B- Sound: B- Extras: C+ Mini-Series: C+
classic Hamlet has been done to
death on film, TV, stage and now in High Definition. To stand out, you have to do something
different and the combination of two big stars from hit Science Fiction TV is
definitely aimed as an entry-level work for those who want to add more
literature to their lives beyond that genre.
The BBC hired revival Doctor Who
David Tennant as the title character and Star Trek sequel series success
Patrick Stewart (also of the X-Men
films) to play Cassius in Gregory Duran 2009 Mini-Series for the BBC, now on
Blu-ray by the BBC.
here is yet another attempt to update the work and though they do a better job
than the Mel Gibson version and about as well as the Ethan Hawke version, the
result of the 182 minutes is longer than it likely should have been and an
often uneven production. As part of this
Royal Shakespeare Company production, it is still a good professional production
and hardly the last we will ever see of this work, but it just does not
distinguish itself, try as it may, from the best production (the Kenneth
Branagh version comes to mind, for instance), but they did not ruin it and the
updating of the language will work for some.
Purists may have issues with that, but that was a feature that actually
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is shot in High Definition video and has
some softness throughout at the edges and motion blur that get in the way of
enjoying this, while the PCM 2.0 Stereo has some Pro Logic surrounds, but is
well- recorded, warm and rich enough to enjoy.
Extras include a Making of featurette and feature-length audio
commentary by Doran and co-stars Sebastian Grant and Chris Seager.
- Nicholas Sheffo