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Starring Sir Patrick Stewart as Macbeth and Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth, Rupert Goold's immediate and visceral film is set in an undefined and threatening central European world. Shot on location in the mysterious underground labyrinth of Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, this is a contemporary presentation of Shakespeare's intense, claustrophobic and bloody drama. Recently honoured with a highly prestigious Peabody Award, the film is based on the Chichester Festival Theatre production of the play that enjoyed sell-out runs in the West End and on Broadway. Patrick Stewart won Best Actor and Rupert Goold Best Director in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for the stage production and both Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood were nominated for Tony Awards for their performance. Director of the critically-acclaimed play, ENRON, Rupert Goold has been described as 'the hottest, most exciting director around', and Macbeth is his debut as a film director. When the film was screened by the BBC December in 2010, the critics were unanimous in their enthusiastic praise. The DVD and Blu-ray also includes a commentary by director Rupert Goold and producer John Wyver in addition to interviews with Rupert Goold and cast members Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood.
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As it turns out, this is NOT a Region 1 disc. It is Region 0 (which I also did not know existed). I looked it up, and it is basically a "free Region" that is supposed to play in almost any region -- as long as the PAL/NTSC designation fits your country's DVD player technology. And there's the rub: the U.S. generally uses NTSC, and the disc is PAL, so even though it is Region 0, I am now left with a DVD that won't play. Had the Region code on the listing been correct, I would have had to look it up at that point to understand what I was purchasing and would have learned that the PAL designation made it a no-go for me.
This movie is entertaining to say the least and represents the characters in a much more modern and relate-able way.
I notice someone else who reviewed this disc had the same problem. But the other reviewers on this page seem to have gotten the disc to work in their players. I'm told that problems like this are due to the copy protections the manufacturers put on their discs. I wish they would stop.
I've ordered the DVD.
No Region Code was shown on box, the inside information, the disc itself, or Amazon's description of the product.
Very disappointed -- we were looking forward to watching this highly acclaimed performance.
Oops. After reviewing this review I noticed Amazon HAD included a description of the product -- it was "below the fold" of the original description and I missed it.