The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0117  Sunday, 12 June 2011

From:         Patty Winter <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         June 11, 2011 12:18:02 AM EDT
Subject:      "Hamlet at Elsinore" to be Released on DVD

This is going to come as terrific—almost hard to believe—news to everyone who’s been waiting literally decades for a commercial release of this BBC television movie, which stars Christopher Plummer as Hamlet and Michael Caine as Horatio.  And yes, it was filmed at Kronborg Castle near Helsingor, Denmark.


There’s a 9-minute behind-the-scenes video on that page (of unrestored clips; the DVD will be better quality), along with a link to the ordering page:


You can’t actually order it yet, but you can sign up for an email alert when it’s available. Which, according to the above blog post, will be this fall.

This will be a Region 1 (North America) release by BBC America. Those of you in other areas may want to badger BBCA or Auntie Beeb to make it available in other countries.

It’s been a travesty that no film of Plummer’s Shakespeare work has been available commercially, considering that he is one of our finest living Shakespeare actors. I assume that the Stratford Festival will be releasing “The Tempest” at some point as they did with his performance in Shaw’s “Caesar and Cleopatra” a couple of years ago. “The Tempest” has already been shown in theaters and on television in Canada, so a DVD must be in the works. Having this other example of his Shakespeare work from 45 years ago is wonderful.

On a personal level, I’m especially excited because this was the film that got me hooked on Shakespeare; I actually watched the whole three hours twice on two different nights when it aired on television in the San Francisco Bay Area—a reaction to be cherished in a teenager. :-)


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