NOTE: This film is in PAL Region 0, which will play on most computers and some standard North American DVD players.
A harrowing and disturbingly funny parable for the dawn of the 21st century. -The New York Times
The Royal Shakespeare Company's Macbeth has been lauded as the finest production of Shakespeare's Scottish play for over a quarter of a century. In 2000, it played to packed houses in Stratford, London, and theatres abroad.
All twenty actors from the original production, including Antony Sher and Harriet Walter, star in this compelling screen version of Gregory Doran's original stage production. Cleverly reconceived for the camera, and brilliantly shot at London's Roundhouse, Macbeth was filmed in a gritty style using the edgy techniques of fly-on-the wall documentaries. Doran says, Macbeth is, in many ways, the most filmic of Shakespeare's plays with its short, quick-fire scenes and its hurtling, dynamic momentum. In the film I tried to capture its raw energy and dangerous intimacy.
This adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth was done on stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London to sold-out crowds, prompting the group to compile a screen version of the drama with most of the original cast. The DVD includes interviews with the main characters and the director, along with a discussion of the drama itself. Macbeth is a fairly horrific drama, not just due to content but also on staging, given the amount of death and blood that can be brought out by any director. This one is no exception, as Macbeth loses his mind and the play draws to its bloody conclusion. Modern audiences will be drawn to the contemporary setting, unless one is a classicist of Shakespearean drama. - Educational Media Reviews Online
A harrowing and disturbingly funny parable for the dawn of the 21st century.
-The New York Times
The best television Shakespeare I have ever seen. -Daily Mail