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Acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House) brings to DVD an all new Dickens adaptation starring Academy Award Nominee Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass), Matthew Macfadyen (MI-5, Pride and Prejudice) and newcomer Claire Foy (Being Human). This gripping new series brings to life Dickens's powerful story of struggle and hardship in 1820s London. When Arthur Clennam (Macfadyen) returns to England after many years abroad, his curiosity is piqued by the presence in his mother's house of a young seamstress, Amy Dorrit (Foy). His quest to discover the truth about "Little Dorrit" takes him to the Marshalsea Debtors Prison, where he discovers that the dark shadows of debt stretch far and wide. Filled with humorous yet tragic characters, Little Dorrit is a stirring rags to riches to rags story, exposing the underbelly of nineteenth century British society as only Charles Dickens can.]]>
Last filmed in 1988, Little Dorrit offers material--about greedy lenders and eager investors--ripe for reinterpretation. If the series doesn't surpass Bleak House, a high-water mark in Dickens adaptations, screenwriter Andrew Davies still does the author proud, despite a sketchy subplot concerning a miserable maid and her mysterious protector. But some things never change, and Dickens presents ample scene-stealing opportunities, of which Amanda Redman as a chilly socialite, Pam Ferris as a shallow governess, Russell Tovey as a lovesick suitor, and Andy Serkis as a Gallic psychopath--his creepiest character since Gollum--take full advantage. In the featurette, cast and crew provide a perceptive look at the making of this timely drama. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
This is an excellent version of one of Dickens' most thorough critical examinations of English society. It contains elements of both satire and melodrama. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Linsley
Watched this as a mini-series on PBC. Had to buy it!
Interesting plot twists, while keeping us in the dark as to the sub-plot.
Excellent rendition of the novel, which I recently read. The acting is excellent, and the sets evoke the moods of the plot.Published 2 months ago by victoria phillips
I loved watching the movie and all of the disks (except disk 4) played okay. But of course disk 4 was the final disk and would tell you who did what and why. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CasinoGal
It doesn't play on regular US blu ray players. This wasn't made clear enough before I ordered it.
Also, the return to the UK is not convenient.
I don't have much to say, but I can say it's TOTALLY AWSOME!!!! I'm not going to tell you anything about this fascinating, amazing film because I don't want to spoil a thing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T
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Just a note to the community:
LG Blu-ray players have no problem with the 50Hz signal. FYI.
Thanks for providing the info, DCGUY.
Jun 26, 2013 by Derek Donnell | See all 3 posts
|Little Dorrit: Subtitles?||
It has English subtitles
Mar 24, 2009 by David Horiuchi | See all 23 posts
|Not the 1988 version ???||
I haven't seen the version you are talking about but the made for tv movie from last year is so good. I watched 10 of the 14 episodes on youtube and I was hooked! They will be airing this tv version on Masterpiece Theather on Sundays from March 29th to April 26th. Hope that helps. :-)
Mar 18, 2009 by Foxys_Ducati | See all 10 posts
|Little Dorritt dvd||
If you are referring to the double DVD set with Little Dorrit and Oliver Twist that was released in 2010, that set does contain the TV miniseries broadcast on PBS TV back in 2009. The DVD has about 15 minutes of additional footage that was cut out of the TV broadcast because the PBS editor... Read More
Apr 1, 2013 by DCGUY | See all 2 posts