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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead?
Topic by: cedrickstanton
Posted: December 18, 2002 - 5:49 PM PST
Last Reply: April 15, 2004 - 11:18 PM PDT

author topic: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead?
cedrickstanton
post #1  on December 18, 2002 - 5:49 PM PST  
Anyone know about this movie being released on DVD?
dpowers
post #2  on December 18, 2002 - 6:38 PM PST  
there's a link on this disney webpage to request the DVD. the link is at the top of the right hand sidebar, at the end of a blurb.

couldn't find anything that said the DVD was coming, in region 1. however it seems to be coming to australia soon. don't know if it's been released by disney tho.
Eoliano
post #3  on December 18, 2002 - 7:20 PM PST  
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was a marvelous production of the National Theatre back in the '60s; the cast in the film is enough to want to see it, and I had no idea that Stoppard directed. However, if memory serves, the film was something of a misfire.
dpowers
post #4  on December 18, 2002 - 10:22 PM PST  
> Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was a marvelous production of the National Theatre back in the '60s; <

i saw the movie about eight years ago, on video, and the play i've read and saw it in a local production in san francisco.

> the cast in the film is enough to want to see it, and I had no idea that Stoppard directed. However, if memory serves, the film was something of a misfire. <

the people i saw it with loved it. it is still i think the best example of stoppard's stage writing available on film and that's really something. i thought it was a mess, both as an adaptation and as a movie.

GRRR ... none of the other movies he's written have gone inside-outside like the plays and it's such a good thing to do with language, attacking the movie is like attacking his body of work which is so amazing.

enigma and brazil both had the wit, but they limited it to the relations of the characters. for wit in structure, the hallmark of his work, what else is there? grrr. i wish it were a better movie.
Eoliano
post #5  on December 19, 2002 - 8:55 AM PST  
Stoppard's screenplay adaptations for Despair and Empire of the Sun are excellent, and even though it's not a big favorite of mine, Shakespeare in Love was very well written.

dpowers
post #6  on December 19, 2002 - 9:51 AM PST  
> Stoppard's screenplay adaptations for Despair and Empire of the Sun are excellent, <

haven't seen them.

> Shakespeare in Love was very well written. <

this one has some text talking to sub-text games, and i have no qualms about the quality of the screenplay work, any of it, stoppard's work is noteworthy and there's a range of good and bad inside that word.

i want that feeling of interplay that the conversations in rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead carry. it's almost like someone should adapt one of his plays for the screen without him being involved, he's gotten so certain how to develop a screen story.
minordv8
post #7  on January 29, 2003 - 10:02 AM PST  

> there's a link on this disney webpage to request the DVD. the link is at the top of the right hand sidebar, at the end of a blurb.

The link has changed. This link will take you the movie detail page where you can find the link noted above.

http://bvhe.video.go.com/products/0111803.html
JLiss
post #8  on April 21, 2003 - 10:00 PM PDT  
I think that Stoppard was just plain trying to do something different with the play when he filmed it in the 90's. Long sequences with no dialog -- what was with the steaming baths of Elsinore? Was a bit mystifying.
submodern
post #9  on April 15, 2004 - 11:18 PM PDT  
Just noticed that there is a Region 0 PAL DVD of this film available at amazon.co.uk. US amazon.com lists the DVD as un-released w/ a notify/vote to release box. Perhaps the studio will consider a release stateside if amazon can show enough people here are interested.

Wish I had a region 0 player!

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