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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Elisabeth Bergner, Felix Aylmer, Richard Ainley, Lionel Braham
  • Directors: Paul Czinner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZMX9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,863 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sir Laurence Olivier, Elisabeth Bergner. Olivier makes his first film appearance in a Shakespearean role in this lively adaptation of the Bard's romantic comedy about a young lovelorn woman who will do anything to be near the object of her affection-including dress up as a boy! 1936/b&w/96 min/NR/fullscreen.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tim Daugard on October 8, 2004
Format: DVD
"As You like It" Should be as light and lively as the recent version of "A Midsummer Nights Dream." Considering the age of the film, the sets and costumes are wonderful. Crowd scenes actually have a reasonable number of people. The production is movie - not stage play.

With that in mind, too much of the play is missing. Too many lines have been deleted, some for no reason. Often, the actors stand for a long silent shot, when the director easily could have had the missing line spoke in the same time. Many of the long passages are reduced to the first and last couple of lines. This hinders the character development and the pacing. It also makes the long speeches left, stand out to much, as if the director is saying "now wait, this part is important." Elisabeth Bergner as "Rosalind" is the worst offender. Many of her lnes are skipped, the worst of it is in the epilogue. Also missing - almost completely is act five.

The film transfer is okay, the sound is lacking high end compared to modern films. This may be due to the limitations of filming at the time. What was jarring, until I got use to it, was silence. When the actors aren't talking, there is no background - no music, no foley, just quiet. Something modern films should try once in a while.

As the only film of "As You Like It" on DVD, it will have to do until something better comes along. At the bargin price, it is a good film to fill the slot on the Shakesphere shelf. I lay in bed after watching it, trying to figure out who should play Rosalind in a new version. . .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DB Edwards on May 5, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had not viewed the 1937 version of AS YOU LIKE IT for many years and was appalled how poor a dvd transfer this ALPHA VIDEO is. The film appears flakey and beaten up, low contrast (blurry) with a barely audible sound track. It is a shame because this is an endearing performance of Shakespeare's masterpiece, with outstanding performances from Sir Laurence Olivier (his first Shakespeare film) and Elizabeth Bergner. The "seven ages of man" soliloquy is one of the greatest ever written. J.M. Barrie, the author of PETER PAN, adapted the bard's play for the screen. Into the waste bin this travesty goes. I have opted to buy the HBO version (1999) and am keeping my fingers crossed (HBO typically delivers quality product and I have been delighted with their offerings in the past).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caballero del febo on May 14, 2009
Format: DVD
The sound on this Alpha Video DVD is dismal: you often can't make out what the actors are saying. After paying a bargain price for this unwatchable film, I'm going to fork out some more to get the Image Entertainment DVD (As You Like it), which has got good reviews on Amazon. I'll update this review after comparing the two.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2014
Format: DVD
ALPHA VIDEO is the dba of a Pennsylvania-based outfit called GOTHAM. They specialize in niche market material, mostly vintage programmers and public domain stuff. Quality of their unrestored movie transfers varies from fair to good, based on condition of film stock and source material (often old 16mm broadcast prints). The only extras provided are a catalog insert and DVD-accessible title list.
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This 1936 adaptation of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT has long been in the public domain. No tape or DVD of it to my knowledge has good picture or sound quality, a condition that compound's the film's several shortcomings. Continuity suffers greatly, as whole sections of the original play have been deleted (about a third in total). Individual speeches are truncated or simply missing. Miking and acoustics are poor.

Star Elisabeth Bergner dons male garb as Rosalind but wears full female makeup. Although the story's set in France, she delivers her lines with a distinct German accent. Mackenzie Ward's mugging as Touchstone (the fool) gets tedious. Laurence Olivier is unconvincing in a wrestling scene in his first of several screen versions of Elizabethan plays. He (and many critics) considered the picture a failure.

I've seen this one a handful of times and have never warmed to it. That doesn't mean I prefer director Kenneth Branaugh's 2006 version which is set in 19th Century Japan. The definitive cinematic "As You Like It" has yet to be made.

Recommended only for Shakespeare completists.
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By Elizabeth Godley on June 5, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I liked it. I think what was missing for me at least was the moment they fell in love. If you blink you'll miss it. It left the rest of the movie kind of silly without that moment. But I liked it. I really like Laurence Olivier and Elisabeth Bergner. :)
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