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The BBC Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Gift Set DVD

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In honor of the Bard's 400th year, a collection both serious and hilarious. Includes the Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet, the hugely popular, well-received modern-dress production with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart; An Age of Kings, a 15-part miniseries based on Shakespeare's history plays; Shakespeare Retold, 4 cutting-edge productions for today's audiences; and Bill, a Monty Pythonesque comedy about the playwright's mysterious lost years. With Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Judi Dench, Sean Connery and many more. 26 ½ hrs, 9 DVDs.
An Age of Kings
Sean Connery and Judi Dench lead a stellar cast of stage and screen British luminaries in this anthology of Shakespeare's eight sequential history plays: Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, and Richard III.)

A hilarious Monty Pythonesque farce that imagines what really happened during Shakespeare's lost years as a hapless lute player who leaves his family to follow his dream in London.

David Tennant and Patrick Stewart breathe new life into Hamlet in this Royal Shakespeare Company's production. Tennant's interpretation was recognized as defining the role for a generation.

Shakespeare Retold
Four of the bards more adored plays are reimagined in the modern day: Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

  • Shakespeare Retold: Interviews with creators and actors from the four films:      
  • Much Ado About Nothing interview      
  • Macbeth interview      
  • Taming of the Shrew interview      
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream interview
  • Hamlet behind-the-scenes feature
  • Royal Shakespeare Company trailer
  • Audio commentary
  • "This England" episode from Shakespeare and Us
  • "Hollow Crown" episode from Shakespeare and Us
  • "Land of Love" episode from Shakespeare in Italy
  • "Land of Fortune" episode from Shakespeare in Italy
  • Details
    Packaging: Boxed set
    Run Time: 1584 minutes
    Format: Full screen and Widescreen
    Number of discs: 9
    Language: English
    Subtitles: No
    Color or B&W: Color
    CC: No
    SDH: No
    Region Code: 1
    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 and 16:9
    Audio Format: N/A
    Rating: NR
    An Age of Kings
    Frank Windsor, Julian Glover, Patrick Garland, John Ringham, Terence Lodge, Anthony Valentine, John Greenwood, David Andrews, Edgar Wreford, Alan Rowe, Leon Shepperdson, Jerome Willis

    Matthew Baynton, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond, David Crow, Rufus Jones, Justin Edwards, John Henry Falle

    David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, Oliver Ford Davies, Mariah Gale, Edward Bennett, Peter De Jersey, Sam Alexander, Tom Davey, Mark Hadfield, John Woodvine, Ryan Gage, Samuel Dutton

    Shakespeare Retold
    James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, Damian Lewis, Rufus Sewell, Nick Malinowski, Sarah Parish, Bill Paterson, David Mitchell, Imelda Staunton, Andrew Barclay, Simon Chandler, Lennie James

    For Hamlet:

    "Tennant is especially fun to watch" - Common Sense Media

    "It sings" - Slant Magazine


    For An Age of Kings: Peabody Award Winner (1962)

    For Hamlet:

    Primetime Emmy Award Nomination - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Patrick Stewart, 2010)

    BAFTA TV Award Nomination - Best Photography and Lighting (Fiction/Entertainment) (2010)

    Broadcasting Press Guild Award Nomination - Best Actor (David Tennant, 2010) Gold Derby TV Award Nomination - Special Class Program (2010)

    For Shakespeare Retold:

    BAFTA TV Award Winner - Best Director (Brian Percival, 2006)

    BAFTA TV Award Winner - Best Actor (Rufus Sewell, 2006)

    BAFTA TV Award Nomination - Best Single Drama (2006)

    Banff Television Festival, Banff Rockie Award Nomination - Best Made-for-TV Movie (2006)

    Broadcasting Press Guild Award Nomination - Best Actress (Billie Piper, 2006)

    Broadcasting Press Guild Award Nomination - Best Single Drama (2006)

    Royal Television Society Award Winner - Best Production Design - Drama (2006)

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