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For Dickens aficionados who own the first DVD Collection, but still want some more, this set collects five sterling BBC productions of some of the author's essential masterworks. (A rerelease of a 2006 set, the 2009 edition comes in five slimpaks and adds one program: 1960's Barnaby Rudge, starring Nigel Arkwright, Newton Blick, and, in the title role, John Wood.) 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


Special Features

  • Includes: David Copperfield (1999), The Pickwick Papers (1985), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979), Dombey & Son (1983), Barnaby Rudge (1960)
  • Dickens' Favorite Child: A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of David Copperfield
  • An Audience with Charles Dickens: The Trial from Pickwick

Product Details

  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Sebastian Shaw, Julian Glover, Nigel Stock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 1454 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PU8O5W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Charles Dickens Collection, Vol. 2 (David Copperfield / The Pickwick Papers / The Old Curiosity Shop / Dombey and Son / Barnaby Rudge) (Slim Case)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

The acting in these films was excellent and the plot, characters, and flow progressived well.
Andrew Raker
She said the quality of the movies was very good and she hopes you will have other BBC productions in the near future featuring other Charles Dickens works.
D. G. Long
If you love British literature and history, particularly the Victorian period, you will find these DVD sets to be thoroughgoing treats.
Thomas E. Davis

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 8, 2010
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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.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Majted on October 26, 2006
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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

British.

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!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Harcourt on December 6, 2011
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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.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By I. Serpak on January 17, 2007
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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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hannon on January 10, 2007
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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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Raker VINE VOICE on February 21, 2009
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I have not yet viewed the remastered / repackaged / pan & scan collection of Charles Dickens: volume 2. The biggest change, however, (from the original BBC Dickens volume 2: ASIN: B000FQIRYK) is the addition of Barnaby Rudge (1960) starring John Wood, Barbara Hicks, and Newton Blick. The film is approximately 400 minutes.

In my opinion, if you have already purchased Charles Dickens: volume 2, I would wait and hope the BBC issues "Barnaby Rudge" separately. (Note: I have also never viewed "Barnaby Rudge.") However, if you are planning on buying Charles Dickens: Volume 2, KNOW THAT THIS CONTAINS BARNABY RUDGE.

In this collection:
Barnaby Rudge (1960)
David Copperfield (1999)
The Old Curiosity Shop (1979)
Dombey and Son (1983)
The Pickwick Papers (1985)

To see an image of the new collection (since Amazon does not yet have an image), go to B&N com and copy code: 883929068722.

************************************************************************************************************ For your information, this was my review for the ORIGINAL Charles Dickens: volume 2. (Amazon made me delete the review below before I could publish the above review.)

I loved viewing the four films in this collection. "The Pickwick Papers", "Dombey and Son", and "David Copperfield" were all very enjoyable to watch, while "The Old Curiosity Shop" was tolerable.

Overall, I wouldn't spend more than $[...] for the set, yet I do believe that they are worth at least thirty dollars, if just for "The Pickwick Papers" and "David Copperfield (2000)", which were my personal two favorites.

The acting in these films was excellent and the plot, characters, and flow progressived well. The only negative was that I just thought "The Old Curiosity Shop" was poorly made with unbelievable characters and an inconclusive, poor done ending.
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The two 1999 productions that aren't in the Masterworks collection are in widescreen, but Our Mutual Friend has been encoded improperly, so that if you have a 4:3 TV, the widescreen picture will be squeezed to fit. This problem appears to exist in both regions 2 and 4 as well!
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