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HALL OF FAMEon August 28, 2007
Koch Vision present "DICKENS OF LONDON" (Released: September 28, 1976) (720 mins/Color) (Dolby Digital) --- Under Michael Ferguson (Director), Marc Miller (Director / Producer), Wolf Mankowitz (Screenwriter), David Cunliffe (Executive Producer) --- Originally aired in 1976 on PBS, the lavish ten episode mini-series follows the fascinating life of Charles Dickens, foremost novelist of the Victorian era who produced some of the most memorable writings in the English language including "A Christmas Carol," "A Tale of Two Cities," "Oliver Twist," "David Copperfield," "Great Expectations" and more --- The critically-lauded series was filmed on location in London and stars multiple oscar nominated Ben Kingsley (Ghandi, Schindler's List), Roy Doltrice (Amadeus, The Scarlett Letter) and Vernon Dobtcheff (M. Butterfly, The Name of the Rose) --- KOCH Vision's collectible DVD set includes all ten, hour-long episodes of the series, as well as a bonus disc featuring a recreation of Dicken's legendary public performance of "A Christmas Carol," starring celebrated actor Simon Callow (Phantom of the Opera, Shakespeare in Love).

the cast includes
Roy Dotrice ... Charles Dickens/John Dickens
Simon Bell ... Charles Dickens (Boy)
Gene Foad ... Charles Dickens (Young Man)
Diana Coupland ... Mrs. Catherine Dickens
Ben Kingsley ... Dr. John Elliotson
Patsy Kensit ... Catherine Hogarth/Dickens
Lois Baxter ... Mary Hogarth
Hetty Baynes ... Fanny Dickens as a woman
John Breslin ... Lawyer
Adrienne Burgess ... Catherine Hogarth/Dickens
Karen Dotrice ... Maria Beadnell
Richard Leech ... Mr. Hogarth
Samuel Matthews ... Edgar Allen Poe
Christine McKenna ... Georgiana Hogarth
Pheona McLellan ... Fanny Dickens as a child
John Slater ... Mr. Tribe

Disc One -- Dickens of London
Episode 1: "Mask"
Episode 2: "The Deed"
Episode 3: "Blacking"
Episode 4: "Love"

Disc Two -- Dickens of London
Episode 5: "Success"
Episode 6: "Fame"
Episode 7: "Money"

Disc Three -- Dickens of London
Episode 8: "Possession"
Episode 9: "Dreams"
Episode 10: "Magic"

Disc Four -- Dickens of London
Episode 11: "Nightmare"
Episode 12: "Angel"
Episode 13: "Memories"

Disc Five -- An Audience With Charles Dickens (actor Simon Callow)
"A Christmas Carol" Part 1
"A Christmas Carol" Part 2

1. Charles Dickens
Date of Birth: 7 February 1812 - Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK
Date of Death: 9 June 1870 - Gad's Hill, Rochester, Kent, England, UK

Charles John Huffam Dickens, pen-name "Boz", was the foremost English novelist of the Victorian era, as well as a vigorous social campaigner --- Considered one of the English language's greatest writers, he was acclaimed for his rich storytelling and memorable characters, and achieved massive worldwide popularity in his lifetime --- championed his mastery of prose, his endless invention of memorable characters and his powerful social sensibilities --- Dickens worked for sentimentality, implausible occurrence and grotesque characters while capturing the essence of the people and their time --- The popularity of Dickens' novels and short stories has meant that not one has ever gone out of print. Dickens wrote serialised novels, the usual format for fiction at the time, and each new part of his stories was eagerly anticipated by the reading public - (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

1. The Pickwick Papers (Monthly serial, April 1836 to November 1837)[8]
2. The Adventures of Oliver Twist (Monthly serial in Bentley's Miscellany, February 1837 to April 1839)
3. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (Monthly serial, April 1838 to October 1839)
4. The Old Curiosity Shop (Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, April 25, 1840, to February 6, 1841)
5. Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty (Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, February 13, 184l, to November 27, 1841)
6. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit (Monthly serial, January 1843 to July 1844)
7. Dombey and Son (Monthly serial, October 1846 to April 1848)
8. David Copperfield (Monthly serial, May 1849 to November 1850)
9. Bleak House (Monthly serial, March 1852 to September 1853)
10.Hard Times: For These Times (Weekly serial in Household Words, April 1, 1854, to August 12, 1854)
11.Little Dorrit (Monthly serial, December 1855 to June 1857)
12.A Tale of Two Cities (Weekly serial in All the Year Round, April 30, 1859, to November 26, 1859)
13.Great Expectations (Weekly serial in All the Year Round, December 1, 1860 to August 3, 1861)
14.Our Mutual Friend (Monthly serial, May 1864 to November 1865)
15.No Thoroughfare (1867) (with Wilkie Collins)
16.The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Monthly serial, April 1870 to September 1870. Only six of twelve planned numbers completed)
17.The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices (1890)

1. A Christmas Carol (1843)
2. The Chimes (1844)
3. The Cricket on the Hearth (1845)
4. The Battle of Life (1846)
5. The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain (1848)

Great job by Koch Vision --- looking forward to more high quality titles from the BBC Collection film market --- order your copy now from Amazon or Koch Vision where there are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch releases --- where they are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector.

Total Time: 720 mins on DVD ~ Koch Vision ~ (8/14/2007)
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