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Hamlet

Laurence Olivier

 
Hamlet (Criterion DVD)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1948
  • 153 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #82

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.

Cast

Hamlet, Prince of DenmarkLaurence Olivier
ChorusLeslie Banks
Claudius, the KingBasil Sydney
Gertrude, the QueenEileen Herlie
HoratioNorman Wooland
LaertesFelix Aylmer
OsiricPeter Cushing
GravediggerStanley Holloway
PoloniusTerence Morgan
OpheliaJean Simmons
MarcellusAnthony Quayle
BernardoEsmond Knight
PriestRussell Thorndike

Credits

DirectorLaurence Olivier
DesignerRoger Furse
Associate producerReginald Beck
CinematographyDesmond Dickinson
Art directionCarmen Dillon
Text editorAlan Dent
EditingHelga Cranston
MusicWilliam Walton

Disc Features

  • Beautiful digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Gordon Reynolds

Film Essays

Hamlet

By Terrence Rafferty September 18, 2000

Reviewing Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film of Hamlet, James Agee—then a critic at Time—wrote: “The man who brings Hamlet, his friends, and his antagonists to life has tackled one of the most . . . Read more »

Dispatches

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Flashback: Laurence Olivier

By Peter Cowie July 01, 2014

The author’s recollections of the great English actor. Read more »


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Film Essays

Hamlet

By Terrence Rafferty September 18, 2000

Reviewing Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film of Hamlet, James Agee—then a critic at Time—wrote: “The man who brings Hamlet, his friends, and his antagonists to life has tackled one of the most . . . Read more »