Best Of British - The Shakespeare Collection Series II - 3 DVD Box Set - NEW
3 DVD, PAL, Region 2
Our BEST OF BRITISH range is a selection of three great DVD productions combined together to make an excellent gift at an unbeatable price. All these Best Of British series box sets are original, Unique and available only from us. All DVDs are Brand NEW and SELAED.
Disc One - HAMLET - The BBC Shakespeare Collection
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in't ."
Starring Patrick Stewart and Derek Jacobi...
Returning to Denmark, Prince Hamlet finds his father killed and the throne usurped by his uncle. Inspired by his father's ghost to seek vengeance, he is forced to consider the nature of murder and violence, revenge and intrigue, sex and desire, paranoia and madness and the very essence of humanity itself.
Derek Jacobi's portrayal of the Prince of Denmark is often seen as the benchmark for performances of the most complex of all Shakespearian characters. The Los Angeles Times reported: "The stage belongs to Jacobi and, in a performance that grows as he plays it, he's a Hamlet you will not soon forget."
Disc Two - MACBETH - The Shakespeare Collection
"Methought I heard a voice cry 'Sleep no more!
Macbeth doth murder sleep'."
Starring Tony Doyle and Nicol Williamson...
Shakespeare's dark tragedy tells of ambition and guilt amidst a background of regicide, violence and the supernatural. When a trio of witches tells returning hero warrior Macbeth that he is fated to become King of Scotland, he attempts to forge his own destiny. Aided and encouraged by his wife, he embarks on a guilt-ridden reign of terror.
Nicol Williamson (Macbeth) and Jane Lapotaire (Lady Macbeth), both renowned Shakespearian actors, bring a tension and mood to the play rarely seen outside of major theatrical events. Their performances bear testament as to why Macbeth remains one of Shakespeare's most popular plays and this production has brought its magic to millions.
Disc Three - HENRY VIII - The Shakespeare Collection
"Had I but served my God with half the zeal
I served my king, he would not in mine age have left me naked to mine enemies."
Starring Claire Bloom, Julian Glover, Timothy West and John Stride...
Henry is a proud monarch who flies in the face of the church in seeking to divorce Queen Katherine and marry Anne Bullen. As Cardinal Wolsey, the powerful Lord Chancellor of England, attempts to bend Rome to the King’s wishes, the court reverberates with political intrigue and accusations of treachery.
The verbal jousting of Timothy West and Claire Bloom (as Cardinal Wolsey and Katherine of Aragon) illuminates this rare production of the near-full text of one of Shakespeare’s last plays. Shot entirely on location in English castles and stately homes, it was cited by the Shakespeare Association of America as the best of the BBC series.
In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.
We stock all the DVDs available in this series which is part of William Shakespeare - A Complete Collection a BBC production of Shakespeare plays from 1978-1985 starring a list of some of our best loved actors and actresses such as Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Helen Mirren, John Hurt, Felicity Kendall, John Cleese, Diana Rigg, the list goes on and on...
- Parental Guidance (Some scenes may be unsuitable for young children)