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Hamlet [DVD]

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Producers: Dyson Lovell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan. 2009
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BKM9JS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,749 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Zeffirelli's film adaptation of Shakespeare's play starring Mel Gibson as the titular prince. Hamlet (Gibson), Prince of Denmark, is in mourning for his father, whose death is quickly followed by widow Gertrude's (Glenn Close) marriage to Hamlet's uncle, Claudius (Alan Bates), who has assumed the throne following his brother's demise. When the ghost of Hamlet's father (Paul Scofield) visits him and claims to have been foully murdered by Claudius, the young prince vows to avenge his death. However, Hamlet's self-doubt and procrastination lead to further tragedy.

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Franco Zeffirelli's stripped-down, two-hour version of Shakespeare's play stars Mel Gibson as a rather robust version of the ambivalent Danish prince. Gibson is much better in the part than many critics have admitted, his powers of clarity doing much to make this particular Hamlet more accessible than several other filmed versions. The supporting cast is outstanding, including Glenn Close as Gertrude, Alan Bates as Claudius, Ian Holm as Polonius, and Helena Bonham Carter as Ophelia. Zeffirelli's vigorous direction employs a lively camera style that nicely alters the viewer's preconceptions about the way Hamlet should look. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Valerie Gail bartlett TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2015
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First thing to mention is this plays in English I had this on vhs but as time goes on and all my systems are now dvd I replaced this fantastic film.
Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies. His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet's uncle Claudius, the new King. They urge Hamlet to marry his beloved Ophelia. But soon the ghost of Hamlet's father appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet must choose between passive acquiescence and the need for a vengeance which might lead to tragedy. I would highly recommend this film it has a lot more energy than previous versions of this great play from William Shakespeare.
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By Musicfan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2017
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Mel Gibson doing Shakespeare wouldn't work, thought I. I was wrong. He does a great job on a great film version of one of the great plays. Even if not into Shakespeare, there is much in this film to enjoy and it just might want you to explore more Shakespeare. For me, the best film version of this play I have seen.
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Hamlet [DVD]Recently bought this from Amazon.co.uk. truly a visual extravaganza. Mel Gibson is simply stunning in the title role. The rest of the cast are all superb. Particularly appealing is the dialogue delivery. It is so natural. You never for a moment feel that the actors are reading their lines from Shakespeare. In all the other productions which I have seen (Branagh's and Lord Olivier's) however well they act, it is still 'acting'. Albeit of a high order. But Gibson does not act. He 'is' Hamlet. The casting is so perfect. Also we are accustomed to seeing Gibson act 'crazy' both in the 'Lethal weapon' films and the 'Mad Max' films. We accept him for what he portrays. Maybe, in a round about way, our sub-conscious has registered Mel Gibson as part 'loony'. Maybe that is the reason why his portrayal of the Prince of Denmark seems so acceptable to audiences all over the world. We feel that he is 'a person who can't make up his mind'. If you are collecting 'Hamlet' for the first time, then I suggest you go for this 'Mel Gibson Version'. It truly reflects what the bard of Avon imagined. One single minor set-back I found with this DVD is that there are no Bonus features and a subtitle. The lack of sub-title may not bother the 'pundits' but for the common man in countries where English is not the first language, I think that might pose a wee bit of problem. That aside, this is the 'ultimate' HAMLET.
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Excellent focus on individual actors - so important in Hamlet.
A theatre production could not achieve this, nor its wonderful castle setting.
Worth buying as a benchmark production which can and should be viewed again and again.
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Excellent production of Hamlet
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Brilliant. Nothing more to say.
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This abbreviated version of Shakespeare's classic is more dense and thus more exciting and involving.
This movie woke my love of Shakespeare, watching from a young age. Mel Gibson is brilliant, and the supporting cast are of the highest calibre also.
Recommended as a gift for all A-level Eng Lit students.
You will be excited and emotionally connected to this timeless play.
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good acting from Helen. Very poor film.
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