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The BBC Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Gift Set DVD
The BBC Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Gift Set

The BBC Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Gift Set

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Four-disc set includes:

Shakespeare's An Age Of Kings (1960)

With edited versions of Shakespeare's "history plays" fused together into an epic account of the English monarchy, a top-flight cast enacted the famously gripping stories of Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, and Richard III for the 15-part series "An Age of Kings"--produced by the BBC, shot on film, and originally broadcast on television. Watch as masterful thespians such as Robert Hardy, Eileen Atkins, Sean Connery, Judi Dench, Julian Glover, John Warner, and others bring some of the Bard's most memorable characters to life. 15 3/4 hrs. total on five discs. BW/Rtg: NR

Shakespeare Retold (2005)

Four of the Bard's most beloved plays receive contemporary spins in this collection of BBC productions. First, overworked and under-appreciated sous-chef "Macbeth" inherits a swanky restaurant after his wife murders his boss. James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes star. A TV news anchor is dismayed to learn that an old flame is her new co-host, in "Much Ado About Nothing." With Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis, Billie Piper. "The Taming of the Shrew" focuses on a marriage of convenience between a drunken aristocrat (Rufus Sewell) and a conservative politician (Shirley Henderson). Jaime Murray, Twiggy also star. And, the love lives of a group of young people become a complex mess, thanks to a mishap with some love potions, in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson, Zoe Tapper star. 6 hrs. total on two discs. C/Rtg: NR

Hamlet (2009)

David Tennant and Patrick Stewart reprise their acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company roles as Hamlet and Claudius, respectively, in this adaptation of the Bard's play. Specially shot for the BBC, this spectacular production uses modern dress and a wonderful location (in favor of a theater) to tell the tragic tale of the Danish prince. With Penny Downie, Oliver Ford Davies, Mariah Gale. 182 min. C/Rtg: NR

Bill (2015)

Set during William Shakespeare’s so-called "lost years," this hilarious British comedy for the whole family chronicles the Bard’s life before becoming history’s most celebrated playwright. After leaving his wife and family, the lute-playing Bill (Mathew Baynton) embarks on a series of wacky adventures and soon finds himself mixed up in a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I (Helen McCrory). Along with Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Ben Willbond, Simon Farnaby, Jim Howick, and Laurence Rickard are all featured in multiple roles. 90 min. C/Rtg: NR

Title: The BBC Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Gift Set
Genre: British-Drama, TV Drama
Studio: BBC Warner
Number of Discs: 4
Release Date: 10/18/2016
Product Type: DVD
UPC: 883929544257
Item #: 1736917X

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