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Hamlet [Blu-ray] [DigiBook]

  • PG-13
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Kenneth Branagh returns to Shakespeare following his ground-breaking HENRY V and whimsical production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. This classic tale tells the story of Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh), the prince of Denmark, a man suffering from grief at the death of his father, the king. His mother (Julie Christie) has quickly married Claudius (Derek Jacobi), Hamlet's uncle, who now reigns as the new king. Late one night Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost, who comes to tell him that Claudius poisoned him in his garden to win the crown, and that Hamlet, as his son, must now avenge his death. The prince's course of action sets the wheels of this great tragedy in motion, as the corruption of the Danish court begins to engulf everyone around it, including, finally, Hamlet himself. Branagh has assembled a stellar cast (including Kate Winslet, Billy Crystal, and Robin Williams) for this titanic enterprise, which presents HAMLET in its four hour entirety. Shot in 70-millimeter film, Branagh's HAMLET takes on the epic sweep associated with the films of Cecil B. DeMille or David Lean. By restoring Shakespeare's tragedy to its full length, Branagh has created a film of striking size and scope.


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  • Credits
    Charlton Heston, Charles Carter, Charlton Easton, Julie Christie, Robin Williams, Ray D. Tutto, Marty Fromage, Kate Winslet, Billy Crystal, Jack Lemmon, John Uhler Lemmon, Derek Jacobi, Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, John Gielgud, Arthur John Gielgud, Rosemary Harris, Kenneth Branagh
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A full-bodied, clear-headed, resplendently staged rendition of HAMLET that rewards the time required to experience it..."
    Variety

    "...It's like an Elizabethan version of THE SHINING....Kate Winslet does marvelous work..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Handsome and compelling....Branagh brings the Bard's greatest tragedy passionately alive on screen....He has done it with remarkable clarity and meaning..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...We enjoy Branagh's visual showmanship: In all of his films, he reveals his joy in theatrical gestures....Kate Winslet is touchingly vulnerable..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "The fencing finale is still a stunner..."
    Total Film

    "[A]n absolute delight for Shakespearian loyalists....Branagh uses the entire play..."
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