Running Time: 97mins
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Even in a country torn apart by war, there is still time for love – and drunkenness – and practical jokes – and mistaken identity – and cross dressing – and cross garters! It’s Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy in a new and original setting. This modern dress adaptation is ideal for schools, giving a clear interpretation of Shakespeare’s original text.
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Running Time: TBC
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
Love, Greed, Obsession, Revenge! Continuing Egotrip Productions series of modern dress Shakespeare adaptations, the Merchant of Venice is set in the club-land underworld. The merchandise in question comes in the form of a white powder, Shylock is an eastern European immigrant and Portia is the heiress to a string of clubs including the Venice Bar and Rialto Nightclub. Colourful, fast paced and exciting; this DVD is once again a clear interpretation of Shakespeare’s language suitable for schools.
DVD Extras: (TBC)
Extended Scenes (featuring the Stunt Action Specialists)
Running Time: 114 minutes
This feature-length documentary goes behind the scenes of a leading amateur theatrical company as they gear up to their December 2001 production – a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It shows in detail just what effort and dedication it takes to put a play on the stage. Featuring interviews with representatives of all the various departments and in-depth ‘fly on the wall’ footage of rehearsals – as well as backstage preparations and extracts from the show – this is a fascinating, funny, educational and at times moving film.