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Branagh Hamlet DVD Update
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0073  Thursday, 1 February 2007

From: 		Tanya Gough <
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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,
Tanya Gough

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