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Much Ado About Nothing [WS] [DVD] [1993]

Release Date:01/07/2003
Kenneth Branagh's charming, all-star rendition of Much Ado About Nothing comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer, and a making-of featurette. This is a fine release from MGM/UA that should please Shakespeare fans as well as romantic comedy enthusiasts.

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

    Special Features

    • Making much ado featurette
    • Origional theatrical trailer
    • English stereo surround
    • French stereo surround
    • Spanish mono
    • English, french, & spanish language subtitles


    Much Ado About Nothing
    Actor Kenneth Branagh made his directorial debut with a rousing screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry V. Four years later, he returns to the bard's work with this lively version of one of Shakespeare's best comedies. Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), the Prince of Aragon, returns victorious from battle to the praises of the Governor of Messina, Leonato (Richard Briers). One of Don Pedro's bravest men, Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), falls in love with Hero (Kate Beckinsale), Leonato's daughter, and they plan to marry. However, Don Pedro's devious half-brother Don John (Keanu Reeves) opposes the match, and he devises a plan to turn Hero against Claudio. Meanwhile, Benedict (Branagh), Don Pedro's second-in-command, detests Leonato's niece Beatrice (Emma Thompson), but Don Pedro cleverly brings them together by making each think that the other is secretly in love with them. Much Ado About Nothing also features Michael Keaton in a showy turn as Dogberry. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Kenneth Branagh
      Kenneth Branagh - Benedick
    • Michael Keaton
      Michael Keaton - Dogberry
    • Robert Sean Leonard
      Robert Sean Leonard - Claudio
    • Keanu Reeves
      Keanu Reeves - Don John
    • Emma Thompson
      Emma Thompson - Beatrice

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