Director Gregory Doran’s modern-dress Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company features David Tennant’s thrilling, mercurial and often very funny central performance.
This visually sumptuous screen version, filmed on location with the original stage cast, captures the atmosphere and excitement of the critically acclaimed production. Patrick Stewart won an Olivier Award for his performance as Claudius, King of Denmark. Penny Downie plays Hamlet’s mother Gertrude and Mariah Gale is the tragic Ophelia. Edward Bennett is Ophelia’s avenging brother Laertes, and Oliver Ford Davies takes the role of their father Polonius. Special Features
- Audio Commentary with Gregory Doran, Sebastian Grant and Chris Seager
- The Making of Hamlet
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: David Tennant stars as Hamlet. Tennant is joined by fellow cast members from the popular Royal Shakespeare Company production, including Patrick Stewart as Claudius. Tennant won a great deal of praise and accolades for his role in the Shakespeare play with The Guardian referring to the Scot as, "the greatest Hamlet of his generation." In this Royal Shakespeare Company production, the titular prince of Denmark, returns home to his family's castle of Elsinore after years of attending school in Germany to find out his father has died and his uncle Claudius is the new king. To make matters worse, Claudius has married Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude, whom he has unusually strong feelings for. Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost, who asks him to seek revenge for his murder. ...Hamlet (2009)