Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Tempest Review...

Enter A Spellbinding Modern Fantasy…
On September 13th, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released THE TEMPEST on Blu-ray™.

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.

Release Date:  September 13, 2011

Rating: PG 13
Feature Run Time: Approximately 110 minutes

Release Format: Blu-ray™, Movie Download & On-Demand

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)

Director/Writer: Julie Taymor (Frida, Broadway’s The Lion King and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark)

Producers:   Julie Taymor & Ronald Bozeman (Confessions of a Shopaholic)

This movie has a great cast. Helen Mirren does a good job playing the sorceress Prospera. I like Russell Brand, he's pretty funny in this movie. He had me rolling in his first scene. He comes across Caliban (who is playing dead). As he's trying to figure out how he died, he hears someone coming. He then climbs under the blanket with Caliban, and the comedy ensues. Stephano tells Caliban that he's the man in the moon and he believes him so he starts worshiping him which Stephano takes full advantage of. If you're a fan of Shakespeare you'll like this film. There are some good CGI scenes too.

There are plenty of special features on the Blu-ray to keep you busy for awhile. I always like hearing commentary from the directors and actors. Russell Brand's rehearsal riff is pretty good too. 

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