Roman Polanski's grim and unsettlingly graphic read on Shakespeare's "Scottish play" stars Jon Finch as the war hero who succumbs to his own ambitions, and those of his calculating wife (Francesca Annis), in betraying and slaying his liege (Nicholas Selby), but learns that taking power and keeping it are two different matters. Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler, John Stride also star. 140 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; documentaries; theatrical trailers.
Roman Polanski (ROSEMARY'S BABY) imbues his unflinchingly violent adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy of ruthless ambition and murder in medieval Scotland with grit and dramatic intensity. Jon Finch (FRENZY) and Francesca Annis (DUNE) are charged with fury and sex appeal as a decorated warrior rising in the ranks and his driven wife, scheming together to take the throne by any means. Co-adapted by Polanski and the great theater critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan, and shot against a series of stunning, stark British Isle landscapes, this version of Macbeth is among the most atmospheric and authentic of all Shakespeare films.