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Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier's Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare's beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired-both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself-as he breathes new life into the words of one of the world's greatest dramatists. Criterion is proud to present Hamlet in a luminous black-and-white digital transfer.
I appreciated very much the Criterion version of this masterpiece as well as the subtitles to help us understand the language of Shakespeare.Published 13 months ago by Chantal LaRue
Lawrence Olivier's rendition of the imfamous Dane is quite good, I enjoyed the movie very much!Published 15 months ago by geo
Unfortunately, I can't view this DVD: it's in the wrong format, even though I am almost sure I checked this before I bought it. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2011 by Paula Sperdakos
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
In this release Olivier's second adaptation of a Shakespeare play, Olivier again plays the title role. Read more
With those words spoken with a maniacal glare, Lawrence Olivier had my complete attention. He is both director and the lead in this classic version of the celebrated play. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by D. Knouse
This used to be the definitive "Hamlet," but I fear it has become quite dated with its painfully obvious Freudian interpretation of the characters and their... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by Daniel S. Russell
I watched this with pure pleasure, enjoying every minute of it. Although Laurence Olivier at forty had been criticized (rightly) as too old for the part of Hamlet, the soliloquy:... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003
Criterion laserdiscs used to be top of the line. Their transfers were solid and their committment to extra features very compelling. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2003 by Nix Pix