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Hamlet [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z4RP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,580 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 26 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
I think this con-temporized version of Hamlet , set in modern day New York, did a sterling job (just like the contemporized version of Romeo and Juliet , Titus and Richard III) of showing the universality and timelessness of Shakespeare. That is the whole point of contemporization and if you open your mind , it really works.

Ethan Hawke definitely deserved an Oscar for portraying the contemporary Hamlet , the self-absorbed young film-maker , and Kyle MacLachlan portrayed perfectly the moral rottenness of Claudius.

Julia Styles made a beautiful Ophelia and played the role with feeling and sensitivity.

I though the scene where Hamlet shoots Polonius (Bill Murray) was excellently done , and came off with no hitches. Great supporting cast including Northern Irish actress Paula Malcomson as a fetching Marcella , a girl version of the silent Marcellus in Hamlet. she is the girlfriend of Horatio (Karl Geary).

It was the small background details that made this film a modern day work of genius.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D Burin on 28 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Presumably taking inspiration from Baz Lurhmann's patchy, but original revival of 'Romeo and Juliet' in modern America, Michael Almereyda locates his 'Hamlet' amidst a bustling but lonely New York City, where something is rotten in the Denmark corporation. Following the suspicious death of his father, Hamlet (Ethan Hawke) returns home to investigate, and, as in the play, turns his gaze towards his Uncle Claudius, when the ghost of his father (a character imbibed with brilliant, straightforward sincerity, by Sam Shepherd), tells Hamlet of the details of his death. Hawke grows into the role during the film, starting out a little stilted, but really making his Hamlet - a combination of misanthropic slacker and tormented Shakespearean hero - his own. The cast as a whole, with the exception of a rather miscast Bill Murray, are excellent, and really bring out the psychological and social tensions of the play; from personal wishes for greed, to the feud between Hamlet and Ophelia's father.

The setting of NYC is also done successfully. Admittedly, Hamlet motorbiking down the highways of New York to return home isn't a scene for the Shakespearian purists, but remains one of the most enduring images of any adaptation of 'Hamlet'. The psychological aspects of the play don't always translate all that well to film, and where such moments are thought-provoking in the original text, they are sometimes a little on the dull side in such a visual-heavy format, and film. Similarly, Almereyda occasionally goes a little too much for style-over-substance, though the film is, on balance, both emotionally and narratively engaging, and visually striking. As modernisations of Shakespeare go, Almereyda's 'Hamlet' might not be perfect, but it certainly is one of the better class of examples. For those who like their classics with a contemporary twist, or film fans more generally looking for a gripping drama, I would not hestitate to reccommend this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2010
Format: DVD
A terrific updating, using Shakespeare's language, but set in modern
corporate New York City. Beautifully shot, on a shockingly low budget
for it's look, with amazing use of New York City locations.

Hawke is very good, and most of the rest of the cast, including Bill Murray (to my
surprise, doing Shakespeare), Kyle MacLachlan, and Diane Venora are first rate.

More important this is a re-telling that really uses the film medium,
and makes us re-think a classic in a new way, while being terrifically
entertaining along the way. It makes the simple humanity and complex
ideas under the Shakespearian poetry as clear as any production I've
ever seen, on stage or film.

Obviously controversial, not perfect, and not for purists, but well worth seeing to
decide for yourself, and to watch a film-maker brave enough to re-conceive the
'untouchable'.
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I wasn't sure about this film to start with. It always takes me a little while to adjust to modern interpretations of Shakespeare. But once you get past Shakespeare with American accents the style and substance of this film shone through. Fine performances from Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles capture the emotional confusions of youth and grief. Liev Schreiber's Laertes has made me reconsider the whole relationship between him and his sister Ophelia - he is an actor who always manages to capture man's conflicted nature - and he brings a fresh energy and eloquence to a role often playing second fiddle to Hamlet. The most surprising find was Kyle Maclachlan's Claudius - the best rendition of this power hungry regent that I have ever seen. I highly recommend this film to anyone who loves Shakespeare, or who doesn't and wishes they could, or who like edgy character driven films that compel and challenge the viewer.
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Americans can't play Shakespeare? This movie triumphantly wipes away the fallacy and Hawke played a thoughtful and sensitive Hamlet, something I admit I didn't expect. A surprise was Bill Murray, whose Polonius was flawless. Some of the dialogue did not work in the New York setting but some ideas were effective - the ghost seen on CCTV for example - and in the end the enthusiasm carried the project successfully. The moral of the film is that modern-day adaptations do work - if treated with respect and care.
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