Silent Shakespeare

Silent Shakespeare

DVD (Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo)

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This fascinating DVD collects seven silent-film adaptations of Shakespearean plays. The films on this collection include King John (1899), The Tempest (1908), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1909), King Lear (1910), Twelfth Night (1910), The Merchant of Venice (1910), and Richard III (1911). These films were produced in Britain, the United States, and Italy. The disc contains a standard full-frame transfer (as any film produced before 1955 should). The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Although there are no bonus features, having these classic examples of early film on DVD is a treat. This disc is close to required viewing for any aficionado of silent film.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2000
UPC: 0014381922424
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time: 1:29:00

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Introduction [1:20]
2. King John: Great Britain 1899 [1:44]
3. The Tempest: Great Britain 1908 [12:06]
4. A Midsummer's Night's Dream: USA 1909 [11:31]
5. King Lear: Italy 1910 [16:16]
6. Twelfth Night: USA 1910 [12:31]
7. The Merchant of Venice: Italy 1910 [9:25]
8. Richard III: Great Britain 1911 [23:40]

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