Shakespeare in Love: Collector’s Edition

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

One of the more clever movies to come around…and it took me a while as well. If you’re like most of us, Shakespeare is no doubt the influence behind what is now every major motion picture. It was said that there are no original stories anymore—Shakespeare wrote them all. This movie concentrates (a bit) on just that.

Shakespeare in Love follows the life of a young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and his struggle to finish his latest masterpiece, Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter or as we know it, Romeo and Juliet. Now, it’s more than time that’s pressing young William to finish his latest play, Phillip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush) is indebted to “loan sharks” if the newest play doesn’t prove a profit. However, when he meets Viola De Lesseps (Gwenyth Paltrow) his writer’s block becomes a thing of the past. She is also falling for him and wants to be in his play (Romeo and Juliet), but in the day, it was forbidden for a woman to act on stage. All the acting was done by pre-pubescent boys (and there’s a little laugh associated with that in the movie), dressed up as women.

With a great cast that includes Ben Affleck, Judy Dench and Geoffrey Rush along with director, John Madden, make this sto ry one to understand and even love. To me, it made Shakespeare make sense and I’m not even much of a Shakespeare fan.

A great cast amd a great story make this a movie to laugh at and with. Look for great performances by Oscar winners Gwenyeth Paltrow, Judi Dench (who is great as Queen Elizabeth), Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush and Joseph Fiennes. Bottom line is that for all of you who thought “Saving Private Ryan” should have one best picture, this is the reason why it didn’t. Shakespeare in Love is truly a great movie, entertaining and full of a lot of laughs (really) and is money well spent. You won’t regret it!

Video: How does it look?

Excuse me? A teriffic transfer, like that found on the regular edition is a 16:9 transfer from Disney?!?!? One of the best ever, a new movie adds to the richness of the colors, but the Oscar winning sets look great as does every other aspect of this movie. Top notch!

Audio: How does it sound?

Suprisingly good sound. True, it’s not a “shoot ’em up” action movie with explosions and bullets, but it has a great depth and good general ambiance. The sound is rich and full and keeps all five point one channels humming away.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Not one, but two feature length commentaries. One is by the cast and very informative and very funny at times. The other is by director John Madden, who comments mainly on the technical advents of the film. There are deleted scenes and a segment on the Oscar winning costumes. Trailers and TV spots as well as the Shakespeare Facts that were found on the original. Not nearly as much material as “A Bug’s Life: SE”, but well worth your dollar and a movie that won Best Picture should get nothing but a Special Edition treatment.

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