DVD - 2011
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"In 2008, the UK's eminent Royal Shakespeare Company brought Hamlet - Shakespeare's most famous and perhaps most influential play - back to the stage, spoken in verse but with contemporary dress and David Tennant in the eponymous role. No recent stage production in Britain has attracted either the level of interest of the near-unanimously positive reviews. Tennant's interpretation was recognised as defining the role for a generation and Patrick Stewart - playing Claudius - as a performance of great depth and complexity. In this specially-shot screen version of the stage play (filmed on location rather than in the theatre), Tennant and Stewart reprise their roles. Dynamic, exciting and contemporary, it brings Shakespeare's greatest play to a far wider audience than ever before."--Container.


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VaughanPLKelly Apr 08, 2017

This Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Hamlet" features great acting by both David Tennant and Patrick Stewart. I enjoyed the look of the production, especially because it paid homage to its stage production despite being filmed on location. The acting is the real focus here.

Mar 07, 2017

Quite good.

May 04, 2016

An interesting interpretation however I found David Tennant a little too hysterical and not dark; generally too light, for the Hamlet role. And I found Patrick Stewart too overbearing for the role, hating the shrug he adds before drinking the poison..
I find Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet loaded with great Shakespearean actors (as well as others) and to me a much better interpretation.

Mar 21, 2016

The use of CCTV, revolvers and rifles, and very modern costumes make this interpretation a little on the avant-garde side, though sticks to the play. And it would have been excellent if it were not for the choice of actor to play Hamlet himself: Tennant ruins the whole thing. When 14 year old in an intro to drama class is given instruction, and then told to memorize the lines and act, their upper eyelids are usually not in their normal position; the boy glares intensely, because he's concentrating so much. All actors eventually mature out of that habit. Not Tennant: he's a total and complete amateur. On top of his non-stop semi-rage glaring, he overacts every scene he is in.

Jan 11, 2016

best hamlet ever (and i've seen hamlet over 5 times...at least)

Sep 18, 2014

wow david tennant was amazing!

Dec 13, 2012

While seeking revenge against his father's murderer, a prince takes out pretty much everyone else, including, ultimately, his best friend and the kingdom of Denmark. So, basically a comedy.

Mar 19, 2011

Some unusual cuts to the play, and despite the exceptionally good acting, a curiously unemotional version. The cinematography sometimes gets in the way of the play as well.

Jan 08, 2011

David Tennant's performance is exceptional! Although adapted for television, the play is true to the original form of text. Only the costumes and set props provide an update to this classic tale.

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