Hamlet

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Campbell Scott directs himself in the lead of Hamlet, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include behind-the-scenes footage. THis is a fine release for any fan of the source material.
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Campbell Scott directs himself in the lead of Hamlet, which comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include behind-the-scenes footage. THis is a fine release for any fan of the source material.
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Special Features

Full-screen version; Dolby 2.0 Surround audio; Behind-the-scenes footage; Closed captioned ; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Daring innovations mark this 2001 production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, set in the U.S. South in the early 1900s. For example, Polonius (Roscoe Lee Browne) and his children, Ophelia (Lisa Gay Hamilton) and Laertes (Roger Guenveur Smith), are black; Rosencrantz (Michael Imperioli) and Guildenstern (Marcus Giamatti) are Mafia-style hit men; and the weather is always fair. But the biggest surprise of all is that the innovations succeed wonderfully without distorting the plot. To be sure, Shakespeare purists may balk at the extent of the changes, one of which has Ophelia ranting on a dinner table and another of which has Hamlet reciting "To be or not to be" while supine on the floor. But there can be no gainsaying that there is method in the madness of directors Campbell Scott, who also plays Hamlet brilliantly, and Eric Simonson. Their goal is to make Shakespeare highly relevant to modern audiences. Thus, the skin color of Polonius and his family introduces racial prejudice as a possible explanation for Polonius' subservience to Claudius, for Hamlet's rejection of Ophelia, and for Laertes' fierce hatred of Hamlet. In addition, the acting style -- in which the players recite their lines distinctly in ordinary conversational tones -- makes them seem like real people. In portraying King Claudius, Jamey Sheridan is particularly adept at this recitation style. Never does he overstate his lines or overplay his role. Blair Brown also performs with distinction as Queen Gertrude, making it easy to believe that a woman could remarry while her late husband is still warm in the grave. This production deserves a place on the all-time list of best Shakespeare productions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2001
  • UPC: 707729114772
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Campbell Scott Hamlet
Blair Brown Gertrude
Jamey Sheridan Claudius
Roscoe Lee Browne Polonius
Lisa Gay Hamilton Ophelia
Roger Guenveur Smith Laertes
Sam Robards Fortinbras
John Benjamin Hickey Horatio
Michael Imperioli Rosencrantz
Marcus Giamatti Guildenstern
Maureen Anderman
Jim Gaffigan
Earl Hindman
Christina Kirk
J.C. MacKenzie
Madison Arnold
Caroline Kava
Marin Hinkle
Seth Barrish
Tina Benko
Leon Addison Brown Third Player (Lucianus)
Matt Malloy Captain
Guy Davis
Dan Moran Gravedigger
Gary De Michele Pianist
Lewis Arlt Voltemand
Bill Buell Bernardo
Joan Campion Marcellus
Byron Jennings Player King, The Ghost
Peter McRobbie Priest
Denis O'Hare Osric
Eric Simonson 2nd Gravedigger
Technical Credits
Campbell Scott Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Eric Simonson Director, Screenwriter
Mary Francis Budig Producer
Gary De Michele Score Composer
Jonathan Filley Producer
Dan Gillham Cinematographer
Robert Halmi Jr. Executive Producer
Andy Keir Editor
Margo Myers Producer
David Schlesinger Set Decoration/Design
Chris Shriver Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [4:25]
2. Like the King That's Dead [4:44]
3. Our Late Dear Brother [7:06]
4. Unrighteous Tears [7:07]
5. Farewell [5:45]
6. Thy Father's Vengeful Spirit [12:40]
7. Troubled Hamlet, Troubled Ophelia [4:41]
8. Friends and Foes of Hamlet [9:01]
9. To Be or Not to Be [5:33]
10. Denmark, the Prison [11:39]
11. Scheming [12:14]
12. Center Stage [1:02]
13. Curse Upon a Brother's Murder [13:34]
14. Missed Vengeance [5:16]
15. For England [8:38]
16. A Beast No More [5:49]
17. The Poison of Deep Grief [3:59]
18. A Plot of Venom [11:18]
19. Thy Sweet Grave [4:15]
20. Commission of Death [12:30]
21. Drink to Thee, Hamlet [7:01]
22. End Credits/Soldier's Music [14:21]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   The Making of Hamlet
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brings the madness to life

    I used this version in my English class to help students find a better understanding of the play. The director does a wonderful job of displaying Hamlet's conflicting desires while staying true to the original script. Very highly recommended.

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