You can bring home Kenneth Branagh's critically acclaimed 1996 version of William Shakespeare's classic play on Blu-ray this August. Hamlet (1996) will finally make its Blu-ray debut on August 17. This BD set will be priced at $34.99 SRP and will come in a collectible book packaging that will feature biographies of cast and crew members, trivia and more and you can take a look at the packaging below. The film stars Kenneth Branagh, who also directs, along with Kate Winslet, Judi Dench and Robin Williams.

"Hamlet has the kind of power, energy and excitement that movies can truly exploit," award-winning actor/director Kenneth Branagh says. In this first-ever full-text film of William Shakespeare's greatest work, the power surges through every scene. The timeless tale of murder, corruption and revenge is reset in an opulent 19th-century world, using sprawling Blenheim Palace as Elsinore and staging much of the action in shimmering mirrored and gold-filled interiors. The energy is electrifying, due to a luminous cast. The excitement of the Bard's words and an adventurous filmmaking style lift the story from its often shadowy ambience to fully-lit pageantry and rage.

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Kenneth Branagh and Russell Jackson
  • - Introduction by Kenneth Branagh
  • - To Be On Camera: A History with Hamlet
  • - 1996 Vintage Cannes Film Festival Promo
  • - Hamlet (1996) Trailer