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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 star as a decorated warrior rising in the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781604658989
Branch Call Number: PR2823 .A23 2014
DVD Macbeth
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (140 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 fold-out insert
DVD video, 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 3.0, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Nov 13, 2018

One of the best Shakespeare adaptations I have ever seen! While I think I might prefer THRONE OF BLOOD a little more as far as Macbeth on film goes, the 1971 MACBETH is close competition. The grim, bleak, bloody tone fits this play perfectly. It's quite creepy and the tragic elements are poignant-- no other cinematic version I can think of makes me as sorry for the physical and psychological deterioration of the Macbeths.

Dec 20, 2016

best Shakespeare on film ever by far ~ 420

Jun 15, 2011

Jon Finch and Francesca Anis star in this dark and gory version directed by Roman Polanski (1971). It must have been remarkable to see this movie when it first premiered. You’d think folks would have been afraid to see it since it was Polanski’s first movie after the murder of his wife Sharon Tate in 1969, but it was a block buster. It holds up very well and I think it is the best movie version of Macbeth, and perhaps one of the top 3 of any Shakespeare-based movie. Filmed in Wales and Northumberland the cinematography is gorgeous. The three witches (and there are even more) are the scariest I’ve seen in any movie. The acting is solid (whatever happened to Jon Finch) and the claymore fighting looks real…heavy, cumbersome, and slow-moving (today’s sword fights are sped up a bit). Definitely not a word-for-word interpretation of the play; Polanski was criticized for taking too many liberties. But it is a great movie, and if you are a Polanski fan (eg, Repulsion, Knife in the Water, Chinatown) this is a must see.


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