Macbeth: The DVD Edition

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Macbeth: The DVD Edition includes everything you've come to expect from the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of Shakespeare's plays — facing-page explanatory notes, scene-by-scene plot summaries, illustrations from the Folger archives — combined here with a bonus DVD of a performance of Macbeth recorded before a rapt audience in the Folger's intimate Elizabethan Theatre. Conceived and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner, this acclaimed production showcases the inventive magic of Teller, ...

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Overview

Macbeth: The DVD Edition includes everything you've come to expect from the Folger Shakespeare Library editions of Shakespeare's plays — facing-page explanatory notes, scene-by-scene plot summaries, illustrations from the Folger archives — combined here with a bonus DVD of a performance of Macbeth recorded before a rapt audience in the Folger's intimate Elizabethan Theatre. Conceived and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner, this acclaimed production showcases the inventive magic of Teller, who, with Posner, contributes a new foreword to this edition, writing about their vision of the play as a "supernatural horror thriller." Macbeth: The DVD Edition is the perfect volume for those encountering the play for the first time and for those finding brilliant new insights into a classic.

THIS DVD EDITION INCLUDES:
• DVD of the 2008 Folger Theatre/Two River Theater Company production — with over 50 minutes of special features, including interviews with the directors, actors, designers, and scholars
• Foreword by directors Teller and Aaron Posner on the staging of Macbeth
• Freshly edited text based on the 1623 First Folio
• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
• A key to the play's famous lines and phrases
• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language in Macbeth
• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
• An essay by Susan Snyder that provides a modern perspective on the play

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"Macbeth is a blast...ghoulish...beguiling...sardonic...an expression of how captivating an evening of crackling Shakespeare can be." — Peter Marks, The Washington Post

"The explosive and overwhelming effect of a truck bomb...this horrific, riveting Macbeth ought to be seen by as many people as possible." — Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439172254
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Series: Folger Shakespeare Library Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 348,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England’s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children—their older daughter Susanna and the twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare’s working life was spent, not in Stratford, but in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright, but as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Sometime between 1610 and 1613, Shakespeare is thought to have retired from the stage and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Amazing

    Its an amazing tragedy that is presented very well. There are stage notes as well, so you can get a good image of the action onstage.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    macbeth

    Macbeth is basically a tragedy about a man that kills a man with a small little dagger. The name of the man that he kills is named Duncan. The man that he has someone else kill is named Banquo. After the person kills Banquo he can't ever stop thinking about the death of him. It haunts him like no other and finally he can't take it no more.
    The parallel is a negative resource because I think it confuses a lot of people and a lot of people don't know what the heck it is even saying. It can also be used as a positive way because if your teacher wants you to read the Shakespeare then bam it are right there. But like again a lot of people don't even know how to read the Shakespeare version but if you look on the other page the regular version is there so it's pretty nice.

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