Hamlet (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Kenneth Branagh Starring: Derek Jacobi Kate Winslet

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Studio Warner
SKU 215655566
UPC 883929113682
UPC 14 00883929113682
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/23/2013
Rating Rating
Stage Play
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary HAMLET is director Kenneth Branagh's full-text adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy. After his father's death, Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh), the prince of Denmark, must avenge him, while the kingdom crumbles in dissent. A grand production in keeping with the Bard's original masterpiece, the film features a diverse international cast within a visually stunning framework.
Variety "...A full-bodied, clear-headed, resplendently staged rendition of HAMLET that rewards the time required to experience it..." 12/09/1996
Entertainment Weekly "...It's like an Elizabethan version of THE SHINING....Kate Winslet does marvelous work..." 01/24/1997 p.35-6
Los Angeles Times "...Handsome and compelling....Branagh brings the Bard's greatest tragedy passionately alive on screen....He has done it with remarkable clarity and meaning..." 12/25/1996 p.F20
Chicago Sun-Times "...We enjoy Branagh's visual showmanship: In all of his films, he reveals his joy in theatrical gestures....Kate Winslet is touchingly vulnerable..." 01/24/1997 p.31
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "The fencing finale is still a stunner..." 10/01/2007 p.136
Premiere "[A]n absolute delight for Shakespearian loyalists....Branagh uses the entire play..." 08/17/2010
Kenneth Branagh
Derek Jacobi
Kate Winslet
Cast & Crew
Jack Lemmon - Star
Rosemary Harris - Star
Derek Jacobi - Star
Robin Williams - Star
Julie Christie - Star
Billy Crystal - Star
Kenneth Branagh - Star
Charlton Heston - Star
John Gielgud - Star
Kate Winslet - Star
David Barron - Producer
Neil Farrell - Editor
Alex Byrne - Costume Designer
Alex Thomson - Director of Photography
William Shakespeare - Story
Patrick Doyle - Composer
Kenneth Branagh - Screenwriter
Tim Harvey - Production Designer
Kenneth Branagh - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
UPC 00883929113682
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 242 minutes
Color Color
English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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