Roman Polanski

Macbeth

Macbeth

Roman Polanski imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity. Jon Finch and Francesca Annis give performances charged with fury and sex appeal as a decorated warrior rising through the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means. Coadapted by Polanski and the great theater critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan, and shot against a series of stunning, stark British Isle landscapes, this version of Macbeth is among the most atmospheric and authentic of all Shakespeare films.

Film Info

  • Roman Polanski
  • United Kingdom
  • 1971
  • 140 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #726

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Toil and Trouble: Making “Macbeth,” a new documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsberg, assistant executive producer Victor Lownes, and actors Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw
  • Polanski Meets Macbeth, a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film’s cast and crew at work
  • Interview with coscreenwriter Kenneth Tynan from a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show
  • “Two Macbeths,” a segment from a 1972 episode of the British television series Aquarius featuring Polanski and theater director Peter Coe
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty

New cover by Sarah Habibi

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Toil and Trouble: Making “Macbeth,” a new documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsberg, assistant executive producer Victor Lownes, and actors Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw
  • Polanski Meets Macbeth, a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film’s cast and crew at work
  • Interview with coscreenwriter Kenneth Tynan from a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show
  • “Two Macbeths,” a segment from a 1972 episode of the British television series Aquarius featuring Polanski and theater director Peter Coe
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty

New cover by Sarah Habibi

Macbeth
Cast
Jon Finch
Macbeth
Francesca Annis
Lady Macbeth
Martin Shaw
Banquo
Terence Bayler
Macduff
John Stride
Ross
Nicholas Selby
Duncan
Stephan Chase
Malcolm
Paul Shelley
Donalbain
Maisie MacFarquhar
First witch
Elsie Taylor
Second witch
Noelle Rimmington
Third witch
Keith Chegwin
Fleance
Diane Fletcher
Lady Macduff
Credits
Director
Roman Polanski
Screenplay
Roman Polanski
Screenplay
Kenneth Tynan
Produced by
Andrew Braunsberg
Executive producer
Hugh M. Hefner
Associate producer
Timothy Burrill
Artistic adviser
Kenneth Tynan
Director of photography
Gilbert Taylor
Production designer
Wilfred Shingleton
Costume designer
Anthony Mendleson
Music
The Third Ear Band
Production adviser
David W. Orton
Assistant executive producer
Victor Lownes
Editor
Alastair McIntyre
Art director
Fred Carter
Fight director
William Hobbs

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