Monday, January 30, 2012

Shakespeare in Love on Blu-Ray: Enter to Win

Shakespeare in Love. Dir. John Madden. Perf. Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Tom Wilkinson. 1998. Blu-ray. Miramax Lionsgate, 2012.

On Tuesday, January 31, 2012 (for those of you reading this on January 30, 2012, that's tomorrow), Shakespeare in Love will be released on Blu-Ray. And, thanks to the kindness of Miramax Lionsgate and Click Communications, I have three copies to give away to Bardfilm's readers.

First, though, here's a brief scene from the film:

And here are the details of the competition:
  1. To be eligible for the drawing, you must submit a comment to this post. Your comment should contain an idea for another film along similar lines. Would you like to see Donne in Love? Shakespeare in Anger? Queen Elizabeth I in a Mild Snit? Suggest a title below!

  2. Comments must be posted before 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Friday, February 3, 2012 in order to be eligible for the competition.

  3. Shipping addresses must be within the United States and Canada. I apologize to readers from other countries, but those are the rules! These will be shipped directly from Click Communictions and not from Bardfilm this time. Thank you for your understanding.

  4. One submission per person, please!

  5. My decision is final.

  6. Each winner must provide a shipping address by Friday, February 10, 2012. I'll froward the address along to Click Communications, and they will be responsible for shipping the film.

  7. I reserve the right to add to this list of rules.
I'm eager to see what your titles are! I'll put all the names in a hat—either a literal or an electronic one—over the weekend, determine the winners, and announce the outcome on Monday, February 6, 2012.

Note: The winners have been announced!

Links: The Film at IMDB.
Click below to purchase the film from
(and to support Bardfilm as you do so).


Christina S said...

Ah! I adore Shakespeare in Love. For a sequel, I would either like one where he works on Hamlet or a prequel of his childhood. For the first, Shakespeare in Autumn ; for the second, Shakespeare in Stratford.
Or one on Anne Hathaway. Anne in Love, perhaps? Or Anne in Stratford!

Now if only Tom Stoppard would consider that haha!

Becky Myers said...

Okay, I now really want to see Queen Elizabeth I in a Mild Snit.

My entry would be Hamlet with Chutzpah. It would be a pomo retelling of the Hamlet story lasting approximately 12 minutes. There would be a lot of Oy Veys and all the Jewish racial slurs would be changed.

CGriff said...


Ok. I want to see Judith Shakespeare in Angst (with a better title than that, hopefully). It would focus on Judith and William's relationship post-Hamnet, and Joseph Fiennes would HAVE to be in it. And I'm dead serious, I want to see that. I'm a sucker for the father-daughter plays.

Reynaldo Makefoil said...

Shakespeare in Hollywood--After angering the faeries with his irreverent Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare is banished to the 21st century and forced to try to make it as a screenwriter.

Fretful Porpentine said...

I think there should be a sequel set in 1616 in which Will fakes his own death and sets out for the New World to find Viola (hence the epitaph with Dire Curses on anyone who disturbs his bones -- he didn't want anyone to find out there his "corpse" was actually a wax model a la The Duchess of Malfi).

Fretful Porpentine said...

Oh, I guess I need a title, huh? How about Shakespeare of the Caribbean?

Colin said...

Shakespeare and Fletcher in Transition

The story of an old man with an enormous legacy passing the torch to his younger protege. I'd love to see Shakespeare's reaction to holding Henry VIII up against Richard II, or Shakespeare playing Beaumont and Fletcher off one another as they worked on Philaster and The Maid's Tragedy, or a montage of Shakespeare working Fletcher to the bone like Yoda or Burgess Meredith.

"I can't do it! I can't write like you!"

"You're right, Fletcher, you can't write like me. But you can write like you!"

Cue the camera zooming in on their faces while dramatic music slams us over the head with the fact that the director wants us to feel...

kj said...

Good suggestions, everyone!

Are you listening, Hollywood?


Reduced Shakespeare Company said...

How about an action caper called SHAKESPEARE'S 11, in which William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe (George Clooney and Brad Pitt) put together a band of Elizabethan wordwrites to stop the creeping cabal of slumming lawyers and nobleman like Bacon and deVere (Al Pacino and Andy Garcia) who think just because they're educated and rich, it's EASY to write a magnificent play. Occupy the Rose!

Maybe call it THE MIGHTY PENS.

kj said...

Our thanks to everyone who commented. The competition is now closed; winners will be announced on Monday.

Take care!


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