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 give performances charged with fury and sex appeal as a decorated warrior rising through the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means. Co-adapted by Polanski and the great theatre critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan, and shot against a series of stunning, stark British Isle landscapes, this version of Macbeth is among the most atmospheric and authentic of all Shakespeare films.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Toil and Trouble: Making “Macbeth” – a new documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsberg, assistant executive producer Victor Lownes, and actors Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw
  • Polanski Meets Macbeth – a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film’s cast and crew at work
  • Interview with co-screenwriter Kenneth Tynan from a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show
  • “Two Macbeths” – a segment from a 1972 episode of the British television series Aquarius featuring Polanski and theatre director Peter Coe
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty

    Click Images to Enlarge

studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
140 misn approx.
Director:
Roman Polanski
Certificate:
15
Actor:
John Finch

Francesca Annis

Martin Shaw
Theatrical Release Year:
1971
Main Language:
English
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

The Tragedy of Macbeth - The Criterion Collection

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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 give performances charged with fury and sex appeal as a decorated warrior rising through the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means. Co-adapted by Polanski and the great theatre critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan, and shot against a series of stunning, stark British Isle landscapes, this version of Macbeth is among the most atmospheric and authentic of all Shakespeare films.

Special Features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Toil and Trouble: Making “Macbeth” – a new documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsberg, assistant executive producer Victor Lownes, and actors Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw
  • Polanski Meets Macbeth – a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the film’s cast and crew at work
  • Interview with co-screenwriter Kenneth Tynan from a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show
  • “Two Macbeths” – a segment from a 1972 episode of the British television series Aquarius featuring Polanski and theatre director Peter Coe
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty

    Click Images to Enlarge

studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
140 misn approx.
Director:
Roman Polanski
Certificate:
15
Actor:
John Finch

Francesca Annis

Martin Shaw
Theatrical Release Year:
1971
Main Language:
English
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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Accessible Shakespeare!

This is a well-made production of Macbeth that through a combination of the great visual style and the manner of dialogue delivery make for a engaging watch. The restoration is great and the HD presentation can’t really be faulted. The age of the source material shows in places (the film’s opening, so the start of that reel, looks rather weathered) but the visuals for the majority of this BRD look really nice. Some interesting extras including a good documentary with interviews with Roman Polanski, Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw,

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