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Two Re: Videos: Q: *Ado*; Catalog with Olivier in *MV*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 679. Thursday, 28 October 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Daniel F. Pigg <IVAD@UTMARTN.BITNET>
        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Oct 93 14:55:38 CST
        Subj:   Branagh's Much Ado Availability?
 
(2)     From:   Bill Denning <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Oct 1993 17:38:08 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Interesting catalog includes Olivier in Merchant of Venice
 
 
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From:           Daniel F. Pigg <IVAD@UTMARTN.BITNET>
Date:           Wednesday, 27 Oct 93 14:55:38 CST
Subject:        Branagh's Much Ado Availability?
 
Does anyone know when the Branagh Much Ado will be available on video
cassette?  I am always looking for an accessible contemporary
Shakespeare production to present to my British lit. soph survey, and
this version more than passes my criteria.
 
Daniel Pigg
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Martin
IVAD@UTMARTN.BITNET
 
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From:           Bill Denning <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Oct 1993 17:38:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Interesting catalog includes Olivier in Merchant of Venice
 
Normally my response to unsolicited mail advertising is to throw it away after
looking at it for about 15 seconds.  However, I received a catalog today that
may be of interest to SHAKSPER subscribers.
 
The catalog is called "SIGNALS", and is subtitled "A Catalog for Fans & Friends
of Public Television."  It is affiliated with WGBH in Boston, which is one of
the best known public television stations here in the U.S.
 
What caught my eye is a video tape in VHS format of a 1973 production of "The
Merchant of Venice".  (Note that in many countries other tape formats, such as
PAL, are used.)  The catalog number is 27686, and it sells for USD $19.95.
 
Quoting from the catalog description,
 
        Shakespeare's classic comedy of love, vengeance, prejudice, and
        sacrifice is given a new setting -- 1860's Venice -- and a superb
        cast in this 1973 production.  Laurence Olivier is a brilliant
        Shylock, demanding his pound of flesh; Joan Plowright (Olivier's
        real-life wife) is Portia, extolling "the quality of mercy"; and
        Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes to PBS fans) is Bassanio in the
        unforgettable film version of a timeless -- and timely -- masterpiece.
 
The catalog also lists numerous video tapes of various dramas and other
programs from PBS, BBC, and A&E.  In addition there are audio cassette and CD
recordings of classical music, opera, and quite a number of "Christmas gift"
items.
 
The mailing address is:
 
        SIGNALS
        Post Office Box 64428
        St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0428
 
The following telephone numbers are listed:
 
        (800) 669-9696 24 hour credit card orders
        (612) 659-4320 FAX credit card orders
        (800) 998-8176 TDD number for hearing or speech impaired customers,
                       07:00 - 24:00 U.S. Central time, 7 days
        (800) 775-3104 Spanish language number
        (800) 669-5225 International orders, 08:00 - 20:00 U.S. Central time,
                       Monday - Friday
     +1 (612) 659-4312 International orders, call originates from overseas
        (800) 669-5225 Customer service, 08:00 - 20:00 Monday - Friday
 
"800" numbers are toll-free from within the U.S.  I believe that they can also
be called from overseas, but that there is a charge.
 
Disclaimer:  I am not affiliated in any way with WGBH, PBS, or SIGNALS, and am
not advocating the purchase of any particular product.
 
Best regards, Bill
 

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