A Midsummer Night's Dream (1969)
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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.
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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of Shakespeare's greatest comedies performed by a fantastic cast. See it regularly!Published 5 months ago by A. Weiner
This is my favorite film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Some people have complained about the image and sound quality. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Banuelos
The Royal Shakespeare Company + Dianna Rigg, Helen Mirren and Judy Dench make what I think is the best version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Clark
It is one of my very favorite Shakespeare performances. Though it is old (1969) it is still the best and I am glad to have it in DVD.Published on July 23, 2014 by Kathryn Lee Freeman
It is good to know that the HD version of this movie that is available on one DVD and from Amazon Streaming is not restored but is better quality than what I had before, and in the... Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Andrew A. Prescott
This is my favorite film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". It's filled with well-known stars from the British stage and screen.Published on April 5, 2014 by John Pike
This version of A Midsummer Night's Dream has much to offer. It is directed by Peter Hall, the creator of the Royal Shakespeare Company and director of many great theater and film... Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by The Peripatetic Reader
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