Kenneth Branagh‘s 1996 version of Hamlet has finally made its way to DVD. This is by far my favorite version of this play. It comes in just over 4 hours, so it is a bit long. The cast is great, everybody. Kate Winslet, Brian Blessed, Julie Chritie, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Jack Lemmon, Charleton Heston and the list goes on. I’m a big fan of all of Branagh’s Shakespeare, and although I love this production of Hamlet, I still think Henry V is my favorite. It’s sort of a Man’s Shakespeare, you know you’ve got your war and action and killing and all that stuff – and the St. Cripsin’s Day speech is probably the best in all of the Bard’s work. (My opinion only).
This above all — to thine ownself be true;
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
* Polonius to Laertes, Hamlet – scene iii