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That all works; what doesn't work is Branagh's tendency to over-direct the big dramatic moments. He indulges in quick cutting and flashbacks as though to fend off the audience's objections to the four-hour running time, and the style sometimes looks like wasted energy. The experienced Shakespearians in the cast come off nicely; Derek Jacobi's Claudius, Richard Briers' Polonius, and Michael Maloney's Laertes are just terrific. Julie Christie is a suitably attractive Gertrude, and Kate Winslet makes the most of Ophelia's mad scenes. Branagh's habit of folding in unexpected American performers is on the mark, too: Billy Crystal is surprisingly good as the Gravedigger, Robin Williams predictably camps up Osric, and Charlton Heston is an inspired choice as the grandiloquent Player King. The biggest irony here is that Branagh himself is not quite spot-on as Hamlet. Of course he speaks the lines beautifully, but Branagh's screen personality radiates certainty and clarity of vision; there's little of the doubt that might make him Hamlet-esque. Still, tremendous credit for fending off slings and arrows to get the movie made. --Robert Horton
This remains for me 19 years later the best Hamlet on film or video. I'm not as enamored with Branagh's performance as I once was--he shouts a lot--but the direction and the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by seeker
This version really brings the play to life. I loved watching it with subtitles. The all star cast is a major plus.Published 5 days ago by R Peterson
Definitely my favorite version of Hamlet. It is longer than most but because of that the story is very clear. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Randee Baty
I have great respect for Branagh, especially his Henry V, but my problem (including the unnecessary length--4 hours?) lies in his casting. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Linda Inglis
This two-disc version of Hamlet has the best sword fight of all the Hamlets I have seen. The rules are demonstrated and at least at first, Hamlet and Laertes abide by them. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Nina Schmitz
I like the play but not this performance. I was put off by the setting, costumes, etc. It was perfectly well acted - who could be better than Kenneth Branagh. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Steve
Excellent adaption of the play. Branagh, I believe, captures Shakespeare's words beautifully.Published 1 month ago by Renee B. Hamm
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|Best Screenplay nomination????||
Ebert's excellent answer: "A screenplay is something more than dialog. Consider, for example, that Alan Parker got a screenplay credit for "Evita," even though virtually every word in the movie was in the form of a Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber lyric. Screenplays also cover... Read More
Jan 22, 2008 by koko the talking gorilla | See all 6 posts
|No HD DVD/Blu-ray for now||
I have been waiting and sending letters and e-mails for a decade for the DVD of this Hamlet--so long, in fact, that the DVD medium itself has been surpassed! By the time a Blu-ray or HD version would arrive...
Sep 2, 2007 by Crabby Guy | See all 5 posts
|Any news on release date?||
According to kenbranagh.com,
February 27, 2007
A vigilant Hamlet fan caught this exciting chat that happened with Warner Bros. executives George Feltenstein,
George Parker, and Ronnee Sass last night on the Home Theater Forum.
chat. last night.
<DougH> YO - Any news on Branagh's... Read More
Apr 4, 2007 by Paul D. Schumacher | See all 4 posts
|Book On Blu-Ray Only?!!!||
Strange question. Maybe there is not enough of the question to give a proper answer.
However Blu-ray as been the de facto standard for years. It is no miracle drug and soon my in itself become obsolete. So if you are making a product what format would you use?
May 26, 2013 by bernie | See all 2 posts
|WHEN did this come to DVD???||
It's really no mystery. If you look at the info in the Amazon listing you'l see that the DVD was realeased in August 2007.
Apr 7, 2008 by Mark Hite | See all 2 posts
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