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Nicholas Nickleby / Old Curiosity Shop DVDs

Celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth, Studiocanal are releasing two film adaptations on DVD. Available from 14 May 2012 are:

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947)
Alongside Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby is considered the best of the feature adaptations of Dickens' work, and the film comes with the added kudos of being an Ealing Studios title, directed by Alberto Cavalcanti (Went the Day Well?, Dead of Night) and starring Cedric Hardwicke, Derek Bond and Stanley Holloway.

Derek Bond plays the title character, a resourceful young Britisher forced to protect his family against the demonic machinations of his wicked Uncle Ralph (Cedric Hardwicke). Cast out into the cold cruel world, Nicholas Nickleby deals adroitly with friend and foe alike, eventually coming full circle to mete out just desserts to his unspeakable uncle.

Features include:

  • 1.33:1 Full Screen
  • English Mono
  • English HOH subtitles
  • New Interview with BFI Dickens Season Curators Adrian Wootton & Michael Eaton
  • New Interview with Dickens biographer Michael Slater
  • Nicholas Nickleby, a silent film from 1912 directed by George O. Nichols
  • Behind the scenes stills gallery

The Old Curiosity Shop (1934)
Hay Petrie ingests the scenery as the demonic, hunchbacked Mr. Quilp in this 1935 British adaptation of Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop. Quilp is the wicked landlord who dominates and later ruins the lives of shopkeeper Trent (Ben Webster) and his resourceful granddaughter Little Nell (Elaine Benson). The death of the heroine, which created quite a brouhaha when the book was first published, is here handled with discretion and taste. Scenarists Margaret Kennedy and Ralph Neale successfully tackle the challenge of whittling Dickens' massive novel into a playable 90 minutes. The Old Curiosity Shop would be remade three times, once as a musical with Anthony Newley as Quilp.

Features include:
  • 1.33:1 Full Screen
  • English Mono
  • English HOH subtitles
  • Interview with BFI Dickens Season Curators Adrian Wootton & Michael Eaton
  • Interview with Dickens biographer Michael Slater
  • Wonderful Dickens: Dickens' London, a 1924 silent film directed by Frank Miller
  • Stills gallery

Below are a number of interview clips about the films followed by the DVD artwork...









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