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Macbeth

Roman Polanski

 
Macbeth (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

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

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.

Credits

DirectorRoman Polanski
ScreenplayRoman Polanski and Kenneth Tynan
Produced byAndrew Braunsberg
Executive producerHugh M. Hefner
Associate producerTimothy Burrill
Artistic adviserKenneth Tynan
Director of photographyGilbert Taylor
Production designerWilfred Shingleton
Costume designerAnthony Mendleson
MusicThe Third Ear Band
Production adviserDavid W. Orton
Assistant executive producerVictor Lownes
EditorAlastair McIntyre
Art directorFred Carter
Fight directorWilliam Hobbs

Disc 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

Film Essays

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Macbeth: Something Wicked

By Terrence Rafferty September 24, 2014

Roman Polanski’s dark vision is the perfect fit for Shakespeare’s grim tale of treachery and ambition. Read more »

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Criterion’s British Invasion

April 18, 2016

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Film Essays

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Macbeth: Something Wicked

By Terrence Rafferty September 24, 2014

Roman Polanski’s dark vision is the perfect fit for Shakespeare’s grim tale of treachery and ambition. Read more »


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