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Shakespeare Videos
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 676. Wednesday, 27 October 1993.
 
From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Wednesday, OCtober 27, 1993
Subject:        Shakespeare Videos
 
SHAKSPEReans,
 
In the past, many discussions of videos of Shakespeare's plays have taken
place on this conference.  A catalog came across my desk earlier this week
that offers most of the Shakespeare videos of which I am aware and a few of
which I've never heard.  The prices also appear quite competitive, so I pass
along the information from the relevant pages.  Obviously, the descriptions of
particular offerings must be taken with several handfuls of salt, and just as
obviously I have no connection whatsoever with the company.  Of course,
neither do I have a budget with which to purchase any of these offerings
either.  Alas.  Alas.
 
--Hardy
 
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Shakespeare Offerings on Video
 
From:    Filmic Archives
         The Cinema Center
         Botsford, CT 0604
         1-800-366-1920
 
 
SHAW VS. SHAKESPEARE SERIES
 
THE CHARACTER OF CAESAR
(1970). COLOR. George Bernard Shaw, portrayed by Donald Moffatt, analyzes
Shakespeare's characteri zation of Julius Caesar and compares it with his own
treatment. 33 minutes. 5916. Video. $69.95
 
THE TRAGEDY OF JULIUS CAESAR
(1970). COLOR. Shakespeare's masterpiece, focusing on Caesar's death and its
aftermath, is presented as a tragedy of "political idealism." 33 minutes.
5917A. Video. $69.95
 
CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA
(1970). COLOR. The problem of the progress of the human species is examined in
Shaw's play which centers around four political murders and Caesar's reactions
to them. 33 minutes. 5918A. Video. $69.95
 
WEST SIDE STORY
(1961). COLOR. With Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. The tragic
tale of Romeo and Juliet set in New York's west side. 151 minutes. 4344A.
Video.  $29.95.  Also on LaserDisc
 
ROMEO AND JULIET
(1968). COLOR. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli, with Olivia Hussey.
Shakespeare's tragic romantic couple in the critically acclaimed version. 138
minutes. 4054A. Video. $19.95
 
ROMEO AND JULIET
(1987). COLOR. With Alex Hyde-White, Blanche Baker, Esther Rolle, Dan
Hamilton, and Frederic Hehne. Shakespeare's play of young love and tragic
death. 165 minutes. 4387A. Video. $59.95
 
ROMEO AND JULIET
(1936). With Leslie Howard and Norma Sheaver. A sumptuous and Lyrical
production of the tale of star-crossed lovers. 126 minutes. 5028A. Video.
$24.95
 
ROMEO AND JULIET
(1954). COLOR. With Laurence Harvey and Susan Shentall. William Shakespeare's
timeless tragic tale, magnificently photographed on location in Italy. 135
minutes. 4354A. Video. $69.9S
ROMEO AND JULIET
(1985). COLOR. With Christopher Neame and Ann Hasson. A tragic tale of young
love thwarted by a deadly rivalry is powerfully told in this compelling
British production. 180 minutes. 4380A. Video. $49.95
 
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
(1984). COLOR. This program travels through Shakespeare's early years in
Stratford to his marriage to Anne Hathaway and the London in which he worked.
30 minutes. 5932A. Video. $59.95
 
OTHELLO
(1952). With Orson Welles, Suzanne Cloutier. Welles stars and directs in his
award-winning adaptation of the William Shakespeare play. Bold in its vision
and breathtaking in its visual scope. 93 minutes. 5920A. Video. $99.95
 
HENRY V
(1989). COLOR. With Kenneth Branagh and Ian Holm. Branagh was nominated for an
Oscar for his brilliant performance of Henry, in this, one of Shakespeare's
greatest plays. 138 minutes. 4470A. Video. $29.95. Also on LaserDisc
 
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
(1974). COLOR. Featuring Star Trek's Patrick Stewart and the Royal Shakespeare
Company, this towering romantic tragedy chronicles the tumultuous tale of two
of history's greatest lovers 161 minutes. 5921A. Video. $24.95
 
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
(1987). COLOR. With Lynn Redgrave, John Carradine, Timothy Dalton, and Anthony
Geary. Shakespeare's most popular tale of two of history's most famous
personages. 183 minutes. 4383A. Video. $59.95
 
A MIDSUMMER NlGHT'S DREAM
(1960s - England). British live TV version. With Benny Hill as "Bottom." A
well-mounted and literate version of Shakespeare's fantasy. 111 minutes. 212A.
Video. $39.95
 
MACBETH
(1971-USA). COLOR. Directed by Roman Polanski with Jon Finch. A violent and
fatalistic handling of this Shakespearean tragedy. Brief nudity. 139 minutes.
4057A. Video. $29.95
 
MACBETH
(1988). COLOR. Directed by Charles Warren. With Michael Jayston, and Barbara
Leigh Hunt. From the witches' prophecy of Macbeth's rise to power to his
inevitable fall, every moment of Macbeth is a moment to savor: rich,
compelling and unforgettable. 110 minutes. 4378A. Video. $49.95
 
KING LEAR
(1984). COLOR. With Sir Laurence Olivier and Diana Rigg. A timeless tale of
greed and lust for power. It is a story of a sick old man, his scheming
children, and lost loyalties. 158 minutes. 4313A. Video. $39.95
 
KING LEAR
COLOR. Generations have thrilled to Shakespeare's King Lear, played here by
Patrick Magee, in a world class production as powerful and exciting as if it
had been written today. 110 minutes. 4379A. Video. $49.95
 
KING LEAR
(1987). COLOR. With Mike Kellen, Darryl Hickman, Charles Aidman, and David
Groh. Shakespeare's timeless, tragic tale of greed is a violent storm on a
grand scale. 182 minutes. 4386A. Video. $49.95
 
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
(1973). COLOR. With Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright. Venice, Italy comes
alive with passion, conflict and betrayal as the infamous money lender Shylock
seeks revenge and runs afoul of the heroine. 131 minutes. 5922A. Video. $24.95
 
KING RICHARD II
(1987). COLOR. With David Birney, Paul Shenar, John Devlin and William H.
Bassett. Shakespeare's story of a self-centered, weak King. 172 minutes.
4381A. Video. $49.95
 
AS YOU LIKE IT
(1936 - England). With Sir Laurence Olivier and Elisabeth Bergner. A well-
mounted version of the Shakespearean comedy. 96 minutes. 447A. Video. $39.95
 
THE SHAKESPEARE MYSTERY
(1989). COLOR. The controversial theory that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of
Oxford, was the true author of the plays and poems long attributed to William
Shakespeare is examined. 60 minutes. 4468A. Video. $59.95
 
HAMLET
(1990). COLOR. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. With Mel Gibson, Glen Close,
Alan Bates, and Paul Scofield. Critically acclaimed version of Shakespeare's
Hamlet with a distinguished supporting cast. 135 minutes. 4519A.Video. $19.95
 
HAMLET
(1969). COLOR. Nicol Williamson and Anthony Hopkins. Williamson gives a far
more energetic portrayal of Hamlet than Olivier, with an outstanding
supporting cast. 113 minutes. 4469A. Video. $69.95
 
JULIUS CAESAR
(1970 - USA). COLOR. With John Gielgud, Richard Chamberlain, Jason Robards,
and Charlton Heston. Shakespeare's classic story of greed and corruption in
the Roman Empire. 116 minutes. 4052A. Video. $39.95
 
JULIUS CAESAR
(1953). With Marlon Brando, John Gielgud and James Mason. Excellent adaptation
of Shakespeare's play of political power and honor In ancient Rome. 120
minutes. 4312A. Video. $29.95
 
ROSENCRANTZ AND GlLDENSTERN
(1990). COLOR. With Richard Dreyfuss Adapted from Tom Stoppard's 1968 stage
play, a clever premise retells the events of Shakespeare's Hamlet through the
eyes of these two comical, peripheral players. 119 minutes. 4732A. Video.
$99.95
 
THE TAMlNG OF THE SHREW
(1967). COLOR. With Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Michael York.
Petruchio attempts to tame his shrew, Katherine, in this Shakespearean comedy.
122 minutes. 4055A. Video. $39.95
 
THE MOST POPULAR VIDEO SERIES FOR LIBRARIES AND LITERATURE CLASSES!
THE BBC'S SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS
 
This collection has revolutionized the teaching of Shakespeare. As the
preeminent production of every Shakespeare play written, performances featured
in these productions would otherwise be seen only by the theater elite, in
London or New York.
 
When the BBC first undertook this six-year project, it became the most
ambitious undertaking ever attempted on film. The first time in the 400 years
since they were written that all 37 plays would be preserved on tape.
 
Superb productions! Stellar casts include John Gielgud, Ben Kingsley, Claire
Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Michael York, Derek Jacobi, and many others.
 
THE BBC'S SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS
Buy the entire series and save over $1,200.00!  For All 37 plays 5601A. Video.
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Plays also available individually.
 
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
(1982). COLOR. An extraordinary production of an enduring comedy. The strong
cast features Helen Mirren and Peter McEnery. 112 minutes. 5602A. Video.
$99.95
 
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
(1981). COLOR. Here Shakespeare uses one of is favorite devices--trickery. The
new wife of a young count resorts to chicanery to win her husband's respect.
141 minutes. 5603A. Video. $99.95
 
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
(1981). COLOR. The star of this production, Jane Lapotaire, not only looks
similar to portraits of the historical Queen of Egypt, but has the range and
maturity to capture her many facets. 171 minutes. 5604A. Video. $99.95
 
AS YOU LIKE IT
(1979). COLOR. Is there a "natural difference" between a duke's daughter and a
commoner? Are men really stronger than women? Or is it just society's role?
Stars Helen Mirren, Brian Stirner and Richard Pasco. 150 minutes. 5603A.
Video. $99.95
 
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
(1984). COLOR. Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the rock band "The Who" stars in
Shakespeare's shortest play. 109 minutes. 5606A. Video. $99.95
 
CORIOLANUS
(1983). COLOR. In his last tragedy, Shakespeare studies the character of a
soldier. Stars Alan Howard, Irene Worth. 112 minutes. 5607A. Video. $99.95
 
CYMBELINE
(1983). COLOR. King Cymbeline's evil second queen tries to force Princess
Imogen to marry her own son. Starring Claire Bloom, Helen Mirren and Richard
Johnson. 174 minutes. 5608A. Video. $99.95
 
HAMLET
(1979). COLOR. In this richly costumed, somberly staged production, the
greatest tragedy ever written maintains all the tension of a murder mystery as
it examines the fundamental issues of justice, guilt and death. Derek Jacobi
is a superb choice as Hamlet. 222 minutes. 5609A. Video. $99.95
 
HENRY IV, PART II
(1980). COLOR. The boisterous Falstaff leads Prince Hal, the heir to the
throne, through London's low-life taverns. Starring Jon Finch, Anthony Quayle,
David Gwillim. 147 minutes. 5610A. Video. $99.95
 
HENRY IV, PART I
(1980). COLOR. The death of Henry IV, banishment of Falstaff and coronation of
Hal as Henry V. Stars Jon Finch, Anthony Quayle, David Gwillim. 151 minutes.
5611A. Video. $99.95
 
HENRY V
(1980). COLOR. England's most admired national hero, Henry V, unites his
people, invades France, deals with traitors and cements the peace. 163
minutes. 5612A. Video. $99.95
 
HENRY VI, PART I
(1982). COLOR. The first of a trilogy, recreating Henry's early days as King.
Starring Peter Benson. 185 minutes. 5613A. Video. $99.95
 
HENRY VI, PART II
(1982). COLOR. Henry marries Lady Margaret of Annou, but she despises him for
his meekness and takes Suffolk as a lover. Starring Peter Benson, Julia
Foster. 212 minutes. 5614A. Video. $99.95
 
HENRY VI,  PART III
(1982). COLOR. York wins the War of Roses and forces Henry to give him
succession to the crown. Starring Peter Benson, Bernard Hill. 210 minutes.
5615A. Video. $99.95
 
HENRY VIII
(1979). COLOR. Filmed at Henry's favorite place, Leeds Castle, with its
ceremonies enacted in the very rooms the King inhabited, nearly 500 years ago.
Starring Claire Bloom, John Stride and Julian Glover. 165 minutes. 5616A.
Video. $99.95
 
JULIUS CAESAR
(1979). COLOR. Breaking all conventional rules of drama, Shakespeare creates
neither a clear-cut hero nor a villain. Starring Richard Pasco, Keith Michell
and Charles Gray as Caesar. 161 minutes. 5617A. Video. $99.95
 
KING JOHN
(1984). COLOR. Here Shakespeare rewrites an anonymous dramatic treatment of
the subject, the only time he uses such a source instead of the chronicles
themselves. Stars Claire Bloom, Mary Morris. 120 minutes. 5618A. Video. $99.95
 
KING LEAR
(1983). COLOR. This production is crisply paced, with an exemplary cast.
Starring Michael Hodern, John Shrapnel, Anton Lesser. 185 minutes. 5619A.
Video. $99.95
 
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
(1984). COLOR. A splendid satire--some of Shakespeare's best early poetry.
Starring Nicol Williamson and Jane Lapotaire. 120 minutes. 5620A. Video.
$99.95
 
MACBETH
(1984). COLOR.This savage tragedy is one of Shakespeare's most enduringly
popular. The warrior Macbeth, aided by his wife, murders his king. The two
embark on a gilt-ridden reign of terror. Starring Nicol Williamson and Jane
Lapotaire. 148 minutes. 5621A. Video. $99.95
 
MEASURE FOR MEASURE
(1979). COLOR. The trickiest sort of play--a comedy with tragic relief. The
New York Times says, "Kate Nelligan is the image of idealized faultlessness as
Isabella." 145 minutes. 5622A. Video. $99.95
 
MERCHANT OF VENICE
(1981). COLOR. This play presents contrasts and ambiguities in the character
Shylock. Is he a villain, a buffoon or tragic hero? Starring Warren Mitchell,
Gemma Jones and John Franklyn-Robbins. 157minutes. 5623A. Video. $99.95
 
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
(1983). COLOR. Queen Elizabeth herself is said to have requested the return of
Falstaff to the Bard's stage. . .supposedly she wanted to see him in love.
What Shakespeare gave Her Majesty instead was Falstaff's attempt to recoup his
fortunes by seducing two respectable wives of affluent Windsor husbands.
Starring Ben Kingsley. 167minutes. 5624A. Video. $99.95
 
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
(1984). COLOR. The sparring wit of the confirmed bachelor, Benedick and the
haughty Lady Beatrice seems to delight audiences more every year. Starring
Robert Lindsay and Cherie Lunghi as Benedick and Beatrice 120 minutes. 5625A.
Video. $99.95
 
OTHELLO
(1982). COLOR. Perhaps his greatest triumph as a stage play. When the evil
Iago plants the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind about Desdemonia's fidelity,
audiences are held spellbound. Starring Anthony Hopkins. With Bob Hoskins as
Iago. 208 minutes. 5626A. Video. $99.95
 
PERICLES
(1983). COLOR. The Prince of Tyre, who flees upon discovering his King in an
incestuous relationship. Starring Mike Gwilym and Amanda Redman. 177 minutes.
5627A. Video. $99.95
 
RICHARD II
(1979). COLOR. A stellar cast includes Derek Jacobi, Sir John Gielgud, Charles
Gray, Jon Finch and Dame Wendy Hiller. 157 minutes 5628A. Video. $99.95
 
RICHARD III
(1982). COLOR. A huge success in its day, centered around the character of
Richard of Gloucester, a self-proclaimed villain who usurps the crown. Through
political marriages and military coups, this play portrays an intricate period
in English history. Stars Martin Shaw and Brian Protheroe. 228 minutes. 5629A.
Video. $99.95
 
ROMEO AND JULIET
(1979). COLOR. The most popular of all Shakespeare's plays, and a "hit" for
over 400 years. Full of passion and exquisite language, it expresses love in
its infinite variety more than any other work in the English language. Stars
Sir John Gielgud Rebecca Saire, Patrick Ryecart. 167 minutes. 5630A. Video.
$99.95
 
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
(1981). COLOR. Among the most frequently staged plays. Its sparkling wit is
matched here with an out-standing cast. John Cleese, of Monty Python, gives a
portrayal of Petruchio that wins unanimous critical acclaim, praised as "an
object lesson in serving Shakespeare to a present-day audience." 127 minutes.
5631A. Video. $99.95
 
THE TEMPEST
(1980). COLOR. A dramatic romance, weaving fancy and realism. This timeless
stage is set on an enchanted island, where an exiled Duke and two young lovers
encounter the occult, finding good and evil in their own natures. Starring
Christopher Guard and Michael Hodern. 150 minutes. 5632A. Video. $99.95
 
TIMON OF ATHENS
(1982). COLOR. Choice calls this "a recommended version of a difficult yet
interesting play." In his most cynical work, Shakespeare explores money--its
virtues and its vice. Featuring strong performances by Jonathan Pryce Norman
Rodway and John Shrapnel. 128 minutes. 5633A. Video. $99.95
 
TITUS ANDRONICUS
(1984). COLOR. Set in late Roman times, this tragedy draws on mythology for
brutal tales. Stars Eileen Atkins, Trevor Peacock. 120 minutes. 5634A.
Video. $99.95
 
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
(1982). COLOR. Says Choice, "This video of Troilus and Cressida is simply
excellent, and will be a valuable resource to anyone teaching the play." Stars
Anton Lesser, Suzanne Burden. 190 minutes. 5635A. Video. $99.95
 
TWELFTH NIGHT
(1980). COLOR. With practical jokes, poetry and haunting songs, this is the
most subtle of Shakespeare's comedies. Starring Alec McCowen, Trevor Peacock,
Felicity Kendall. 124 minutes. 5636A. Video. $99.95
 
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
(1983). COLOR. In Shakespeare's earliest attempt at romantic comedy, two
friends fall in love with Silvia, who is promised to another. Starring John
Hudson, Joanne Pearce. 137 minutes. 5637A. Video. $99.95
 
THE WINTER'S TALE
(1982). COLOR. A theme that occupied Shakespeare later in life:
reconciliation. Wrongs committed by one generation are made right by the next.
Starring Jeremy Kemp, Anna Calder-Marshall, Debbie Farrington and Margaret
Tyzack. 173 minutes. 5638A. Video.
 $99.95
 

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