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Macbeth DVD?

  • 1.  Macbeth DVD?

    Posted 01-02-2019 11:20
    Hi, all,

    Happy New Year!

    I'm looking for a good DVD version of Macbeth to show to an incarcerated population before we begin working on the play to inspire them.  I can't find one that I like.  Any favorites of yours that I'm missing?

    Kimberly Taylor
    Oakland CA

  • 2.  RE: Macbeth DVD?

    Posted 01-03-2019 09:22
    I love the Patrick Steward production from PBS.

    Kimberly Wibbenmeyer
    Sullivan MO

  • 3.  RE: Macbeth DVD?

    Posted 01-04-2019 11:27
    I like the Ian McKellan/Judy Dench version.
    I like the RSC Antony Sher/Harriet Walter version but there is some nudity (breasts and child) but the opening scene is amazing!
    I like the Folger Theatre version with magic by Penn Gillete
    And the Playboy film production has a lot going for it, too. I showed it to a prison class I was teaching and they loved it.

    The RSC and Playboy version have voice-overs for the soliloquies which I really dislike.

    John Perry
    Retired Theatre Teacher

  • 4.  RE: Macbeth DVD?

    Posted 01-04-2019 13:56
    The one I really like is the Kenneth Branagh version broadcast by NT Live. Info about the production itself is here. I do not know if there is a DVD version. It was staged in Manchester in a church with audience seating taken out of the middle and only on the sides. The floor was covered with mud. The first scene--a battle--is done so the audience is watching the "sport" very closely. Overall, a very physical production.

    Annemarie Bean
    Long Trail School
    Dorset VT

  • 5.  RE: Macbeth DVD?

    Posted 01-05-2019 10:08
    I taught Macbeth for a 10th grade English class (low level) for four years and the video that I liked best was the Folger edition directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner.  It is action packed, filmed well and available on Amazon.

    Here is a link to Act 1.1

    Folger Macbeth 1-1.wmv
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    Folger Macbeth 1-1.wmv
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    Marla Blasko
    Director/Teacher Theatre Arts
    Long Reach High School
    Columbia, Maryland

  • 6.  RE: Macbeth DVD?

    Posted 01-05-2019 10:53
    You might take a look at the 2016 Stratford Festival production. It was filmed live in front of an audience. A rather dark take on the material, but this is Macbeth after all, but lovely in its way. It can be accessed through Broadway HD or on DVD.

    Rich Luedeke
    Blackhawk Christian Theatre
    Fort Wayne, IN