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Director: Kenneth Branagh Cast: Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
, Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
, Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed
, Julie Christie
Julie Christie


Director: Kenneth Branagh Cast: Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
, Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
, Brian Blessed
Brian Blessed
, Julie Christie
Julie Christie

DVD (Remastered / Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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At least the 22nd time William Shakespeare's most famous tragedy has been brought to the screen, Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Hamlet was the first to preserve Shakespeare's entire text, uncut and unabridged. Moving the action into the 19th century, Branagh cast himself in the title role and, as in his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, assembled an eclectic group of actors that mixed veteran Shakespearean performers (including John Mills, Judi Dench, John Gielgud, and Derek Jacobi) with Hollywood stars not known for interpreting the Bard's work (among them Robin Williams, Charlton Heston, Billy Crystal, and Jack Lemmon). However, unlike most interpretations, it's the women who really carry the show, with the two best performances delivered by Kate Winslet as Ophelia and Julie Christie as Gertrude. As usual, Hamlet finds himself torn over what to do after the death of his father and his mother's hasty remarriage. Branagh's version of Hamlet was also notable on a technical level, as it was filmed in the 70-mm format for increased visual clarity and detail.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2007
UPC: 0053939268324
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG-13
Source: Castle Rock
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 4:02:00
Sales rank: 22,169

Special Features

Introduction by Director/Star Kenneth Branagh; Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Shakespeare Scholar Russell Jackson; New Digital Transfer From Original 70mm Elements; Soundtrack Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1; Featurette To Be on Camera: a History With Hamlet; 1996 Cannes Film Festival Promo; Shakespeare Movies Trailer Gallery.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Attenborough English Ambassador
Kenneth Branagh Hamlet
Brian Blessed The Ghost
Julie Christie Gertrude
Derek Jacobi Claudius
Kate Winslet Ophelia
Richard Briers Polonius
Billy Crystal First Gravedigger
Judi Dench Hecuba
Gérard Depardieu Reynaldo
Reece Dinsdale Guildenstern
Nicholas Farrell Horatio
John Gielgud Priam
Rosemary Harris Player Queen
Charlton Heston Player King
Jack Lemmon Marcellus
John Mills Old Norway
Simon Russell Beale Second Gravedigger
Rufus Sewell Fortinbras
Timothy Spall Rosencrantz
Robin Williams Osric
Ken Dodd Yorich
Ray Fearon Francisco
Michael Maloney Laertes
Ian McElhinney Barnardo
Ravil Isyanov Cornelius
Don Warrington Valtemand
Michael Bryant Priest
Andrew Schofield Young Lord
David Yip Sailor One
Jimmy Yuill Alexander
Angela Douglas Attendant to Gertrude
Sarah Lam Attendant to Gertrude
Rowena King Attendant to Gertrude/Messenger
David Blair Attendant to Claudius/Servant

Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director,Screenwriter
David Barron Producer
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Desmond Crowe Art Director
Patrick Doyle Score Composer,Songwriter
Neil Farrell Editor
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Harvey Production Designer
Simone Ireland Casting
Simon Moseley Asst. Director
Vanessa Pereira Casting
Alex Thomson Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hamlet
1. Strange Eruption [4:17]
2. Implements of War [5:31]
3. Greeting Norway, Godspeed Laertes [4:27]
4. More Than Kin, Less Than Kind [4:52]
5. Solid Flesh Wicked Speed [4:37]
6. Foul Deeds Will Rise [3:23]
7. Advice Between Siblings [2:41]
8. To Thine Own Self [2:16]
9. Tender Yourself More Dearly [2:45]
10. Beckoning Figure [3:15]
11. Thy Father's Spirit [2:45]
12. By a Brother's Hand [4:06]
13. Son's Oath [2:06]
14. Time Out of Joint [4:03]
15. Arrangement With Reynaldo [3:39]
16. Mad For Ophelia's Love? [3:19]
17. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern [2:54]
18. Well-Ended Norway Business [1:39]
19. Method in His Madness [7:25]
20. What a Piece of Work [3:17]
21. Anticipating the Players [2:28]
22. Welcome, Masters [1:29]
23. First Player's Speech [4:23]
24. The Play's the Thing [4:42]
25. Ruse Involving Ophelia [3:48]
26. To Be or Not to Be [2:54]
27. Get Thee to a Nunnery [3:05]
28. Madness in Great Ones [6:36]
29. Advice to the Players [1:20]
30. Advice to Horatio [3:11]
31. Dumb Show [3:27]
32. Undying Love [1:41]
33. Knavish Piece of Work [4:46]
34. Not the Be Played Upon [3:11]
35. Very Witching Time of Night [3:19]
36. Pangs of Conscience [2:10]
37. Intruder's Death [4:50]
38. Words Like Daggers [1:49]
39. Visitation [3:24]
40. Cruel to Be Kind [2:31]
41. Aftermath of a Heavy Deed [5:40]
42. Bloody From This Time; Intermission [7:50]
Disc #2 -- Hamlet
43. Pretty Ophelia [2:22]
44. Poison of Deep Grief [6:24]
45. Bouquet of Air [5:56]
46. Letters From Abroad [5:05]
47. Plot Against Hamlet [5:38]
48. Fall into the Weeping Brook [3:49]
49. Churchyard Conversation [5:57]
50. Alas, Poor Yorick [2:40]
51. Rivals Over an Open Grave [2:44]
52. Change in Plans [5:18]
53. Osric Delivers a Challenge [4:25]
54. The Readiness is All [5:09]
55. Rules of the Game [2:31]
56. Palpable Hits, Poinsoned Wine [3:23]
57. Death to Three Schemers [2:31]
58. The Rest is Silence [6:03]
59. Fortinbras and the Ambassador [3:13]
60. A Dynasty Shattered [3:52]
61. End Credits [1:42]

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