William Shakespeare is one of the greatest playwrights of all time if not the greatest. His plays have been adapted more times than any one person can count both on stage and screen throughout the ages. And next month Shout! Factory will re-issue just one of those many adaptations when it releases a made-for-TV take of Shakespeare’s comedy The Merchant of Venice.
Shout! Factory will release The Merchant of Venice on Friday, May 17th. The 1973 take on the timeless play stars Sir Laurence Olivier (Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans) opposite then wife Joan Plowright (101 Dalmatians, Dennis The Menace, Bringing Down The House) as Slylock. Plowright plays the part of Portia, love interest to leading man Bassanio (Jeremy Brett – My Fair Lady, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles). Bassanio is in love with Portia. But in order to win her hand and her heart he needs money. So he takes a loan from Shylock. The problem is that it turns out Bassanio can’t pay back Shylock’s loan. So it’s up to Portia to save Bassanio from a very bad fate. Anthony Nicholls (Othello, A Man for All Seasons, The Omen) stars as Bassanio’s friend Antonio. The movie is taken from the 1970 National Theatre stage production. Which also starred the same cast as is present here.
The Merchant of Venice will be released Tuesday, May 17th in stores and online. It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $19.97. It can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $16.97 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-drama/the-merchant-of-venice. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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