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Hamlet [DVD] [2009]

David Tennant , Patrick Stewart , Gregory Doran    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, Mariah Gale, Edward Bennett
  • Directors: Gregory Doran
  • Writers: William Shakespeare
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PXHRFQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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

Product Description

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)

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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To buy or not to buy 2 Jan 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I would say ,it is a must buy for me . I am really pleased the BBC got together with the RSC and filmed this production ,that I saw in Stratford in the summer.I wish the RSC had done the same with the Tempest that toured britain with the RSC also last year.First of all I had "issues " with Hamlet in Stratford, I felt Tennant lacked passion , anger , and his antic disposition pretend madness, to me was un- convincing.He seemed flat in his delivery of important lines. This malaise also seemed to be present in Gertrude who at one point proclaimed "O Hamlet thou has cleft my heart in twain " as if O its raining again outside.However , I sat down on boxing day to watch it on the BBC and was moved to tears.I thought it was great.Tennant in speaking the to be or not to be speech with close camera work , nailed the whole peice.This dvd will deliver those moments when such a familier play will offer another set of insights into the interpretation of key moments in the play.I have everything on DVD concerning Hamlet , this production ranks one of the best.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW Great Hamlet! 13 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
I saw this as a fan of David Tennant and a lover of all things Shakespeare, and I loved every minute! In addition to David Tennant bringing an exciting new reading of the title character -- adding humor where I'd never seen it and new interpretations of lines which have become practically stale with repitition, I loved Oliver Ford Davies' Polonius. It was an entirely different Polonius, and it was like all of the sudden he made sense, which was surprising and refreshing! And it was very well shot on location, so didn't feel at all like a filmed stage production. If you like Hamlet or David Tennant or both, see this!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something new 18 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
This particular production WILL become the definitive Hamlet for a generation. People will say this is purely for Tennant and Stewart. For the most part they will be right, but perhaps for the wrong reasons. Undoubtedly the pair have avid followers from their many years in science fiction, and here they feed off their previous roles. Rather than detract from their performances, I say that experience enriches it. Here both play similar characters to what they've become famous for (though clearly with a twist - especially in the case of Stewart, who plays the villain with elegance) they appear completely at ease as Hamlet and Claudius, when it seems other members of the cast are not so comfortable. Until Ophelia went mad I kept wondering 'what on earth does THIS Hamlet see in her?', and Laertes had no strength of character, no real sense of threat - even when he pulled a gun on Claudius. As for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern...anyone who has scene Tim Roth and Gary Oldman in the roles will probably consider this pair a minor let down.

However, Hamlet, Gertrude, and Claudius demanded my full attention every second they remained on screen. The time spent watching them was a pleasure that moved me both to fright and laughter - some times in the same scene. By the last I was reduced to tears, as it fitting for the finale of a tragedy (though I admit I'm not usually one to reach for the tissue box).

There has never been another RSC production where I've felt so jealous of all those who saw it on stage. You lucky, lucky swine.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words cannot describe how good this is 27 Dec 2009
By Elsa
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Gripping, tragic, a bit funny and utterly absorbing. The best Shakespeare production I have ever seen.

It goes without saying that David Tennant's Hamlet is outstanding. The rest of the cast are just as good, especially Mariah Gale as Ophelia, her madness is superb.

The production team also deserve honours. The set is beautiful, costume perfect and props ingenious. It has been translated well from the stage, remaining very much a play but at the same time incorporating some clever cinematic devices that keep the eye interested.

All in all superb. 183 minutes will feel like 20.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent Hamlet. 21 Feb 2012
By Dr No
Format:DVD
In a lifetime of watching Shakespeare I have seen more Hamlets than any other play, ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime but I struggle to recall a better performance than David Tennants. I knew the production had received critical acclaim but this is in guarantee of excellence, nor did I Have high hopes for tennant's performance. He is superb. He delivers the lines with clarity both of diction and of meaning making this a truly accessible interpretation - an important factor when you consider that for many David Tennant fans this would be a first experience of Shakespeare. You cannot of course put on a great Hamlet if the rear of the cast don't turn up. In this he is ably supported with particularly fine Gertrude and Polonius. If you love Shakespeare you will enjoy this. If you have never tried him, this could be the one for you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very glad I bought it 12 Nov 2010
By Rachael
Format:DVD
David Tennant is easily the most fantastic Hamlet I have ever seen. He plays the part beautifully, just the right amout of passion and emotion. He gives a brand new indepth insight to the world of Hamlet. The entire cast was expertly chosen and there is not one member that does not fit in. Patrick Stewart executes King Claudius' character wonderfully. The character of Polonius was cast perfectly and I would not like to see any other person in this role. Ophelias madness scene is moving and portrays a broken mind in a brand new way. I showed this version in my english class and not one pupil disliked it, in fact they were even willing to stay behind after school to watch bits again. I would recommend this to anybody, even people who are new to Shakespeare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hamlet
Very compelling and thrilling play

Patrick Stewart and David Tennant amazing in this production that was made for TV. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous
David Tennant shines throughout this version of Hamlet.

This is a marvellous production, great cast. I thoroughly recommend this DVD to fans of Shakespeare and Tennant.
Published 21 days ago by Finknottle
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want a recording of the RSC version of Hamlet starring Daviid...
If you want a recording of the RSC version of Hamlet starring Daviid Tennant, thenyou are looking in the right place. It is a very good version.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Really enjoyed the film. Good actors making it easy to understand. Would recommend anyone to give it a go. Great.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Hamlet - but not done well this time!
Just didn't work for me, and I love reading/seeing the play. David Tennant just isn't right in the role - try the Mel Gibson version
Published 1 month ago by NannaToo
4.0 out of 5 stars 'To be or not to be, that is the question!' - HAMLET, ACT THREE, SCENE...
This spectacular production of `Hamlet', the well-known play by Mr William Shakespeare himself, was a joy to watch and fun to enjoy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tim Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Tennant and Stewart Double Act
I bought this to accompany my teaching of the tragedy to sixth form students who had been left disappointed after seeing a poor RSC production in Newcastle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant version
Not quite Kenneth Branagh's version, but David Tennant's performance is a pleasure to watch. With Sir Patrick Stewart in a supporting role of both Hamlet's uncle and the ghost of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG David Tennant!
David Tennant!!
And Shakespeare!!!
And the BBC!!!!!
What's NOT to like???

Could only be better with Katherine Tate in it!
Published 3 months ago by Shellie Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
We went to Stratford upon Avon to actually see David Tennant and Patrick Stuart Hamlet so this was a very welcome Christmas present.
Published 3 months ago by Janet Susan Barber
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