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Hamlet (1990)

Director: Franco Zeffirelli     Starring: Mel Gibson
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40236063
UPC: 085391903321
UPC 14: 00085391903321
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Hamlet, prince of denmark, finds out that his uncle claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.
Editor's Note
Acclaimed director Franco Zeffirelli teamed with Mel Gibson for this energetic, earthy adaptation of the classic Shakespeare tragedy. From study abroad, the young Prince of Denmark returns home to find his mother has married his uncle, and his father's ghost is urging him to action; but what action? Gibson brings real gusto to Hamlet's anguish, and makes this full-blooded translation roar with life. Glenn Close, as his mother, and Helena Bonham Carter, as Ophelia, both lend excellent support. This is Shakespeare with teeth; it should please both students and casual filmgoers.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/8/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 135 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1990
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 19033
Video UPC UPC: 00085391903321
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info John McEnery
Video Cast Info Glenn Close
Video Cast Info Christopher Fairbank
Video Cast Info Pete Postlethwaite
Video Cast Info Helena Bonham-Carter
Video Cast Info Vernon Dobtcheff
Video Cast Info Stephen Dillane
Video Cast Info Michael Maloney
Video Cast Info Christien Anholt
Video Cast Info Ian Holm
Video Cast Info Nathaniel Parker
Video Cast Info Mel Gibson
Video Cast Info Richard Warwick
Video Cast Info Paul Scofield
Video Cast Info Alan Bates
Video Cast Info Trevor Peacock
Video Cast Info William Shakespeare - Story
Video Cast Info Ennio Morricone - Composer
Video Cast Info Franco Zeffirelli - Director
Plot Summary
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.

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...Both leads stand up honourably, with some solid, unshowy acting, to a cluster of high-caliber British Shakespeareans..." 05/01/1991 p.48-9

USA Today
"...Given how intellectually the role is usually played, Gibson's portrayal is personal and original..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 12/19/1990 p.4D

New York Times
"...Fluid and atmospheric....Gibson is a serious and compelling Hamlet for today..." 12/19/1990 p.C15

Sight and Sound
"...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..." 01/18/1991 p.F1

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." 02/01/2009

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Gibson,Mel
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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