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With William Shakespeare now a hot commodity at the box office and his body of work conveniently out of copyright, the usual trickle of film adaptations of the Bard's work is becoming a small flood, and director Michael Hoffman has assembled a cast of leading stage and screen actors for this whimsical film version of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. This interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream moves the action to Tuscany near the turn of the 20th century, as both mortals and enchanted creatures ...
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Overview

With William Shakespeare now a hot commodity at the box office and his body of work conveniently out of copyright, the usual trickle of film adaptations of the Bard's work is becoming a small flood, and director Michael Hoffman has assembled a cast of leading stage and screen actors for this whimsical film version of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. This interpretation of A Midsummer Night's Dream moves the action to Tuscany near the turn of the 20th century, as both mortals and enchanted creatures deal with romantic problems. Among the flesh-and-blood crowd, Duke Theseus played by David Strathairn is preparing for his wedding to Hippolyta Sophie Marceau, while having to counsel Egeus Bernard Hill, who has promised the hand of his daughter Hermia Anna Friel to Demetrius Christian Bale. Hermia, however, wants to elope with her true love, Lysander Dominic West, while her best friend Helena Calista Flockhart is mad about Demetrius. Meanwhile, fairies living in the forest are watching these romantic misadventures. Puck Stanley Tucci serves up love potions that mix and match the already confused lovers, while the Queen of Fairies, Titania Michelle Pfeiffer, and her King, Oberon Rupert Everett, have to deal with a group of hapless actors rehearsing a play in the forest -- one of whom, Bottom Kevin Kline, has fallen under Puck's spell and becomes Titania's new lover. Will anyone end up with the person they really love? Who will get hurt riding their bicycles in the woods? Will Helena sit down and eat a square meal? Director Hoffman, a longtime Shakespeare buff, appeared as Lysander in a production of the play while a college student, and has since spearheaded a campaign to build a new $3 million theatre for his alma mater in Boise, ID.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • UPC: 024543231622
  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition
  • Time: 6:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,473

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
William Shakespeare Source Author
Baz Luhrmann Director
Michael Hoffman Director
Julie Taymor Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Shakespeare Collection - A Midsummer Night's Dream
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 Hermia [3:06]
11. Helena Enters [5:29]
12. The Rehearsal 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 Tale [1:01]
23. Puck's Speech [4:12]
24. End Titles [5:37]
Disc #2 -- The Shakespeare Collection - Romeo + Juliet
1. The Prologue [:22]
2. Sycamore Grove [:48]
3. Bachelor of the Year [:46]
4. The Pool Hall [:05]
5. The Capulet Mansion [4:39]
6. Mercutio at Sycamore Grove [2:54]
7. The Party Parties [3:59]
8. Romeo Spies Juliet [:51]
9. Fulgencio Warns Tybalt [1:29]
10. Juliet, the Flirt [3:07]
11. First Kisses [3:14]
12. The Revelation [1:45]
13. The Party's Over [1:25]
14. Romeo Sneaks Back In [2:25]
15. Arranging the Marriage [:48]
16. Boys on the Beach [1:22]
17. Romeo Gets the Word From the Nurse [2:10]
18. The Nurse Teases Juliet [1:01]
19. The Wedding [1:45]
20. Death on a Summer's Day [2:42]
21. Retribution at Twilight [7:19]
22. A Wedding Night [:48]
23. Juliet Learns Her Options [3:06]
24. Romeo Misses a Message in Mantua [:40]
25. Juliet Takes Her Medicine [:02]
26. Romeo Learns of His Beloved's Fate [1:48]
27. Together at Last [2:13]
28. Epilogue [2:08]
29. End Titles [1:34]
Disc #3 -- The Shakespeare Collection -Titus, Disc 1
1. Childish Things [:26]
2. Return to Rome (Opening Credits) [:17]
3. Tomb Andronici [2:08]
4. Enter Lavinia [:11]
5. A Head on Headless Rome [3:10]
6. Saturninus Takes the Throne [2:37]
7. Titus Slays Mutius/A New Empress [4:28]
8. Dishonor [:35]
9. Bacchanal [1:38]
10. Seeds of Vengeance Sown [:22]
11. Tamora's Ascent [7:43]
12. What Storm Is This?/Conspiracy [:31]
13. The Hunt/Aaron's Stratagem [3:48]
14. A Wilderness of Tigers [2:29]
15. Quintus and Martius Ensnared [1:01]
16. Lavinia's Fate [2:35]
17. I Tell My Sorrows to the Stones [2:45]
18. The King's Ransom [1:15]
19. A Time to Storm [4:38]
20. Prosthetic Branches [1:32]
21. Opposing Camps [5:02]
22. Lavinia's Sorrows Printed Plain [3:12]
23. Titus' Gift/Aaron's Child [2:07]
24. The Goddess of Justice Has Left the Earth [3:57]
25. Saturninus Before the Senate [1:31]
26. Lucius Before the Goths [5:05]
27. Aaron's Confession [3:24]
28. A Visit From Revenge [8:34]
29. Preparing for the Feast [:14]
30. Just Desserts [5:31]
31. The Uses of Vengeance/Renewal [:02]
32. Curtain (End Credits) [4:55]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Shakespeare Collection - A Midsummer Night's Dream
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: English Dolby┬« Surround
      Captions & Subtitles: English
      Captions & Subtitles: Spanish
      Captions & Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Theatrical Trailer
   Play
Disc #2 -- The Shakespeare Collection - Romeo + Juliet
   Play
   Chapter Selection
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: English Dolby Surround
      Spoken Languages: French Dolby Surround
      THX
      Subtitles
         Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Commentary
         Commentary: Baz Luhrmann/Catherine Martin/Craig Pearce/Don Mcalpine: On
         Commentary: Baz Luhrmann/Catherine Martin/Craig Pearce/Don Mcalpine: Off
      Director's Gallery
         Impact
         Why Shakespeare?
         Pitching Shakespeare
         The Gas Station
         The Pool Scene
         Tybalt's Execution
         Credits
      Cinematographer's Gallery
         A Hole in the Wall
         One Light
         Operator
         The Fishtank
         The Elevator
         The Church
      Design Gallery
         The Books
         Guns of Verona Beach
         Cars of Verona Beach
         Production Design
            Verona Beach City Map: The Capulet Mansion
            Verona Beach City Map: The Gas Station
            Verona Beach City Map: Sycamore Grove
            Verona Beach City Map: The Jesus Moument
            Verona Beach City Map: St Peters Church
         Fashion of Verona Beach
            Montagues
            Capulets
         Branding Verona Beach
      Interview Gallery
         The Co-Writer
         The Editor
         The Choreographer
         The Costume Designer
         Leonardo DiCaprio
         Claire Danes
         John Leguizamo
         Credits
      Music Clips
         Kissing You
         Young Hearts
      Marketing R + J
         TV Spots
         Trailer
         Posters
      DVD-ROM
Disc #3 -- The Shakespeare Collection -Titus, Disc 1
   Language Selections
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Spoken Languages: English Dolby Surround
      Captions & Subtitles: English
      Captions & Subtitles: Spanish
      Captions & Subtitles: None
   Extra Features
      Director's Commentary
      Scene Specific Commentary
         Act I Ch. 2
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Return to Rome
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Tomb Andronici
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: A Head on Headless Rome
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Dishonor
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Bacchanal
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Tamora's Ascent
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: The Hunt/Aaron's Stratagem
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Quintus and Martius Ensnared
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: I Tell My Sorrows to the Stones
         Act III Ch. 18
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: The King's Ransom
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: A Time to Storm
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Titus' Gift/Aaron's Child
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Aaron's Confession
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Preparing for the Feast
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: Just Desserts
            Scene Specific Commentary: Jump to the Specific Scenes Which Contain Commentary With Anthony Hopkins and/or Harry Lennix: The Uses of Vengeance/Renewal
      Isolated Score With Commentary By Composer Elliot Goldenthal
   Scene Selections
      Act I
      Act II
      Act III
      Act IV
      Act V
   Play Movie
Disc #4 -- The Shakespeare Collection -Titus, Disc 2
   Julie Taymor at Columbia University
   The Making of Titus
      Play All
      Opening
      Greetings
      Art Show
      The First Read-Through
      Cinecitta' Reverie
      Exercises & Rehearsals
      Principal Photography
      Scoring
      Rehearsing the Chorale
      Performance of Main Title Theme
      Parting Thought
   Penny Arcade Nightmares
   Costume Gallery
   American Cinematographer Articles
      A Timeless Tale of Revenge
      From Stage to Screen
   Trailers and TV Spots
      Trailer A
      Trailer B
      PBS TV Spot
      Feast TV Spot
      Taste TV Spot
      Millennium TV Spot
   Picture Icon
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Delightful

    A delightful collection, and the dream of any Shakespeare lover. Well-casted, and thus, well-acted. Romeo and Juliet is beautiful, but A Midsummer Night's Dream really shines. The most noticably remarkable performance is Rupert Everett: absolutely stunning, refreshing and full of pure talent. All in all, a must-have and great gift for the holidays.

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