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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1969)

4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous play in which four lovers sort out their problems with the help of fairies at midnight in the forest of Athens.

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  • Actors: Derek Godfrey, Barbara Jefford, Nicholas Selby
  • Directors: Peter Hall
  • Writers: William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Michael Birkett, Martin Ransohoff
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052SO010
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Twentieth Century Fox and MGM's 2011 release of Peter Hall's 1968 film adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a perfectly good print of this splendidly performed and clearly enunciated play. This is the print to obtain not the other poor copies issued earlier and much complained about on Amazon film reviews.

A host of Britain's finest actors from the last quarter of the twentieth century are shown here performing in the (near) nakedness of their (relative) youth from Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Diana Rigg to Ian Richardson, Ian Holm and many more! They speak and act the text clearly, and the camera angles apart from a bit of camera tricky favour the faces and the viewer's right to hear the text properly.

The only significant flaw worth mentioning is the lamentable lack of subtitles, essential in all Shakespeare films.

Get it while you can!
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I first saw this version of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM as a special presentation on commercial television before going off to college (yes, commercial TV did things like that back before PBS and in the pre-cable days). I fell in love with it and this is before I knew who any of the people (outside of Diana Rigg who was Emma Peel in THE AVENGERS) were. It is my favorite adaptation of the play. The late 1960s-early 1970s were a Golden Age for Shakespeare on film as directors reached out to humanize Shakespeare and remove him from the lofty pedestal where earlier theatrical generations had placed him. Starting with Franco Zefferelli's ROMEO & JULIET (1968) through Roman Polanski's MACBETH (1971), there were a handful of fresh, youth oriented adaptations of the Bard that featured gifted, up and coming performers. This is one of the best.

First up there's the once-in-a-lifetime cast almost all of whom would go on to major careers in movies and TV. There's Ian Holm, Helen Mirren, Diana Rigg, Ian Richardson, David Warner, and dressed in little more than a fig leaf (ivy actually) the one and only Judi Dench. Second and probably more important is the way they deliver Shakespeare's dialogue. Not stuffy and erudite but as if it were everyday conversation. They are also highly sensitive to Shakespeare's meter reminding us that Shakespeare was a poet as well as a playwright. Rarely have the lines sounded this fresh and spontaneous. This is one of the few Shakespeare adaptations where you won't need subtitles which is good because this DVD-R doesn't have any.

Finally there is the DVD-R itself. For years this performance was released in a substandard DVD from Waterbearer Films who simply copied their already existing VHS tape with its muddy visuals and muffled sound.
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This DVD-R copy of Peter Hall's Midsummer Night's Dream is a HUGE improvement over the WaterBearer Film's DVD release. This transfer is clean, with good color and (most importantly) excellent sound. It's a low budget production but -so what- the performances are great. My 11 year old daughter understood the humor and storyline and was laughing along with us. Now, this is the way Shakespeare should be performed!
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Outstanding film! The actors are stunning... it filled me with a deep sense of loss, though, for that higher caliber of actor that trained in traditional Shakespeare. We don't have a lot of those left these days.
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Absolutely marvelous adaptation of Shakespeares A Midsummer Night's Dream. Reading this play is more than a little confusing. Watching these masters reveal the play expands your understanding. Seeing Dame Judi Dench as Titania, costumed in little more than green body paint is revealing, to say the least. And Dame Helen Mirren is incredible (though clothjed). Dame Diana Rigg is equally wonderful. And Ian Holme as Puck is fantastic. Make sure you buy this edition of this Royal Shakespeare Company play because it is much better reproduced than the other one available, a Water Bearer reproduction. As to the other productions of the play (even by the RSC) I think this more traditional production and to be preferred. Enjoy it.
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I received the DVD version for Christmas 2013. I had been watching it on Amazon prime and decided that I wanted the actual hard copy. The acting is superb, with many actors and actresses who would later become very well-known (excepting Dianna Rigg, who many people knew from "The Avengers") The colors are quite good. The quality of the grain varies. On an HD TV, the parts filmed in bright daylight are extremely sharp. The parts filmed in the more subdued light of the night woods have noticeably more grain. I am guessing that this is due to a change in film with a higher ISO for a proper exposure, not an improper transfer. The director's use of lights and the English manor setting grows on you. It hardly matters, though, with the delightful acting of so many superb actors and actresses. I also own the 1935 production. What a contrast! I enjoy them each in their own way. The spirits of the Godfrey version are much more primordial/elemental than those of Reinhardt (1935). The most "complete" version is Godfrey's. Reinhardt sacrificed a lot of the dialogue (probably about 1/3) to give prominence to Mendelssohn's music, which gets extended play via ballet sequences. Both versions are fascinating interpretations, and both are magical.
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