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MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT [IMPORT]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016RBI0M
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By June F. Miller on 6 Nov. 2009
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This is TV adaptation at it's very best. Paul Scofield is brilliant (what else?) but the other actors also shine, as a vast variety of charactors that only Dickens could write about. Well worth watching, and keeping (as I have done)in order to watch again and again.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Buckley on 2 Nov. 2010
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This DVD is superb. Everything about it is top quality. The adaption of Dickens is true to the book. The acting is terrific throughout but especially Paul Schofield, Keith Allen and Tom Wilkinson. The sets look authentic. We watched it over 2 nights in two 3 hour sessions and it was a joy
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JB on 25 Jan. 2011
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I was a bit worried when the dvd arrived and the box had dutch wording on it. However, it WAS in the original English soundtrack but you do need to turn off the subtitles. This is a must for any Dickens fan and the casting is superb!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Vine on 2 April 2011
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Very good. Bought this to replace video but discovered that more than an hour has been omitted from the original which is a shame.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe Bloggs on 5 Feb. 2011
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This version is a bit dated now, not as up-to-the-minute as the recent TV adaptations of Bleak House with Gillian Anderson, and Little Dorritt with Claire Foy. It is, however, quite good, and close to the original text. I thoroughly recommend it as period drama in its own right, a teaching aid to introduce students to the work of Charles Dickens and how his novels can be adapted for TV, and for film students who would learn a thing or two about lighting and cinematography. I gave it top marks. Keith allen (who once played a tooth fairy in an advert!) gives a chilling performance as Jonas Chuzzlewit, and the equally impressive cast list is too long to recount. Well worth the money!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lyon on 15 Mar. 2014
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The joke with this Dickens is that there are two Martins Chuzzlewit, and the joke with this production is that there are two Pauls Schofield, and one of them is playing one of the Martins Chuzzlewit, while the other is playing another of the four Chuzzlewits - his decrepit and cynical brother Anthony - the other two being horrible Jonas (Keith Allen on very fine form) and spikey Martin jnr (Ben Walden, who never quite looks comfortable, though it could just be that Martin Jnr is never comfortable). Oh, there's a George Chuzzlewit too, but he doesn't do very much. Mr Schofield, is is superfluous to add, is superb in both his roles (if you don't know, it takes a little while for the penny to drop).

One of the testimonials at the time of broadcast was 'Not a look, not a gesture out of place', which is a pretty fair baseline from which to judge the show. It's beautifully acted by a fantastic cast - Tom Wilkinson is a deliciously fruity hypocrite as the oleaginous Seth Pecksniff, while Emma Chambers and Julia Sawalha are his awful daughters, who would be funny if Jonas didn't do so much harm to each of them.

These are attended (initially at least) by the atypically awkward and singularly bald Phillip Franks - and it's not a rubber cap - all that hair came off. Good job his Tom Pinch is such a lovely piece of acting, then.

The other stand-out piece of brilliance is Elizabeth Spriggs as Sarey Gamp, whose lying, incompetent, bibulous, grandiloquent excess just about steals her the show - even Joan Sims' Betsey Prigg is just a touch in the shade - this is Dickens' take on private nursing.

John Mills - too blind at the age of 86 to read his lines, and had to learn them from tape - plays Old Chuffey, and he's absolutely marvelous.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Arrowsmith on 8 Dec. 2009
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With a cast list to dream of this adaptation by David Lodge shows the BBC at it's absolute best.What a pity that period costume dramas are so expensive to produce and so are becoming rarer.
Paul Scofield is superb in the dual roles of Martin and Anthony Chuzzlewit and he is ably supported by the remainder of the cast. Tom Wilkinson deftly treads the line between comic and odious to make Pecksniff truly memorable as does Pete Postlethwaite in the lesser role of Montague Tiggs. There is not a poor performance in the entire production and the pace of the direction is admirable, allowing the story to unfold at a reasonable pace. Unlike some recent Dickens adaptations there is no attempt to "juice up" the story line with the introduction of spurious elements not present in the original novel. The hinted at lesbianism of Miss Wade in the recent "Little Dorrit" being a case in point.
The one single criticism I would have of this production is the editing. There is little attempt to link the scenes and the action quickly passes from one location and set of characters to another with no common link so the series can appear a bit disjointed at times. However this is a very minor quibble and should not deter anyone from purchasing this set of 2 DVDs. In the absence of any alternative versions of this, one of Dickens less popular and well known novels, I can heartily recommend it to anyone thinking of taking the plunge.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Clarke on 22 Dec. 2012
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Although the product description stated this was an imported DVD, it did not say that it was subtitled for a Dutch audience. The sound track is in English but it is very distracting to see the sub titles taking up a quarter of the screen. The production itself is excellent and what you would expect from the BBC but I am disappointed that my viewing pleasure has been affected and I would not have bought this DVD had I known about the sub titles. Unless you are a Flemish speaker DON'T BUY THIS ITEM, go elsewhere.
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