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Director Rupert Goold adapts his gripping stage production of Macbeth - with Sir Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood reprising their Tony-nominated performances - into this edgy film adaptation, which relocates the bloody action to a nameless 20th-century netherworld.
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PBSGreat Performances: Macbeth DVD
 
4.7

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4.0

Excellent performance by Stewart.

By Shake the Spear

from NYC

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Comments about PBS Great Performances: Macbeth DVD:

Saw the production in person and wanted to see it again. May not agree with all of the directors choices, but Stewart was excellent.

 
5.0

Fantastic cast, fantastic interpretation

By SLC

from Hudson, MA

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Comments about PBS Great Performances: Macbeth DVD:

I bought this as a way to contrast to a traditional take on Macbeth from the Royal Shakespeare Company video I have. I have seen Macbeth well over 50 times, and have taught it even more. This performance was a pleasant surprise--it felt fresh and new. I usually dislike modernizing adaptations, but this one works. The leads are strong, and Patrick Stewart's interpretation of the "Tomorrow, tomorrow, and tomorrow..." monologue is the best I've heard.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Modern-day Macbeth done well

By dadadania

from Fargo, ND

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Comments about PBS Great Performances: Macbeth DVD:

Great Performances movie adaptation of Shakespeare's infamous play Macbeth was shockingly done well. The movie did an amazing job at building up the suspense and keeping the audience guessing as to what Macbeth, played by Patrick Stewart, will do next, regardless of the play being read and well known. I liked how the director, Rupert Goold, made the lighting in Lady Macbeth's, portrayed by Kate Fleetwood, scenes darker and scarier.
The movie did an admirable job at portraying the character's personalities in a modern day way while still staying true to Shakespeare.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"Hold, Enough!"

By Prospero

from Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Comments about PBS Great Performances: Macbeth DVD:

I have taught Shakespeare's Macbeth for over 25 years. I think I can honestly say I've read the play over one hundred times and watched d_mn near every film version of this play ever produced. And, yes, I've sat through more (way more) than my share of stage productions of this play. I have a collection of about ten versions of Macbeth on DVD that I use for comparative purposes with my students, but since this version came out two years ago, I'm thinkin' 'bout tossin' the lot in the barbecue grill and throwin' a match at 'em. Now I'm a big Patrick Stewart fan, and his Macbeth is absolutely unparalleled, but if you've read the play, you know that it's absolutely impossible for most actresses to channel Lady Macbeth since she's so thinly drawn by Shakespeare and, let's face it, most actresses just don't have the mojo to carry off the role. BUT when I saw Kate Fleetwood, I knew she WAS Lady Macbeth; she absolutely owns this role and finally, finally gives some substance and nuance to this role that (and I know I'm callin' down the disapprobation of all the sacred pieties and polite insincerities of the cinema haute monde) Judi Dench, Piper Laurie, Francesca Annis, or even, lately, Victoria Hill combined couldn't bring to the role. I'm not sayin' these other actresses are louche, I'm just sayin' Fleetwood has shut the door on this role. And I haven't even mentioned the witches who, honestly, almost made me wet my pants the first time I saw the third witch scene. And you've never seen a porter scene like the one in this version--you'll need to get some parent permission slips to show that one (Spoiler alert: The porter shows up at the murder of Macduff's family with a saw! I'll let your imagination take it from there.) I have nothing bad to say about this version--it will be the one your grandkids watch. My students feel like snobs after they've watched this version; it's that good.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A captivating interpretation

By Laura

from Tennessee

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Comments about PBS Great Performances: Macbeth DVD:

As a teacher, I always enjoy finding interesting performances of Shakespeare that I can share with my classes. Like most versions of Macbeth, this one is longer than it has to be, but I usually only show select scenes from multiple versions for comparison. The stark but startling setting is disturbing enough to do justice to the story. My students like Patrick Stewart and I certainly don't mind watching him deliver Shakespeare's words.

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