Romeo and Juliet (1996) – Special Edition DVD Review

Romeo and Juliet (1996) DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Baz Luhrmann & Craig Pearce, based on the play by William Shakespeare
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Pete Postlethwaite

Features:

  • Running audio commentary with Luhrmann, Pearce, production designer Catherine Martin & cinematographer Don McAlpine
  • Director’s Gallery: Luhrmann discusses the concept and the pitch; brief featurette about the film’s impact; three scenes showing read-through to finished product and everything inbetween
  • Cinematographer’s Gallery: McAlpine discusses several scenes and the way shots were constructed for each
  • Design Gallery: Martin discusses the design of everything from the guns to the cars and more
  • Interview Gallery: Cast & crew snippets
  • Music Videos: “Kissing You” by Des’ree and “Young Hearts Run Free” by Kym Mazelle
  • Theatrical trailer, TV spots and other promotional bits
  • DVD-ROM: screenplay to original play comparison excerpts

Released by: Fox
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Yes

My Advice: Own it.

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Princess Mononoke (1999) – DVD Review

Princess Mononoke DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Hayao Miyazaki, translated into English by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Bob Thornton, Gillian Anderson

Features:

  • Featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

Released by: Miramax
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Own it.

When a demon invades his village and sets in motion events that are certain to eventually claim his life, Ashitaka (voiced by Crudup), must accept his destiny and go forth to find the origins of the demon and end the evil. On his journey he meets the beautiful yet savage San (voiced by Danes), who, with her family of wolves, is at war with the Lady Eboshi (voiced by Driver). Eboshi wants all the wilderness destroyed so she can mine for iron ore, whereas San is the forest’s protector. They want to kill each other. Out of all of this conflict, Ashitaka must somehow find a way to bring all the sides in this war to peace–lest no one survive.

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