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Oliver Twist [VHS] [1999]

Sam Smith (III) , David Ross , Renny Rye    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sam Smith (III), David Ross, Julie Walters, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Ger Ryan
  • Directors: Renny Rye
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Carlton
  • VHS Release Date: 27 Mar 2000
  • Run Time: 386 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R812
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,446 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Alan Bleasdale pens this original television adaptation of Dickens' classic novel. Having grown up in the workhouse of Mr Bumble (David Ross), young orphan Oliver (Sam Smith) has only ever known hardship and poverty. When he ends up on the streets of London, he is taken in by Fagin (Robert Lindsay) and inaugurated into the ways of the pickpocket, and it is while attempting to master this new craft that Oliver encounters a family who hold the key to his own hidden past.

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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Twist. Amazing adaptiation!! 12 Sep 2006
Alan Bleasdale's excellent adaptatation of Charles Dickens' classic story of a young boy who's life in Victorian England is far from perfect. His mother died in child birth, so he is brought up in an orphanage, then moved to a work house. Under nourished, he has the nerve to ask for more. From that moment on, the boy begins a journey that sees him fall in to the company of a gang of thieves led by Fagin, superbly played by Robert Lyndsay. He later meets a gentleman, Mr. Brownlow (Micheal Kitchen)who unknowingly holds the key to the boy's future as well as answers from his past. Sam Smith plays Oliver with a depth of character not seen before or since in any other dramatisation. With a stunning supporing cast including Julie Walters, Roger Lloyd Pack, Alun Armstrong, Sophia Myles and Lindsay Duncan. Andy Serkis is chilling as Bill Sykes and Marc Warren is just brilliant as Monks. Very high production values make this look stunning and in some ways better than the recent cinema release. Bleasdale expands a back story, only briefly touched on in the original work, to add intense complexity to the story. It is a brave move, as it makes the drama run to nearly six and a half hours! It pays off though, as so many loose ends get tied up to make the story make sense as it never has before. Originally made for and shown on ITV in 1999, it is proof that when they try, they can make superb dramas. I hope and believe this to be the unabridged version, as subsequent repeats on TV had major cuts made, so as to appeal to a younger audience. In my opinion, this is the best screen version of Dickens' Classic tale.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This is by far and away the best screen version of the Oliver tale, and captures the dark mood and atmosphere of the story to great effect. There are elements of humour also with some excellent acting, but Andy Serkis interpretation of Bill Sykes captures the true menace of the character brilliantly like no other. A frightning spectre with his demons becoming all to real. The balance with the other characters is also just right, neither to over played or over animated. A very grown up and powerful telling of the story, excellent.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the same level of the 1948 David Lean version 12 May 2008
By Jezz
When this was first shown on TV I missed the first episode and only came across it half way through the second. This is truly a first rate remake, whilst the 1948 version still holds a special place in my heart right next to it is this.

If you enjoy a good story with excellent props and scenery not to mention the cream of British actors in some surprising casting; but they all come together brilliantly!

At the price that Amazon has it at I would say this is an absolute must for DVD collector or any Dickens fans! The only thing i don't understand is why it hasn't been re-shown or more haven't heard of this, the is great shame.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly masterful production 2 May 2009
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Having watched this version of the Dickens tale serialised on television I knew I had to own it. When great works of literature such as this are dramatised on television it is usual for serious liberties to be taken which very often render the original story almost unrecognisable. Not so in this case. Alan Bleasdale has adhered faithfully to the Dickens story and though long, not a minute is wasted in bringing the story vividly to life - and I mean LIFE. The casting alone is a stroke of genius, each actor being hand-picked for the part. Robert Lindsay, whom I have only ever seen playing comedy roles plays the part of Fagin to perfection. The prison scene in which he has finally lost his mind is a truly powerful performance worthy of an actor of the very highest calibre. Andy Serkis too delivers an extremely impressive characterisation, portraying the truly evil side of Bill Sykes - "chilling" as one reviewer has said. It would take too long to mention each actor's role individually. Michael Kitchen, David Ross, Julie Walters, Marc Warren, the list of first-class British actors is endless. Each one perfectly cast. There have been other dramatisations of this timeless story, but for my money this is the one to have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Inspired by' the original text... 2 Mar 2013
By D. Took
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In order to enjoy this six-hour adaptation, you need to be aware that it was 'inspired by' the original text of Oliver Twist. The first hour and a half (one quarter of the adaptation) is not in the book at all and is an 'explanation' of what 'might' have led up to events described late in the book. There are lots of other differences from the book, eg Oliver's father is murdered, there is a relative with a large growth on his neck, and the evil murderess Mrs Leeford is a central character in this adaptation, but barely mentioned in the book. The Artful Dodger is a youth of 16-17, rather than a boy. Fagin, for some reason, does conjuring tricks! Monks has an epileptic fit every time he's persuaded to do something that conflicts with his better nature. If you can accept all this, you will probably feel, as I did, that all performances are outstanding, as is the direction and period detail - altogether a high-quality production. However, I do worry that I will now confuse my memory of the actual book with the events in this production, as they are so very different. So do be aware that this isn't Oliver Twist as Dickens wrote it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great order value for money, very happy
Published 9 days ago by Charles Gillam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab version.would use the sellar again
Published 19 days ago by Jane McGhin
5.0 out of 5 stars Well received
We really enjoyed this version of Oliver Twist. We have seen most other versions of Oliver Twist, and this one compares well with the ones that we have seen.
Published 1 month ago by margaret piuk
5.0 out of 5 stars oliver
a good story insomuch that retelling never seems to diminish its interest.
Published 1 month ago by col edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Drawn out, one disc would have been enough.
Published 2 months ago by Malcolm Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Why 4:3? I thought it was made as 16:9.
I fully agree with the praise that everyone has given for this version.

There's just one minor thing that puzzles me about the DVD presentation of it: it's 4:3. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mortimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleasdale's Twist
Let's be clear; if you want to put Dickens on film or stage, you're going to *have* to adapt the text, there is just no way that his rambling, grandiloquent and episodic stories... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I love this film, A popular classic for all the family to enjoy, I prefer this to the TV version
Published 6 months ago by Peter C. Chiverton
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best version
Having seen the previous versions of this excellent tale, and the acting involved, this one didn't excite me at all, not the same acting or story.
Published 6 months ago by LOTTO WIZARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This film it the best in my opinion, it includes very good tv actors which combined with a great writer offers drama with funny bits. I love it.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs JB Wren
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