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David Copperfield (Charles Dickens)

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David Copperfield (Charles Dickens) (DVD)

Dickens' most autobiographical book, David Copperfield tells the moving story of David's journey from birth to maturity, a journey which links his life with some of the most colorful, extraordinary characters including the flamboyant Mr. Micawber, eccentric Aunt Betsy Trotwood, the kindly Peggotty family, the cruel Murdstones, the ever so humble Uriah Heep, and loyal, loving Agnes Wicklow. David navigates through a life fraught with hardships and challenges, unexpected joys and even love.

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A year before he played his first Quidditch match as Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe cast his spell on audiences as young David Copperfield in this stellar British miniseries based on Charles Dickens's classic novel. Vastly superior to the 2000 American-made miniseries (which gave us Michael "Kramer" Richards as Micawber), this impeccable production, originally broadcast on ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre, is an embarrassment of riches, with a cast that includes Oscar® winner Maggie Smith (Radcliffe's Potter costar) as the indomitable Aunt Betsey, Oscar nominee Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings) as sadistic teacher Mr. Creakle, a wonderful Bob Hoskins (Oscar nominee for Mona Lisa) as the debt-ridden Micawber, Trevor Eve as David's loathsome stepfather Mr. Murdstone (he believes in "firmness" with a vengeance), and Nicholas Lyndhurst as the scheming clerk Uriah Heap. Holding his own with this formidable ensemble is Ciaran McMenamin as the adult David, whose soap opera existence spans an idyll-shattered childhood, unscrupulous villains, tragic romance, and a hard-won happily-ever-after. Rich with incident and populated by some of literature's most memorable characters, this production does full justice to one of Dickens's most beloved and oft-told sagas. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

Other: Dickens' Favorite Child - A behind the scenes look at the creation of David Copperfield.Other: Dickens' Favorite Child - A behind the scenes look at the creation of David Copperfield.Other: Dickens' Favorite Child - A behind the scenes look at the creation of David Copperfield.Other: Dickens' Favorite Child - A behind the scenes look at the creation of David Copperfield.

Product Details

  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Dame Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Sir Ian McKellen, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FQIRXQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Format: VHS Tape
A sumptuous, wonderful adaptation; unexpectedly and disarmingly excellent.

I was a little hesitant going into this: having read the novel a couple of times and declared it my own, I had long fondly imagined the scenes and characters without any need for assistance, thank you very much.

Consequently, I felt the way many Tolkien fans must have felt before those three recent movies came out: leery that my coveted imaginings would be sullied by what might prove to be a jarrring and irreversible contamination.

These fears were misplaced, however. The full vitality of Dickens's bittersweet classic -- all the heaping joys and sorrows of life -- comes through quite powerfully in this handsome BBC version. After about 25 minutes I was literally on the edge of my seat.

Oh, and speaking of this version: they spent some money on it, you'll be happy to know. It's not one of those innumerable stuffy BBC dramas that take place (for budget considerations if nothing else) in an intolerable series of drawing rooms and antechambers. No, they did this one right: the blokes went outside and built some proper sets, and it shows.

Yes, though fully prepared to dislike it, I find myself here with little ammunition for complaint. I wish Traddles hadn't suffered deletion; he is one character I have difficulty picturing and could have used some help. Also, the actress who played Dora was not exactly my conception of her . . . but this is nitpicking.
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Format: VHS Tape
Originally airing in the U.S. on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, I came across this one night during a fit of cable boredom. Thinking it would allow me to kill some time until something "good" came on I started watching. An hour and a half later I was cueing up my home video tape to insure that I would not miss the next night's conclusion! I could not wait to see it! I have read Charles Dickens and I am especially fond of Great Expectations but could never quite throw myself fully into David Copperfield. This is a shame since Copperfield is supposed to be Dickens' pseudo autobiography. I found the photography visual captivating with the feeling of the time period masterful rendered. The acting was great (Hoskins is amusing) with the boy who plays young Copperfield a definite standout. The story finally comes to life and the plot and its intricacies are finally revealed (to those who lack the patience to read the book!). Copperfield is truly a rags to riches story in a very convuluted and ironic manner, very much like life itself. Young Copperfield must make his way in the world after his widowed mother passes away and he is left to the whims of his ill tempered and miserly step-father and step-aunt. How Copperfield goes from being a neglected, uncared for urchin to a well thought of writer will have you watching in fascination. Of course, along the way he has several adventures and makes friends with quite a few colorful and tragic characters. If you haven't had the inclination to actually read this story, this is definitely the video version you should watch. I liked it so much I just have to own the tapes (2 tape set). Enough said. Go watch it now!
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Format: DVD
The first half of David Copperfield was good enough, I think, to please Dickens himself. This is due in part to the excellent portrayal of young David by Daniel Radcliffe, who provides just the right amount of spunk and vulnerability to do justice to the character. Treavor Eve is also excellent as David's nemesis, his stepfather, Murdstone. Just a look from Eve's Murdstone is enough to frighten David first into silence and then, as he is being savagely beaten for failing his lessons, into instinctive rebellion, biting Murdstone's hand. For this crime David is sent to Murstone's blacking factory in London. The blacking factory is a dreadful place and would certainly have broken David's spirit and ruined his life if it were not for the introduction of Mr. Micawber, his guardian in London, exceptionally well played by the talented Bob Hoskins.

This great novel is filled with a variety of subplots, many of which are included in the film. Three that are worth mentioning are David's flight from the blacking factory and his journey to his Aunt Betsey Trotwood, beautifully performed by the great English actress Maggie Smith. Aunt Betsey takes David in and champions his cause in a dramatic scene where she throws out Murdstone and his sister Jane from her home. Aunt Betsey then takes David to live with a lawyer and his daughter Agnes and the lawyer's evil clerk Uriah Heep, who pretends to be humble yet never stops scheming to steal everything the lawyer owns. In another great scene, Macawber, now working for Heap, confronts the villain as a Heap of infamy. This dramatic encounter is the climax of the film. Lastly, another story worth mentioning concerns David's nanny Peggotty.
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A Kid's Review on August 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a magical, heartwarming version of the Dickens' tale from Exxon Mobil Masterpiece Theatre. David Copperfield is a young English boy living a life of happiness, but sometimes pain. The pain from his wicked step-father and the London school teacher (whom also gives a comedic twist to the movie at points). The happiness from his maid and mother and the joyful man who takes him in (Bob Hoskins). After being taken in by this man, David runs away into the country and encounters his aunt who hates boys but learns to love them when she takes in David.
Tape 2 brings us to face David's adult years in which he falls for his first love. Tape 2 is a wonderful tape and gives us a villan to overcome our fears by.
**************************************************************** This is a very heartwarming tale about love, kindness and the feelings you should give to people who are nice back at you. The cast is very well chosen, the plot is just wonderous and the moral that it gives you is good too. Purchase this video, guys. You'll cherish always.
RECOMMENDATIONS OF MASTERPIECE THEATRE: Moll Flanders, Oliver Twist, 'Upstairs, Downstairs.'
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