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The Charles Dickens BBC Collection [DVD] [1977]

Ioan Gruffudd , Alun Armstrong , James Pedr , Moira Armstrong    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ioan Gruffudd, Alun Armstrong, Clive Swift, Paul Scofield, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directors: James Pedr, Moira Armstrong, Michael E. Briant, Gareth Davies, Julian Jarrold
  • Producers: Chris Parr, Jonathan Powell, Barry Letts, David Snodin, Kate Harwood
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 1975 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ASALSI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,653 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This box set includes; The Pickwick Papers / Oliver Twist / A Christmas Carol / Martin Chuzzlewit / David Copperfield / Tale Of Two Cities / Great Expectations / Our Mutual Friend

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Starring: Michael Hordern, Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Eric Porter, Miriam Margolyes, John Le Mesurier, John Mills, Cherie Lunghi, Ian McKellen, Charlotte Rampling, Paul Scofield Classic BBC dramatisations of Charles Dickens. Boxset contains: Martin Chuzzlewit Oliver Twist A Christmas Carol A Tale of Two Cities Great Expectations David Copperfield Pickwick Paper Our Mutual Friend


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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical British for every age 11 Mar 2010
Format:DVD
For Christmas (not especially for Dickens's Carol, I purchased this big (in every aspect) box of classical British literature, now transformed into film. Each and every one has its special charm and the viewer can choose ackording to today's form. As a non-british watcher I would say that no other nation has the ability to put into film what its greatest authors have written as books. As an extra bonus for the young generation, this could easily be a natural way from watching to reading. As a reasonably educated person I find myself immersed in the lovely sea of British acting. Every smile, grumpy comment or terse word brings to life the unending world of the great literature and its possibilies in the form of film. I can highly recommend this collection to every english-speaking person who will feel good to relive some of the great works of Dickens again. Perhaps it will lead you to the book-shelf too?
Gunnar Adell, former dep. director of public prosecution, Sweden
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170 of 176 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations Satisfied. 15 Jun 2007
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This collection features eight complete editions of various Dickens interpretations from the BBC stable, from 1977's "Christmas Carol" through to 1999's "David Copperfield". The total mileage is 1977 minutes, not including various extras. Divide that by the price offered and, however much the price is, it'll still be a bargain.

There are some big stars here, and some who should be or should have been: there are some fine performances in some of the smallest of parts. With eight different directors, the production is uneven, and some series suffered from smaller budgets than others, but there is not a duff series among them. If I had to choose a worst, then "David Copperfield" over-eggs an already mawkish pie (and is top-heavy in big names). The best? Well, "Great Expectations" has a wonderful atmosphere, especially out on the marshes. But top of the tree for me is "Martin Chuzzlewit" with fantastic humour in every nuance.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collertor's Edition 22 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
I bought that collection for myself. And I was positively surprised when I opened the package. The collection looks like an old book with a lock, including a keyhole picture. Actually it is a magnetic lock and even form the top or side it looks like a book. It is a real show-off, a collector's dream. The DVDs can be browsed like book pages. The DVD on top, the content discription on the back side.

So far I have only seen "A Christmas Carol", my all time favourite story. It is the shortest movie I have seen so far (not counting cartoons). It is a nice mix of stage and movie and the only tiny draw back is Sir Michael Murray Hordern as Scrooge. Not as an actor, mind you. But he looks so friendly, even when he plays Scrooge as a miser. It reminds me of a friendly grandpa or uncle who pretends to be angry. Anyway this collection will be my highlight of DVD collections.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it while you can? 9 Feb 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have just received this product and so have not viewed every production (and don't plan on rushing through it), although I have recently seen both Great Expectations and Our Mutual Friend and can vouch for the wonderful quality of those productions. The only real shame is that the 1985 version of Bleak House, by all accounts a wonderful production, is not included, presumably because this set was released just before the (also wonderful) 2005 version was broadcast on TV.

My purpose in this review, however, is to talk about the packaging. The BBC have re-packaged this set for Dickens' bicentenary, with the new version (Charles Dickens Collection (Repackaged) [DVD]) now available at a slightly higher price than this one. So which is better? The answer is, quite simply, this one (especially at the cheaper price). The new version is packaged in a cardboard slip-case, which I believe contains the 12 discs in a convential format in the same way as the newly box set-ed Bleak House, Little Dorrit, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations set that was released on the same day (well worth a look too, by the way), with a seperate booklet providing information on each production. That's all well and good, and I'd have no complaints with that set on its own, but the presentation of this original version is exemplary. As another reviewer has mentioned, it is presented in a book format sealed with a magnet (a magnet!), and within each "leaf" of DVD is backed with an information card on the production, with some very well-chosen pictures on the DVD side. It is a joy even to flick through, and that's not something you can often say for a DVD release.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dickens collection 25 Feb 2012
By graham
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What a way to improve your knowledge of Charles Dickens, with this bumper pack of 8 popular works, of nearly 40 hours of film, including additional special features on some DVD's, to enhance your knowledge of the productions.
Many well known actors/actresses added to my enjoyment and very well worth the cost, in comparison to buying individual productions.
Just a pity all of Dickens works aren't available in one presentation pack (or set of packs) but that may then become a prohibitive cost to many potential buyers (so maybe that's an unfair comment).
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Published 15 days ago by ALEXANDER McCUTCHEON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely set!! fast delivery too....A+++++
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... l bought as a gift and the recipitent was delighted could not stop...
exelent l bought as a gift and the recipitent was delighted could not stop waching until he had seen them all, quality super
Published 1 month ago by M DUFFY
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Dickens DVD Collection
I loved seeing current actors and actresses as they were over a decade ago. The Dickens characters were excellently portrayed, and the productions were first class. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. M. Hearnshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy.
Bought this. For my mum, who is a fan. She has watched them all now and really enjoyed them all.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs D E Webb
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish!
None of the DVD's worked at first. They appear to need attention every time they are used. Why is this?
Published 5 months ago by Sue
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing Stuff
I didn't get the package. It was missed! and furthermore it was no more available to re send it. Awful
Published 5 months ago by silvia Lucci
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Very good, Many thanks to all concerned, a great gift for all the family to enjoy. I will tell all my friends.
Published 6 months ago by George Capon
5.0 out of 5 stars great
it was a present for my sister who is a French English teacher
she said she was pleased and will use it with her students
yes i will recommend it to other people... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Claire JAMBET
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dickens BBC collection.
Production excellent; casting superb and the plays all seem true to Dickens's writings. Good value at that price. thank you.
Published 7 months ago by MRS ANN A KELLAND
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