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Titus (2000)

Anthony Hopkins , Jessica Lange , Julie Taymor  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Osheen Jones, Dario D'Ambrosi, Raz Degan
  • Directors: Julie Taymor
  • Writers: Julie Taymor, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Adam Leipzig, Brad Moseley, Conchita Airoldi, Ellen Dinerman Little, Jody Allen
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2000
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305962987
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,715 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Titus" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Scene specific commentary by Anthony Hopkins and Harry J. Lennix
  • Q & A with Julie Taymor
  • "Making Of" Documentary
  • Costume Gallery

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In a lively Q&A, director Julie Taymor elaborates on her goals in adapting Titus Andronicus; her full-length commentary goes into greater detail, with rich analysis and pertinent anecdotes. Commentaries by Anthony Hopkins, Harry Lennix, and composer Elliott Goldenthal are equally insightful, and a costume gallery reveals the remarkable transformation of conceptual sketches into fully realized wardrobes. The "Making of Titus" documentary is one of the best of its kind, allowing an intimate glimpse of Taymor and her superb cast in rehearsal and production, molding Shakespeare's violent and oft-maligned play into a dazzling work of art. --Jeff Shannon

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Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange ignite the screen in a strikingly original "coup de cinema" (The New York Times). "Titus" is a "wild ride" (Chicago Tribune) - a shocking journy into the depths of the human heart - a place where vengeance and passion reign supreme. A film by Julie Taymor, acclaimed creator and director of Broadway's "The Lion King."

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168 of 180 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly stylized, visual, visceral. October 5, 2000
Format:DVD
Judging by the state of modern adaptations, it's not possible to take Shakespeare literally anymore. Either you bump him up a couple of centuries, a la Branagh's Hamlet, or you set him in some strange alternate universe (the most recent Romeo and Juliet). Director Julie Taymor (Broadway's Lion King) opts for the latter with Titus, and brings feverishly heightened visual acuity to the larger-than-life story.
The play Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare's first tragedy, and it shows. Though the dialog is top-notch, he hasn't got a handle on the mechanisms of tragedy yet. The action veers from bloody misfortune to misfortune without the internal logic of, say, King Lear. In modern terms, it's more "Nightmare on Elm Street" than "Fargo."
None of that matters, however. Taymor has chosen a fantastic cast, including Hopkins as the titular Roman general drivin to the brink of madness, Jessica Lange as his sultry nemesis, the Goth queen Tamora (proving how smolderingly sexy middle age can be), and Laura Fraser skillfully underplaying a potentially histrionic nightmare. The superb performances thoroughly mask the creaks in the plot.
More than anything, however, the production design is worth .... Taymor's absolutely insane in the best possible ways. Her Shakespearean Rome is an anachronistic stew -- jeeps and motorcycles share the roads with carts and horses, soldiers fight with arrows, knives, and guns. The costumes must be seen to be believed. Taymor keeps a firm reign on the disparate design elements, filling each frame with fever-dream colors and subtle symbolism. There are images in this film that will be permanently seared into your subconscious.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, great dvd August 7, 2001
Format:DVD
I bought this disc without having seen the movie because I figured, hey, Shakespeare, Anthony Hopkins, an inexpensive 2dvd set-it's worth taking a chance! Well I am most certainly glad I did. Julie Taymor's adaption of "Titus Andronicus" is a spectacle of theatrics, brilliant acting coupled with stunning photography and a deft amount of wit. A story of crime, punishment, and most importantly, revenge, the play is generally considered the least of Shakespeare's works (although I'd take it over one of his banal comedies any day) but it stands as one of the strongest film adaptions of the Bard's work I have seen. Hopkins plays the title role with all the elgance we've come to expect from one of our greatest living actors, but it's clearly an ensemble. Every actor here gets his or her moment to shine, including a surprisingly strong Jessica Lange and the scene-stealing Henry Lennix. His performance is brilliant as the embodiment of evil in that he doesn't sneer and brood and cackle with devilish laughter but rather delivers his lines with eloquence-he's charming,intelligent and TOTALLY unrepentant. Some contrivances in the plot do occasionally hinder the screenplay, as do some of the anachorisms; at times they're brilliantly symbolic and at other moments just distracting. But it all adds up to a very powerful film that is TRUE tragedy in the sense that there is no moral to the story. If you purchase the dvd, be sure and check out the feature loaded second disc, including a wonderful Q&A session with the director as well as a enjoyable hour long "making of" documentary.
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102 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Brutal March 13, 2000
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Sometimes art must be endured rather than enjoyed. Titus is a harsh story, with little sympathies to be given to either hero or villain. This is the first movie I have seen for along time that made me flinch at the sheer brutality of its characters. Every conceivable crime manages to make it's way into this film. Rape, mutilation, murder, cannibalism, war, lies, and betrayal are all dished up in liberal portions.
And yet, Julie Taymor has taken this play and made something amazing. The characters exist in a blended world of Rome under Caesar and Mussolini. It is a visual masterpiece. Titus Andronicus (Anthony Hopkins) is a military man, who trusts in the divine right of the emperor. When that trust is betrayed in the harshest way possible, Titus begins a slow descent into madness and revenge. Tamora (Jessica Lange) is the conquered Queen of the Goths who finds a new seat of power as the wife of corrupt Emperor Saturninus. And most impressive is Aaron the Moor, who has no loyalties other than his own love of evil. A villain who can be said to be the only winner in this sad tale.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD enhances what the movie gave June 26, 2000
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(I had an advanced view of this dvd) Let me start off by saying - I went into seeing this movie with a big head...I thought the movie was going to be one of the best Shakespearean adaptations from play to movie ever because I had read the play before and love it. It falls a little because of the length - but Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange make up for the 162 minutes of movie. Victorious general, Titus Andronicus, returns to Rome with hostages: Tamora queen of the Goths and her sons. He orders the eldest hewn to appease the Roman dead. He declines the proffered emperor's crown, nominating Saturninus, the last ruler's venal elder son. Saturninus, to spite his brother Bassianus, demands the hand of Lavinia, Titus's daughter. When Bassianus, Lavinia, and Titus's sons flee in protest, Titus stands against them and slays one of his own. Saturninus marries the honey-tongued Tamora, who vows vengeance against Titus. The ensuing maelstrom serves up tongues, hands, rape, adultery, racism, and Goth-meat pie. There's irony in which two sons survive. The dvd is packed with many features including two commentaries. They are both insightful and informative. Their is a nice making of documentary that goes some what indepth in the movie but it's no Fight Club. Round of is the theatrical trailer. In the end..the movie(to me) was great! I would rather have extras on the dvd than none at all - so that was a plus. Bloody and vulgar, -- See it with a clear head..you won't like it if you don't like to hear about racism, rape, etc. etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuos and Engrossing
Ambitious. Beautiful. Shocking. Lange is incredible. Hopkins is great!
Published 17 days ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Really recommend only for mature and not very squeamish audiences
Very very violent. Little left to imagination. Really recommend only for mature and not very squeamish audiences. Not your typical Shakespeare.
Published 26 days ago by V. Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable
Complete clap-trap. This is not Shakespeare, this is some designer's view of what people might want to watch. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kamiar Khajavi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition & Delievered Early
Unopened so it was in perfect condition. The most impressive aspect of this item was it's overnight delivery. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nick Collard
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect movie
Julie Taymoor made nothing but perfect choices in this movie. Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange have never been better, and the supporting cast is far from forgettable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miriam Vishniac
5.0 out of 5 stars Titus
This item was deliverd on time. The product and it's quality was excellent. The packaging was in great shape and I really enjoyed the movie.
Published 5 months ago by mcorbin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film if you like Shakespeare
Amazing film. It helped me understand the plot better for my English class, as I have a difficult time following the characters in a play. And...it's Anthony Hopkins.
Published 5 months ago by Tiffany Ann Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare for our time.
I am a Huge fan of Sir Anthony Hopkins, and his portrial of Titus Andronicus was utterly FANTASTIC! And I won't even start on Silence of the lambs.
Published 5 months ago by Albert Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you like Shakespeare and Jessica Lange, you can't go wrong with this production of Titus Andronicus. Jessica Lange is superb as Tamora. Read more
Published 6 months ago by V. McDonald-Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Wonderful performances by Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Angus McFadyen. A great adaptation of Shakespeare's work. I truly enjoyed it a
Published 6 months ago by Lida
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