Kenneth Branagh's HAMLET -- the ultimate, merged, when-oh-when thread

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  1. Mike_Ped

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    Great movie, but so far only on LD. Any plans for a DVD release of this great film? Thanx
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  2. Mark E J

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    According to The Digital Bits "rumor mill" it coming next year.
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  3. Edwin Pereyra

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  4. Justin Doring

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    Branagh's Hamlet is on my most wanted list. Next year would be great!
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  5. Robert Holloway

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    Does anyone have any idea when this film will get released on DVD?

    One of my faves of the last 20 years

    Rob
     
  6. Stacie

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    One of my favorites, too. I had the very great pleasure of seeing it in 70mm last November. It was just as good as I remembered it.

    I have no idea if or when there will be a DVD release. Who controls it, anyway? Wasn't it financed by more than one studio?

    I will be first in line (what line?) when it does finally come out, though. I love this film.
     
  7. Talal

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    I really want to see this on DVD...

    teh movie looks absolutely gorgeous on 70mm...

    what a production!
     
  8. Robert Holloway

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    I think thtrolled by Warner's. i read a rumor on Digital Bits that this would be a 2002 release. As yet nothing [​IMG]
     
  9. Sean Oneil

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    I started a petition type thread for this movie's DVD release (not an official petition) a long while back in the Studio/Manufacturer feedback area. Have not heard anything at all. On the night that Warner was on the HTF for the special chat session I was not able to attend, and reading the transcripts from that chat I never saw the film mentioned even once.

    Hopefully Warner will get around to this one soon. They are doing the best DVD transfers these days, and Hamlet would look stunning (just put it on 2 discs please, I suppose that DTS is out of the question?)
     
  10. Robert Holloway

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    Sean,

    It strikes me as strange that this one has not been released. Not only does the film look magnificent in it's widescreen glory, buyt the soundtrack in 5.1 is going to be something else!

    What's the deal with Warner and DTS?

    Rob
     
  11. Justin Doring

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    This is a favorite film of mine as well, and I can't wait for a DVD release. I've also heard rumors that this year may be the year for it. I've got my fingers crossed.
     
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    Add my name to the list of people who would want this excellet production of Hamlet... seeing it made it come alive much more than the Mel Gibson one, and hell, i just want that Billy Crystal gravedigger scene.
     
  13. Robert Holloway

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    Hi there

    I see that nobody knows of any release dates.

    Lets just hope Warner read this forum.

    Pleeeeeeze

    Rob
     
  14. Sean Oneil

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    Robert, It's not like Warner has *never* done DTS, as they did it for some of the Lethal Weapon films, and for a special remaster of 'Twister', it just hasn't been offered by them for a long time, despite requests from fans.

    I hope that they will reconsider in the future.
     
  15. Dan Brecher

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    I too want this on DVD very, VERY much. [​IMG]
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  16. Rain

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    Of the three filmed versions of Hamlet I've seen (the others being Zeffirelli's and Olivier's), Branagh's is by far my favourite.
    How bold was it to film the entire text as a 4 hour film (not one moment of which is not captivating) and to cast people like Jack Lemmon, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams? Yet somehow, miraculously, it all pays off.
    And Julie Christie should have bagged a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. [​IMG]
    Yup, put me down for a copy on the first day of release.
     
  17. Darrel Johansen

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    Rain,

    You might want to check out Sir John Guilgud's 1964 version with Richard Burton, which is on DVD. I little unique, in that it's only a practice in street clothes, but still a screen version of the play.

    People criticize the Branagh version, but I agree, it's great to have the entire play for once. And I'll say it again, Zeffrelli's version was quite audacious in changing scenes around. I'll have to dig out my (ugh) VHS tape sometime and go through it again, but I did this about 5 years ago, and had to skip around in the text while following Gibson lust after his Gertrude. There were some notes I read once, that said Zeffrelli did this to increase the momentum of the play for his adaption.
     
  18. Stacie

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    Rain says:

     
  19. Adam_WM

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    My only complaint (while I do like Branaugh's vision) is that Fortinbras does not siege castle Hamlet and Osric does not die in the actual play. Other than that, the movie's dead-on and a perfect substitute for the play.
     
  20. Robert Holloway

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    This is one of the few films of the last twenty years that genuinely had the hair on the back of neck on end and shivers going down my spne. Breathtaking.

    Warner - please take note, there are a few people who'd like to see this released.

    Rob
     

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