MIA On R1 DVD #2: Prospero’s Books

Prospero’s Books (Peter Greenaway, 1991)

Another of Greenaway’s attempts to merge literature and cinema, perhaps his most well-known. I really enjoyed it in ’91. It’s an adaption of “The Tempest”, of course, and an unconventional one to say the least. John Gielgud gets one last big go-round as Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan. It’s ravishing to look at, which is probably reason enough for a proper DVD. You can actually buy something on Amazon claiming to be this, but aside from being 4:3 cropped, it also (according to reviews) appears to be a DVD-R, possibly ripped from a VHS source. Sounds like a boot, and a poor one. Still needed on DVD. I think there was one released in the Netherlands or some such as part of a box set, but good luck finding it and the disposable income necessary.

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