The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0073 Thursday, 1 February 2007
Date: Monday, 29 Jan 2007 19:32:56 -0500
Subject: Branagh Hamlet DVD Update
Ok, we know you're all sitting there clawing at the curtains, waiting
for Branagh's Hamlet. It's coming. Eventually.
Here's what we know:
Warner completed the DVD transfer back in May 2006. After that, it took
them several months to do a digital image cleanup, which was completed
sometime in the late summer, early fall. Apparently, part of the reason
for the delays has been the fact that at 4+ hours ("Ken Branagh's
endless, uncut, four-hour Hamlet" - Blackadder V) there was a
considerable amount of data to transfer and clean up. Oh, yes, and
it's a 70mm film, so that's a heck of a lot of pixels.
The good news (or bad, depending on how anxious you are) is that our
sources tell us that Warner is currently in discussions with Mr. Branagh
to schedule the commentary, which still needs to be recorded. And for
those of you collecting such data, textual advisor Prof. Russell Jackson
(U. Birmingham) is also being scheduled to contribute to this feature.
Apparently, they are working on setting a date in February to complete
this task. Once this is done, there may still be special features to
complete, and the whole thing needs to be pressed and distributed. Our
guess is that we're looking at May or June at the very earliest.
We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, feel free to visit our blog at
www.bardcentral.com/blog <http://www.bardcentral.com/blog>for ongoing
tidbits of information. We'll only hassle you by e-mail when we have
something fairly concrete.
Thanks for your continued patience,
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
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