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VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1999 / Color
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Director Julie Taymor / Audio Commentary with Composer Elliot Goldenthal / Audio Commentary with Actors Anthony Hopkins and Harry Lennix / Making-of Documentary / Q & A with Julie Taymor / Penny Arcade Nightmares / Trailers and TV Spots
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The level of the director's invention is startling, and the cast is extraordinary: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, as well as Alan Cumming, Colm Feore, James Frain, Laura Fraser, Harry Lennix, Angus Macfadyen, Matthew Rhys, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Sir Anthony gives the greatest performance of his film career, at the time calling it his "swan song" to Shakespeare; he is electrifying. And has Miss Lange done anything better? All are superb.
Elliot Goldenthal's score (conducted by Stephen Mercurio) is a marvel. Surely, he is one of the more individual voices currently composing for film.
This is a thrilling film of Shakespeare's early, violent, and difficult play.
In two and a half hours, we see in this stylish Julie Taymor film: a father kill his son, two boys murder their stepdad after they rape a girl and leave her alive but horrendously mutilated, also the beheading of two of the main character's sons and him consenting to the lopping off of his left hand.
There's striking scenes of hallucinogenic quality, also a peek into an empiric bath hall of enormous proportions with a human level of decadence that exceeds its dimensions. Several more murders occur, none more shocking than the last four and before the curtain comes down, the unwitting are turned into cannibals. You have NEVER, EVER seen anything like this linguistically literal adaptation of "Titus Andronicus" that's set in a nightmarish WWII-era Roman state.
Highest possible recommendation.
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(7.2) Titus (Italy/USA/UK-1999) - Anthony Hopkins/Jessica Lange/Colm Feore/Angus Macfayden/Henry Lennix/Osheen Jones/Laura Fraser/Dario D'Ambrosi/Raz Degan/Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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