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Murder, prophecy, and witches! MACBETH returns, starring Academy Award®-nominee Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award®-winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love), on DVD for the first time anywhere. First broadcast on Britain's Thame
Two of England's greatest actors, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench, electrify in this lean, stripped-down production of Shakespeare's darkest tragedy. In the wake of a battle, the Scottish warrior Macbeth (McKellen, Gods and Monsters, Lord of the Rings) receives a prophecy from a trio of witches: He shall be king. When fate doesn't unfold quickly enough, Macbeth and his even more ambitious wife (Dench, Shakespeare in Love, Iris) decide to give it a push. McKellen sweats anxiously and oozes a creeping lust for power, while Dench is hypnotically vicious from her first moment. For audiences used to their film careers, this grand pair will seem young as pups (this TV movie is from 1979, adapted from an acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company production)--but that only gives them an added edge of sex and vigor. Extras include the older McKellen thoughtfully commenting on the play and this classic production. --Bret Fetzer
Among the tamest productions I've ever seen of this play. Despite the undeniable talent of the two leads, who look so very young here, the performances are utterly without fire, to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Bklyn
No problems with the product or the service, but the film itself is kind of a disappointment. I can't tell whether this is supposed to be a stage play which was filmed or a filmed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Taylor K.
Not closed captioned so it was hard to understand everything that was being said. The sound quality was good then bad and the spoken language although English was hard to catch.Published 2 months ago by DanceBug
This 1978 version is my favorite performance of Macbeth. The Royal Shakespeare Company with McKellen and Dench are, as usual, terrific. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas Grover
A modern, understated adaptation of Shakespeare's tale of ambition, murder, and guilt. Superb cast, lead by McKellen and
Dench. My favorite interpretation/staging of MacBeth.
This DVD has no close captioning and impossible for me to hear the sometimes muffled dialog. This is not my favorite Shakespeare play but would have a higher rating if not for the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frankie
Very long, but well done. Use it in classroom after reading the play.Published 7 months ago by anita