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In this specially-shot screen version filmed on location at St. Joseph's College in Mill Hill, London rather than in the theater, Tennant and Stewart reprise their roles in this television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 stage production of Hamlet. Dynamic, exciting and contemporary, it breathes new life into Shakespeare's greatest play.
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Hamlet the way it should be

This performance of Hamlet is set in comtempery time with the use of video cameras, electronic surveillance and modern armies. I wish I could have been in England to see the original RSC performance <...Read complete review

This performance of Hamlet is set in comtempery time with the use of video cameras, electronic surveillance and modern armies. I wish I could have been in England to see the original RSC performance
but the adaptation of the stage performance to film was outstanding. David Tennant performance of
Hamlet showed how fragile the human spirit is when vowing to seek justice for the injustice of his father's murder.

Patrick Stewart's role of Hamlet's uncle using all the people around him for his plan for power and
how each person pays for their part in the plot for that power.

The special feature The Making of Hamlet was very interesting how the actors were developed their roles in the production. Explaining how the staging added detail and accents to the play as it became a member of the cast to the telling of the story.

I have watched it about 10 times and each time I see it I enjoy it more each time. This dvd so impressed me a bought a copy for my local public library so others could enjoy it.

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Performances fine, edits odd, no credits

Enjoyed the performances themselves, a strong Claudius, Gertrude and Hamlet. Was a bit disappointed in this version's editing choices--realize the need to make cuts for the DVD, but disliked the way certain...Read complete review

Enjoyed the performances themselves, a strong Claudius, Gertrude and Hamlet. Was a bit disappointed in this version's editing choices--realize the need to make cuts for the DVD, but disliked the way certain famous speeches had been moved (e.g., To Be or Not to Be). I was disappointed that the DVD did not include information on the cast--except for Patrick Stewart, it did not identify which actors played the roles.

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5.0

Hamlet

By Lib the compulsive PBS shopper

from Atlanta

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Comments about PBS Great Performances: Hamlet DVD:

Arrived before specified date. Excellent quality

 
3.0

Performances fine, edits odd, no credits

By Elizabeth

from Tigerville, SC

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Comments about PBS Great Performances: Hamlet DVD:

Enjoyed the performances themselves, a strong Claudius, Gertrude and Hamlet. Was a bit disappointed in this version's editing choices--realize the need to make cuts for the DVD, but disliked the way certain famous speeches had been moved (e.g., To Be or Not to Be). I was disappointed that the DVD did not include information on the cast--except for Patrick Stewart, it did not identify which actors played the roles.

 
5.0

Delightful Performance

By Annette

from Redwood City

Comments about PBS Great Performances: Hamlet DVD:

I saw Hamlet play in different versions, but this one in particular was very special, I was impressed. It was a delightful play. How a good actor can make it easy and fun to understand Shakespeare. I really enjoyed it. I can see it over and over again.

 
5.0

Excellent

By Katie

from Ashland, VA

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Comments about PBS Great Performances: Hamlet DVD:

This was a great purchase! I'd never read or seen the play before and I really enjoyed it. David Tennant is one of my favorite actors and I think he did a great job playing the role of Hamlet.

Ordering the DVD was super simple and it arrived on time and in great shape. I'll definitely order from here again.

 
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Superb

By stratfordrat76

from Juneau, AK

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Comments about PBS Great Performances: Hamlet DVD:

Wonderfully envisioned,from the sets and mustic to the photography and acting. The most moving Hamlet on the screen ever. Thank you all.

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