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Title:
Hamlet
Author:
Barron, David, producer.
Uniform Title:
Hamlet (Motion picture : 1996)
Edition:
Two-disc special edition.
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2007]
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (242 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
In this first-ever full-text film of William Shakespeare's work, the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
General Note:
Based on the tragedy by William Shakespeare.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1996.

Special features: Introduction by director/star Kenneth Branagh; commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Shakespeare scholar Russell Jackson; new digital transfer from original 70mm elements; featurette "To be on camera: a history with Hamlet"; 1996 Cannes Film Festival promo; Shakespeare movies trailer gallery.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG-13; some violent images and sexuality.
Geographic Term:
Added Title:
To be on camera : a history with Hamlet.
ISBN:
9781419849725
UPC:
053939268324
Format :
DVD

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Murder and violence, revenge and intrigue, sex and desire, paranoia and madness. The heady brew of passion and emotion that makes up Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet has intoxicated audiences of all ages. The story of the Prince of Denmark, who seeks revenge for his father's murder at the hands of his perfidious uncle, delves into fundamental issues about humanity and the nature of being.


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At least the 22nd time William Shakespeare's most famous tragedy has been brought to the screen, Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Hamlet was the first to preserve Shakespeare's entire text, uncut and unabridged. Moving the action into the 19th century, Branagh cast himself in the title role and, as in his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, assembled an eclectic group of actors that mixed veteran Shakespearean performers (including John Mills, Judi Dench, John Gielgud, and Derek Jacobi) with Hollywood stars not known for interpreting the Bard's work (among them Robin Williams, Charlton Heston, Billy Crystal, and Jack Lemmon). However, unlike most interpretations, it's the women who really carry the show, with the two best performances delivered by Kate Winslet as Ophelia and Julie Christie as Gertrude. As usual, Hamlet finds himself torn over what to do after the death of his father and his mother's hasty remarriage. Branagh's version of Hamlet was also notable on a technical level, as it was filmed in the 70-mm format for increased visual clarity and detail. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi