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William Shakespeare

1996/Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 61 (June 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino & Diane Venora

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Following the spectacular spectacular success of the Moulin Rouge DVD special edition, William Shakespeare

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2003463
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG-13 for scenes of contemporary violence and some sensuality.
(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 120
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1996
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/12/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Baz Luhrmann
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Story Synopsis:
From the startling opening that defines its exuberant pace, Baz Luhrmann

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a much more pleasing picture when compared to the previously released, non-anamorphic DVD (Issue 41). Images are sharper, with improved detail. Colors, while still wild and deeply saturated to near-oversaturation, do not exhibit the level of smearing evident on the previous version. There are still some problems in the way of aliasing and shimmering, but overall the picture is much more satisfying. Pixelization and edge enhancement can also be a problem. (Suzanne Hodges)

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DVD-ROM Review:
Another of the InterActual free releases, Romeo+Juliet contains not only the screenplay, but a version of the actual Shakespeare play available to read directly from your monitor. After inserting the disc into your DVD-ROM drive, run the file R_J_Launcher.exe in the folder labeled PC for you PC users. For those of you who use a MAC, run the file R_J.bin in the folder labeled MAC. The layout for this screenplay is different from most we are accustomed to. First off, the actual screenplay is on the left side, and can only be scrolled by clicking and holding on that part of the screen, and dragging up or down. It is set up in reverse, so dragging up makes the text scroll down, while dragging down scrolls up. Also, you can change the scene by clicking the dots near the bottom of the screen. By clicking the label titled Screenplay in a script font you can switch between the screenplay and the play. The play is set up exactly like the screenplay, with the same methods for maneuvering through the scenes. Also, there is a volume control bar on the top right for changing the volume of the music playing in the background. I always get excited to see releases without the familiar InterActual features, but I am always disappointed to see the overwhelming lack of features. This is another title to add to that short list of discs who tried to defeat the norm by only looking foolish. (Danny Richelieu)