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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet [Blu-ray] (1996)

Leonardo DiCaprio , Claire Danes , Baz Luhrmann  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo
  • Directors: Baz Luhrmann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (713 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQT0ZO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,546 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Shaking Up Shakespeare Picture-in-Picture Mode with Audio Commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald M. McAlpine and Craig Pearce and featuring Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Stills
  • Uncut Footage from the Bazmark Vault
  • Romeo + Juliet: The Music
  • Filmmaker and Interview Galleries
  • BD-LIVE: Live Lookup™ powered by IMDb®

  • Editorial Reviews

    Baz Luhrmann’s modern classic unfolds with its heart on its sleeve and guns ablaze. In this dazzling adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic love story, Oscar® Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio stars opposite Claire Danes. They light up the screen as the original star-crossed lovers against a thumping soundtrack and a boldly imagined modern-day setting. A brand-new transfer from the original camera negative has been overseen frame by frame by director Baz Luhrmann for this Blu-ray release, making the film available in high definition for the first time.

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    142 of 148 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars appropriate reimagining of classic text September 15, 2005
    Format:DVD
    I think a lot of reviews of this film have been unduly harsh. I have had a fair amount of Shakespearean exposure (I was an English major in college), and I am actually impressed with Baz Luhrmann's interpretation of the text. Some people are so blinded by the seeming erudite stuffiness of Shakespeare's work that they forget what this play is really about. `Romeo and Juliet' is a teenage melodrama! With that said, this film works well.

    * To begin with, Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes come off just right as the "star-crossed lovers." They handle their lines - perhaps - a bit awkwardly, and their key scenes are overacted. But as far as I'm concerned, their somewhat `poor' performances are actually perfect. In the reality of the play - Romeo and Juliet's behavior (though arguably passionate) is less than genuine. They are young, fickle, and full of hormones, and what might seem like acts of heart-felt love and desire are actually just curious explorations of subversive behavior.

    * Many have lamented that the dialogue in this film (essentially) mirrors the original text ... but changing the text (in any major way) would be a huge mistake. Shakespeare's plays are not famous because they have a great story line - they are famous because of the unbelievable writing. It would, therefore, be pointless to modernize the dialogue. Shakespeare's plays ARE the dialogue.

    * Although this film - compared with other renditions of the play - is decidedly modern, certain elements do contribute to a sort of timely ambiguity. The cars, guns, drugs, and music suggest 1996 (or thereabouts), whereas the gothic mansions, the ball, the feuding families, and the oppressive presence of the Church seem somewhat anachronistic.
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    60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    This review is STRICTLY for the SPECIAL EDITION DVD of the film. To me it's already a given as to what a masterpiece Baz Luhrmann has put to the screen.
    The special edition gives you all the treats you need. I'm not talking about still pages of text to read! I'm talking RAW footage of DiCaprio & Danes practicing their lines, many, many production scenes that leave your mouth open like, "oh, my gosh, I had no idea they had to go through all of that trouble just to shoot that brief scene"-kind of stuff, and best of all, an early treatment (pitch) for the film that was shot in Australia w/ DiCaprio in some alley ways. Rather lengthy, not just a mini-clip, Amazing! Insightful interviews of Baz Luhrmann; why do Shakespeare, how difficult it was to sell the idea to Hollywood, why he made the movie in the style that it is, etc.). If you have the original DVD & are debating, go for it!
    The only disappointing thing was the production value of Claire Danes' interview... DiCaprio's interview is well produced & lit on a candle-filled set, then Claire Danes is terribly keyed (matted) over a few still images (her hair buzzing & breaking through the digital distortion). The menus are nicely done, not animated over-kill. This is an anamorphic for those who have the 16:9 TVs.
    I haven't even listened to much of the commentary yet, but it sounds very informative & interesting so far. Perhaps the most important thing for those who did not like the film or were unsure, is Luhrmann's explanation of why Shakespeare should have been handled the film the way he did (the intense, in-your-face MTV-like editing / modern settings, etc)... truly both men are very visionary & talented.
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    55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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    William Shakespeare's classic `Romeo + Juliet' is probably one of the most influential pieces of literature ever recorded. You can feel its presence and influence breathing life into just about everything we read, watch or listen to these days. With a tale this classic, this important to modern cinema it becomes something a bit wary to tackle it at its core and `remake' it from scratch. One may be a tad hesitant to embrace its new shape and form and rightfully so. When you look at the track record for remakes it becomes apparent that in general what was once golden should be left well enough alone. In Romeo + Juliet's case though this is a reimagining so magical it surpasses the original and becomes a momentous piece in the history books of cinema. Yes, Baz Luhrmann single handedly breathes a whole new life into this adaptation, handing to his audience a masterful and experimental film that never lets us out of its grasp.

    The first thing that Luhrmann did right was stick to the original text. A lot of people initially balked at the fact that the dialog was not updated along with the setting but I felt that artistically it was a much grander feat to have the original dialog kept intact. The fact that each and every actor slips into this way of speaking fluently and without issue is an ode to some great talent indeed. No one seems out of place of phoning it. Each and every actor handles the difficult wording marvelously. The next thing Luhrmann did right was trashing his setting. What I mean by this is that he didn't go the easy route and make this posh and beautiful but rather he played everything down, creating an almost gritty and dirty feeling to the surroundings. This is the future and the future is bleak.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Romeo
    How can you not love this movie? Leo in his prime? This movie is fabulous and the soundtrack is even better!
    Published 1 day ago by Serena J. Norris
    1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Service Amazon! !!!!!
    Love the movie. But don't waste your time renting from Amazon. Here lately none of my movies ever play all the way through. Amazon's instant viewing services is awful! !!
    Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars a great buy
    it came ahead of schedule
    Published 12 days ago by Kas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good!
    Published 12 days ago by donquixote
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    It's an ok movie. I prefer Zefferlli's version.
    Published 13 days ago by Mrs. Jones
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great video- must see
    Published 18 days ago by Peter C. Wildeboer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for students (mild drug use though)
    This is a very good movie to watch, especially if you are studying Romeo and Juliet. The modernization of the visuals definitely helped the students grasp the language.
    Published 21 days ago by Saidah Johnson
    5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this movie
    I absolutely love this movie. A modern spin on a great classic. And it arrived in one day as promised.
    Published 25 days ago by lex
    1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Crap!!!
    This movie is unwatchable, the acting is terrible, the film is a cheesefest and it's insulting that this garbage has the name "Shakepeare's name on it.
    Published 1 month ago by Deimos
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
    I chose 5 out of 5 because I like Shakespeare, and the actors. Yay shakespeare and the modern world. Wonderful movie
    Published 1 month ago by sermurph13
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