2000

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2265  Thursday, 7 December 2000

From:           Douglas M Lanier <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 6 Dec 2000 15:44:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        DVD Release of the BBC Shakespeare Series

I notice on the Ambrose Video website (www.Ambrosevideo.com) that they
are planning to release a DVD version of the BBC series starting in
December 2000.  They advertise the series as being remastered:  "We have
taken as much care as possible to restore the masters (which are over 20
years old) for the best DVD viewing experience possible."  For those who
are willing to pre-order the entire series, there's a discount.

I don't recall there being discussion of this re-release on SHAKSPER
(though I could be wrong about that).  So I thought I'd ask:

i) does anyone know anything about this DVD re-release, particularly
about the quality of the video transfer or the existence of any extra
materials on the DVDs?  (This is not a question about the BBC series per
se, but rather about this particular re-release.)

ii) how might this affect efforts to get the BBC to release some or all
of the videos at a lower price?  (I notice that the ad also states
"Ambrose Video is to be the exclusive distributor of Shakespeare's plays
which are so richly rewarding to our viewers.")

Thanks,
Douglas Lanier
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