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Charles Dickens - featuring BBC Television's David Copperfield

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Product Description


This comprehensive 3 DVD box set explores the life, times and work of Charles Dickens, the great Victorian author. Dickens is undoubtedly one of the great literary geniuses of all time. Yet, there is much about Dickens’ incredible life that remains unknown. His is a fascinating story; from rags to riches, complete with bankruptcy, prison, forced child labour and fame and fortune, overshadowed by guilt and secrecy. This DVD set demonstrates how much Dickens drew upon his own experiences in his fiction. The cast includes Anton Lesser, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Prunella Scales, Timothy West, Michael Elphick, Trevor Eve, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Zoë Wanamaker and Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings).

DVD 1
Uncovering the real Dickens
, the great authors fascinating biography presented by Peter Ackroyd. His life's story resembles the plot of one of Dickens’ own novels. An innovative mix of documentary and dramatic reconstruction vividly recreates the author's extraordinary life. The cast includes Anton Lesser, Prunella Scales and Timothy West. This lavish literary production sets out to blur the lines between Dickens’ fiction and his own life. (176 mins, stereo)

DVD 2
The classic 1999 BBC version of David Copperfield, starring Bob Hoskins, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Ian McKellen, Zoe Wanamaker and Nicholas Lyndhurst. Three hours of very autobiographical classic drama heaven. (186 mins, stereo)

DVD 3
A Christmas Carol

At Dickens’ house a group of his friends and relatives attend the telling of the classic Christmas story by the novelist himself. Anton Lesser, as Dickens, brings this classic ghost story to life in a masterly and haunting way. (97 mins, stereo)
In Songs from Grope Lane the 12-year old Dickens escapes the miserable daily life and the blacking factory in a brief spell of raucous tavern entertainment. Lucy Skeaping's ensemble performs deliciously seedy pub-songs from London in the mid 19th century. (25 mins, stereo and surround)
The making of “Uncovering the Real Dickens”- a surprising look behind the scenes of this evocative production. (27 mins, stereo)

Press Reviews
"Anton Lesser made an emotionally charged, almost tremulous, Dickens, especially recreating the writer's inspirational public readings." (The Times)

"Anton Lesser is the greatest Dickens interpreter around, unafraid to show the darkness in a writer too often seen as relentlessly jolly " (The Independent)

Cast
Anton Lesser
Timothy West
Prunella Scales
Daniel Radcliffe
Ian McKellen
Bob Hoskins
Maggie Smith

Production
Company: BBC Worldwide

Disc Information
Catalogue Number: OA0877D
Running Time: 510 minutes
Sound: Dolby Surround; Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Subtitles: ES
Label: Opus Arte

Review

Anton Lesser made an emotionally charged, almost tremulous, Dickens, especially recreating the writer's
inspirational public readings --The Times

The BBC's three-DVD set offers its millennium David Copperfield, the lauded Peter Ackroyd three-part drama-documentary Dickens, a dramatised reading of A Christmas Carol starring Anton Lesser, and a genuine curiosity, Songs From Grope Lane (19th Century London pub songs, supposedly enjoyed by the 12-year-old Dickens in spare moments while working at the infamous blacking factory). Anton Lesser makes a fine Dickens and he shines again in the gem of this collection...A Christmas Carol. --The Tribune (USA)


Special features

None.

Product details

  • Actors: Prunella Scales, Trevor Eve, Maggie Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Nathan Lyndhurst
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 504 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000CGCT1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,475 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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