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Shakespeare Uncovered (2013)

Ethan Hawke , Derek Jacobi  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Derek Jacobi, Jude Law, Tori Sparks, David Tennant
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B1E6EAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,465 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful February 9, 2013
This extremely well conceived series is not only rich in information, but extremely entertaining. Hosted by actors who have played the lead roles in the plays which they explore seem to be an a journey of discovery along with us. They take us to the new Globe Theatre in London as well as to some of the historical locations in the plays. Not only are the works and their sources uncovered, but Shakespeare the man and his times as well. Inspiring!
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140 of 177 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been better March 6, 2013
The concept and execution of this project is laudable. How fine it is to have Derek Jacobi, one of his generation's best actors, taking us through the political battles of Richard II. Jeremy Irons is equally adept at narrating the Henriad. But what were the producers thinking when they tapped Ethan Hawke to guide us through one of the Bard's greatest, darkest, most sublime plays is beyond me. He comes across as knowledgeable as that fine critic Opie Taylor - the only thing lacking is a "Gee Whillikers Pa". He asks a fellow expert what "Murther" could mean. When he is told the answer his eyes bug out "Really? Murder?" Was neither IanMcKellen or Patrick Stewart available? What about Rowan Atkinson? Another low point is when Jacobi stuffs his inane theory that Shakespeare did not author the plays down our throats. The Earl of Southampton did indeed write poetry under his own name and it is worse than mediocre - are we to believe he only wrote well when using Shakespeare as a front? Absurd. It has no business in this program, but one guesses Jacobi demanded to be able to make his wild speculations or he would not participate. I am second to none in my admiration for the man's acting prowess, but the cockamamie theory he advocates makes me wonder about his native intelligence. It is always wonderful to have Trevor Nunn as a guide through anything Shakespearean and he does a yeoman like job with "The Tempest". The program is good, but uneven.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, reverent, fascinating February 17, 2013
These examinations of Shakespeare's plays are utterly fascinating, well-researched and moving. They include analysis of the works themselves, the historic context in which they were written, as well as examples of theatrical interpretations of the works. It is touching to hear and see the admiration that these actors, directors, scholars and others have for these plays. This set adds more credence to our reverence for this greatest of playwrights.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This series covers some of the most important works of Shakespeare and you could see the research that went into the production. The presenters are familiar with the works and they brought unique and interesting perspectives to these works. It is great to have someone who understand Shakespeare to talk about Shakespeare instead of just some scratches on the surface. Would recommend this to anyone who want to have a closer look to Shakespeare's work.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Shakespeare lovers February 16, 2013
Absolutely wonderful program. My only wish is that they made more episodes and covered more of Shakespeare's plays. A must see for anyone even remotely interested in Shakespeare.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating,Engaging & wonderful February 5, 2013
I have only watched 3 out of the six so far & am throughly impressed.
Intelligent, articulate with wonderful presentation. Can't wait to watch the rest
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners and officionados February 28, 2013
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The hosts are charming, the locales are beautiful, and there was plenty for even an expert in the plays to enjoy, e.g., learning more about actors who have played various characters.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this! March 14, 2013
By CecilyK
I caught 4 of these episodes on PBS when they aired and I enjoyed them all immensely. This is such a fun and in depth look at a few of the Bard's plays, including some really great behind the scenes info about recent productions of them. It's such a blast to see glimpses of so many different versions of each play as the host interviews scholars, actors, and directors about the text, the plot, and the meaning behind it all. Definitely worth your time, even if you're a only hobbyist (like me!).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars twas excellent
it is a great way to understand how the actors think and prepare for the leading roles of the play.
Published 21 hours ago by zephan heater
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This series is a must for Shakespeare fans. This would also be a great addition to any High School level English or Drama Class.
Published 3 days ago by Kristin Shearin
4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare Understood
In preparing to see the live performance of Henry IV, Jeremy Irons and the many other actors that have played the part of Henry explained and gave thoughtful insight to... Read more
Published 4 days ago by kenneth baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
As a professor, currently teaching Shakespeare, I highly recommend this series to those both new to the plays, and those more familiar with them. Read more
Published 4 days ago by rg
5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly.
Extremely interesting because done with scholars who are far and away above others who critique the
works of Shakespeare. Read more
Published 4 days ago by XLibris
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare uncovered
Loved this season! As a huge Shakespeare fan this really delivered. I especially loved David Tennant's review of Hamlet. Very engaging and engrossing!
Published 6 days ago by Janie Bigham
2.0 out of 5 stars Studying Shakespeare
My graduate training qualified me to teach college courses on Shakespeare, but these actors who wrestle with Shakespeare's characters professionally gave more gripping insight than... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ginny Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Educational
I must preface my comments about the show by stating that I love Shakespeare's work, but I am far from being an expert. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Joshua
4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare Enriched
Interesting to hear about the plays from an actor's point of view especially Derek Jacobi and David Tennant who are two actors I really enjoy watching.
Published 10 days ago by Carol M. Ney
3.0 out of 5 stars Some of episodes are great some just meh.
I have enjoyed 2/3rds of the episodes. For some reason I found David Tennants Scottish accent to be annoying and he seemed to spend the whole episode posing in angsty positions... Read more
Published 14 days ago by S. Thomsen
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