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The Tempest

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Christopher Plummer takes the classical theatrical role of a lifetime to the big screen, starring as Prospero in Shakespeare's culminating masterpiece, performed by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.


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  • Actors: Christopher Plummer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H6GHE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Third Plebeian on December 5, 2012
Format: DVD
I had the good fortune to see this very production at Stratford, Ontario, and this video does a wonderful job capturing the feel of the live performance. It was magical on the night: Plummer is outstanding in a difficult role, Caliban pitched just right, the masque of Ceres breathtaking, and the lords a strong supporting cast. I've seen several stage adaptations of this play, and this exceeds them all. I'm delighted to be able to own it on DVD.
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57 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ricky on September 26, 2012
Format: DVD
Just hoping you've noticed that lots of these reviews are for another dvd altogether - Julie Taymor's film starring Helen Mirren. Amazon really needs a policy for differentiating between different releases of the same movie, and different movies with the same title, as this problem arises all the time.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 18, 2013
Format: DVD
The first thing you will notice is that you can hear every word and very clearly. If you pull out the book you will notice that this may be an adaptation but it closely follows the written play. Pay attention to the epilog. You will be spell stopped.

In case you missed this story:
Prospero, once the Duke of Milan and sorcerer now reigns over a faraway island, living there with his daughter, Miranda. After 12 years of being abandoned he has an opportunity for revenge. However the ships may bring more than he planned on.

Shakespeare, Stratford, Christopher Plummer will stand as a favorite.

I have various versions of the play and the obscure "Prospero's Books" (1991), even "Forbidden Planet".

The Tempest [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Helen Mirren

Prospero's Books DVD ~ John Gielgud
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jenna McBurney on June 5, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Masterful. An absolute delight. Christopher Plummer is a wonder to watch.
...incomparable...
Christopher Plummer is a master of the English language. He leads the audience through this narrative as artfully as Prospero.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sape A. Zylstra on March 4, 2014
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The Tempest is a difficult play to stage because of all its effects: natural (storm at sea) and supernatural (Ariel, Prospero's creations). That's why I prefer movie versions (pace William!), but the staged version of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival with Christopher Plummer under the direction of Des McAnuff deals with these difficulties beautifully. It comes as no surprise that Mr. Plummer delivers a fine Prospero. Particularly good are the portrayals of Ariel by Julyana Soetistyo and Caliban by Dion Johnstone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grand Master P on May 27, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this play in the theater and enjoyed it. Excellent cast, sets, everything. The acting was first rate as is the interpretation of Shakespear's play. Yet, the biggest surprise was the interview/Q&A session at the conclusion. For this reason, I could not wait to get the work on DVD. I have watched the entire DVD through a number of times and just the interview session a few more. Highly recommended.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By macbek on February 17, 2013
Format: DVD
I saw this on June 14, 2012, during one of those special event broadcasts into movie theaters. I've seen the DVD of Julie Taymor's film version several times and I can't choose a favorite, so I recommend both! The Stratford production captures the excitement of live theatre but the Hawaiian locations in Taymor's film are so beautiful and exotic.

I've also seen the story of Prospero as interpreted in the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts of "The Enchanted Island" in January 2012, and composer Thomas Ades conducting his version of "The Tempest" starring Simon Keenlyside during November 2012.

PS: I can't find subtitles on the Stratford DVD, but closed captioning is available -- I just accessed the appropriate menu using my TV remote instead of the DVD player's remote. This trick has worked on quite a few DVDs that lacked subtitles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shakescene on February 9, 2014
Format: DVD
Bardolators often think of this play as Shakespeare's farewell to the stage, with Duke Prospero as the playwright's stand-in. Shakespeare could do worse than Christopher Plummer (Capt Von Trapp) as his alter ego. Prospero is the focus in every production, but often Caliban the "monster" or the lovers Miranda and Ferdinand share second billing. In this production the central pair is not the two young lovers, or the contrasted spirits Caliban and Ariel, but the master-servant relationship between the exiled duke and his obedient minion. It will be difficult to find a more moving version of the relationship of Prospero with his fairy-servant Ariel than what is depicted in this film. Shakespeare's language is spoken clearly and understandably by the entire cast. The often curtailed wedding masque with ethereal spirits is here presented by diaphanously garbed goddesses projected onto the stage. Plummer's lifetime of work on the stage in Canadian Shakespeare productions, as well as in film, is apparent in this filmed version of a stage production at Stratford Ontario in 2010.
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