With only a limited release, many Shakespeare fans missed their chance to see Carlo Carlei’s remake of Romeo and Juliet on the big screen back in October 2013. Luckily for them it will be released on Blu-ray and DVD February 4th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Starring the up and coming Douglas Booth (next in the highly anticipated Jupiter Ascending) and wonderful Hailee Steinfeld (Ender’s Game; True Grit), this new take on the Romeo and Juliet brings fresh new faces to revive the classic. See more details about the release after the jump.
First off let me say that I am a sucker for romance movies. Give me a chick flick, a bottle of wine, and chocolate and I am set for the night. What I like about Romeo and Juliet is that the story never changes, it is set in stone; you know they will fall for each other and tragically die for their love. With that said, this gives us the opportunity to appreciate Carlei’s vision and how he translates the text to his actors. There are a lot of great special features, and I’m really excited to see how the filmmakers approached remaking this adaptation and what went into the production design.
The Romeo and Juliet Blu-ray and DVD contains the following special features:
- Romeo & Juliet: Cast and Crew
- Romeo & Juliet: The Filmmaker’s Version
- Romeo & Juliet: Creating the Look
- Romeo & Juliet: Hair and Make-Up
- Theatrical Trailer
The plot of Romeo and Juliet can read below, courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:
William Shakespeare’s epic and searing love story has been revitalized for a whole new generation by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes and acclaimed director Carlo Carlei. Douglas Booth and Academy Award Nominee Hailee Steinfeld lead an extraordinary ensemble cast as Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed youths who fall for each other in spite of their feuding families. Filled with lush, enchanting imagery amid its original setting in Verona, Italy, this legendary tale of romance remains timeless and transcendent…and as powerful as ever.
Romeo and Juliet releases on home video Blu-Ray, DVD, and On Demand on February 4, 2014.