Zefferelli's HAMLET on 2/24/04

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  1. Coressel

    Coressel Supporting Actor

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    For those waiting for the Branaugh Hamlet to be released on DVD, here is at least the "appatizer" version with Mel Gibson to tide us over:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...881956-4015866


    I like this film alot, in fact I personally like it a little more than Branaugh's film, and I definately want both versions since I've collected every version of Hamlet that has been released!




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  2. Bill Williams

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    Has the WHV announced what extras will be on the disc? That's one that definitely will go into my collection, hands down! [​IMG]

    I'm like you, I like this version of "Hamlet" the best, since I studied Shakespeare in graduate school and was assigned "Hamlet" because of the film. I've also found some interesting versions of the play on video and other media:

    - the New York City Shakespeare Festival version of "Hamlet" with Kevin Kline (it's about 3 hours long and everyone's in modern attire)
    - the 30-minute HBO segment from "Shakespeare: The Animated Tales" hosted by Robin Williams
    - the 30-minute HBO special "Classic Mel Gibson: The Making of Hamlet" (which I hope they put on the DVD)
    - the HBO special "Mel Gibson Goes Back to School", where he goes to a couple of high schools as a guest teacher to talk about the play and the film (this one should also be on the DVD as well!)

    But the most off-beat version of them all is one that appeared in print from Pocket Books a few years ago: The Klingon Hamlet!

    In any event, I hope that WHV packs out the Hamlet DVD for February.
     
  3. Coressel

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    I haven't heard anything about extras on this DVD yet.

    I also have that Kevin Kline version (which was first broadcast on PBS the same time Gibson's was released), but I don't have the others you mentioned.

    I do have:

    The film from a couple of years ago with Cambell Scott (not great, but interesting).

    The BBC version from around 1980 with Derrek Jacobi (my favorite!)

    The b&w "rehearsal" film with Richard Burton directed by Gielgud

    Olivier's 1948 film

    VHS tape "Discovering Hamlet" with Branaugh, directed by Jacobi

    Audio productions of Gielgud and Branaugh


    What I don't have yet are:

    Late-1960's version with Nicol Williamson and Anthony Hopkins

    Branaugh's 4-hour epic
     
  4. Rob Willey

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    Just wanted to say I thought the PQ on this disc was extraordinary. Much better than I've ever seen the film (including my recollections of the theatrical print).

    The 2.0 Surround track is serviceable and the extras are pretty cool: 1) The trailer, 2) An 11 minute "making-of" documentary, and 3) a 50-some minute "journal" shot with Mel that goes through the shooting schedule chronologically.

    Recommended.

    Rob
     
  5. Coressel

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    Thanks for the info! I'm picking it up today.

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    I didn't know there were ANY extras of significance on this disc. I expect it to arrive today or tomorrow, and now I'm even more excited to get it.
     
  7. Paul_Scott

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    should have gone out Tues morning.
    every place i went to was sold out tonight
    ("we just sold the last one")
     
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    Picked this up at Media Play today, only place out of a total 5 stores checked that had it.
    I haven't seen this since high school, but I remember liking it. Should tide me over until we get Branagh's [​IMG]
     
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    I went to BestBuy yesterday, and all they had was the Ethan Hawke version. I just figured they were being stupid and not stocking it. Maybe they also sold out? Not artistically, I mean..
     
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    my BB clearly had a space where Hamlet must have been.
    the space was big enough that it looked like they had stocked them facing front as well.
     
  11. Jonathan

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    According to my local BB they will not be stocking Hamlet or the Man without a Face DVDs. If you notice on BB's website the 2 movies aren't available for in store pickup.
     
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    Just wanted to chime in to agree with Rob about the picture quality-- very nice. A little bit of DNR smearing, but no edge enhancement and overall very good detail and color. Oh, and the movie was good, too. [​IMG] I hadn't seen this since 1991 (on my first date with the woman who is now my wife), and I had forgotten how well-made the film was. Ian Holm, in particular, is excellent as usual.

    --Matthew
     
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    Thanks for this
    Though i think I'm waiting in vain for the Branagh Hamlet
    I'm hoping this week's chat with Warners will shed some light
    Rob
     
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    I am getting most of my movies online because of this. It's their loss!
     

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