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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 is the definitive film version of Hamlet. I miss this Branagh.Published 6 hours ago by Phil Fritz
Perfect for teaching the play instead of reading it in class. Though Branagh was a bit old to play Hamlet, he always does an excellent job with Shakespeare. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Stacie313
Brilliant, interestingly star-studded, although one doesn't always understand why, as if every well-known actor's dream of doing this much-quoted Bard's play was fulfilled by... Read morePublished 23 days ago by J.A.Henry
Great acting all around. Just be sure your old English is up to snuff.Published 1 month ago by A. Hassenklover
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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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