Most widely held works by Time-Life Video
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1979 and 2000 in English and held by 989 libraries worldwide
A Danish prince avenges the murder of his father, the king, by killing his uncle Claudius who murdered the king, usurped the throne, and married Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. Hamlet, considered the most complex of all Shakespeare's characters, examines the fundamental issues of justice, guilt, and death.
Othello ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1981 and 1988 in English and held by 905 libraries worldwide
A dramatization of William Shakespeare's play Othello.
The merchant of Venice ( Visual )
17 editions published between 1980 and 2002 in English and held by 784 libraries worldwide
To finance Bassanio's voyage to Belmont to win the hand of Portia, Antonio borrows money from the Jew Shylock with a pound of his own flesh as collateral. The ships sink and Shylock demands his pound of flesh. Portia disguises herself as a lawyer and wins the case by specifying that Shylock cannot take one drop of Antonio's blood.
Macbeth ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in English and held by 743 libraries worldwide
Presents a production of William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth designed especially for television.
Rome the ultimate empire ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 676 libraries worldwide
Rome developed from a town on the Tiber River to a formidable power that dominated the world as it was known. See what researchers have discovered about life in ancient Rome, from the harsh life of a legionnaire on guard at Hadrian's Wall to the gladiators in the Colosseum.
A midsummer night's dream ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1981 and 2003 in English and held by 663 libraries worldwide
Hermia is promised to wed Demetrius, but she loves Lysander, who escapes with her to the forest. Demetrius follows them with Helena, who loves him. Oberon and Titania of the fairies are arguing. Oberon's servant Puck applies to various people a love-potion which creates a bizarre series of alliances and arguments, but all ends happily.
The comedy of errors ( Visual )
13 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 642 libraries worldwide
A dramatization of William Shakespeare's farce about two pairs of twins involved in an elaborate series of mistaken identities.
The tempest ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1979 and 1988 in English and held by 590 libraries worldwide
Prospero, exiled on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda, raises a magical tempest to wash ashore a ship carrying the enemies who usurped his dukedom years ago -- his brother Antonio and Alonso, the king of Naples. Alonso's son Ferdinand is feared dead but has washed to another part of the island, where he meets and falls in love with Miranda. Prospero punishes the usurpers and regains his dukedom, as Miranda gains a royal husband.
Troilus and Cressida ( Visual )
16 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and held by 577 libraries worldwide
During a truce between the Greeks and the Trojans, Troilus and Cressida vow eternal love and faithfulness. But Cressida's father has gone over to the Greeks and exchanges her for a Trojan prisoner. Diomedes takes Cressida in the Greek camp, and during a friendly feast between the Greeks and Trojans, Troilus discovers that Cressida has been unfaithful.
Twelfth night ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 515 libraries worldwide
Twins Sebastian and Viola are separated after a shipwreck and believe each other dead. Viola disguises herself as a page boy, Cesario, to work for Duke Orsino and falls in love with him, but he loves Olivia, who falls in love with Cesario. Seeing Sebastian one day, she mistakes him for Cesario and marries him. The confusion is cleared up when Viola and Sebastian meet again, and the Duke marries Viola. The subplot concerns the efforts of Sir Toby and Andrew to humble the presumptuous Malvolio.
King Lear ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in English and held by 500 libraries worldwide
A dramatization of William Shakespeare's play King Lear.
Titus Andronicus ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 495 libraries worldwide
Titus returns to Rome after a victory against the Goths, bringing as captives their queen Tamora and her sons, one of whom is sacrificed. Declared emperor through Titus's intercession, Saturninus claims Titus's daughter Lavinia as his wife. When Saturninus's brother Bassanius abducts Lavinia, Saturninus marries Tamora, who has sworn to avenge the death of her son. A series of atrocities of mutual revenge leads to a tragic end for nearly everyone.
Timon of Athens ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1981 and 1988 in English and held by 487 libraries worldwide
Presents Shakespeare's play about a noble Athenian who finds himself in financial difficulties and discovers that the friends who used to fawn on him now refuse to help him. Cursing mankind, Timon leaves Athens and settles in a cave where he finds buried treasure. He meets Alcibiades, a banished general, and finances an expedition against Athens. Alcibiades negotiates peace, but Timon dies alone in his cave.
As you like it ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1975 and 1988 in English and held by 485 libraries worldwide
A dramatization of Shakespeare's comedy about all kinds of love--physical and intellectual, sentimental and cynical, enduring love between friends, and romantic love at first sight.
Antony & Cleopatra ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1981 and 1988 in English and held by 461 libraries worldwide
A dramatization of Shakespeare's famous play which explores the calamitous consequences of an overwhelming passion.
The two gentlemen of Verona ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1983 and 2009 in English and held by 454 libraries worldwide
A dramatization of William Shakespeare's Two gentlemen of Verona, in which two good friends find themselves in love with Silvia, daughter of the Duke of Milan, who has promised her to another.
Bonkers for babies ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 451 libraries worldwide
Get set for a fascinating trek to meet some of the animal kingdom's most lovable, unforgettable babies--and witness the efforts being made to ensure their survival.
Hamlet ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1979 and 1988 in English and held by 435 libraries worldwide
A dramatization of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.
Love's labour's lost ( Visual )
12 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 412 libraries worldwide
The King of Navarre and three of his lords vow to spend three years in study and not to see any women. But when the Princess of France arrives with her three ladies, the men break their vow and fall in love with them.
Talking with the animals ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 393 libraries worldwide
This fascinating episode takes you on an investigation of animal intelligence. See dolphin training in action. Visit a parrot who's so smart he can answer questions. The beluga whale can imitate your whistle and answer your questions with a nod of his head.
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