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Laserdisc ROMEO & JULIET 1996 Leonardo DiCaprio Lot#1 LTBX THX AC-3 LD
 

Laserdisc ROMEO & JULIET 1996 Leonardo DiCaprio Lot#1 LTBX THX AC-3 LD

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READ THIS FIRST: This is a 12-inch Diameter Laserdisc, which is NOT the same as DVD and cannot be played on a DVD player!

Laserdisc Title: "ROMEO & JULIET (WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S)"
Edition: Widescreen Edition (Double-Disc Set)
Special Features: ---This Special Edition Laserdisc contains Full-Length audio commentary with Director, Writer & Producer Baz Luhrmann, Production Designer Catherine Martin, Editor Jull Bilcock, Director of Photography Don McAlpine, Co-producer Martin Brown * Inventing a Way of Doing It - 20 minutes video contrasting original sites and production team "walk-throughs" to the finished scene---
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Christina Pickles, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora
Production / Year: 1996 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Running Time: 120 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: THX, Dolby AC-3 Digital, Digital Sound, Dolby Surround, Stereo
Video Format: LTBX 2.35:1, NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Rated R, Close Captioned
Distributed By: Twentieth Century Fox
Catalog / Spine Number: 0414385

Cosmetic Condition:
Disc (s): Good - Light to very minor hairline surface scratches not affecting playability
Jacket: Good - Normal shelf wear, few creases, slightly worn-out corners or edges, taped up top spine and small split middle of bottom spines

Synopsis:

Up front, the idea of interpreting William Shakespeare's tragic ROMEO AND JULIET with Music Video editing and casting right out of TEEN PEOPLE magazine, was a major turnoff for me. But, I must admit that this film works, and works well.

As a perpetual student of Shakespeare, I'm aware that his work is often cut, edited and abridged for better clarity and watchability for today's audiences. Director Baz Luhrmann takes that editing a step further. Sure, he cuts out plenty of dialogue and he adds in some dialogue, but he goes so far as to have his dialogue presented as if it were from the original source! Once again, it works, and works well!

Shakespeare's stories are often transported to different times and locales. This time, the story moves from Verona, Italy to VERONA BEACH, CALIFORNIA. The Montagues and The Capulets remain powerful feuding families, but this time the families are also defined as rival gangs, The surfing Montagues and the Latino Capulets.

We get tremendous performances from Peter Postlethwaite as Father Lawrence, Paul Sorvino and Brian Dennehy as the rivals. But this story is Romeo and Juliet's, here cast with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. There performances are sufficient and can carry the film, although their delivery is often strident. If you are a major fan of either of them, (If your screensaver is LEONARDO DICAPRIO or you have any picture of him on your wall, you know what I'm talking about), I'm sure you'll disagree. And that is also where this film succeeds. It brought this story to young people who have only been exposed to Shakespeare by their English teacher, and that experience is never good.

Billy Shakespeare has some cool stories and always deserves new, fresh looks. So, open up your mind and enjoy this modern interpretation.

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