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The Tempest [Blu-ray] (2010)

Helen Mirren , Russell Brand , Julie Taymor  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Russell Brand
  • Directors: Julie Taymor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y5H5JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tempest [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

-Los Angeles Rehearsal -- Features Julie Taymor, Dijmon Hounsou, Russell Brand & Alfred Molina
-Raising The Tempest -- Julie Taymor Documentary About The Making Of The Movie
-Julie Taymor Audio Commentary
-Annotated Shakespeare -- View The Tempest With Audio Commentary By Renowned Shakespeare Experts Virginia Vaughan & Jonathan Bate
-"O Mistress Mine" Music Video
-Russell Brand Rehearsal Riff

Editorial Reviews

This modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical and magical fantasy with Academy Award(R)-winner Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen, 2006) leading a star-studded cast including Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) and Alfred Molina (The Sorcerer s Apprentice). Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera (Mirren) conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge. Directed by the visionary Julie Taymor -- and complete with exclusive bonus features and an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell, 2010) -- The Tempest, with its innovative twist, is a supernatural dramedy filled with Shakespearian villains, lovers and fools that will leave you spellbound.

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422 of 438 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Let me say right off: I am a total Bardolator. I teach Shakespeare, I am obsessed with Shakespeare, I have read and seen all the plays, and my love affair with the Bard began with seeing a live performance of The Tempest in 1975. It was pure magic. I also love movies, and I believe that in the 21st century, filmed versions of Shakespeare's plays are probably the best way to reach the widest audience. The sneers and sniffs of snobs aside, I am convinved that if Will were alive today, he'd be writing movie screenplays (or even television), NOT stage plays, which today are aimed at a narrow, elite, theatre-going audience.

As a literature professor who has been teaching The Tempest for a decade now, I have always been singularly bemused by the lack of a filmed version that really captures the magical spirit of the play. The old TV Richard Burton show is well-acted but silly, the BBC version has great actors but terrible, flat production values, Prospero's Books is brilliant but incomprehensible to all but those who know the play intimately, Derek Jarman's version is terribly dated and, despite being a good "film," just doesn't work as The Tempest, in my opinion. The other, "scholastic" releases are plagued by poor production and/or undistinguished acting. And I won't even bother with "adaptations" of the plot, such as Forbidden Planet or Cassavettes's Tempest.

Until this version, the only truly excellent version of The Tempest was the HBO animated one, but at 25 minutes, not much of Shakespeare's story remained intact.

Just last week I had the great pleasure of seeing Julie Taymor's The Tempest in London. It was absolutely amazing. The magic was there! The acting, for the most part, was brilliant.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mirren & Taymor should do more bard! August 26, 2011
Format:DVD
I saw this movie at the Chicago Film Festival last fall, introduced by Alan Cumming. While I'm a huge fan of Helen Mirren (and Alan), I was much less familiar with Julie Taymor, and not sure what I was in for.

If you're the same, then you can relax - this is brilliant, and I wish that Mirren & Taymor would do some other Shakespeare plays with Helen in the (strong, male) lead. Aside from a few minutes in the very beginning, where I thought the verisimilitude of the storm interfered with actually being able to understand what the actors were SAYING - there weren't any problems with either the language or being able to follow the plot.

Despite changing of the gender of the lead character, all the other elements we expect from Shakespeare remain intact: elevated, aristocratic figures bickering over their positions or inheritance, a love story featuring the younger generation of characters, a comedic subplot running alongside the primary plot, etc. And the acting was great top to bottom - those who weren't aware that RusselL Brand could actually act will be very pleasantly surprised, and we get the amazing performances we expected from the "known" names. Reeve Carney comes off least well, but that is the fault of the character having so little to do (and most of THAT being to look attractive and moon over the young woman).

All in all, I was very happy I was able to catch this in the cinema, and can hardly wait until I'm able to own a copy.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching for the Cast January 20, 2011
If you've been following the travails of Julie Taymor's Spiderman production for Broadway, you will understand them a little better once you watch the opening shipwreck scene in her version of The Tempest. It is elaborate and detailed and far removed from the play itself, which of course opens with a brief onboard scene and then goes to Prospero and Miranda on shore for a long scene of explication of their exile on the island. The genius in Taymor's take on the Tempest is to give us Prospera instead of Prospero and, especially, to give us Helen Mirren as Prospera. She is wonderful as always, and convincing throughout. I loved her delivery of the Act 4, Scene 1 "Our revels now are ended" speech that captures both the play and life itself in a few short lines. The rest of the cast, Chris Cooper, Russell Brand et al, is uniformly excellent except the young actor who plays Ferdinand and who reads his lines like he is, well, reading his lines from a script held in his hands. Taymor takes liberties with Shakespeare's text (the credits read something like "written by Julie Taymor based on a text by William Shakespeare") and Prospera's epilogue is a song over the closing credits, but overall this Tempest is in spirit faithful to the play and well worth seeing.
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Taymor did it again! June 27, 2011
Format:DVD
The final Opus of William Shakespeare was carried to the big screen with that required vision, secure pulse and distinguished visuals without lacking the spirit of the play.

Helen Mirren is actually (Who can deny it?)one of the three best actresses in the world. She chews the whole show all the way through. But additionally the narrative rhtyhm never decays. Taymor (The Lion king and Titus, proves by far how domains Shakespeare's nerve) never abuses of the visual effects (dislike many of her colleagues).

And the outcome could not be more succesful. One of the best twenty films of the last year. No doubt it and go for it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Hard to understand between the olde English and the British accents
Published 7 days ago by Robert J. Dilts
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben Whishaw is a most brilliant Aerial. A spectacular cast with a most...
Spectacular and enchanting, Helen Mirren as Prospera is a vision of magnificence and magic! And, Ben Whishaw is a most brilliant Aerial. Read more
Published 8 days ago by William L. Willowford
2.0 out of 5 stars yuk
I'm not qualified to judge modern interpretations of the Bard, but I so disliked this one --- despite having a very high Opinion of Helen Mirren --- I have to say, I couldn't get... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars My charms are all o'erthrown
Internet Rule #63: For every male character there is a female version. No exceptions.

Technically, Shakespeare predates the Internet. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. A Solinas
2.0 out of 5 stars this tempest has NOTHING to do with the original; enough of these...
i can deal with transpositions of situaton, time, and (with difficulty) race; if africans want to play romeo, let them play him in africa, NOT here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dax
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired!
Awesome rendition of Shakespeare's last great play. Casting Helen Mirren as Prospera (instead of Prospero, the classic male wizard) was genius. Read more
Published 1 month ago by StephKaye
5.0 out of 5 stars The most mystical production of the Tempest I know.
Julie Taymore have woven magic with this production. The all star cast is all you could wish for. The representation of Caliban as a quilted creature, Ariel as a true sprite, not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy B Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent performances all around. Prospero works just as well as Prospera and even adds a new twist. Particularly liked the naive Miranda and the dark and muscled Caliban. Read more
Published 1 month ago by carter paden
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Like most all of Tamor's art, this is a visually stunning work with great performances. No modern director can hold a candle to Tamor's visual sense and style.
Published 2 months ago by F. Limner
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up!
The change of sex from Prospero to Prospera made little or no difference in the impact of the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by George Gay
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