Macbeth

Macbeth

DVD - 2015
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Directed by Eve Best, this production of William Shakespeare's dark and powerful tragedy about ambition, murder, guilt and remorse stars Samantha Spiro as Lady Macbeth.

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jbmcfarland
Jan 22, 2016

First of all, in this day and age, this DVD does NOT have subtitles as an option. Second of all, the actors are all over the map in speaking ability, some screaming their lines (badly) while others whisper, even some affecting thick Scots burrs (in other words key text is completely incomprehensible if not irritating). The actors playing Lady M and M appear excellent if they weren't surrounded by these amateurs and the camera could STAY on them. Plus when an actor wanders into certain areas of the stage (it's filmed before a live Globe Theater audience), the sound goes bad, like, hello, has anyone heard of sound consistency/control? This is the first DVD of a Shakespeare play from the The Globe that I have sen and I was shocked. The old DVD of Ian McKellen and Judi Dench is by comparison a total work of art, and though OLD it's modern, makes sense and is powerful. I canceled my hold on 12th Night since I didn't want to watch a bad filmmaker RUIN a genius production and leave a bad taste in my mouth for a play that on stage never fails to thrill. Lesson one: stop cutting away from actors during key moments. Lesson two: if you're hiring a film crew to put a stage play on screen, hire someone with a track record.

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