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Thor v Hamlet

Thor - A Kenneth Branagh Film

Thor is going to be one of the blockbuster movies of the summer. Already getting rave reviews, it looks like director Kenneth Branagh has done a great job. If you’d like to see another Branagh film produced on an even greater scale, then check out the 1996 version of  Hamlet.

Hamlet - A(nother) Kenneth Branagh Film

Why am I mentioning this on a blog about photography?

Here are some stats about the film Hamlet…

Camera   Arriflex 765
Film negative format (mm/video inches)    65 mm (horizontal) (Eastman EXR 200T 5293, EXR 500T 5298)
Cinematographic process   Panavision Super 70
Film length (metres)   6893 m 

As I discussed in a previous blog post about the amazing movie Baraka, Hamlet was filmed on a 65mm negative. The Arriflex 765 is the cinematographic exquivalent of the Pentax 67. Even the marketing blurb is almost identical “The 765 has been specifically designed to combine the ergonomics and functionality of 35 mm cameras with the unparalleled image quality of 65 mm film.” 

Enjoy Thor as it will, no doubt,  be pushing the boundaries of CGI technology, but 15 years earlier Branagh was pushing the physical limits of film.


  1. Tord S Eriksson says

    Glad you liked it!

    Universally, review points here are rock bottom (1 of 5 possible), even when it comes to those who believe in the old Norse saga.

    For instance, Loke is Oden’s brother (you call them something else, I guess, Woden, maybe?!), not Oden’s son, as Brannagh thinks :-)!

    One reviewer kindly put it that Brannagh seems to lost his way in the animatics, not finding his way back.

  2. Once again though, Japan has almost the last release date for the movie (July 1st), 2 months after the general world release. It does this with so many Hollywood films, the most recent in memory is the latest Fast & Furious film, which is going to be out in Japan around 6 after the rest of the world. I’ll have it in Bluray before it’s released here!

  3. Hi Tord,

    The movie isn’t out in Japan yet, but the reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes website were very good.

    I guess I’ll just have to temporarily forget my encyclopedic knowledge of Norse legends, and just enjoy the ride 😉


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