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Thames Shakespeare Collection: Macbeth / McKellen, Dench

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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

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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


Special features

  • Introduction to Macbeth with Ian McKellen
  • The Scottish Play: An Explanation with Ian McKellen
  • Timeline of William Shakespeare's life and plays
  • Biography and filmography of Ian McKellen
  • Biography and filmography of Judi Dench

Product details

  • Actors: Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, John Bown, Susan Dury, Judith Harte
  • Directors: Philip Casson
  • Writers: Trevor Nunn, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Trevor Nunn, Verity Lambert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0002TVWYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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