Macbeth

Macbeth

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"Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself"--www.imdb.com.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (113 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm., in container
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
video file, Blu-ray, region 1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda, DVD
digital, optical, surround, 5.1 DTS-HD Master audio, rda, Blu-ray

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rebecca_c Jul 18, 2017

Brutal and raw, but very well done. Fassbender and Cotillard give understated but powerful performances.

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nw_writer
Jul 01, 2017

Powerful - a bold, inventive adaptation that cuts right to the heart of Macbeth's tragedy. Shakespeare purists may object to some of the liberties taken here (much of the original text has been rearranged or omitted altogether), but the results are so good, it's hard to complain. One gets the impression that every decision the filmmakers made was carefully thought through, in order to craft an authentic portrait of Macbeth and his medieval world. Filmed on location in Scotland, the movie makes the most of the hauntingly beautiful Highland setting. It's like a darker Braveheart. English teachers, show your students this movie - they'll appreciate it. Though a word of warning: The violence is brutal, definitely not for the squeamish.

VaughanPLKelly Apr 08, 2017

This adaptation features excellent acting by the two leads, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, as well as striking visuals.

AL_CODY Aug 03, 2016

One of, if not, the best adaptation of Shakespeare I've seen on film.

"Macbeth," stripped of all window-dressing serving to stir up and counsel King James, shortly after the Gunpowder Plot might have caused him to rule with a heavy hand, is really about how power corrupts, especially when killing opponents is part of the job description. This has a modernity that speaks to what we see today. Its imagery is stronger than the stage conventions miring earlier productions. It cuts straight to the bone.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Jun 16, 2016

Better than expected. This is a full film rendition of Macbeth. Fassbender can do Shakespear. Marion is fantastic as always - intense. The wee bit of CGI was not the best quality but overall more visually engaging than a stage production.

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calliope
Jun 11, 2016

this is beautifully shot - Arkawpaw- I love the use of silhouettes, and the slow motion battle scene at the start. the indoor shots are heavily candle-lit; both realistic, when you think about it- the interior ofa tent wouldn't have much natural light in it -and appropriately moody. However, I can't really hear what the actors are saying .

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lukasevansherman
May 28, 2016

"Yet who would have thought the old man had so much blood in him?" First of all, let's address a few of the comments. "Macbeth" is not written in Old English. Old English would be impossible to understand. "Beowulf" is Old English. While the PTSD angle might be sort of interesting, I didn't watch it that way. And, finally, as far as the "violence done to the text," isn't every version of Shakespeare an adaptation or interpretation? Anyway, as someone who likes Shakespeare and teaches Shakespeare, I thought this was a solid, occasionally imaginative, version of the plays, which has been filmed multiple time, including versions by Roman Polanski and Orson Welles. The always great Michael Fassbender brings something new to a familiar character, while Marion Cotillard plays Lady Macbeth as more conflicted than she is usually portrayed. Veteran character actor David Thewlis is Duncan and Paddy Considine ("Hot Fuzz") is Banquo. The cinematography and locations are effective and it doesn't shirk from the bloodiness of the play. Australian director Justin Kurzel does some solid work. He, Fassbender, and Cotillard also worked together on the upcoming, perhaps Shakespearean, "Assassins' Creed." Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" is still my favorite version of "the Scottish Play."

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aksbrmo1026
May 14, 2016

Hard to understand old English, good cast and plot thought.

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duane767
May 08, 2016

Just keep this in mind when watching this: the director made it as MacBeth being a PSTD victim. Now watch the movie and judge how accurately and interestingly the movie does its job. Fassbender and Cotillard are great in this. I will say it seems a lot like emo MacBeth but it is worth a view.

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