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William Shakespeare's Macbeth  [DVD]
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Television performance of Trevor Nunn's acclaimed RSC production. Following their triumph in battle, warrior generals Macbeth (Ian McKellen) and Banquo are rewarded well by King Duncan. However, a prediction by three crones turns Macbeth's mind to further glory, and encouraged by his ambitious wife (Judy Dench) he secretly murders Duncan while he sleeps. Macbeth now seizes the throne for himself, but his new-found power is soured by guilt over his bloody deeds.
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Given the fact that this Macbeth was recorded in 1979, the picture quality leaves a bit to be desired, but any lover of Shakespeare or great acting would be insane not to buy this DVD.
Prepare to be blown away. (And by the way: where is television of this quality today?)
Comes across as a stage play (which it is!) and avoids the temptation to go for lavish sets, e.g., the battle scenes, just because it's a film.
I saw the original stage play and this is just as good. The best filmed Shakespeare tragedy I've seen. Absolutely superb
This has the darkness, the danger and the madness that so often eludes those who try to bring this piece to life. McKellen and Dench are awe-inspiring, evidencing the intelligence that makes a great Shakespeare actor able to communicate the force and meaning of every word without either condescending or over-emphasising. A joy.
Macbeth is a deep and profound story in and of itself and finds root in the essence of the struggle between good and evil. We find this same struggle portrayed for us in the Bible by the Apostle Paul in the seventh chapter of his letter to the believers in Rome, (Romans 7). Unlike Paul, however, who reveals the solution to this struggle in Romans chapter eight, there is no redemption in Macbeth . . .
Or is there?
This particular dramatisation is very good indeed (You only need to see who play the prominent roles to raise expectations) and if you do not possess a copy - do buy it. Then, having girded up your loins, find someone to share a good bottle of wine with and settle in for the emotional ride that Macbeth always produces . . .
Trevor Nunn, the director, has created a number of wonderful versions of Shakespeare plays, notably Othello (1990) [DVD] in which Ian McKellan is a marvelously sinister Iago and Imogen Stubbs (Nunn's wife) a heart-rending Desdemona.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In short: possibly the most classic version of MacBeth ever!! Although the 2015 Fassbender version is also very good.Published 1 month ago by Lokii
It would have been helpful if previous reviewers had pointed out that there are no subtitles!Published 3 months ago by Dr D.
Disappointed in this production but I think the Globe DVD version is much more interesting.Published 5 months ago by Carters