Hamlet (Blu-ray, DigiBook)

Starring: Kate Winslet & Derek Jacobi Director: Kenneth Branagh  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
Hamlet (Blu-ray, DigiBook)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 4 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Castle Rock
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Introduction by Director/Star Kenneth Branagh
    • Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Shakespeare Scholar Russell Jackson
    • Featurette To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet
    • 1996 Cannes Film Festival Promo
    • Theatrical Trailer "Hamlet"
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Ghosts | Medieval | Royalty | Shakespeare | Stage Play | Theatrical Release | Tragedy | Vengeance

Production Notes:

  • 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).

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  • Sales Rank: 115,310
  • UPC: 883929113682
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