directed by Julie Taymor
USA 1999

 

  Quite the epic ride from oft-Shakespearean director Julie Taymor. This film is an adaptation of Shakespeare's most violent play "Titus Andronicus". Victorious general, Titus (Anthony Hopkins), returns to Rome with hostages in tow - Tamora (Jessica Lange), the queen of the Goths, and her sons. Romantic and political entanglements engage demonstrative violence utilized with decapitations and removal of human tongues, hands, vengeful rapes, adultery and bigotry.

Always one to shun violence for its exploitive marketing pull, I was expectant of this film following the expression of its author with all the dialogue taken verbatim. Hopkins, Lange et all give excellent performances delivering the dialogue with the perceived power and subtlety of its intent. Lange is always particularly an enigma with her natural sexuality often juxtaposing her roles. The flow of the film is quite even and its dark nature are never overwhelming, but the squeamish should be leery but they will still admire the spectacle of the strong visuals and amazing cinematography. Taymor has proven herself again with continued anticipatory regard for her future.  out of    

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: December 25th, 1999

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DVD Review: Twentieth Century Fox (2-disc) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Twentieth Century Fox  - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:42:15 
Video 2.36:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.27 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.36:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by director Julie Taymor
• Scene specific commentary by Anthony Hopkins and Harry J. Lennix
• Q & A with Julie Taymor
• "Making Of" Documentary
• Costume Gallery

DVD Release Date: August 15th, 2000

Double thick Keep Case
Chapters: 32

 

 

Comments:

This DVD was made with all the ducks in line - progressive, anamorphic, no excessive manipulation, true colors, great audio, a commentary and a second disc of valuable features. Now, today, many can take these attributes for granted, but this package was produced in 2000! If it has a failing, it is a little soft at times. For Shakespeare-to-film lovers this is a stalwart DVD and a proud one to own in your collection albeit quite different from Olivier's Henry V

Gary W. Tooze

 





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