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Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Screenplay: Franco Zeffirelli, Christopher De Vore, William Shakespeare
Producer: Bruce Davey, Dyson Lovell
Cast: Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm
Genre: Art House & International

Running Time: 130
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 PG
DVD Release:  Feb 2004 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$14.98]
Reviews:  Franco Zeffirelli's stripped-down, two-hour version of Shakespeare's play stars Mel Gibson as a rather robust version of the ambivalent Danish prince. Gibson is much better in the part than many critics have admitted, his powers of clarity doing much to make this particular "Hamlet" more accessible than several other filmed versions. The supporting cast is outstanding, including Glenn Close as Gertrude, Alan Bates as Claudius, Ian Holm as Polonius, and Helena Bonham Carter as Ophelia. Zeffirelli's vigorous direction employs a lively camera style that nicely alters the viewer's preconceptions about the way "Hamlet" should look. "--Tom Keogh"

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