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Adetomiwa Edun and Ellie Kendrick star in this live performance at the Globe Theatre in London directed by Dominic Dromgoole.

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"...Last season's Globe Theater production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (Opus Arte Blu-ray) is pretty entertaining, with an accomplished cast speaking the Bard's most famous poetry and an involved audience that's a big part of its success." -Kevin Filipski -- Times Square- May 10, 2010

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  • Actors: Adetomiwa Edun, Ellie Kendrick, Jack Farthing, Philip Cumbus, Holly Atkins
  • Directors: Dominic Dromgoole
  • Writers: William Shakespeare
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM2 .0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BFUS9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Romeo & Juliet" on IMDb

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An excellent and moving production.
Adrienne McClymont
Yes, he is supposed to be perverse - but it is supposed to be subtle - the hand and tongue gestures are a bit too much.
zuzu
Her interpretation of the "What's in a name..." speech is an unusual one, emphasizing the "in."
E. S. Wilks

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Wilks on June 14, 2010
Format: DVD
Dromgoole's Romeo and Juliet is a highly entertaining production. The director makes great use of the large, visually attractive Globe Theatre stage with minimal use of props. Entrances and exits are seamless with subtle hints showing changes of venue (a glimpse of monks through windows at rear of stage indicates cloisters, and characters descending from above, the Capulet tomb).
The young lovers quickly captivate. The Romeo of Adetomiwa Edun is athletic and energetic, believable as a young man smitten instantly, discovering the difference between doting and truly loving. Ellie Kendrick's Juliet is a refreshingly innocent young girl whose moods change in an instant. Her interpretation of the "What's in a name..." speech is an unusual one, emphasizing the "in." She delivers her lines with feeling and an almost childlike quality, although occasionally I found her rapid somewhat breathy speech a little difficult to follow.
Other notable performances were Tom Stuart as Paris, who brought life to what can be a somewhat static character; Rawiri Paratene as an energetic Friar Lawrence; and Penny Layden as Nurse.
The long-standing conflict between the two families that always underlies the story of the lovers is well conveyed by the rash boldness of the young men on both sides. The fights, accompanied by extremely loud drums, take over the large stage, powerfully reminding the audience of the obstacles to the lovers' happiness. Mercutio (admirably performed by Philip Cumbus) and Benvolio as well as other minor character amuse the audience with their bawdy by-play, especially in the orchard scene. This is in direct contrast with the romantic balcony scene that follows.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Goodman Delver on March 23, 2011
Format: DVD
Lenni Bogat [see his review] nailed it with this one: one of the worst productions of Shakespeare I've ever seen, and by far the worst from England. I lasted one hour before I walked out (I saw it at a cinema); I just couldn't bear to see old Capulet or Montague perform the, for this production, obligatory pelvic thrusts that the director insists on, in lieu of anything more original or expressive. Romeo races through his lines when he isn't mumbling; this production needs subtitles in a bad way.

But the kiss of death for this film is the absolute lack of any chemistry between R&J--none whatsoever. This is a bad amateur production: when I think of all the excellent performances of Shakespeare that are never recorded, what a pity to have spent money preserving this one.
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30 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Leni Bogat on July 18, 2010
Format: DVD
I love Shakespeare. The prospect of a new series of his plays being made available on DVD is cause for celebration. Moreover, a live performance at Shakespeare's own Globe Theatre in London promised truly authentic artistic delights. A quiet Sunday morning to be devoted to this Romeo and Juliet was planned weeks in advance.

Alas, within moments of pressing play on my remote, I realized that I was being doubly assaulted by a theatrical director who does not understand that Shakespeare is about the words, and a film director whose youthful ambition to be in a position to shout, "Camera one, camera three, camera two," in rapid succession was finally realized.

I made it all the way through Scene I of Act 3, and gave up.

Aside from the fact that this DVD release contains Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, it offers nothing to commend itself. It is over-acted and over-gestured to the point of amateurishness. The camera, unable to sit still for the length of a sentence, changes perspective, alternates close ups with establishment shots, moves from the speaker to another and back, all with dizzying rapidity literally every few seconds.

Shakespeare's humor and sexual innuendos, more than amply provided for in the text, are accompanied by exaggerated slapstick routines and offensively gross locker room gestures that undo the genius of the poetry at every turn. The actors are so eager to make this realization of one of the greatest romantic tragedies ever penned so unique that they torture the lines to a degree that often renders their meaning unrecognizable.

When Juliet asks, Wherefore art thou Romeo?" I could not decide whether to guffaw or wail and gnash my teeth. And the entire thing was played fortississimo.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel A. Bruni on May 8, 2013
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I saw this one live at the Globe; the actor playing Benvolio was amazing. Everyone else -- meh. But far and away the best Act 3 monologue by Benvolio I've ever seen. Perhaps, in retrospect, this says more about the lackluster performances of everyone else, but I prefer to credit the actor playing Romeo's oft-overlooked (and disappearing) friend.
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Great resource for my classroom, true to the play and presented in way it was intended. Students seem to enjoy it.
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Productions staged at the Globe Theatre in London are now appearing on disc on a regular basis....and yes: this is a staged version, complete with audience in the background, often up close to the actors, faces intent or otherwise, of the play as it being done live at the Globe. It is not, a musical; it is not a film; it is not a modernzation; it is not brought up to date. This is the production that supposedly an audience during Shakespear tenure at the Globe might have seen but for the fact that the women's roles are played by women.

OK....then, there is attractive and effective acting. The language of Shakespear is always special. A period production is less common these days. The audiance has a chance to see what it may have been like in 1600 or so.

Is there more? Does it stick in the mind? Does it open the mind to something new (well, of course, every reading and performance of Shakespear does that)...possibly not.
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