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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

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The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo Leonardo DiCaprio is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet Claire Danes is a Capulet at the end of one ...
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Overview

The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo Leonardo DiCaprio is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet Claire Danes is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst. He relies heavily -- and with serious consequences -- on his rebel gender-bender of a friend, Mercutio Harold Perrineau Jr., and Father not Friar Lawrence Pete Postlethwaite for protection and support. Romeo is, of course, exiled, and it looks like Juliet will be forced into an arranged marriage with the bland Paris Paul Rudd. It ends, as Romeo and Juliet must, when Romeo hears a tragic piece of misinformation and brings his suicide wish to what was meant to be Juliet 's temporary tomb. This time, though, the turf and the weapon of choice have taken a turn toward the surreal. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide
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Special Features

Music machine feature; 3 audio commentaries with director Baz Luhrman, co-composer Craig Armstrong and co-composer Marius De Vries; Romeo + Juliet: The Music; The London Music Mix featurette; Journey of the Song featurettes - "Young Hearts Run Free," "Everybody's Free," and temp music
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
It's Shakespeare for the MTV generation. Director Baz Luhrman Strictly Ballroom brings his gaudy, overheated aesthetic to this hyperkinetic rendering of the Bard's famous romantic tragedy -- a movie that moves like an action film while keeping Shakespeare's text intact. Updated to the present and set in an unspecified Latin city bursting with tropical colors, red-hot mamas, gun-toting skin heads, and oversized religious icons, this Romeo and Juliet was a big hit with young moviegoers. Leonardo DiCaprio's turn here as Romeo put him on the map as a teen heartthrob, but it's the radiant Claire Danes who carries the picture. As the child-woman Juliet, she has a gravity and heartbreaking intensity that allow her to hold the screen in the midst of fast cuts and flying bullets.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
For the 1996 cinematic version of Romeo+Juliet, Strictly Ballroom (1992) director Baz Luhrmann opted to flamboyantly update Shakespeare for the MTV generation. From the moment the Capulets and Montagues are introduced via the evening news, and the rival gangs engage in a semi-automatic "sword" shoot-out, Luhrmann's restlessly post-modern interpretation of the teen romance to end all others never lets up. The vibrant colors and costumes, florid "Verona Beach" settings, souped-up pace, watery balcony interlude, and kinetic widescreen cinematography culminate in a neon-lit death scene that alone was worth the Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction. The diverse soundtrack, including 1990s alternative rock, dance music, and a choral cover by Prince matches the equally eclectic cast. Not all critics, though, were enthralled by Luhrmann's hyper-stylized vision, nor convinced that Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio's naturalistic style did justice to the Bard. Still, the couple's youth and chemistry added up to a convincing romance, helping to turn Romeo+Juliet into a box-office success, and leaving Berlin Film Festival prize-winner DiCaprio poised to become a teen dream in 1997's blockbuster Titanic.
Los Angeles Times
Like flaming youth everywhere, this film is loud, exuberant and excessive, but it has enough positive energy and dizzying high spirits to make it irresistible. Kenneth Turan

Like flaming youth everywhere, this film is loud, exuberant and excessive, but it has enough positive energy and dizzying high spirits to make it irresistible. Kenneth Turan
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • UPC: 024543403623
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,338

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo
Claire Danes Juliet
John Leguizamo Tybalt
Harold Perrineau Jr. Mercutio
Pete Postlethwaite Father Laurence
Paul Sorvino Fulgencio Capulet
Dash Mihok Benvolio
Vondie Curtis-Hall Captain Prince
Christina Pickles Caroline Montague
Jesse Bradford Balthasar
Brian Dennehy Ted Montague
Vincent Laresca Abra
Miriam Margolyes The Nurse
Paul Rudd Dave Paris
Diane Venora Gloria Capulet
M. Emmet Walsh Apothecary
Jamie Kennedy Sampson
Carlos Martin Manzo Ortalora
Technical Credits
Baz Luhrmann Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Craig Armstrong Songwriter
Kym Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Jill Bilcock Associate Producer, Editor
Brigitte Broch Set Decoration/Design
Martin Brown Co-producer, Screenwriter
Maruis de Vries Songwriter
Catherine Doherty Set Decoration/Design
Garbage Songwriter
Miguel Gil Asst. Director
Doug Hardwick Art Director
Nellee Hooper Score Composer, Songwriter
Rebecca Marie Special Effects
Catherine Martin Associate Producer, Production Designer
Gabriella Martinelli Producer
Miguel Lima Martinez Asst. Director
Donald M. McAlpine Casting, Cinematographer
John (Cha Cha) O'Connell Choreography
Craig Pearce Screenwriter
David Rubin Casting
Martin Walters Asst. Director
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
1. The Prologue [2:24]
2. Sycamore Grove [2:20]
3. Bachelor of the Year [2:49]
4. The Pool Hall [2:01]
5. The Capulet Mansion [2:10]
6. Mercutio at Sycamore Grove [2:42]
7. The Party Parties [7:14]
8. Romeo Spies Juliet [2:35]
9. Fulgencio Warns Tybalt [1:58]
10. Juliet, the Flirt [1:06]
11. First Kisses [1:07]
12. The Revelation [4:46]
13. The Party's Over [2:27]
14. Romeo Sneaks Back In [1:59]
15. Arranging the Marriage [4:09]
16. Boys on the Beach [1:25]
17. Romeo Gets the Word From the Nurse [6:31]
18. The Nurse Teases Juliet [4:19]
19. The Wedding [1:00]
20. Death on a Summer's Day [1:25]
21. Retribution at Twilight [2:37]
22. A Wedding Night [1:46]
23. Juliet Learns Her Options [2:57]
24. Romeo Misses a Message in Mantua [3:33]
25. Juliet Takes Her Medicine [8:23]
26. Romeo Learns of His Beloved's Fate [2:15]
27. Together at Last [1:47]
28. Epilogue [4:24]
29. End Titles [2:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
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      Audio
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         Spanish Dolby Surround
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      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
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   Music Edition
      Music Machine
         O Verona
         Pretty Piece of Flesh
         Talk Show Host
         Angel
         Young Hearts Run Free
         Kissing You
         You and Me Song
         When Doves Cry
         Lovefool
         Everybody's Free
         Whatever (I Had a Dream)
         Little Star
         #1 Crush
         Exit Music for Film
      Commentaries
         Baz Luhrman On/Off
         Craig Armstrong On/Off
         Marius De Vries On/Off
      Romeo+Juliet-The Music
      The London Music Mix
      The Journey of the Song
         Young Hearts Run Free
         Everybody's Free
         Temp Music
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A review from a guy who watches movies!!

    An excellent movie!!! No doubt about it!!! This is what Romeo and Juliet would have looked like if Shakespeare was alive today!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2014

    riveting. visually stunning yet beautifully rendered Shakespeare

    riveting. visually stunning yet beautifully rendered Shakespeare!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    I think the director hit on Shakespeare┬┐s intention. You can cle

    I think the director hit on Shakespeare’s intention. You can clearly see the original story but with a contemporary turn to it. This would make it better for high school students to understand. Luhrmann made sure that when you watch this movie full of fun and action, he will have you thinking this is nothing like what’s in the book, when really it’s the same story line. His use of details in the movie shows clearly what happen from the exposition to the resolution. I think if Shakespeare wanted Romeo and Juliet to be a movie this would have been it.      

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    very wonderful ! better than the orginal. Leo did a great job as

    very wonderful ! better than the orginal. Leo did a great job as Romeo and i recommend this movie to all the Leo fans.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite movie

    This is my favorite film, something I had to hide from my crew of blue collar, hard drinking and street fighting friends growing up. I've always loved Shakespeare (another interest I hid for too long), and the idea of having his most well-known story re-told in a pseudo modern setting was something I couldn't resist. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint in the least.

    The acting, characters (obviously, set pieces and costumes, score.....everything about this movie was exquisite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    romantic

    a good romance movie to watch with the boys. filled with excitment and fun costumes. a wonderful job on messing the old with the new.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    This was a great movie

    From finish to end, this movie was great. Leo and Claire did a wonderful job acting. The story was easy to follow because of the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My only love sprung from my only hate

    I never liked Shakespeare. In fact it is safe to say that I absoloutly HATED him. My teacher said I should watch Romeo and Juliet, the Leo version, I watched it and I fell in love. I could easily recite the Balcony scene for you with 15 grapes shoved in my mouth. The directing skills of Baz continue to amaze me. This movie shows real love, and also real hate, and how the fight of elders can effect even the most innocent of lovers. I highly reccomend this movie! I'd give it 10000000 stars if I could!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST VERSION EVER!!!!

    I've seen the normal version of this story and it was pretty hard to pay attention. But with this version....WOW! I couldnt wait to see the entire movie! Not only because Leonardo DeCaprio was in it, but because this is my all time favorite romance story EVER! So, who ever wants to watch a movie on this famous romanc-tragedy tale has got to see this version of it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not your classic R+J? Guess what, I don't care

    If you want the lines delevered with the right pacing and the up and down beats, watch the 60's version. You want to see a classic seting and coustume, watch the 60's version. You want to see a different and refreashing take on your R+J watch this. Yeah, it's not the classic R+J but people need to realive that the other version isn't the classic either. The classic is writen by the bard himself and no other can come close. Both oposing films are a directors take on the play, not the real thing. Gosh, you people and your films are like the Montague's and the Capulet's. Both fighting for no appearnt reason. So take a break from your DVD players and read the play again, before you forget what the true Romeo and Juliet is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!

    I watched this version of it in school and it was amazing.. i know otehr peopel say its boring but i loved it. you never no what is going to happen next. we would read a scene then watch the sceen. i coulndnt take it anymore so i had to watch the rest of the movie. =)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    O tho Romeo Tis my Lady Tis my love which a rose can smell so sweet

    This is a very romantic movie as Leonardo Dicapreao as Romeo and Clarie Danes as Juliet I like the scene where Romeo and Juliet fall into the pool and make love to each other I'ts sad though at the end Romeo dies and Juliet kills herself but it must be based on a true story of two young lovers Romeo and Juliet O Romeo where O tho Romeo? Tis my lady tis my love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best movie of 1996

    I love romeo+juliet becuse of the romantic scenes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    outstanding hardly says it

    I have seen this film several times now, and each time I see, I enjoy it a little more. Everybody who discredits it is just biased towards what is considered the "true" Shakespeare version, and unwilling to accept change or merit an artists freedom of interpretaion. I enjoy both versions of the film and hold neither above the other, but I am willing to go along with Raz and not hate his work simply because it's different. I whole-heartedly enjoyed this film and encourage anyone who is a fan of the timeless tragedy to go and see it for themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting....

    There are many good points and just totally messed up point in this movie. Good points include fantastic acting, a fairly good set and very good music. Mr. Baz's(director)interprets this well known Shakespearean play into a high energy, teenage movie. Its bad points are as follows: His interpretation is not so good. One honestly sometimes gets lost with the Shakespearean language. The language looks so weird in the modern time and it takes adjusting to. Overall, it was a very unique viewing experience, and I would not mind watching it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Romeo and Juliet in a new Perspective

    This is a very unique story. Romeo and Juliet is my favorite story of all time. I love William Shakespeare. I loved how the movie was in a new time, it shows kids to get a better grasp on the wonderful love story of sacrifice, love, and wonderful descriptional writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    horrible

    This movie was absolutely horrible! I had to turn it off. You can't even call it Shakespeare. If you want to watch the real tragedy of Romeo and Juliet then watch Franco Zeferelli's version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Movie

    I am now studying this in English class and when I saw this for the first time I thought "It's completly different from the actual story line and it doesn't stay true to the original...but once I learned the language a bit better and saw the old Romeo and Juliet with Olivia Hussey I seemed to be able to get into it alot more. I love the modern twist on the story line and how they kept the old language because it still teaches the teenagers the language of Shakespeare but gives them something a bit more modern to relate too. I thought it was amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best movie ever!!!

    this is the most spectacular and romantic vesion of romeo and juliet i have ever seen... ...and i can actually understand it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT!! OUTSTANDING!!

    I read this story in my English class and thought at first, "What in the world-?!" then, after my teacher translated everything for us and read it for us and he showed this movie and the 1968 version, I fell in love with the story immediately. Leonardo DiCaprio does an excellent job as Romeo and Claire Danes did her part as Juliet extremely well, too. I highly reccommend this movie to any Shakespeare reader and for the modern day movie lover. I plan on buying this VERY soon!

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