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Macbeth [Blu-ray] [1948]

  • SKU: 20385144
  • Release Date: 09/18/2012
  • Rating: NR
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    Synopsis


    Macbeth
    Shakespeare's tragic tale of the rise and fall of ambitious 12th-century Scottish warrior MacBeth has proven irresistible to filmmakers. Orson Welles was so anxious to transfer the play to the screen that he acceded to the demands of his parent studio, Republic pictures, that he shoot his version of MacBeth in 23 days on standing B-western sets. The result may not be the best-ever cinematic MacBeth, but it's certainly one of the most moody and atmospheric. Director Welles naturally casts star Welles in the title role, with his old radio colleague Jeanette Nolan as Lady MacBeth (her highly stylized performance has been unfairly castigated by purists, but we defy you to take your eyes off her). Dan O'Herlihy plays MacDuff, Roddy MacDowell is Malcolm, and Edgar Barrier the unfortunate Banquo. Erskine Sanford, William Alland and Gus Schilling, veterans all of Welles' masterpiece Citizen Kane, are also prominently featured, as is Welles' daughter Christopher (as one of MacDuff's murdered children). The severe cutting of the original text is compensated for by the addition of a new character, the "Holy Father" (played in Boris Karloff-style makeup by Alan Napier), whose potted Shakespearian speeches help to bridge several continuity gaps. Highlights include MacBeth's tremulous sighting of Banquo's ghost, an extended monologue in which only MacBeth's head is illuminated, and the synthesizer-like interpolations of the three ubiquitous witches. Welles had originally instructed his actors to deliver their dialogue in a thick Scots burr, but this proved so incomprehensible to preview audiences that Republic ordered the film to be completely redubbed. The original, fully restored version of MacBeth (as opposed to the 89-minute general release cut) was made available on videocassette in the mid-1980s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Orson Welles
      Orson Welles - Macbeth
    • Jeanette Nolan
      Jeanette Nolan - Lady Macbeth
    • Dan O'Herlihy
      Dan O'Herlihy - Macduff
    • Roddy McDowall
      Roddy McDowall - Malcolm
    • Edgar Barrier
      Edgar Barrier - Banquo



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great movie!

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      MrCreosote
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      “Macbeth” (1948) This film comes in two different flavors, one in fake lowland Scots accents (or Scottish burrs) and one in more or less standard English accents. Both versions are included here in this DVD. I must say that I prefer the version in the Scots accents. Orson Welles does a magnificent job and the supporting players are excellent. But purists please note that many changes have been to Shakespeare’s text: speeches cut, others added, whole scenes deleted, the sequence or entire scenes changed, new characters added.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Welles and Shakespeare

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      captainK
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      The least of three Welles' Shakespeare films is still a great film

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Welles

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      lostinenterprise
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      A substancial (though not up to Criterion standards) release of a great film.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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