|aWilliam Shakespeare's The merchant of Venice|h[videorecording] /|cSony Pictures Classics ; Movision Entertainment & Arclight Films present ; a Michael Radford film ; directed by Michael Radford ; screenplay by Michael Radford ; produced by Cary Brokaw, Barry Navidi, Jason Piette, Michael Lionello Cowan.
|aCulver City, CA :|bSony Pictures Classics :|bDistributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,|cc2005.
|a1 videodisc (131 min.) :|bsd., col. ;|c4 3/4 in.
|aOriginally produced as a motion picture in 2004.
|aSpecial features: Commentary with director Michael Radford and actress Lynn Collins [audio feature]; The merchant of Venice: Shakespeare through the lens [featurette] (30 min.); The Teachers' Guide weblink [requires a DVD-ROM drive]; Previews (10 min.).
|aDirector of photography, Benoit Delhomme ; film editor, Lucia Zucchetti ; music, Jocelyn Pook ; production designer, Bruno Rubeo; costume designer, Sammy Sheldon.
|aAl Pacino (Shylock), Jeremy Irons (Antonio), Joseph Fiennes (Bassanio), Lynn Collins (Portia), Zuleikha Robinson (Jessica), Kris Marshall (Gratiano), Charlie Cox (Lorenzo), Heather Goldenhersh (Nerissa), Mackenzie Crook (Lancelot Gobbo), John Sessions (Salerio), Gregor Fisher (Solanio), Ron Cook (Old Gobbo), Allan Corduner (Tubal), Anton Rodgers (The Duke), David Harewood (Prince of Morocco), Antonio Gil-Martinez (Aragon).
|a"Intolerance of the Jews was a fact of 16th century life even in Venice, the most powerful and liberal city state in Europe. By law the Jews were forced to live in the old walled foundry or 'Geto' area of the city. After sundown the gate was locked and guarded by Christians. In the daytime any man leaving the ghetto had to wear a red hat to mark him as a Jew. The Jews were forbidden to own property. So they practiced usury, the lending of money at interest. This was against Christian law. The sophisticated Venetians would turn a blind eye to it but for the religious fanatics, who hated the Jews, it was another matter... " - Title screens.
|aMPAA rating: rated R; for some nudity.
|aDVD; Region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo; widescreen presentation aspect ratio 1.85:1.
|aIn English with optional subtitles in French; closed-captioned.
|aShakespeare, William, |d 1564-1616|vFilm and video adaptations.