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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7RXA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,748 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Born to a life of obscurity and dark despair his genius made him one of the most successful and beloved figures of his time. Internationally famous just months after his first novel was serialized Charles Dickens was among the world's first literary stars. But success and acclaim could not banish the ghosts of his childhood marked by his father's confinement in debtors' prison or keep him from the deep loneliness that haunted him until his death. This extraordinary program tells the full story of Dickens' remarkable life from his year as a child laborer to his troubled marriage his love affairs and the spectacular successes of Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities. BIOGRAPHY presents an unforgettable look at the man whose originality compassion and exuberance created some of literature's most cherished works.

Customer Reviews

Would recommend to anyone wanting to educate their kids via cartoons.
Sandra Jinkens
This DVD documentary of Dickens' life is really helpful in the literature classroom.
Teacher
We have most of the Beginner's Bible series, and this is one of his favorites.
Mary L. Hart

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I came into this particular Biography video with a little trepidation. Charles Dickens is one of my earliest and most significant heroes, the man who first awakened in me a deep love for literature and a desire to one day attempt to make my own contributions to the field. I already knew, though, that Dickens was not a necessarily happy man and that he had treated his wife in a manner I found troubling. What other shortcomings might this video reveal to me? As it turns out, my fears were baseless, as this is an insightful yet very respectful look at a man whom I now better understand and certainly still respect.
I knew little about Dickens' early life, but this video makes it clear that his experiences as a youth did much to shape him as a writer. His pains and personal demons maintained the fire of genius that burned in his soul and led him to push himself always, even up until the very end of his life. Born into the lower middle class of early nineteenth century England, Dickens suffered the shame of seeing his father eventually cast into debtors' prison; he himself was forced to do menial labor which appalled him during that harsh period of his life. This, the biographers indicate, motivated him to work tirelessly no matter how much success he found, using his pen to help forestall the nightmare of poverty overtaking his life again. His progression through a number of jobs eventually led him into writing, and his first success came in Sketches by Boz, in which he wrote (anonymously at that point) numerous little accounts of the people and events he had seen during his travels. The rejection by his first love left its mark on his soul, but the man poured everything into his work and, after the appearance of The Pickwick Papers, met with amazing success.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh VINE VOICE on March 31, 2001
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This is another very good edition of A&E's biography series about a man who is one of my favorite authors. It covers the whole of his life including some of the most important incidents--his family being sent to debtors' prison when he was a boy, forcing him out of school and into work, and his troubled family life in later years. I was also pleased to see that time was spent talking about some of his "lesser known" works which are still fantastic books.
My only complaint about this program is really just the limitation of the form. What kind of coverage can you get in 50 minutes? You get a nice overview of Dickens' life but for some depth you have to go to one of the many well-written biographies of the author.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By skeptic on October 25, 2000
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A&E's biography does ample justice to a truly gifted writer! I am a big Dicken's fan and this video was exceptional in it's quality and content. We see Dickens from his early childhood through to his death and learn about how singular moments in his life helped create some of literatures most enduring characters. The length of time is perfect and the content is thoroughly appropriate and easily holds one's attention. Experts, including, his very own great grandson, contribute to making this an entertaining, educational and fun video to watch. Any Dickens fan will be inspired by this video as it allows you to see his wonderful, at times scary, characters through the eyes of the author himself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Hart on November 25, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
We have most of the Beginner's Bible series, and this is one of his favorites. I do not believe these videos are intended for toddlers - my son still loves them at six but he really didn't watch them until he was three or four.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 3 on March 8, 2011
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As with all Beginner's Bible Stories, this one was great. I love this series because of how simple and effective, and enjoyable for little ears and eyes. I used to watch these as a kid, and the Beginner's Bible was my favorite book. It was soothing when I felt scared. These movies are so great for kids. Totally recommend them to any parent for their little ones. Will be enjoyed for years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teacher on October 24, 2012
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This DVD documentary of Dickens' life is really helpful in the literature classroom. It is informative, but is also engaging for students. It provides considered opinions and demonstrates links between Dickens and the characters depicted in his work.
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I didn't think it was that bad nor did my 4 year old grand daughter. I have heard worse narration and I never knew animated characters acted.Learn how to spell before you write another review. fiffteen = fifteen - ammused = amused
deffinatly = definitely - reccamend = recommend - boaring = boring - unentertaining <is that a word?? You can find these videos on You Tube. Watch them - see for yourself
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By D. Stakenas on May 30, 2009
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Received copy of Charles Dickens biography (A&E version) on time and in excellent condition. My 9th grade students enjoyed the biography, and I donated it to my school's media center so the other teachers could use it.
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