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The Tempest (2010)

Christopher Plummer  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008H6GHE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stage adaptation 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most of these reviews are not for this film! September 26, 2012
By Ricky
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Masterful June 5, 2013
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plummer on stage 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 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic May 27, 2013
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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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cast and production -- must see! February 17, 2013
By macbek
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare at Stratford, Ontario March 25, 2013
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I fell in love with Shakespeare back in the '60's when my now deceased mother first took me to Stratford, Ontario to see "King Lear" ( reward for getting a B in arithmetic instead of my usual C). That exquisite little theater and the excellent actors overcame my childish unfamiliarity with Shakespeare's language and showed me the magic of live theater.

I was totally thrilled to come across this disk at Blockbuster (!) and watched it with my spouse, whose affinity for literature
is far less intense than mine. But we were both spellbound by this production, and I've bought this disc since for us and another for my brother, who also was enthralled, much to his surprise and delight.

Shakespeare, Stratford, CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER!!! Pure magic, start to finish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stage plays don't always film very well. This one did.
Published 1 month ago by Jane M. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars hurray!
This is an excellent production. Christopher Plummer is great, and the rest of the cast did a fine job as well.
Published 4 months ago by Angela Emmans
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellan5t
This is an excellant film of an on stage production of the play.The adting and direction were faithful to Shakespeare's play.
Published 5 months ago by Earl Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovers of Shakespeare and Plummer...
...check out this excellent theatrical production of THE TEMPEST. Though filmed on stage in front of a live audience, it also has a cinematic quality. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tom O'Bedlam
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent filmed stage version from Canadian tv
Bardolators often think of this play as Shakespeare's farewell to the stage, with Duke Prospero as the playwright's stand-in. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shakescene
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Production, Wonderful Acting!
I caught this performance playing at a local movie theatre a few months ago and both I and my wife (who's not big on Shakespeare) loved it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thomas Baldovin
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful theatrical production of this great Shakespearian play
If you are a theatre buff, don't miss this great production.
Christopher Plummer is at his best in this most difficult of all Shakespearian roles. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lee Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Truly said
It was wonderful. With Shakespeare sometimes it is difficult to hear or understand the dialogue. This came through so clearly. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Betty G. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best Tempest on DVD.
Superb performances by everyone, but especially by Plummer. Not to be missed by anyone who loves Shakespeare. Read more
Published 12 months ago by A. Weiner
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