I've been watching, of late, the BBC version of Hamlet with David Tennant and Patric Stewart. I don't know if my bias toward Tennant-as-Doctor-Who has coloured my affections,or if this is a genuinely unique and expert performance. I would have liked to see the original stage production with this cast, that delayed and made sparse Tennant's last turn as the Doctor, but it was not to be. I'm joyed that they adapted their performance for film and I managed to catch most of it on PBS.
Several clips can be found on Youtube, and this part of Act 2, Scene 2, is my overwhelming favourite.
I would write that they "make the text come alive" or that they "breathe life into the words" if it wasn't for the army of cliched hacks that would beat me 'round the head and shoulders for crimes both real and apparent.