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Shakespeare Uncovered

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Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeares greatest plays.

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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Derek Jacobi, Jude Law, Tori Sparks, David Tennant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B1E6EAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,765 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This extremely well conceived series is not only rich in information, but extremely entertaining. Hosted by actors who have played the lead roles in the plays which they explore seem to be an a journey of discovery along with us. They take us to the new Globe Theatre in London as well as to some of the historical locations in the plays. Not only are the works and their sources uncovered, but Shakespeare the man and his times as well. Inspiring!
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The concept and execution of this project is laudable. How fine it is to have Derek Jacobi, one of his generation's best actors, taking us through the political battles of Richard II. Jeremy Irons is equally adept at narrating the Henriad. But what were the producers thinking when they tapped Ethan Hawke to guide us through one of the Bard's greatest, darkest, most sublime plays is beyond me. He comes across as knowledgeable as that fine critic Opie Taylor - the only thing lacking is a "Gee Whillikers Pa". He asks a fellow expert what "Murther" could mean. When he is told the answer his eyes bug out "Really? Murder?" Was neither IanMcKellen or Patrick Stewart available? What about Rowan Atkinson? Another low point is when Jacobi stuffs his inane theory that Shakespeare did not author the plays down our throats. The Earl of Southampton did indeed write poetry under his own name and it is worse than mediocre - are we to believe he only wrote well when using Shakespeare as a front? Absurd. It has no business in this program, but one guesses Jacobi demanded to be able to make his wild speculations or he would not participate. I am second to none in my admiration for the man's acting prowess, but the cockamamie theory he advocates makes me wonder about his native intelligence. It is always wonderful to have Trevor Nunn as a guide through anything Shakespearean and he does a yeoman like job with "The Tempest". The program is good, but uneven.
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These examinations of Shakespeare's plays are utterly fascinating, well-researched and moving. They include analysis of the works themselves, the historic context in which they were written, as well as examples of theatrical interpretations of the works. It is touching to hear and see the admiration that these actors, directors, scholars and others have for these plays. This set adds more credence to our reverence for this greatest of playwrights.
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This series covers some of the most important works of Shakespeare and you could see the research that went into the production. The presenters are familiar with the works and they brought unique and interesting perspectives to these works. It is great to have someone who understand Shakespeare to talk about Shakespeare instead of just some scratches on the surface. Would recommend this to anyone who want to have a closer look to Shakespeare's work.
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I caught 4 of these episodes on PBS when they aired and I enjoyed them all immensely. This is such a fun and in depth look at a few of the Bard's plays, including some really great behind the scenes info about recent productions of them. It's such a blast to see glimpses of so many different versions of each play as the host interviews scholars, actors, and directors about the text, the plot, and the meaning behind it all. Definitely worth your time, even if you're a only hobbyist (like me!).
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"Shakespeare Uncovered" should be utilized in high school and college English classes. It is that marvelous! Where else can you find out that Sir Derek Jacobi is one of the few actors to have actually taken a side in the authorship controversy (he favors Edward DeVere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford)? It was moving to hear Joely Richardson tell how playing Rosalind in "As You Like It" on BBC television made a bankable star out of her mother Vanessa Redgrave. To witness David Tenant and Jude Law compare experiences of playing Hamlet is glorious. I better utilize, according to Arthur Conan Doyle, the artist's supreme gift of knowing when to stop or I will go forever praising this series. I hope a season two is in the works!
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Absolutely wonderful program. My only wish is that they made more episodes and covered more of Shakespeare's plays. A must see for anyone even remotely interested in Shakespeare.
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I have only watched 3 out of the six so far & am throughly impressed.
Intelligent, articulate with wonderful presentation. Can't wait to watch the rest
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