We have a brand new exclusive special feature clip from the upcoming high-def release of the 1996 epic Hamlet, which will be released in a new DigiBook Blu-ray set on August 17. Click on the video player below to watch this special feature clip which features star/director Kenneth Branagh discuss the difficulties of shooting the famed "to be or not to be" scene from the William Shakespeare play.

"Hamlet has the kind of power, energy and excitement that movies can truly exploit," actor/director Kenneth Branagh says. In this first full-text film of William Shakespeare's play - shot on 65mm film and exhibited in Panavision Super 70, power surges through every scene. The timeless tale of murder, corruption and revenge is reset in a lavish 19th-century world, using sprawling Blenheim Palace as Elsinore and staging mich of the action in mirrored, gold-filled interiors. A landmark cast (Julie Christie, Kate Winslet, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Charlton Heston and more), the excitement of the Bard's words and an energetic filmmaking style lift the story from its often shadowy ambience to fully-lit pageantry and rage.

Special Features:

  • Introduction by Director/Star Kenneth Branagh
  • - Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Shakespeare Scholar Russell Jackson
  • - Featurette To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet
  • - 1996 Cannes Film Festival Promo
  • - Shakespeare Movies Trailer Gallery