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The Tempest: Remastered Edition [Blu-ray] (1979)

Peter Bull , David Meyer , Derek Jarman  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Peter Bull, David Meyer, Neil Cunningham
  • Directors: Derek Jarman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083Q4KCM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SYNOPSIS: Shot on location at the ancient and ghostly Stoneleigh Abbey, The Tempest tells the story of Prospero the magician, who lives with his nubile daughter on an enchanted island and punishes his enemies when they are shipwrecked there. It's a study of sexual and political power in the guise of a fairy tale. Jarman presents Shakespeare's intricate comedy of magic and revenge in a form that is at once faithful to the spirit of the play and an original and dazzling spectacle mixing Hollywood pastiche, high camp, and gothic horror. His film recalls the innocent homoeroticism of Pasolini's versions of classics, while its lush sense of décor and color is worthy of Minnelli. Remastered in HD and available for the first time on Blu-ray!

BONUS FEATURES: Three short films by Derek Jarman: ''A Journey To Avebury'', ''Garden Of Luxor'' and ''Art Of Mirrors'', trailers and more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tempest September 12, 2012
Actually, it seems that the complete name of the film, according to the artwork on the Blu-ray's cover, is "Derek Jarman's Adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest." And I shall begin by saying that if you are a Shakespeare fan, you may enjoy what veteran English director Derek Jarman did with the play. As for yours truly, after struggling with what has been described elsewhere as "quasi-Elizabethan linguistics," which could make it difficult to understand the plot, I can say that I enjoyed it thanks to the action and delightful cinematography, which slowly unveiled the whole thing for me. This is truly poetry in film, in every sense of the word.

Right from the beginning we meet Prospero, the magician (Heathcote Williams); his ready-to-marry-and-have-sex daughter Miranda (Toyah Willcox); and Caliban, the slave - annoying, I should add -- (Jack Birkett, in my favorite performance). The three of them live in a castle on an island, in exile, as dictated by Prospero's brother, Sebastian (Neil Cunningham), and Alonso, the King of Naples (Peter Bull). Prospero does have a temper, and punishes anybody that arrives to the island. As fate dictates, the first unexpected visitor is the king's son, Ferdinand (David Meyer), who Prospero immediately makes a prisoner. Ferdinand, who arrives to the island and the castle naked as a result of a shipwreck, ignites Miranda's ready-to-burn-passions. Soon thereafter, other people begin to arrive to the island, including Sebastian and Alonso. All this makes Caliban happy, and he proceeds to plan getting rid of his master. This volatile mix of characters provide for a delicious and legendary ending, including a much celebrated wedding party, with the participation of musical comedy star Elisabeth Welch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Jarman October 6, 2013
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People who will watch or want this film on video by and large will be fans of its director--the iconolastic Derek Jarman (The Last of England, Sebastiane). It's slow, plodding dialogue, shoestring production values, and slow pacing is countered of course by Jarman's inventive and quirky take on the Bard's second foray into the land of fairies and supernatural beings (the other being A Midsummer's Night Dream). The film is not really accessible for those who like action, violence, sex, special effects or all four (which is a good percentage of the movie going public). Plus it's Shakespeare, an author who never really translates well to film regardless of the director (the exception being West Side Story--Leonard Bernstein's take on Romeo and Juliet). Sound quality is so-so even on this Blu Ray transfer, and the full frame doesn't add anything to an already difficult film to digest. Jarman has always been classified as an art-house director, and most of the well-known movie critics and newspapers give this film good to great reviews. But it's definitely not a film for mainstream moviegoers. So be forewarned.
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