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The best I have ever seen, 15 May 2005
I have seen multiple versions of R&J, from the 30's version, with
Leslie Howard (in his 40's I think) & Norma Shearer, to the most recent
thing with DeCaprio & Danes. None of them touched me in the way that
Zefferelli's did, & continues to do. It was one of the first DVD's I
bought, because I can watch it again & again, & still be heartbroken by
The thing that shook me most the first time I saw it was that, in spite
of the Shakespearian language, I got the meaning of the characters'
statements immediately. The Shakespearian language was not a barrier at
all. I had previously had to spend anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes
before I could begin to follow the dialogue....there was no lag time
with this version. To me, it will always be the definitive film version
of this classic.