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Romeo & Juliet (2013)

Hailee Steinfeld , Douglas Booth  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,037 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

William Shakespeare's epic and searing love story has been revitalized for a whole new generation by Academy Awardr-Winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes* and acclaimed director Carlo Carlei. Douglas Booth and Academy Awardr Nominee Hailee Steinfeld** lead an extraordinary ensemble cast as Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed youths who fall for each other in spite of their feuding families. Filled with lush, enchanting imagery amid its original setting in Verona, Italy, this legendary tale of romance remains timeless and transcendent...and as powerful as ever.

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely production that is worth seeing. January 27, 2014
I am a firm believer that there are many ways to re-tell a story, and whether a story or book may have been adapted before, others come up with their own version that is fresh and different and worth seeing. So while I have seen (and love) the 1968 version with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting and enjoyed the modern-day revisionist version by Baz Luhrmann, I found myself also enjoying this new version very much.

It is worth noting that the screenplay was penned by British screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Oscar-nominated "Gosford Park," "The Young Victoria" and that lovely gem of a mini-series "Downton Abbey").

The cast is comprised of both respected veterans (Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, Lesley Manville) and young, up-and-coming actors (Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Christian Cooke, Kodi Smit-McPhee).

The sets are sumptuous (all of the filming was done in Italy and the Italian landscape and architecture are themselves stars in the film) along with the beautiful costumes.

It should be noted that this film is not a copy of the 1968 version. It stands on its own - some scenes are presented differently than the 1968 version; other scenes are brought in that are not in previous versions and vice versa. In addition, if you are a Shakespeare scholar, then please note that the filmmakers had stated from the beginning that they wanted to make a Romeo & Juliet in the classic setting that would appeal to modern audiences. So if you are expecting a word-for-word presentation of Shakespeare's work, then you will be disappointed. Those looking for a definitive R&J adaptation may be better off renting//buying the 1968 version or going to see the Shakespeare play.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing March 3, 2014
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This scenery is beautiful but I think the person who made this film must think teens are too stupid to comprehend Shakespearan dialogue so he edited and paraphrased and invented a bunch of crappy plot changing dialogue which detracted from the beauty of Shakespeare's original language. Romeo is prettier than Juliet and Mercutio & the nurse left all their humorous character behind which was a shame. By the way Mercutio is not a Montague as suggested by the film and there were just dozens of inaccuracies in the script that didn't add or make any sense at all. Lesson to be learned, never try to mess with Shakespeare, the original play can not be improved upon so don't try to do so.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare for Dummies March 17, 2014
Who is the supposed audience for this film? Those who appreciate Shakespeare's language will be gravely disappointed with the writer's modifications, and students watching this to better understand the play will be disappointed since there are scenes and character changes that aren't true to the play's. Having taught Romeo and Juliet for over 20 years, I was hoping this version would fall somewhere between Zeffirelli's beautiful but dated take and Baz Luhrmann's over-the-top but somewhat entertaining 1990s vision. Alas, gentle reader, it falls no where near either. And that's a shame. Julian Fellowes has let his BBC acclaim clearly go to his head. It's not that he added a line here or there; it's that whole chunks of Shakespearesque dialogue is peppered throughout the story. I guess he figured two of English drama's most famous scenes--the Capulet feast and the balcony scenes--would benefit from modernization. They don't. Additionally, most of the cast, with the exception of Damian Lewis's Lord Capulet, sleep walk through their roles. Romeo's delivery is downright boring. There's no passion, no "life." When he hears of Juliet's death, he reacts as if he just found a distasteful stain on his favorite codpiece. As Juliet, Hailee Steinfeld is too American and untrained to serve the language well. I defy the director to say there weren't any strong British actresses who could have nailed this role without struggling with both accent and syllabication. Even fiery Tybalt and passionate Mercutio come across as little more than walking mannequins. Where's the ribald humor and the celebration of life necessary to provide contrast? And the Capulets and Montagues are jousting at the film's outset for what reason exactly? Benvolio chats up Rosealine, why? Read more ›
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Insult to the Bard. April 4, 2014
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Steinfeld and Booth deliver very flat performances which makes one wonder if they understood any of the lines they memorized. The script itself was a mess. Whoever decided to switch back and forth between Shakespeare's English and modern English made a fatal error. The language is the point. When one bastardizes the language, one strips the play of its art, context, setting, characterization... everything. It's all in the language! Regardless, if it wasn't for the over-the-top melodramatic score cuing the audience from time to time, we wouldn't know what emotions the cast was aiming for because the acting is so bad.

There are two redeemable qualities in this film: the setting and costumes are lavish and period correct. It's like Franco Zeffirelli's film got a makeover. Clearly, the film's budget was splurged on the set and costumes to good effect. And second, Paul Giamatti delivers a sound performance of Friar Lawrence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed this film...
Published 1 day ago by @jd
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
Not as good as earlier ones
Published 3 days ago by Ron Braxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Booth is just beautiful in this film... "O' Romeo..."
We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet and can recite some particular lines from the play. However, this classic tale is beautifully portrayed by a pair of physically beautiful... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Elizabeth Reilly Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical. Beautiful.
I never thought I would enjoy another version of Romeo and Juliet after the 1969 Franco Zeferelli film. This one changed my mind. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Polly B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
pretty good
Published 9 days ago by Mrs. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars ... cannot play the disc in Australia so what a waste of
I cannot play the disc in Australia so what a waste of money
Published 13 days ago by kok chang
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie is a travesty.
In trying to do what Baz Luhrmann did with Romeo & Juliet, only better, Julian Fellowes has made a film that will justify all the assumptions of every Shakespeare naysayer who does... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Madeleine C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this Blu-Ray!
The best version I have ever seen. Beats the Franco Zeffirelli version hands down. Douglas Booth give us another terrific performance!
Published 14 days ago by Gandalf The Grey
2.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare's original language wasn't good enough
all that money and style could not make up for the pathetic line delivery, especially of Juliet, but we can't blame the actress for someone's lame attempt at re-writing... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Joseph Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but don't spend much on it
A bit overrated.
Published 18 days ago by Denise C Lytle
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