Hamlet

Directed by Laurence Olivier
Starring Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier, Peter Cushing

Morningstar Home Video | April 1, 2014 | DVD

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Sir Laurence Olivier brings the Bard’s classic play to the big screen with this spectacular 1948 adaptation. A ghostly spectre haunts Prince Hamlet: his father, risen from the grave to deliver a cryptic warning. Hamlet’s uncle murdered his father, then married his mother to ascend the throne of Denmark. Hamlet hungers for justice but his conflicting emotions about Ophelia, his mother and the nature of murder delay him torturously. Hamlet is one of the greatest English-language plays and Olivier brings the prince to life as few actors could, earning himself an Oscar in this multiple award-winning production.

Video Release: April 1, 2014

Theatrical Release: 1948

Runtime: 155

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Morningstar Home Video

UPC: 037429128428

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Hamlet

Directed by Laurence Olivier
Starring Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier, Peter Cushing

Video Release: April 1, 2014

Theatrical Release: 1948

Runtime: 155

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: Morningstar Home Video

UPC: 037429128428


Edition Description
  • Mono
  • Closed Captioned
  • B&W
  • Runtime: 155 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

Laurence Olivier's version of the Shakespeare tragedy, which eliminated the characters of Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Fortinbras (King of Norway). In 15th-century Denmark, young Prince Hamlet is racked by torment and indecision after seeing a vision of his deceased father. During this ghostly visitation, the melancholy Prince learned, to his horror, that Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, was responsible for murdering the King. Even worse, this cold-blooded killer has since married Hamlet's mother and ascended to the throne. Hamlet vows revenge -- yet he procrastinates, unsure of how best to accomplish his task...

Description

Critically-acclaimed and beloved by the Academy, Olivier stars in and directs Shakespeare's masterpiece about a desperate prince seeking revenge for the secret murder of his father by his uncle. Though the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern scenes were cut, the authentic setting (shot in Elsinore, Denmark) helped it earn seven Academy Award Nominations, including Best Director, and four Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Olivier), Best Art Direction and Best Costumes.

Notes

Shot in Denmark. Film had an approximate budget of $2 million. Additional credits: Roger Randell (set dresser), Peter Bolton (assistant director), Elizabeth Everson (continuity), James Hamilton (chief electrician), Alan Dent (text editor), David Paltenghi (mime play), and Dennis Loraine (sword play).
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