All Is True DVD Review

OVERVIEW: Directed by and starring five-time Academy Award® nominee Kenneth Branagh* as William Shakespeare, ALL IS TRUE arrives on Blu-Ray™, DVD, and digital August 13 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Branagh plays the aging playwright in this portrait about the final years of the writer’s life in Stratford, where Shakespeare struggled to find reconciliation with his family after working away for many years at the Globe Theater. The film also stars Academy Award® winner Judi Dench (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Shakespeare in Love, 1999) as Shakespeare’s wife and Academy Award® nominee Ian McKellen (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2002; Best Actor in a Leading Role, Gods and Monsters, 1999) as the Earl of Southampton.

The Blu-Ray™, DVD, and digital release of ALL IS TRUE includes eight behind-the-scenes featurettes and a Q&A with Kenneth Branagh, in which he explores the production, themes, and inspirations behind the film. Multiple featurettes go in depth with the cast and crew on bringing the script and character to life, including “Becoming Shakespeare,” in which hair and make-up designer Vanessa White and prosthetic make-up designer Neill Gorton transform Branagh into William Shakespeare; “Judi Dench”, in which Judi Dench paints a picture of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, and her ties to playing her role; and “Family Drama,” which showcases what is at the heart of the film and many of Shakespeare’s works. Additional featurettes include how Branagh interpreted the last years of Shakespeare's relatively unexplored final years - in “Fact or Fiction,” and “Visiting Stratford: The Story Behind All Is True,” a thorough review of Shakespeare's history in Stratford, featuring the researchers, historians, and volunteers from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

SYNOPSIS: “The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns home to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.

DVD: The film is presented in widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 Master Audio in English that provides a good complement to the picture. It also includes  English Spanish subtitles.

Widescreen (2.39:1) 16x9

English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Subtitles - English SDH, French and Spanish


Blu-ray™ unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring 6X the picture resolution of DVD, exclusive extras and theater-quality surround sound.

Q&A With Kenneth Branagh

Eight Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes

       Shakespeare Comes Home
      The Bard's Reckoning
      Becoming Shakespeare
      Judi Dench
      Ian McKellen
      Fact or Fiction
      A Family Drama
      Visiting Stratford: The Story Behind All Is True


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