6:39]
3. The Rude Mechanicals [5:12]
4. Faerie Troubles [6:06]
5. Human Troubles [3:05]
6. Look of Love [4:22]
7. Love Juice Lessons [3:18]
8. Animal Vibe [4:23]
9. Strangers in the Night [4:16]
10. A Real "Puck Up" [7:01]
11. Talk of Kings [6:55]
12. Love Potion #9 [6:25]
13. Morning After [5:20]
14. Heart Vows [5:03]
15. Showtime [3:15]
16. The Love Thing [2:38]
17. Sweet Dreams [4:00]
18. Closing Credits [1:16]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Shakespeare Retold: Much Ado About Nothing/Macbeth
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   Much Ado About Nothing
      Menu Group #1 with 18 chapter(s) covering 01:29:36
         Play Feature
   Macbeth
      Play Feature
   Special Features
      Much Ado About Nothing Interview
      Macbeth Interview
Disc #2 -- Shakespeare Retold: The Taming of the Shrew/A Midsummer Night's Dream
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   The Taming of the Shrew
      Menu Group #1 with 18 chapter(s) covering 01:25:36
         Play Feature
   A Midsummer Night's Dream
   Special Features
      The Taming of the Shrew Interview
      A Midsummer Night's Dream Interview
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved all four

    This Shakespeare Retold rocks. I love British adaptations anyway, they make such an excellent and quality job when they touch the classics and here, once again, they don`t make mistakes. What can I say, suerb casting, Shirley Henderson, James McAvoy, Rufus Sewel, Damian Lewis, all gems in the crown of British acting and they do an amazing job. The productions are sort of low key, at least to compared to Hollywodd production, but it doesn`t harm the performances and the end result.
    My favourite of the four was The Taming Of The Shrew, but that is my favourite story anyway, and I think this version works so well, I was amazed. Rufus Sewel and Shirley Henderson both render perfect performances, and show great chemistry, and they make their characters believable, human. They also managed to show why they are what they are, in small, subtle details, and how they start to respect and love each other. And by the way, this movie is also hilarious!
    But all four are great, I recommend them!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Shakespeare Retold

    Story was very well told and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Recommended

    I thought this was great. My favorite by far was Macbeth, followed by Taming of the Shrew. If you like Shakespeare you should check out these retellings of his classics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    shakespeare for the common man

    I bought this mainly to see "The Taming of the Shrew." Wow...Shirley Henderson...not one for the faint-hearted. The plays were definitely a fresh take on the Bard's work with the characters placed in modern situations, yet keeping the heart and soul of each very well, indeed.

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