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The Shaw Collection: Treat For Theater Fans

Reviewing: Bbc Warner The Shaw Collection, 6 Disk Set  |  Rating:
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This DVD set released in 2006 contains 6 disks with 6 plays by George Bernard Shaw. When I bought it, I had mistakenly thought that these were six movies based on the plays. My wife and I have enjoyed many films based on plays, they usually have a lot more depth to them, so we thought this set was going to be a real treat, especially with such fine actors as Maggie Smith and Patrick Stewart. However, these are not movies but theatrical performances, so while they can be a treat for theater fans, those who do not have much theatrical experience - like myself - might find watching these plays rather difficult. The plays included in this set are the following: 1) Pygmalion; 2) The Devil's Disciple; 3) Heartbreak House; 4) The Millionairess; 5) Mrs. Warren's Profession; 6) Arms and the Man. I liked "Pygmalion" with Lynn Redgrave as a poor flower-girl who is tutored to speak as a lady. "The Devil's Disciple" with Patrick Stewart was somewhat interesting but hard to follow. Maggie Smith is great in "The Millionairess, " but I could barely watch "Heartbreak House" - this play was too confusing for me. I have not yet seen the rest. The plays are well done and the actors are good, but I think you have to be a theater-goer to fully enjoy them.