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Branagh's Hamlet gets DVD release

Branagh-Hamlet.jpgFinally, it's happened, and it's almost too late. Kenneth Branagh's amazing film version of Hamlet, the version that carries every line from Shakespeare's play, has an amazing cast, and has only been available on a double video until now, is going to be released on DVD in the UK on 27th of August.

The Region 2 double disc offering will carry the following features:

Introduction by director/star Kenneth Branagh
Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Shakespeare scholar Russell Jackson
New digital transfer from original 70mm elements
Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
Featurette To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet
1996 Cannes Film Festival promo
Shakespeare movies trailer gallery

Interestingly the Shakespeare movies trailer gallery carries trailers for the following films: Hamlet '96, Julius Caesar '53, Othello '65, Othello '95, Romeo and Juliet '37, A Midsummer Night's Dream '35, Hamlet '90. So where's Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, Much Ado About Nothing or Henry V?

Still, that's just a tiny negative. Finally we're getting to see this film on DVD, and not only that but it's getting a new digital transfer from the original 70mm and a remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Not only that but we're getting a commentary from Kenneth Branagh too. Thanks to DVD Times for the exciting news.

I can't tell you how excited I am about this, but then there's the timing. Blu-ray and HD-DVD are here, my only concern is that all this time and effort is being spent on a remastered DVD for a pretty small fanbase, probably not enough sales to bring in enough profit to see a new high definition transfer.

Once again though, I have to defer and just be damned excited that this film is getting a DVD release, and a damn good one at that. This is perhaps the finest version of Hamlet there is, and perhaps the best Shakespeara adaptation there's been.



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