Macbeth

Macbeth

Jon Finch
Director: Roman Polanski Cast: Jon Finch
Jon Finch
, Francesca Annis
Francesca Annis
, Martin Shaw
Martin Shaw
Roman Polanski

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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Overview

Perhaps William Shakespeare meant to have Lady Macbeth perform her sleepwalking scene in the nude -- it was this X-rated scene and the film's much-publicized spurts of violence, rather than the brilliant performances of Jon Finch as Macbeth and Francesca Annis as his Lady, that lured crowds to Roman Polanski's 1972 adaptation of Macbeth. Only a few critics glommed onto the most impressive aspect of Polanski's version: as Macbeth and his wife sink deeper and deeper into the morass of their murderous ambitions, they age and wither before our eyes (Shakespeare's play does cover several years, but this is usually forgotten or ignored by many actors and directors). Macbeth was financed and released by Playboy, which naturally necessitated a fold-out spread on "the witches of Cawdor." The original Shakespearean text was adapted for the screen by Polanski and Kenneth Tynan. Despite an excellent first week, Macbeth ended up in the red, compelling Hugh Hefner to think twice about future motion-picture projects.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2014
UPC: 0715515125918
Original Release: 1971
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 4,498

Special Features

Toil and Trouble: making "Macbeth," a new documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Andrew Braunsberg, assistant executive aproducer Victor Lownes, and actors Franscesca Annis and Martin Shaw; Polanski Meets Macbeth, a 1971 documentary by Frank Simon featuring rare footage of the films' cast and crew at work; Interview with coscreenwriter Kenneth Tynan from a 1971 episode of The Dick Cavett Show; "Two Macbeths," a segment from a 1972 episode of the British television series Aqarius featuring Polanski and theater director Peter Coe; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Finch Macbeth
Francesca Annis Lady Macbeth
Martin Shaw Banquo
Nicholas Selby Duncan
John Stride Ross
Vic Abbott Cawdor
Stephen Chase Malcolm
Terence Bayler Macduff
Josephine Barstow Actor
Keith Erwen Actor
Kostas Paskalis Actor
Elsie Taylor 1st Witch
Roy Jones 2nd King's Groom
Terence Mountain Soldier
Jane Kells Actor
Aud Johansen Actor
Christina Paul Actor
Sydney Bromley Porter
Mark Dignam Macduff's Son
John Gordon Dancer
William Hobbs Young Seyward
Ian Hogg 1st Minor Thane
Alf Joint Old Seyward
Geoffrey Reed 2nd Minor Thane
Howard Lang Old Soldier
Paul Shelley Donalbain
Andrew Laurence Lennox
Frank Wylie Mentieth
Bernard Archard Angus
Bruce Purchase Caithness
Keith Chegwin Fleance
Noel Davis Seyton
Noelle Rimmington Young Witch
Richard Pearson Doctor
Michael Balfour Murderer
Andrew McCulloch Murderer
Diane Fletcher Lady Macduff
Maisie MacFarquhar Blind Witch

Technical Credits
Roman Polanski Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jonathan Bates Sound Editor
Andrew Braunsberg Producer
Timothy Burrill Producer
Fred Carter Art Director
Bryan Graves Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Hefner Executive Producer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Victor Lownes Producer
Alastair McIntyre Editor
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Samuels Special Effects
Wilfred Shingleton Production Designer
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Kenneth Tynan Consultant/advisor,Screenwriter

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