Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
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In this cleverly inspired twist on William Shakespeare's Hamlet, two of the outrageous supporting players take center stage for a dazzling game of illusion and reality that delivers one-of-a-kind entertainment! Winner of the prestigious Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion Award - Best Picture.
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We might have gotten something like Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead".
Taking the title characters (played by Gary Oldman and Tim Roth)two minor characters from "Hamlet" and focusing on them as they try to make sense of what is occurring around them and TO Hamlet himself, one is often confused for the other although they compliment rather than are the same in terms of personality, temperament, etc. These old friends of Hamlet's look at the goings on around them and conclude that they don't make any sense.
Featuring terrific performances all around including one by Richard Dreyfus (playing another minor character called only the Player) , the film an adaptation of Tom Stoppard's play, was originally to be directed by filmmaker John Boorman. Stoppard ended up directing the film himself and, although it's his own film as a director, he does an admirable job especially when it comes to working with the cast.
The blu-ray has some issues including noticeable video noise at the beginning of the film and while the film retains the look of a film, the grain management is a bit of a problem in this transfer but, on the whole, the film looks pretty good. The film was shot by Peter Biziou and some of the issues with grain is most noticeable in those scenes that are deliberately underlit.
The audio sounds fine although the stereo mix is most effective had conveying ambiance.
The special features are truly where this film shines. We get a nearly one hour interview with Tom Stoppard discussing the history of the play, the transition to film and working with actors as a writer and director.
There are also interviews carried over from the DVD with Stoppard, Dreyfus, Oldman and Roth that run anywhere from 30 minutes to nearly an hour as well. These interviews range from the making of the film to other roles they've played in other projects. These are solid interviews that provide us with some meat to chew on about the project and the approach these actors took to the film.
Although the image quality varies a bit, the presentation is solid over all although a bit better grain management would have been nice and eliminating of the video noise at the beginning would have been a nice touch as well.
The audio is solid and we get subtitles in English. The bit rate for the transfer is pretty good as well. While this might not be the perfect release many have hoped for, the depth and detail have been improved over the DVD.
I would give three stars for the video transfer, four stars for the audio and special features to bring this release to three and one half stars overall.
This first Blu-Ray edittion is very watchable and enjoyable even though it's definetly not reference quality but works on my 4K Curved Samsung well enough despite whatever obvious grain there is in the picture. Its clear enough for enjoyment and the new interviews are wonderful. Especially with Richard Dreyfuss. So, for only $15.00 most definetly worth it. I've seen worse Blu-Rays...
The only plus is there's a new 55 minute interview with Tom Stoppard from September of 2015, but that doesn't justify the purchase as that will likely be uploaded to YouTube at some point anyway.
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