William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

DVD - 2006
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William Shakespeare's classic love story, with the setting moved from Renaissance-era Verona to modern-day southern California.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Music edition
Copyright Date: ©2006
Branch Call Number: DVD 822.33 U3 R6642L 2006
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish with optional English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Alternative Title: Romeo + Juliet
Romeo and Juliet


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Baz Luhrmann’s frenetic and visually rich adaptation sets the story in 1990s Verona Beach, CA and features Claire Danes and a pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio in the title roles.

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Jan 04, 2021

A camp masterpiece. In the years since the movie's release, Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo has become a lesbian icon. Perhaps it is the ennui of 2020 talking, but seeing that soft butch pining for his wife from his outcast desert van life, I'm sure he will be a lesbian icon for decades to come. So relatable. Mercutio is a revelation. Beautiful. Aspirational. Truly, who was doing it better.

Nov 02, 2019

Many folks get caught up in the poetry of the Shakespearean tongue and think that his characters are always saying something deep or important, when really there was a lot of hilarious trash talk. This movie conveys the ridiculous and petty nature of teenagers, gang rivalries and their spoiled wealthy families. Bravo!

Feb 21, 2019

One of my favorites. Great acting and directing

Dec 14, 2018

This Shakespeare adaptation will not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who were the right age when it came out, Baz Luhrman's movie was their introduction to the tale of star-crossed lovers. Speaking of which, for a film that is over twenty years old now, it still feels fresh and exciting. The fashion is peak 90s grungy-disco bombast, Mercutio's drag show is loud and fun and subversive, and the stellar acting by a young Leo and a very young Claire Danes is what really allows the audience to buy into the story.

Dec 14, 2018

Shakespeare was meant to be adapted at this point in history. Every director is entitled to certain liberties - with how creative they can get and there seems to be no boundaries. My complaint with this movie is that if you're going to go on a crazy new direction adventure - go all out and change come of the lines to match your new setting. It is extremely distracting to see the actors struggle to match lines like - sword, tower - to a gun (don't care that the brand of the gun is a sword design) and a broken down building.

I do not have the same problem with the actors that several of the other reviewers of this movie did. In fact the acting by Harold Perrineau as Mercutio is fantastic. There's strong acting but it gets lost in the setting that the director and artists decided to put around it.

Feb 05, 2018

Great movie about Shakespeare's tale set in modern times.

Oct 07, 2017

Two feuding households, a pair of star-crossed lovers, and a tragic ending: a film adaptation of a timeless story entitled William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. While the visuals and Luhrmann’s interpretation are undeniably captivating, I think it would have been more effective without the hybrid of the original screenplay, and modernized setting. The script eliminates the desired originality of the film, as it just feels repetitive and overdone. Not to mention, the lead actors do a mediocre job of portraying the epic love story that is Romeo and Juliet and lack the explosive chemistry that viewers crave. I will say that it is enjoyable to analyze the film and find the various literary devices or easter eggs sprinkled throughout. Overall, while intriguing, the film is poorly executed, which is why I would rate it a 2.7/5. @MythicalDreamer7 of the Teen Review Board a the Hamilton Public Library

I believe that Baz Luhrmann effectively approached his modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in countless ways that harmoniously worked together to establish the intensity and beauty of their ill-fated relationship and story. By maintaining Shakespeare's language and storyline, Baz Luhrmann’s present version of Romeo and Juliet beautifully comes to life and creatively depicts the classic tragedy. When comparing the film to Shakespeare's play, the unbelievably-abundant amount of thought that Baz Luhrmann had put into producing an adaptation of such an intricate piece of literature just becomes so evident and directly corresponds with the production’s incredible success. Overall, I absolutely loved Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo and Juliet as it accurately and effectively portrays the classic play in a modern world while also respecting and acknowledging Shakespeare's originality in an impressive and admirable manner. 5/5 Stars
@BiggerPictureReviews of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Romeo and Juliet movie, featuring stars like Leonardo Dicaprio, Claire Danes, and Paul Rudd, is an interesting and somewhat strange modern twist on the tragic Shakespearean play. I found it especially fascinating how the setting is completely different yet they still speak the way that Shakespeare wrote the play. Dicaprio delivers a perfect portrayal of Romeo, and Mercutio’s character is super funny, but I honestly didn’t like Danes’ portrayal of Juliet at all. This is probably the only time that you can say that Romeo and Juliet made you laugh! Rating 4/5 stars.
@reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 01, 2017

OK. Let's face facts, folks - It only takes just 2 little words to explain the real reason behind this picture's utter failure. And, those 2 words are - Claire Danes.

Yep. Without the presence of Danes, as Juliet, I believe that this film could have actually had the potential to be better than it was. (Not much better, mind you. But, at least, better than it was)

It became so painfully obvious (right from the very first glance) that not only was Danes a total "no-talent" (as an actress), but she was also, without any question, the absolute, most homely, dog-of-a-Juliet, ever, in all of the entire history of the movies, ever. I kid you not. (Arf! Arf!)

And, man, was this girl a dumb doggie? - Indescribably so. I couldn't believe that Danes had actually been cast for the role of Juliet.

Like, Hey! - Juliet is supposed to be a "Dream Come True", not "A Nightmare On Elm Street". I mean, there was just no way imaginable that any Romeo (in his right mind) would ever, in 10 lifetimes, fall for the likes of this mutt-faced mongrel. No way. (Bow-Wow!)

Jan 29, 2017

Shakespeare must be turning in his grave.... I've just finished watching this film and I can't believe what a terrible Juliet that Claire Danes made. Not only could Danes not act the part, but she also didn't look the part, either.

For me, Juliet was supposed to be an exceptionally attractive girl, who was literally brimming over with charm, intelligence and sexual appeal. Well, Claire Danes possessed none of these qualities. In fact, I found her to be so ugly and repulsive (both in looks and manner), that every time she made a screen appearance I would find myself laughing out loud at the downright absurdity of her being cast in a role that was so far out of her league.

And to think that Romeo (who really wasn't that much better in the looks department, either) would be so blind as to fall head-over-heels in love with such a dull and dog-faced girl as this, and that he was actually willing to die for her, too. Ridiculous!!

VaughanPLAlyssia Dec 21, 2016

Just rewatched this for the millionth time and I still love it. The fish tank scene! The pool scene! Mercutio! For something that takes place in 1990s California, this movie gets everything about Romeo and Juliet right (even more so than the Zeffirelli version, I’d argue). The thing about the Montague boys in the play is that they’re hot-headed idiots who overreact to everything, and Luhrmann’s frenetic use of editing, colours, and music illustrates this perfectly. Claire Danes is an appropriately innocent and naïve Juliet, and Leo DiCaprio is a perfectly impulsive and foolish Romeo (and yeah, I still have a massive crush on him). The soundtrack is also amazing, definitely one of my favourite movie soundtracks ever.

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Feb 05, 2018

Juliet: And when I shall die, take him and cut him up in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will fall in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.

Sep 15, 2015

I am fortune's fool.
A plague on both your houses.


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Feb 14, 2018

Violence: Contemporary violence.


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