Macbeth

Macbeth

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Director: Philip Casson

Cast: Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Griffith Jones

     
 
This 1976 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth was originally broadcast on Thames Television in 1978. The company's artistic director Trevor Dunn directs the cast on a small bare stage with mostly black costumes and minimal props. After the witches (Susan Dury, Judith Harte, Marie Kean) announce the prophecy that Macbeth (Ian McKellen) will be the

Overview

This 1976 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth was originally broadcast on Thames Television in 1978. The company's artistic director Trevor Dunn directs the cast on a small bare stage with mostly black costumes and minimal props. After the witches (Susan Dury, Judith Harte, Marie Kean) announce the prophecy that Macbeth (Ian McKellen) will be the next king, the elderly King Duncan (Griffith Jones) proclaims that his son, Malcolm (Roger Rees), will be heir to the throne. Lady Macbeth (Judi Dench) learns about the witches' prophecy in a letter, prompting he to ask the gods to remove her femininity so she can make her weak husband kill the king. When Duncan comes to visit Macbeth's castle, he is murdered in his sleep. Macbeth kills the guards, claiming they were the murderers. In fear of their own lives, Duncan's sons flee the country and Macbeth is crowned King of Scotland. Riddled with guilt, Macbeth goes mad and sees horrible visions while the witches announce the prophecy of his downfall. Also starring John Woodvine as Banquo, Ian McDiarmid as the porter, and Bob Peck as Macduff.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2004
UPC:
0733961714241
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Time:
2:26:00

Special Features

Introduction to Macbeth with Ian McKellen; The Scottish Play: an explanation with Ian McKellen; Timeline of William Shakespeare's life & plays; Biography and filmography of Ian McKellen; Biography and filmography of Dame Judi Dench; Interactive menus; Scene selection

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Desert Place [9:10]
2. Forres [10:44]
3. Inverness [13:15]
4. Macbeth's Castle [12:07]
5. The Surrounding [10:49]
6. The Palace [2:13]
7. Palace Hall [14:27]
8. Cavern & Cauldron [13:20]
9. Dunsinane [5:57]
10. Birnam Wood [12:04]
11. Usurper's Field [22:51]
12. Credits [16:44]

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Macbeth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
H-A-Guerrero More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the acting of Sir Ian McKellen and Judi Dench. These are two Oscar worthy performances that can enthrall a long-time Shakespeare lover to a casual movie goer. I recommend this play to anyone who enjoys pure acting and who doesn't mind a minimalist set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though acknowledging a director's right to stage a play as he or she sees fit, to me this version of Macbeth was too dark, too limiting, too "original." It was the first Shakespeare rendition I didn't watch to the end, Judi Dench's great performance notwithstanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago