To that end, I've seen the 1999 version of the film (the one with Kevin Kline as Bottom). It's an absolutely gorgeous movie and I love the casting. My favorite characters in the movie would have to be (in descending order) Puck, Bottom, and Oberon. I'm fascinated by Helena as a character, but Calista Flockhart's (sp) portrayal gets on my nerves at times.
Yes, for any Shakespeare purists out there, I have been reading the play. I'm finding it hard to read plays at work, so I'm going to try reading the whole thing (or as much of it as I can) on Thursday, since I'm off.