The fall of an empire. The descent of man.


review by  Darth Buzz

Picture: 9

Sound: 9

Menus/Extras: 10

Overall: 9

Notes:  This is how DVD is done.  The transfer of Titus is nearly flawless.  The picture is in anamorphic widescreen with a 2:35:1 aspect ratio, and it looks fantastic.  The sound is Dolby Digital 5.1, and sounds great.  The extras is where this disk really shines with a very interesting director's commentary (Julie Taymor), a commentary with the music composer Elliot Goldenthal, 49 minute documentary, a Q & A with Julie Taymor, and trailers.  The bonus is that most all of these extras are interesting and add to the interpretation of Titus Andronicus.  I don't often comment on the menus either but these menus are cool, very well done.

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SCORE: 4 Stars

Titus is the kind of Shakespeare production that I've always been looking forward to.  Even in productions I've enjoyed (Richard III, Othello, etc.) I never felt involved with the whole story. 
Titus, however, is easy to follow but just as ambitious as the aforementioned movies.  Titus is a big production with a big performance from Anthony Hopkins.  Also brilliant is the actor who played the Moor--Harry J. Lennix.  I've never seen him before, but he held his own against a cast that includes perennial Oscar nominee Jessica Lange.
Titus is a violent, vengeful tale.  It is based on an early Shakespeare play called Titus Andronicus  It makes Richard III (1995) look like a Disney adaptation.