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Hamlet

Hamlet

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It was described by critics as “the best and most intelligent Hamlet of recent times”. Now, the award-winning 2008 London stage play, starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart, is filmed for television.


If you didn't catch David Tennant in the Royal Shakespeare Company's blockbuster stage production of Shakespeare's most famous tragedy, take heart! The Doctor Who star recreates his stage role-praised as the best and most intelligent Hamlet of recent times-in this even bigger blockbuster BBC TV film version, specially shot on location rather than in the theatre, with the entire cast of the original sold- out London stage production, including Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek and X- Men films) as Hamlet's murderous uncle Claudius.

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The story of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s most famous and perhaps most influential tragedy, is one that is well trodden on theatre boards around the world. Set in Denmark, it recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet’s father, the King, taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. It vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness — from overwhelming grief to seething rage — and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

 

In 2008, the UK’s eminent Royal Shakespeare Company brought Hamlet back to the stage, spoken in verse but with contemporary dress and David Tennant in the eponymous role. No recent stage production in Britain has attracted either the level of interest or the near-unanimously positive reviews.

 

Tennant’s interpretation was recognised as defining the role for a generation, and Patrick Stewart – playing Claudius – as a performance of great depth and complexity (for which the actor won a highly-coveted 2009 Olivier award).

 

But director Gregory Doran’s modern-dress production was also seen as a brilliant ensemble presentation that was thrilling, fast-moving, immediately accessible, supremely intelligent and – perhaps remarkably – in parts at least, very funny.

 

In this specially-shot screen version of the stage play (which is filmed on location rather than in the theatre), Tennant and Stewart reprise their roles, along with director Doran and set and costume designer Robert Jones. Wholly faithful to the stage production and its performances; dynamic, exciting and contemporary, it brings Shakespeare’s greatest play to a far wider audience than ever before.

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Format: DVD
Run Time: About 3 Hours
Number of Discs: 1
Region: Region 1
UPC Code : 883929114177
Cast: David Tennant as Hamlet
Patrick Stewart as Claudius
Oliver Ford Davies as Polonius
Penny Downie as Gertrude
Mariah Gale as Ophelia
Editorial Reviews: “A superb reworking…David Tennant is a revelation” - Guardian
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Re-charged on the Bard
Of course, one cannot improve on Shakespeare, and many 'new' takes do not capture the strength of his prose, or artistry of dramatic action. However, Tenant's Hamlet had a class of French-speaking students in a French immersion school, . riveted. Their background had them set against Shakespeare to begin with; this production's sheer energy changed that. It revitalizes the Bard.
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Review by Eliza; Canmore Alberta (Posted on 12/7/2015)
Superb Performances
I absolutely love this movie! The cast gave an incredible performance that must be seen to be believed! David Tennant and Sir Patrick Stewart were exceptional and the rest of the cast should have all been given awards! One of my top five movies of all time! Love it!, Immensly!
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Review by Barbarian; Reading, PA, United States (Posted on 4/1/2015)