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Hamlet (2008)

Nigel Tomm // 2008 // 63 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // April 3rd, 2008

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All Rise...

Judge Brett Cullum sits in front of an hour of white screen with no sound or change.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Hamlet (1990) (published March 17th, 2004), Hamlet (1996) (Blu-ray) (published August 17th, 2010), Hamlet (2009) (Blu-ray) (published May 10th, 2010), and Hamlet (1996) (published August 20th, 2007) are also available.

The Charge

Experience absurdist minimalism on your television. It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.

Opening Statement

It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.
It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.

Facts of the Case

It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.
It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.
It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.

The Evidence

From Nigel Tomm's official product description:
This is 63 minutes and 1 second of pure white screen. Nothing less and nothing more. Just shocking new absurdism. Without compromise. Without compare. Nigel Tomm brings his own version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Luminous. Sensuous. Iconic. From the moment you touch the play button, the experience begins. Visually stunning, emotionally precise, the extraordinary awaits you. Probably it is one of the most intense, the most radical, the most innovative manifestation of the freedom of thought, of expression and of creation. This is the new Hamlet—the most majestic Hamlet experience by Nigel Tomm.

Nigel Tomm has made an entire series, including the following classics:

Waiting for Godot, which is 70 minutes of a pure green screen.

The Brothers Karamazov, which is 70 minutes of a pure magenta screen.

Oedipus Rex, which is 70 minutes of a pure red screen.

The Catcher in the Rye, which is 70 minutes of a pure blue screen.

I'm a big fan of modern art, and this one is simple and straightforward. Nigel Tomm provides a white screen with which to imagine our own version of Hamlet. Static is more interactive than this, but that is the ultimate point. Either you get it or you don't, and I am unsure which side benefits the most. The cover is cool, though, with a simple white ring on a black background. This could be useful if you want to use your television for lighting. It also could be relaxing after a stressful day at work. Then again, watching paint dry could also be relaxing.

The Rebuttal Witnesses

It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.
It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.
It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.
It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.

Closing Statement

It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change. It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change. It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.

The Verdict

It's an hour of a white screen with no sound or change.

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Scales of Justice

Video: 15
Audio: 0
Extras: 0
Story: 0
Judgment: 3

Perp Profile

Studio: Nigel Tomm
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• None
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 63 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre:
• Performance

Distinguishing Marks

• None

Accomplices

• Official Site








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