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Hamlet (1996)

Director: Kenneth Branagh     Starring: Derek Jacobi Kate Winslet
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204647810
UPC: 053939268324
UPC 14: 00053939268324
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Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Castle Rock HM Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/8/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 242 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2683
Video UPC UPC: 00053939268324
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review 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

Video Cast Info Jack Lemmon
Video Cast Info Rosemary Harris
Video Cast Info Derek Jacobi
Video Cast Info Robin Williams
Video Cast Info Julie Christie
Video Cast Info Billy Crystal
Video Cast Info Kenneth Branagh
Video Cast Info Charlton Heston
Video Cast Info John Gielgud
Video Cast Info Kate Winslet
Video Cast Info David Barron - Producer
Video Cast Info Neil Farrell - Editor
Video Cast Info Alex Byrne - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Alex Thomson - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info William Shakespeare - Story
Video Cast Info Patrick Doyle - Composer
Video Cast Info Kenneth Branagh - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Tim Harvey - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Kenneth Branagh - Director
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Branagh,Kenneth
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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