I've seen all the major film versions of Hamlet. Branagh, Olivier, Gibson, I even have a VHS tape of the Mystery Science Theater version of that weird German TV one. Branagh's is the most visually beautiful for sure although I thought there were some uneven performances by the supporters (really, starting the film with Jack Lemmon trying to do Shakespeare?)
But now I can say that I think that the BBC version with Derek Jacobi and Patrick Stewart is the best film version of Hamlet.
We will be turning it back in to the library on Wednesday so those of you in Chico can wrassle over who gets to borrow it next.