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The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (Comedy): As You Like It


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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Brian Stirner, Richard Pasco
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: BBC & Time-Life Films
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QVE0SA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Best AS YOU LIKE IT ever made.
Ruth Dorgan
Obviously a strong actress as Rosalind drives this play, and Helen Mirren is outstanding.
Kevin J. Bouffard
In fact, none of his plays have those qualities.
Darren

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2010
Format: DVD
Hello there....
Question: Do you like the colour green?.. What a very odd question you may ask yourself, but before you press the, (ta ta) button, let me assure you that there is relevance in my question, and it is this....
This BBC Shakespeare DVD of, (As You Like It), directed by, (Basil Coleman), and produced by, (Cedric Messina) is set in the most beautiful green fields, and woodland that I have ever seen on the TV screen.. It really is a breath of fresh air, and quite intoxicating....
In this play the two principle characters of, (Rosalind) and (Orlando) are played by, (Helen Mirren) and (Brian Stirner).. In her role the young, (Helen Mirren) handles this demanding part very well, (even if troubled by the occasional flying insect).. She also plays her, alter-ego part of the young man nicely as well, in fact, I think that dressed as a boy she looks rather cute... The young, (Brian Stirner) also carries his role very well...
This production also benefits by having a distinguished supporting cast that absolutely oozes years of thespian experience, including, (Angharad Rees), (Richard Pasco), and (James Bolan) as the convivial, (Touchstone)...
All this wonderful action, and faithful dialogue takes place in the afor mentioned luscious, green countryside....
If you are not famillier with this Shakespearian comedy then this cast of accumplished players makes following the plot less demanding, especially as this product is equipped with sub-titles....
To my mind, (BBC Shakespeare) is a by-word for tele-visual excellence, and I thoroughly recomend the DVD to any one....
It is my hope that this DVD review has been of interest to you....
Happy viewing.. Chris Stayt....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 16, 2012
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If like me you're into the whole Shakespeare thing, then this romantic comedy is well worth experiencing.

Inspired by the prose piece Rosalynde by Thomas Lodge, the pastoral poetry of Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd, and the romantic poetry of Edmund Spenser who would stick his poems on trees,here then a very endearing period piece, that captures the spirit of the play very well. The name Ganimede appears in Marlowe's poem Hero and Leander, as is the title line above, quoted in this play.

Helen Mirren does an absolutely excellent job playing Rosalinde /Ganimede, whose father becomes disinherited from his estate by his brother the Duke. She is allowed to remain because she was raised from birth with her female cousin.

When Rosalinde gets banished too, she and her cousin both head for the Forest of Arden, located near Stratford, and for safety she changes identity, assuming the guise of a man. Meanwhile her would be suitor, heartbroken, heads to the same forest, and pines and writes poetry which he sticks on trees. When he meets her in her disguise he does not recognise her/him despite the common resemblance to Helen Mirren. Several alternate romantic themes are developed with different with different characters simultaneously.

The language reaches the very height of invention we have come to expect from Shakespeare.

Her would be lover's life is in jeopardy from another parallel story.

I have enjoyed this and watched it several times. Now, if you have Amazon Prime, as I write you can watch this for free, as you can watch many Shakespeare movies. Some of the
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Henderson on January 30, 2011
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Like a large portion of Shakespeare film viewers, I needed help for school. I was pulled into the story nicely by this version. The performances of the actors playing Rosalind and Jacques are especially great. The wresting match was pretty clunky, but I expected that from the budget, and that stuff is secondary to the language and the acting. In a way, the less expensive production helped separate the experience from the gloss of movies in general. It seemed to bring the language to the front. Although I love the big, lush Branagh(sp?) productions, I hope to find other smaller productions like this one for my other classroom assignments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 17, 2013
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I confess part of the problem with this performance may be laid at Shakespeare's feet. Most of his comedies begin with a bang, a situation creating peril for one or more characters, which then takes the rest of the play to be resolved. (An exception is "The Taming of the Shrew", but the premise is so funny, the Bard doesn't need the danger.) As you like it seems to begin very slowly, and it seems to have little verbal fireworks. Possibly the weakest parts of the performance is the setting, a real forest, which seems to overwhelm the human figures and the weak performances of the comic characters, usually some of Shakespeare's greatest creations. One plus is that it made me want to see a stronger performance, since it has a lot of Shakespeare's songs and some of his best lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Bouffard on March 10, 2014
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"As You Like It" is my favorite Shakespeare comedy, and this is clearly the best production of the play I've seen. That includes regional productions (including Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada) as well as a live performance in Washington, D.C., many years ago with Kelly McGillis as Rosalind/Ganymede (OK) and the black-and-white film with Laurence Olivier as Orlando (not his best work, to be generous). Obviously a strong actress as Rosalind drives this play, and Helen Mirren is outstanding. She plays the role with the right amount of girlishness that avoids being cloying, which most other actresses make it. Brian Stirner is not quite so good as Orlando, but he's far superior to Olivier, who gave the character too much melancholy. James Bolam also gives an excellent performance as "the Fool," getting just the right amount of playful cynicism into the character. Maynard Williams shines in the minor role of Silvius as does the beautiful Angharad Rees as Celia. Other supporting players are competent to good. I wish I could get my own DVD copy of this, but the only one available as far as I could find it is the entire BBC Shakespeare series, which is formatted only for European DVD players, not U.S. ones.
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