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William Shakespeare - His Life & Times [VHS]


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Product Details

  • Actors: Tim Curry, Paul Freeman, John Normington, Ron Cook, Richard Cordery
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 6
  • Studio: Goldhill Home Media
  • VHS Release Date: June 11, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304848455
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,787 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Although the Bard's life will always be shrouded in mystery, this thoroughly researched docu-drama goes a long way toward separating speculation from irrefutable fact. Furthermore, it's wonderfully entertaining, as befits a series about the world's most celebrated playwright. Starring Emmy® Award winner Tim Curry ("The Hunt for Red October"), it explores from several perspectives the centuries-old puzzle of how a young Elizabethan sheepherder became a literary sensation whose sonnets and plays, both tragic and comic, continue to speak eloquently to humankind. 6 hours on 6 cassettes.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2003
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Tim Curry is truly wonderful in his portrayal of William Shakespeare. The 6 tape set focuses on the life of Shakespeare, from his humble beginning being from a poor family in Stratford Upon Avon; to going to London (and seems to be hiding from his wife and children), to a talented playwrite. On his way to being famous, he is befriended by the Earl of Southampton, lives through the black plague, some personal tragedies, and writes some of the best plays and poems of all time. Tim does age in this from a handsome young and middle age Shakespeare to the balding Shakespeare that we have all seen depicted in our English Literature books in High School.
This movie is extremely hard to find and quite expensive, but well worth the time put into finding it and the money spent to buy it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Yet Another Bob on September 14, 2008
Format: VHS Tape
Perhaps my lowered expectations helped here, but I enjoyed this a great deal. It may be speculative fiction of a sort, but it's based on premises all Shakespeare fans have thought about at length. The first tape was good, but by the end of the third tape, it had me completely. VHS quality bothered me far more than the made-for-tv production values. MANY good performances in this, IMHO. BTW, I'm not a Curry zealot, I've never even seen Rocky Horror.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
This production is a masterpiece, and Tim Curry is as good an actor as ... well... Tim Curry can only be!

Brilliantly written and acted, with marvelous costumes, this is a must for any lover of history, the stage ... and, in case I didn't mention -- Tim Curry!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1999
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This 6 part video set is truly a master peice! Tim Curry in the role of a young Shakespeare (he does age in this, by the way) is magnificent. The scenery and a co-actors are wonderful and truly real life. I highly recommend buying this, though it is expensive . . . :( Ah well, 6 tapes, each an hour long full of Tim and everything is grand!
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16 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Buffington on May 1, 2008
Format: VHS Tape
Well, with all due respect to the brilliant actors associated with this production I must heartily disagree with the previous good reviews, evidently penned by rabid Tim Curry fans, of this disenchanting mini-series. I felt Ian McShane, in particular, was totally wasted in his role and although Tim Curry did the best that could be done, with the sub par material, he was altogether forgettable in the lead. The ambling, misguided, largely fictional account of William Shakespeare's life was aided somewhat by adequate production values, but was not worthy of being aired on primetime TV, in the US. In fact the ABC network considered showing it, at one time, but was rightfully disappointed with its clumsy, substandard contents. View it if you must, Tim Curry aficionados, but everyone else, I just thought you should be warned...
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