- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 4 hours, 2 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 14, 2007
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Castle Rock
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Surround 5.1 English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 12/09/1996
"...A full-bodied, clear-headed, resplendently staged rendition of HAMLET that rewards the time required to experience it..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/24/1997
"...It's like an Elizabethan version of THE SHINING....Kate Winslet does marvelous work..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/25/1996
"...Handsome and compelling....Branagh brings the Bard's greatest tragedy passionately alive on screen....He has done it with remarkable clarity and meaning..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/24/1997
"...We enjoy Branagh's visual showmanship: In all of his films, he reveals his joy in theatrical gestures....Kate Winslet is touchingly vulnerable..."
Total Film - 10/01/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "The fencing finale is still a stunner..."
Premiere - 08/17/2010
"[A]n absolute delight for Shakespearian loyalists....Branagh uses the entire play..."
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.
Stage Play |
Theatrical Release |
- Limited theatrical release: December 25, 1996.
- Wide theatrical release: January 24, 1997.
- Shot at Shepperton Studios, England, and on location at Blenheim Palace.
- Derek Jacobi (Claudius) had previously played the role of Hamlet in a BBC production of the play. He also played another character named Claudius in the epic I, CLAUDIUS.
- Other filmed versions of HAMLET include the 1990 version (directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Mel Gibson) and the 2000 version (directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Ethan Hawke).