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Roman Polanski's 'Macbeth' revisited by Criterion Collection
Roman Polanski's 'Macbeth' revisited by Criterion Collection

Violent, blood-soaked and filled with nudity, Roman Polanski's 1971 film version of "Macbeth" was intended to be a cinematic jolt -- a raw, realistic portrayal of medieval power plays that would be worlds away from the genteel restraint typically accorded to Shakespearean adaptations. The movie had a difficult shoot thanks to weather problems and ended up flopping at the box office. But the film has always had its defenders, and this week the Criterion Collection is releasing "Macbeth" in a restored version on DVD and Blu-ray. "Macbeth" brought together three formidable personalities from three different disciplines -- Polanski, in his first feature...