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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Roman Polanski presents his nightmarish vision of Shakespeare's classic tragedy about the lust for power-and its bloody consequences. Jon Finch is Macbeth, the Scottish war hero whose insane ambitionunleashes a cycle of violence. Prompted by the supernatural prophecy of three witches, Macbeth is goaded by his Lady (Francesca Annis) into slaying King Duncan (Nicholas Selby) and assuming his throne. Macbeth plunges further into murder and moral decay to keep the unsteady crown on his head. Whilehis wife crumbles away in guilt and madness, the haunted Macbeth fights to prevent another dark forecast which may doom him. Filmed in rugged North Wales, Polanski's MACBETH is a tale told by a master, full of sound and fury-and genius! Actors: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler, John StrideDirectors: Roman PolanskiWriters: Roman Polanski, Kenneth Tynan, William ShakespeareProducers: Andrew Braunsberg, Hugh M. Hefner, Timothy Burrill, Victor LownesFormat: Subtitled, PALLanguage: EnglishSubtitles: Arabic, Danish, Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, GreekDubbed: French, German, Italian, SpanishRegion: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1Number of discs: 1Classification: 15Studio: Sony Pictures Home EntertainmentDVD Release Date: 27 May 2002Run Time: 134 minutes
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 13.5 x 1.5 x 19 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : 5035822066830
- Media Format : DVD
- Release date : 10 July 2013
- Dubbed: : French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Subtitles: : Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English, Czech, French, German, Finnish, Greek
- Language : Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Sony Pictures
- ASIN : B00005UWUE
- Number of discs : 1
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But he didn't seem to get a great performance out of Jon Finch the title role. Jon had a limited range of facial expressions not really conveying the incredible life changes that Macbeth was going through except towards the very end of the film!
Probably would have been better for Polanski to swop his role with that of his co-star, Martin Shaw (playing Banquo). I do regard Martin Shaw as the better actor having seen him on stage as well as films and television.
But Francesca Annis gives a powerful performance as Lady Macbeth, moving from the character's initial relentless ambition to her descent into
Often described as a "very bloody account" but that's a 1971 view and these days would not be seen as so controversial.
The film manages to convey a truly spooky quality and the death sequence of Duncan (spoiler ahead) is beautifully brutal and has a sense of reality. I still basically don't like Shakespeare but this presentation is the closest thing to bringing one of his works to the screen in a way that feels gritty and convincing in the way most versions fail.
Polanki - Mud, bloody, poetry, drama Fassbender - Substandard spaghetti western in Scotland with no porter and very fleeting weird sisters