Best Of British - The Shakespeare Collection Series III - 3 DVD Box Set - NEW
3 DVD, PAL, Region 2
Our BEST OF BRITISH range is a selection of three great DVD productions combined together to make an excellent gift at an unbeatable price. All these Best Of British series box sets are original, Unique and available only from us. All DVDs are Brand NEW and SELAED.
Disc One - ROMEO & JULIET - The BBC Shakespeare Collection
"My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!"
Starring Sir John Gielgud, Alan Rickman, Patrick Ryecart and Rebecca Saire...
Romeo, heir of the lordly Montague family of the Italian city of Verona, attends a masked dance held by the Capulets, their bitter rivals in the city. There, Romeo falls in love with Juliet Capulet. Secretly married by the obliging Friar Lawrence, the couple have only their love with which to confront the violence of the ancient warring factions.
This BBC production of Shakespeare’s study of fate and the power and contrary nature of love features an all-star cast with Sir John Gielgud as the Chorus and a young Alan Rickman as Tybalt. It has been acclaimed as one of the most faithful and distinctive versions ever to be filmed.
Disc Two - PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE - The Shakespeare Collection
"..I see that Time’s the king of men,
He’s both their parent, and he is their grave,
And gives them what he will, not what they crave."
Starring Amanda Redman, Juliet Stevenson...
When Pericles discovers the terrible answer to King Antiochus’ riddle, he flees for his life. In self-exile from Tyre he encounters famine, shipwreck, love and fatherhood, but in his desire to return home, he once again jeopardises his life and those he loves.
It is probable that George Wilkins wrote the first nine scenes of this romance, with Shakespeare making additions and writing the remaining thirteen. In this production, a great cast make light of the play’s traditional staging problems and craft a compelling performance.
Disc Three - CYMBELINE - The Shakespeare Collection
"All of her that is out of door most rich!
If she be furnish’d with a mind so rare,
She is alone the Arabian bird, and I
Have lost the wager. Boldness be my friend!
Arm me, audacity, from head to foot!"
Starring Helen Mirren and Robert Lindsay...
Cymbeline, the King of Britain, is angry that his daughter Imogen has chosen the low-born Posthumus as her husband. As the Queen tries to force Imogen to marry her own son, Posthumus flees to Rome. There his new 'friend' Iachimo sets out to prove - by fair means or foul - that the pure Imogen will betray him.
One of Shakespeare's final plays, Cymbeline has been celebrated for its characterisation particularly that of Imogen and Iachimo (played here by Helen Mirren and Robert Lindsay). The New Your Times welcomed this fine performance commenting that director Hugh Moshinsky had carried out "an outstanding job"
In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.
We stock all the DVDs available in this series which is part of William Shakespeare - A Complete Collection a BBC production of Shakespeare plays from 1978-1985 starring a list of some of our best loved actors and actresses such as Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Felicity Kendall, John Cleese, Diana Rigg, the list goes on and on...
- Certificate 12 (Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over)