"Playing Shakespeare" (NR)

Movie: 4 stars out of 4

Disc: 3 1/2 stars out of 4

If you are among the majority of drama lovers who have tried to enjoy Shakespeare but for the life of you can't understand a lick of it, this 4-disc box set will remedy the problem. Originally airing on PBS in the late '70s and early '80s, the nine tutorials included here use plain English to explain the Bard's fancier version and does so with flair and dry wit. Among the dozen or so Royal Shakespeare Company players offering their theories and perspectives are Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Ben Kingsley. This is a must-own for any theater buff or drama student.

Technical specifications: aspect ratio: Full screen (4:3), audio: English (Dolby Digital Stereo), subtitles: English SDH.

Special features:

· 20-page viewer's guide

· Actor biographies and RSC stage credits

· Exclusive Web extras

(Acorn Media, $79.99)