The William Shakespeare Collection

The William Shakespeare Collection

DVD (Wide Screen / Thx)


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/18/2006
UPC: 0024543231622
Original Release: 0000
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 6:42:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Titus Andronicus
Kevin Kline Bottom
Leonardo DiCaprio Romeo
Claire Danes Juliet
Jessica Lange Tamora
Michelle Pfeiffer Titania
Alan Cumming Saturninus
John Leguizamo Tybalt
Rupert Everett Oberon
Harold Perrineau Mercutio
Harry J. Lennix Aaron
Stanley Tucci Puck
Calista Flockhart Helena
Colm Feore Marcus
Pete Postlethwaite Father Laurence
Angus MacFadyen Lucius
Anna Friel Hermia
Christian Bale Demetrius
James Frain Bassianus
Dominic West Lysander
David Strathairn Theseus
Sophie Marceau Hippolyta

Technical Credits
Baz Luhrmann Director,Director, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Julie Taymor Director,Director, Titus
Michael Hoffman Director,Director, William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare Source Author

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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The William Shakespeare Collection 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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