A Midsummer Night's Dream 2002 PG-13 CC

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Miramax Home Entertainment invites you to enjoy this playful interpretation of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy! A rich man's daughter has a difficult choice to make: do her duty and accept an arranged marriage... or follow her heart to her one true love!

Lindsay Duncan, Alex Jennings
1 hour 44 minutes

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Adrian Noble
Starring Lindsay Duncan, Alex Jennings
Supporting actors Desmond Barrit, Finbar Lynch, Osheen Jones, Monica Dolan, Emily Raymond, Ann Hasson, Gemma Aston, John Baxter, Alfred Burke, Emily Button, Howard Crossley, Kevin Doyle, Daniel Evans, Robert Gillespie, Tim Griggs, Guy Hargreaves, Michelle Jordan, John Kane
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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And the "love" scene between Bottom and Titania is absolutely hilarious.
James Glasbrenner
I was pleased with their idea of making Hippolyta and Theseus and Titania and Oberon played by the same actors, but I didn't really like the actors.
That idea brought in a new interpretation of the play and a different twist to it in the end, which was interesting.

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is NOT the weak Hollywood version released earlier this year, but a tremendous production by the Royal Shakespeare Company a few years ago. I saw this production in England in 1995 and it is truly phenomenal. Alex Jennings is an actor of true power, forcefully taking on the dual roles of Theseus and Oberon (an interesting, though not uncommon approach). Desmond Barritt is absolutely hilarious leading the band of mechanicals. I would HIGHLY recommend this video to anyone, but particularly to those who have seen the play performed by other (particularly American) actors. You will truly have an appreciation for how truly gifted Royal Shakespeare Company actors are.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joe Conlon on April 22, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This 1996 film adaptation of the 1994 RSC stage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream is marvelous. The acting is outstanding throughout the cast and the beauty of Shakespeare's language shines like a jewel. The costuming and setting are a rather non distinct present day time. The stage design is quite different than anything I've seen before - quite original and quite effective. The woods around Athens are represented by a blank stage with hanging light bulbs and various moveable doors about the set. Umbrellas are used in a number of unique and creative ways both to denote scene changes and as the bowers in fairyland. Also creatively used is a doll-house. Another unusual aspect of this production is the use of a young boy and his dream as a framing device for the play. The boy is also the "Changling Child" and he observes each of the scenes and takes part in the scene changes. Fairyland is often the most difficult effect for a modern director to conceive and Noble's concepts are both effective and delightful. The doubling of Theseus / Oberon and Hippolyta / Titania also works to tie the storylines together thematically. The staging of the Pyramus and Thisby play within a play during the fifth act is both touching and funny and again Noble's direction brings out Shakespeare's messages about the nature of love in a most perceptive manner. My only criticism of the casting (and it is a very minor one) involves the two female lovers. As Shakespeare wrote the play, Helena is a tall blonde. In this production Emily Raymond as Helena is a short-haired brunette only an inch or so taller than Monica Dolan's long-haired brunette Hermia.Read more ›
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By H. Lewis on September 6, 2007
Format: DVD

Right off I'll say this much: I like (Note the use of personal opinion here not global statement) this version much more than the nightmarishly Hollywoodized 2003 one with Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer.

This version is a bit of extremes. On the one hand it's an excellent portrayal of the Bards work is some ways and in others directly contradicts what many masters of his works consider paramount at times.

The Good:

Well, personally I like the colors and allusions in the motifs of light bulbs and umbrellas. The contradiction of a normal stage, set and settings in the human world and this, oh...quasi-minimalistic, surreal approach when in the woods worked, at least as far as this member of the audience is concerned. Of course there are the basic prerequisites that were matched (This IS the Royal Shakespeare company after all) of wonderful acting, yadda, yadda, yadda and so on, good casting, blah, blah, blah. For me though what makes or breaks these kinds of immortal works are the little things. The physical gestures, facial expressions etc. Oberon is perfect for example, the bare feet, the flowing coat hanging literally all over the young lovers who play their part perfectly by not acknowledging this rather large fellow actor breathing in their ear. Puck too works well. 'Proud Titania' certainly was amazonian enough; protrayed as a bit of a stick in the mud which went a far way to showing her greater, oh, let's say moral authority over her king; though the fae have no concept of morality, but I digress. The 'Human' characters were also quite fun getting yanked this way and that and playing the roles well. Though, as should be evidenced by this review, Oberon and Puck were my personal highlights.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "sopera" on April 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I was fortunate enough to see the stage version of this production (same cast, same director, etc.) when the RSC came to Broadway in spring 1996. I loved the show so much that I went to two performances in three weeks.
The video preserves a lot of the most endearing characteristics of the stage show--the double casting (everyone except the four lovers has a "mortal" role and a "fairy" role), the slightly naughty atmosphere, the mystical world of the fairies. I was espcially glad to see that the "forest of light" set wasn't omitted--just as stunning on film as it was live.
The cast here is top-notch. A number of the leads are Olivier Award winners, and it's easy to see why. Alex Jennings (Oberon/Theseus) is a treasure--as Oberon, he is commanding and masterful; and Barry Lynch is an impish, sexy Puck. All of the mechanicals are splendid, especially Desmond Barrit as Bottom. Among the lovers, Emily Raymond stands out--she really works to make Helena into a unique and sympathetic character. The actors here actually USE Shakespeare's words, instead of reciting them as poetry. How wonderful that all of these performances were preserved on film!
Having said that, I was surprised by some of the changes made to the production for this video. For one, why is the young boy included? During a few of the scenes, the camera is so focused on his reactions that the dialogue is pushed into the background. I also missed the original music--on Broadway, it was sort of Celtic, and the fairies had a beautiful dance in the final scene.
All in all, however, this is a fantastic film and the best adaptation of "Midsummer" I have seen.
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