Ahead of any formal announcements, Amazon.com has begun taking pre-orders for Julie Taymor’s The Tempest from Disney’s Touchstone Pictures on DVD with a noted release date of June 7, 2011 September 13, 2011. Amazon has also listed a Blu-ray edition for the film, but no release date has been specified as of yet, nor have any details specific to either release. Because Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has been experimenting with releasing DVD editions days or weeks after the Blu-ray editions, the only fairly safe assumption at this time is that the Blu-ray edition should be available by June 7 at the latest.
Bonus features for the DVD edition are set to include:
- Mr. Trinculo – A nickname for his love of trinkets and sparkles…Russell Brand holds court for Julie Taymor & Alfred Molina as he riffs on the jester’s path from the mundane to royalty (by talent) in this raw rehearsal footage.
- An Interview with Shakespeare – Julie Taymor interviews Russell Brand as William Shakespeare.
- What’s Past is Prologue: Making Julie Taymor’s Radical New Tempest: A look into acclaimed director Julie Taymor’s radical re-imagination of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece. This bonus will explore the stories behind the making of the film including: shooting where no film has ever shot before on Hawaii’s remote island of Lanai; the revolutionary approach composer Elliot Goldenthal took with Shakespeare’s most musical play; and the costume and design choices which have brought Shakespeare’s LOST to life.
- Audio Commentary with Director Julie Taymor
- Annotated Shakespeare – An educational audio commentary with renowned Shakespeare experts Virginia Vaughan, Clark University English Professor and/or Jonathan Bate, University of Warwick Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature Professor.
We will update this article as additional information becomes available.