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Monday, September 26, 2011

The Tempest Blu-Ray Review

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The Tempest Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: This modern retelling of William Shakespeare's final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical and magical fantasy with Academy Award(R)-winner Helen Mirren (Best Actress, The Queen, 2006) leading a star-studded cast including Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) and Alfred Molina (The Sorcerer s Apprentice). Exiled to a magical island, the sorceress Prospera (Mirren) conjures up a storm that shipwrecks her enemies, and then unleashes her powers for revenge. Directed by the visionary Julie Taymor -- and complete with exclusive bonus features and an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell, 2010) -- The Tempest, with its innovative twist, is a supernatural dramedy filled with Shakespearian villains, lovers and fools that will leave you spellbound.

Review: The Tempest is the latest in modern re-imagining and re-tellings of Shakespeare's works.  Based on the play of the same name, this film was directed by the revolutionary director of the film "Titus".   Starring Helen Mirren...well, thats all I needed to know before I picked this one up!  I knew she'd knock it out of the park, and she exceeded even our expectations!  Her performance as Prospera is so well-played it'll blow you away.  The film is a good follow of the play, with some great new attitude and visual effects.  Its definately worth the watch.

The special features on this blu-ray include: Los Angeles Rehearsal -- Features Julie Taymor, Dijmon Hounsou, Russell Brand & Alfred Molina, Raising The Tempest -- Julie Taymor Documentary About The Making Of The Movie, Julie Taymor Audio Commentary, Annotated Shakespeare -- View The Tempest With Audio Commentary By Renowned Shakespeare Experts Virginia Vaughan & Jonathan Bate, "O Mistress Mine" Music Video and Russell Brand Rehearsal Riff.

Interest Range: Drama