Dad of Divas' Reviews: Blu-ray Disc Review - The Tempest

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blu-ray Disc Review - The Tempest

About the Movie
This modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s final masterpiece is an exciting, mystical and magical fantasy with Academy Award®-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 Julie Taymor (Frida) — and complete with exclusive bonus features — The Tempest, with its innovative twist, is a supernatural dramedy filled with Shakespearean villains, lovers and fools that will leave you spellbound. 
U.S. Release Date:  September 13, 2011  
Rating:    PG 13 - for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images 

Feature Run Time: Approximately 110 minutes 
Release Format: Blu-ray™, Movie Download & On-Demand 
Suggested Retail Price: 1-Disc Blu-ray = $39.99 U.S. 
 Movie Download High Definition = $39.99 U.S. 
Movie Download Standard Definition = $29.99 U.S. 
On-Demand = for pricing, please contact your television provider or favorite digital retailer 
Bonus Features: The Tempest Documentary 
 Audio Commentary with Director Julie Taymor 
Russell Brand’s Rehearsal Riff 
“O Mistress Mine” Reeve Carney Music Video 

Talent:  Helen Mirren (The Debt, State of Play, The Queen) 
Russell Brand (Get Him To The Greek; Forgetting Sarah Marshall) 
Alfred Molina (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Prince of Persia, An Education) 
Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) 
Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife,” It’s Complicated) 
Chris Cooper (Remember Me, The Kingdom) 
David Straitharn (The Bourne Ultimatum) 

My Take on the Movie
As a person who loves all things Shakespeare I was excited to see and experience this movie. The movie itself was well directed and had a number of known actors within it. I have to say that I was impressed with the storyline as well as the acting within the movie. The movie also was quite true to the overall play and although they are able to over-dramatize parts within the movie that could never happen in the play, it still works.

Helen Mirren does a remarkable job in her role within the film (as she always does), but overall, all of the actors took on the personas that they portrayed with vigor and made the play truly come alive!

This is definitely a great movie and if you love Shakespeare or if you simply love action packed movies, this movie is one to check out today!


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