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Editor's NoteDirector 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.
Hamlet (1996) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: El Bicho Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 9/1/2010 12:57 AM
|No film is more deserving of being encased within a book than Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, the first silver-screen adaptation to present Shakespeare's entire play, including portions from the Second Quarto and the First Folio. Branagh made every effort to create a spectacular production worthy of what is arguably the world's greatest play. He selected an international cast and shot it on 70mm, currently the last film to have done so in its entirety, to augment its grandeur....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|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|
Plot SummaryHAMLET 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.