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The Charles Dickens Collection 2 (David Copperfield / The Pickwick Papers / The Old Curiosity Shop / Dombey and Son / Barnaby Rudge) [Import]

Nigel Stock , Clive Swift , Simon Curtis    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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For Dickens aficionados who own the first DVD Collection, but still want some more, this four-disc set collects four sterling BBC productions of some of the author's essential masterworks. The best of the lot is David Copperfield, starring a pre-Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe as the tragically put-upon young Copperfield. Shot on film, this impeccable 1999 production is an embarrassment of riches, with a cast that includes Academy Award-winner Maggie Smith, who earned an Emmy nomination as the formidable Aunt Betsey, Oscar-nominee Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings) as the cruel and sadistic teacher Mr. Creakle, a wonderful Bob Hoskins as the debt-ridden Micawber, Trevor Eve as David's loathsome stepfather Mr. Murdstone, and Nicholas Lyndhurst as the dastardly clerk Uriah Heap. Holding his own with this formidable ensemble is Ciaran McMenamin as the adult David, whose ultimate triumph is particularly hard earned. Rich with incident and populated by some of literature's most memorable characters, this production does satisfying justice to one of Dickens's most beloved and oft-told sagas. When it comes to a series of unfortunate events, Lemony Snicket has nothing on Dickens. The Old Curiosity Shop, from 1979, stars Sebastian Shaw as the grandfather determined to provide a better life for his beloved and beautiful granddaughter, Nell (the winning Natalie Ogle). But his gambling leaves them at the mercy to the bent and malignant Quilp (Trevor Peacock). The lesser known Dombey and Son, from 1983, is a tale of foolish pride, comeuppance, and redemption starring Julian Glover as Mr. Dombey, so determined that his son take over his business that he cruelly neglects his daughter, Florence (the heartbreaking Lysette Anthony). The Pickwick Papers, from 1985, is a welcome comic change of pace that follows the misadventures of "the immortal" (and comically rotund) Mr. Pickwick (Nigel Stock) and his three friends as they embark on the first expedition of "the corresponding society of the Pickwick Club." Shot on video, the latter three miniseries are somewhat stodgy in appearance. The adaptations are faithful to a fault, but Dickens' masterful tales provide inspiration enough for the casts who grandly rise to the occasion. --Donald Liebenson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Set Aug. 31 2013
By Wendy Y
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This set compliments the Charles Dickens Collection 1. They both stand independent but when you love this time period and style of movies you need both sets. Excellent company to order from, good shipping, brand new product.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charles Dickens Collection 2 July 7 2013
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Dickens can be a really hard read, most stories are not happy ones. Pickwick Papers was quite amusing - I should have ended the collection on that happy note!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The DVDs came on time and in perfect condition. Dec 11 2011
By Raymond
The DVDs came on time and in perfect condition and shipping was very affordable. Compared to other sellers, this seller offers much better deal than the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb BBC Productions Jan. 8 2010
By Thomas E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
The American television network TNT proclaims in its advertisements, "We know drama," but it can't hold a candle to the BBC. Since the sixties, the Beeb has been producing exquisite adaptations of classic literature. These include the plays of Shakepeare, Shaw, and Wilde, the novels of Eliot, Austen, and Trollope, and the works of many other treasures of British and Irish literature, not to mention those of other European nations: Ibsen, Checkhov, Dostoyevsky, and so on.

These productions tend to be simple, elegantly-appointed affairs. There's very little flash, and some viewers may be disappointed by their talky, set-bound nature, yet they are quite faithful to their sources. Performances are uniformly top-notch, often by the most talented and justly famous of British actors: Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Diana Rigg, Rex Harrison, John Gielgud, Joan Plowright, and many more.

This series of Dickens adaptations and its parter, Volume 1, do not utilize thespians especially well-known to Americans (though Ian McKellen, Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, and Daniel Radcliffe do star in "David Copperfield" on Volume 2), but the acting and direction are excellent.

If you love British literature and history, particularly the Victorian period, you will find these DVD sets to be thoroughgoing treats. They will expose you to dramas both familiar and obscure and will encourage you to delve more deeply into the perennial delight that is Charles Dickens.

Both 2009 sets use slim rather than standard DVD cases, so they are more compact versions of the sets issued in 2005 and 2006, but their contents are identical. They are highly recommended in either form.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures Dickens' time & place Oct. 26 2006
By Majted - Published on Amazon.com
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Part of Dickens' genius was the ability to enable the reader to FEEL

the time and place of the storyline unfolding, as well as the visualize

the gamut of intriguing characters.

The BBC has, again, done the same for the viewer. Selection of

locations, environments and characters is simply wonderful -- sure to

keep the viewer engrossed, even though the dialogue is uncompromisingly


The only caveat is that the viewer must remember that these are

ADAPTATIONS of Dickens' novels -- and, therefore, there are omissions

and modifications to the originals.

The modifications make it very easy for teachers to determine whether

or not a student has actually read the novel or just enjoyed the DVD!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More pure enjoyment ! Jan. 17 2007
By I. Serpak - Published on Amazon.com
With the second volume of immortal works of Charles Dickens, brought to the screen by BBC, the pleasure of watching the first volume gets an extention.

I am a big fan of the classics English literature and especially Dickens. He is simply the genius. In my humble opinion no other English writer can be even compared with him.

Any one of his books is worth reading.

And to watch this BBC dramatization is a great pleasure too - it is true Dickens - bright and sparkling on the screen as he does in every one of his books.

If you are the newcomer to the world of his books - watch the movies and be encouraged to go for reading then. You will never regret.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy This Package Dec 6 2011
By M. Harcourt - Published on Amazon.com
These dramas deserve better than how they were manufactured and assembled into this set. My single star rating is not meant to slight these fine dramas. It is entirely due to the frustration associated with trying to view the episodes. At multiple places, the DVDs freeze and you have to skip forward to get them running again. It did not matter what kind of player I used. They froze at the same place whether played in a standard DVD player or in a PC DVD player. I thought this might have been due to a defective product, so I returned it and received a replacement from Amazon. The second set had the same problem. In fact, the episodes froze at the same places as the first set had frozen. I returned the second set for a full refund from Amazon thinking that somehow the supplier Amazon obtained them from was somehow at fault. I ordered a third set from BBC directly only to find the EXACT SAME PROBLEM in the same scenes as before. The problem is obviously with the manufacturing process used in the pressing of the disks included in this particular set. My advice is DO NOT BUY THIS PACKAGE! I have read elsewhere that other packages that contain these dramas do not exhibit this freezing behavior. It is something specific to how these were created for this particular package.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in Old England Jan. 10 2007
By Linda Hannon - Published on Amazon.com
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A joyful depiction of one of Charles Dickens writings, the details of the English shops, homes and era dress were fascinating and so believable that it made watching the movie feel as though I was right there. This is on my "to watch often" list.
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