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


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#1 of 308 Robert Holloway

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Posted April 11 2002 - 12:28 PM

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

One of my faves of the last 20 years

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#2 of 308 Stacie

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Posted April 11 2002 - 12:48 PM

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.

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Posted April 11 2002 - 01:02 PM

I really want to see this on DVD...
teh movie looks absolutely gorgeous on 70mm...
what a production!

#4 of 308 Robert Holloway

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Posted April 11 2002 - 01:36 PM

I think thtrolled by Warner's. i read a rumor on Digital Bits that this would be a 2002 release. As yet nothing Posted Image
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#5 of 308 Sean Oneil

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Posted April 11 2002 - 04:58 PM

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?)

#6 of 308 Robert Holloway

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Posted April 11 2002 - 05:03 PM

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?

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#7 of 308 Justin Doring

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Posted April 11 2002 - 05:11 PM

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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Posted April 11 2002 - 06:41 PM

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.
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#9 of 308 Robert Holloway

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Posted April 12 2002 - 03:05 PM

Hi there

I see that nobody knows of any release dates.
Lets just hope Warner read this forum.
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#10 of 308 Sean Oneil

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Posted April 12 2002 - 11:13 PM

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.

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Posted April 12 2002 - 11:16 PM

I too want this on DVD very, VERY much. Posted Image

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Posted April 13 2002 - 06:17 AM

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. Posted Image

Yup, put me down for a copy on the first day of release.

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#13 of 308 Darrel Johansen

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Posted April 13 2002 - 06:53 AM

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.

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Posted April 13 2002 - 07:08 AM

Rain says:

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And Julie Christie should have bagged a Best Supporting Actress Oscar


I couldn't agree more. But what about Derek Jacobi as Claudius? What a performance. Not to mention (yes) Charlton Heston as the Player King...

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Posted April 13 2002 - 07:09 AM

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.
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#16 of 308 Robert Holloway

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Posted April 13 2002 - 09:28 AM

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.

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Posted April 13 2002 - 09:57 AM

Anyone see Black Adder Back & Forth?

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Posted April 13 2002 - 02:41 PM

Put me down for a copy as well... a throughly amazing film, both visually and performance wise.
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Posted April 13 2002 - 09:44 PM

I'd buy one... did I say that already Posted Image

#20 of 308 Robert Holloway

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Posted June 10 2002 - 05:45 PM

Every few months I keep hoping something will happen.
There were rumors of a 2002 release.
Does anyone know anything?
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