DVD Hamlet [DVD] [] [1991] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 22870),
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Hamlet [DVD] [] [1991] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Franco Zeffirelli and star Mel Gibson combine their talents for this full-blooded adaptation of the classic tragedy. The movie is a concise, trimmed version of the play, as Hamlet returns to Elsinore to finds his mother married to his uncle and his dead father's ghost demanding vengeance. Shot in Northern Scotland amid actual castles and foggy landscapes, the film has a very realistic, rugged feel courtesy of cinematographer David Watkin. Mel Gibson is superb in the title role, burying his movie star persona within a sulking, sometimes completely unsympathetic performance as the prince. Glenn Close as his mother is also disturbingly real--the two share some scenes that are nearly incestuous in their intensity--and Helena Bonham Carter lends Ophelia the perfect note of otherworldly pain. This is a perfect companion to Zeffirelli's earlier Shakespeare films, TAMING OF THE SHREW and ROMEO & JULIET, and proves that he is a true master of poetry and period realism. Shakespeare fans should be very pleased, and beginners will find no better place to start than this accessible and vibrant adaptation.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19033

  • Credits
    Mel Gibson, Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Ian Holm, Ian Holm Cuthbert, Paul Scofield, Helena Bonham-Carter, Stephen Dillane, Nathaniel Parker, Michael Maloney, Trevor Peacock, John McEnery, Richard Warwick, Christien Anholt, Vernon Dobtcheff, Pete Postlethwaite, Christopher Fairbank
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Both leads stand up honourably, with some solid, unshowy acting, to a cluster of high-caliber British Shakespeareans..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Given how intellectually the role is usually played, Gibson's portrayal is personal and original..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...Fluid and atmospheric....Gibson is a serious and compelling Hamlet for today..."
    New York Times

    "...It's exquisitely designed, by Dante Ferretti, and lushly photographed....Gibson shows Shakespearean tools: princely bearing, a resonant and supple voice for verse....He is a creditable Hamlet..."
    Sight and Sound

    4 stars out of 5 -- "It proves one of Gibson's best performances, vibrant, crazed, capturing a sense of emotion running riot that the Royal Shakespeare Company tends to damp down."

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