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Oh BLISS.

Y'all are going to think I'm crazy when I tell you why I'm blissed out, but I'm going to do it anyway. I got my tax refund, spent most of it catching up with bills, but spent about $200 on me. What did I buy? A region-free DVD player and the entire collection of the DVDs of BBC's Complete Works of Shakespeare. (For those of you too young or too illiterate to remember - no offense! - the BBC filmed all the Shakespeare plays over the course of a couple of years in the early 1980s.)

I loved those productions. Most of them, anyway - one season had a director who went "modern" and "artsy", but the rest were a visual delight. And beautifully acted, with many many actors I know and love. I didn't have a VCR back then, so I could only watch them live, and for 20+ years, several of them have stayed in my mind. I've been dying to see them again. I can't begin to describe the pleasure in which I plan to wallow over the next few days.

How about a young Helen Mirren as Rosalind in As You Like It? Yeah.

The one I watched first, one of my favorites, Much Ado About Nothing - I have to say that Robert Lindsay is the best Benedick I have ever seen. That includes Kenneth Branagh, and as most of you know, I worship Branagh. Cheri Lunghi was a perfect Beatrice for him, too.

Derek Jacobi as Hamlet - the only version I have ever seen where you can actually understand the character. Branagh came close. You can sorta see the character there. But Jacobi is so awesome, you go, "OH! I get it now!" as you watch and listen to him.

Henry V, in two plays, is portrayed by a lovely young actor I rarely get the pleasure of seeing, David Gwillim.

I could go on and on. And I probably will as I watch them all. Don't blame me for being so excited and gleeful. Keep in mind that these plays have remained in my memory for over 20 years, and I've been waiting all that time to own them.

Just by the way, the packaging is really classy. It's a rectangular box of that kind of cardboard that's sturdy and slick, with a red quill on the top and pictures from the plays all around. The lid lifts and the front drops down to reveal the plays, each in a slimline case with lovely images from the plays, and the titles easy to read.

OK, shutting up now.

Comments

Oo! Region Free!

I didn't think you had to buy a special DVD player for that. Isn't that the point of the DVD being region free?

But congratulations on your new pal! I never did see the BBC Shakespeare productions, though I know about them. As if we ever have time to watch full-length things like that. Once we're done with farm chores, it's all we can do to have supper and watch Daily Show and Colbert before midnight. AGH.

But...how do YOU do it??! You're taking care of all the farm chores all by yourself, and still have time for Shakespeare? You deserve a medal!

Re: Oo! Region Free!

Hee! I do it a half hour at a time during the week - with dinner - and of course more on Saturday, which is my "crash" day. It's amazing what half an hour a day will do, ain't it? Of course, it helps that, at the moment, I'm living alone, so once the critters are fed, they don't demand any more of my time.

The DVD isn't region free. It's whatever region the UK is. Sorry if I miscommunicated that!