HamletDirector: Gregory Doran
This stage production from Britain presents classically-trained thespian David Tennant in one of his most acclaimed roles - as William Shakespeare's Hamlet. As produced by Gregory Doran for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2008, it also stars Patrick Stewart as Claudius, Pennie Downie as Gertrude and Mariah Gale as Ophelia. See more details below
This stage production from Britain presents classically-trained thespian David Tennant in one of his most acclaimed roles - as William Shakespeare's Hamlet. As produced by Gregory Doran for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2008, it also stars Patrick Stewart as Claudius, Pennie Downie as Gertrude and Mariah Gale as Ophelia.
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Cast & Crew
|Paul Englishby||Score Composer|
|Robert Jones||Costumes/Costume Designer|
1. Scene 1 [6:46]
2. Scene 2 [10:04]
3. Scene 3 [3:47]
4. Scene 4 [7:31]
5. Scene 5 [9:27]
6. Scene 6 [11:19]
7. Scene 7 [8:38]
8. Scene 8 [10:26]
9. Scene 9 [8:48]
10. Scene 10 [9:27]
11. Scene 11 [1:55]
12. Scene 12 [12:26]
13. Scene 13 [5:34]
14. Scene 14 [7:31]
15. Scene 15 [12:03]
16. Scene 16 [9:04]
17. Scene 17 [12:01]
18. Scene 18 [7:42]
19. Scene 19 [6:50]
20. Scene 20 [10:40]
Behind The Scenes
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I am a Hamlet fanatic -- I believe that everything necessary in life can be found inside the enigmatic framework of the play. I love delving into each succeeding "Hamlet" on DVD -- and there have been many -- because they each offer nuances and interpretations that I may not have considered. But the David Tennant "Hamlet" exceeded all of my expectations and rises to an unqualified "Best Hamlet On DVD." The impeccable BBC production values enhance a starkly beautiful performance by Tennant. Gregory Doran's direction of the Royal Shakespeare Company utilizes strong and innovative choices that make each scene a stunning visual delight -- the use of mirrors and lenses, shattered or otherwise, is a tour de force of symbolism for the play. The simplicity of the sets and the quality of the performances are unequaled. Patrick Stewart as warlike Ghost and ultimate diplomat Claudius -- wonderful, right up to the resigned shrug as he accepts his fate and the poisoned goblet. Pennie Downie is just an amazing Gertrude, walking the fine line of that character arc with infinite grace and power. Mariah Gale makes an enormously effective Ophelia with an absolutely fearless performance. And Oliver Ford Davies is an addled gem as the "good old man." The fact that this cast had rehearsed and performed on the boards for months made the character interactions as authentic and intimate as any live performance could be, which is a true joy for the viewer. But, with all the wonderful contributions by cast and crew, it is David Tennant who sells the story. With naked intensity he opens Hamlet up, draws the viewer into his craft and madness, using intelligence as well as physicality -- he is a very physical Hamlet -- to flay this tormented soul to the edge of insanity and back. What a remarkable performance. Except for a very few cuts of dialogue -- and personally I love the ending without an intruding Fortinbras -- I find this a nearly perfect "Hamlet."
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." William Shakespeare's haunting tale of murder and revenge is brought vividly to life by this all-star British cast. David Tennant gives a chilling performance as Hamlet Prince of Denmark, the son of a murdered king and a stolen queen. Along with Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, and the rest of the Royal Shakespeare Company we are taken on a twisted journey into the depths of the enigma that is the mind of a broken man.
David Tennant makes the ideal Hamlet. Nothing can get as good as him. He plays Hamlet as a crazy,confused charater which makes watching it a whole lot more interesting. He literaly bring Shakespeare's famous tragedy to life!
David Tennant's performance is exceptional! Although adapted for television, the play is true to the original from of text. Only the costumes and set props provide an update to this classic tale.
This is a filmed version of the critically acclaimed 2008 RSC production of Hamlet. I was fortunate to see this live in London before it closed and was excited and a little skeptical about how such a wonderful live show would translate to the screen. I think it's even better! Tennant's Hamlet is youthful, energetic, and manic. The mad scenes are wild and entertaining, indeed I don't think I've ever laughed so much during a production of Hamlet before. But what makes his performance brilliant is just when you start to think he truly is mad, he stops and reminds you that he is perfectly lucid and knows the score. The little side looks and the soliloquies spoken directly into the camera are very effective and give you direct access to the character. Patrick Stewart is a shrewd calculating villain and from his first moment on screen the relationship and his feelings for Hamlet are apparent. The rest of the cast is just as excellent and there is not a poor performer among them. Edward Bennett, who plays Laertes, is a particular favorite of mine. The relationship he creates with Ophelia is so real and committed that you would think they really were brother and sister, which only makes the last moments of the play that much more rewarding to watch. Although filmed on location, they were able to keep many of the scenic elements from the stage show and all of the costuming. The film is beautiful in that sense and the cinematography is great. I do not think you'll find a better filmed production of Hamlet anywhere else. The performances are so rich and so deep that it is easy to follow, even for those who don't consider themselves aficionados of Shakespeare.
This is really fantastic. I had never before seen or read Hamlet (I will be reading it shortly now), and am not a student of Elizabethan literature, but I found the story easy to follow, thanks in large part to the superlative performances by all the cast. Nicely filmed, it yet retains much of the feel of a stage play. Patrick Stewart's performance is so natural, it sounds like he's speaking modern English, and David Tennant's Hamlet is as intellectually brilliant as he is emotionally tormented. Penny Downie as Gertrude is amazing, and the rest of the cast put in excellent performances as well. This is definitely worth seeing.
this is the best version i have yet seen of my all time favoriate play by shakespeare it is easy to see why pattrick stewart is famous for his shakespeare and david tennant blows it away supasing mel gibson as the best hamlet that was untill i saw this version
I had never seen Hamlet before this was introduced. I am a hug Doctor Who fan and love shakespear. When I heard that David Tennant would play Hamlet I had to watch it. And well to put it lightly, I fell in love with it. It's a beautiful tale of the mad prince of Denmark. Gives me the chills every time.
Great version of Hamlet. Lots of British dudes hanging out being all Hamletty and stuff. You've got Captain Picard and The Doctor on the same screen, what more could you possibly want?
Haunting in it's representation, David Tennant and Patrick Stewart shine as top stars in this BBC movie adaptation of the sold out London stage production. The rest of the cast are mainly UK stage actors who do amazing performances although their faces maybe unknown in America. A hybrid between a recorded stage show and a movie, it gives you the feeling that you are in an audience in the castle watching the story unfold around you. There is a dazzling use of mirrored floors for closeups allowing the words of the bard to come through with emotion and depth. The costumes and the language are all updated- some shakespeare devotees will find this annoying. For an audience newer to plays, this will be a welcome and easy to understand version of Hamlet, with most of the script still intact. The Blu-ray features extensive behind the scenes featurettes and fans of either sci-fi icon David and Patrick will be thrilled.
David Tennet is amazing as Hamlet in this production. Patrick Stewart and the entire cast bring this Shakespearian classic. The setting chosen for this filmed adaptaion of the London stage performace lend much to the story. The production quality is beyond belief and the use of light, reflection, and camera images become part of the play.
This is one great movie it is a modern version of Hamlet but a very good one you'll want to watch it over and over again.