- Actors: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm
- Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
- Producers: Dyson Lovell
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Momentum
- DVD Release Date: 26 Dec. 2005
- Run Time: 130 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000BX6FU0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,685 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.
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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Let me say that I have seen Olivier's Hamlet and I have seen Branagh's Hamlet and that I hugely enjoyed them both. I am not greatly concerned in this notice to weigh up niceties of interpretation and direction, because there are enough subtleties and possibilities in this great play to allow full scope for the individual style of every great actor for another thousand years. The literary criticism trade, profession or industry, though it has not yet talked Hamlet to death, has been trying hard to do that, and I would not like to be, without intending it, the straw that broke that camel's back. What puts this production in a class of its own for me is simply that for me Gibson IS Hamlet whereas Olivier and Branagh are acting Hamlet, albeit superbly. The blond fringe and the smallish physique are right for a start, in my mind. Then there is the understated style, the diction quiet, the mood brooding and smouldering. That is my idea of how to do the great soliloquies, not declaiming them, and when the repressed tension is abruptly released as, say, when Hamlet runs his sword through the arras, the contrast is all the more effective and does not require histrionics. Does Olivier perhaps over-act a bit?Read more ›
It's by far my favourite Hamlet on film.
Mel Gibson is excellent as Hamlet. He gives him humour and masculine vigor, and the top-notch supporting cast is superb. I especially like Alan Bates...his lusty, murderous king is fabulous...and mention should be made of Nathaniel Parker's wonderful Laertes.
David Watkin's cinematography is stunning, Ennio Morricone's score subtle and beautiful, and the production is one of Zeffirelli's best.
This is very enjoyable Shakespeare, even for those who don't normally like him...and I highly recommend this film to parents who would like to introduce their teenagers to the Bard.
Don't miss this glorious film !!
I usually like Glenn Close but she seems to have lost direction here: we first see her in an inserted scene weeping over her husband's casket, then is capering around excitedly in a frenzy of sexual passion for Claudius with nothing in between to make sense of this development. The old-school quasi-incestuous relationship between Hamlet and Gertrude rears its head again (yawn), but it does make for a gripping confrontation between mother and son in her chamber.
Overall, I would say this is a Hamlet for those who either don't 'do' Shakespeare or who want an accessible way in to this play: there's a wealth of acting talent here who make the storyline gripping without exploring the nuances of plot, character and language. The whole thing looks wonderful with a medieval Game of Thrones aesthetic, and the set allows for shadows, spying and dark entrances and exits. A bt style over substance, but still a good introduction to the play.
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On the surface, one might reasonably conclude that Mel Gibson and Glenn Close starring in Hamlet may be some kind of joke, a parody of the Shakespeare play, but there is no joke. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Valerie Gail bartlett
I am very surprised to have this delivered so quickly right before Christmas! It was a very well received present and it works fine!Published 11 months ago by Phoenix