Top Selling in DVDs & Blu-ray Discs
Great Prices on DVDs & Blu-ray Discs
- $13.99Trending at $15.99
- $11.99Trending at $12.44
- $7.95Trending at $8.40
- $4.50Trending at $7.95
- $11.50Trending at $13.50
- $43.12Trending at $44.96
- $37.85Trending at $38.90
Most relevant reviews
- brotherlucifer2...Sep 01, 2014by
Cant reccomend this movie highly enough!
Great movie. This is a movie you have to watch repeatedly to glean all the little things going on. Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss and of course my favorite, Gary Oldman all give stellar performances. I would trade a kidney for that minstrel wagon! DVD is good condition and I am elated with this purchase.
- brbdwire49Jul 09, 2008by
NOBODY GETS OUT OF LIFE ALIVE
The profundity that death is the ultimate "not being" is mused by a bemused Rosencrantz. Or is it Guildenstern? Neither is quite sure which one he is, but through one of them Tom Stoppard, via this parallax view of the soliloquies of Shakespeare's Hamlet,reminds us that death comes to everyone: kings, queens, and nobodies such as R & G, not to mention the rest of us. After all, isn't it the purpose of tragedy to humble us all by reminding us, as we stand in the lengthening shadow cast by mortality, that nobody gets out of here alive?
For those familiar with the Shakespearean play, this film rendering of Stoppard's play is a breathlessly witty illustration of the saying that tragedy is for the one who feels, but comedy is for the one who thinks. It is possible to sense the existential message that it is our own responsibility to find meaning and purpose in our lives without reading Hamlet first, but so much of Stoppard's wit and genius will remain unperceived without that exposure. Given that Hamlet is a profoundly religious play, Stoppard's deft intertwining of the existential message with the underpinnings of Shakespeare's religious motif is ironic yet fitting. The struggle to find purpose and meaning, whether it be to oneself or to one's small contribution to God's plan, is the point. Shakespeare makes his point with dead seriousness; Stoppard makes it with wry wit and even, at times, hilarity.
Tim Roth and Gary Oldman are the titular nobodies who are summoned against their will to appear before a higher power, in this case the king, and along the way they amuse themselves by flipping the gold coin that they have had the good fortune to find. It comes up "heads" each time. Even those who have not read Hamlet will get the foreshadowing here. They, like most of us, are clueless about what will become their reason for being until they discover that they are hopelessly involved in the king's plot to kill Hamlet. Richard Dreyfuss provides some omniscient insight as the lead actor in the play-within-the-play as R & G come to the realization that their fates are inexorable.
Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead gives new meaning to the expression that comedy is for the one who thinks, but that revelation, like the "finish" after savoring great wine, can only come after the careful consideration of the grape. "The play's the thing." See Hamlet first.Read full review
- 71956118@delete...Sep 10, 2006by
love, blood and rhetoric.
guld: well, i`ll leave the choice up to you, if there is anything to choose between.
the player: they`re hardly divisible, sir. well, i can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and i can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and i can do you all three concurrent or consecutive, but i can`t do you love and rhetoric without the blood. blood is compulsory, they`er all blood.
gild: is that what people want?
player: its what we do.
how could you not love this book?
- samuel573Mar 09, 2012by
wordplay as an art
this is fantastic on so many levels. a different take on a classic tragedy . oldmans near misses at spectacular insight are hilarious
- dewmaniacNov 02, 2009by
You definitely have to know the play Hamlet to understand this movie cause it is what happens to the characters Rosencrantz & Guildenstern who are not in the play that much. It's very funny and interesting scenario as to what would happen if they were more in the play. I enjoyed it and I really enjoyed watching the cast.