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The Old Curiosity Shop [DVD]

Derek Jacobi , Toby Jones , Brian Percival    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Gina McKee, Adam Godley, Martin Freeman
  • Directors: Brian Percival
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z6QHLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,144 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Sir Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass, Gosford Park) and Toby Jones (W, Infamous) star in this enchanting adaptation of the Dickens classic, also featuring Sophie Vavasseur (Becoming Jane) as Little Nell.

Little Nell Trent lives with her devoted grandfather (Jacobi) in his London shop, a magical place filled from wall to wall with dust-laden treasures. Grandfather keeps his nocturnal gambling activities a secret but is deeply in debt to the evil profiteering loan shark Quilp (Jones). When he gambles away what little money they possess, The Old Curiosity Shop is seized by Quilp as payment and Nell and her grandfather are forced to flee London and seek refuge elsewhere. On the run, and with Quilp on their tails, the pair fall in with a number of colourful characters, some friendly and some villainous.

This poignant film brings some of Dickens’s most colourful, tragic and humorous characters to life with an all star ensemble cast including Zoë Wanamaker (Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Office).

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Derek Jacobi Old Curiosity Shop (2007)


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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short for Dickens 6 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
Good acting especially by Toby Jones, but the overall effect is that too much is squeezed into too little time. The best productions of Dickens are those which give time to explore the fascinating characters he has created. We need at least two and a half hours to really appreciate the characters and the plot. Dombey and Son(BBC production in the eighties) was about 4 hours and was much more successful as was the recent BBC production of Little Dorrit(over 4 hours again.)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of the book 13 Jan 2013
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At under two hours this production covers only a fraction of the novel. What you are left with is the sense of watching the shadow of something rather than the real thing. A disappointment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity aroused and well satisfied 3 Oct 2012
By Gyro
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Derek Jacobi in quite a different role for once as the weak grandfather who can't save himself from spending every penny he has. Even at the expense of his dependant granddaughter - whom he pushes onto the streets to beg on their behalf to support his gambling whims. Holds the audience from beginning to end. Worth the time watching to see the demise of the villian who drives the small duo from their longtime home in the old Curiosity Shop.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a great re-make 9 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
An OK watch but it really isn't in the same class as the Ustinov effort. Almost unbelievably,we watched both versions on the same evening.The latter one is simply better executed than the former.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Curiously Poor 30 Dec 2010
By Poacher
Format:DVD
Considering the wealth of talent in this production the end product is a very sketchy and shallow interpretation of a fine Dickens novel. My advice "READ THE BOOK".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best story... 7 Dec 2012
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Now recall seeing this on tv and wonder why I ordered it- Toby Jones' performance as Quilp is outstanding...other characterisations, too, however, at only one and a half hours long the plot skips merrily along as if it's a jolly story, so tragedy seems comic. Won't be reading the book, though I suspect they missed a lot out...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cast. 23 April 2013
By Kelly89
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If nothing else, this had going for it a strong and vibrant cast. Worth paying out for if you consider yourself fans of it's stars, otherwise I found it lacking the depth and darkness of the original story I love so much.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Old Curiosity Shop 22 April 2012
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Full of well known actors but apart from Jacobi there is no Dickensian feeling like in the old black and white movies, it is however worth watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant production
Have some other productions, most good, this one however I found extremely well worth watching, sets amazing.. Do not miss it!
Published 3 months ago by M. C. Digby
5.0 out of 5 stars diskens favourite
quite a true to the novel drams.
Excellent cast and enjoyable to watch time and again.
A good family film for all ages to watch.
Published 4 months ago by busy lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, great acting...........
Loved this film and is as good as the book. If you like period drama, you will definitely like this film. Margrete
Published 4 months ago by Margrete
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Bought for my Brother as a gift and he was very pleased with it and enjoyed it very much. Arrived as stated
Published 7 months ago by Kassie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film.
If you love period drama, then you will definitely enjoy this film. All good actores. It is a bit of a tear jerker at the end but all in all a really good film.
Published 7 months ago by Joyce Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
It was a truly tale of its era and very well done, but I was tempted to switch it off half way through as I had had enough of this dark type of play recently. Read more
Published 8 months ago by WILLAND
4.0 out of 5 stars Old Curiosity Shop
I had heard snippets of this Charles Dickens story, but had never actually seen the full story. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. J. E. Ainsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars so good
It was very good quite enjoyd it will recommend it to my friends and it will be the sort of film one can watch again
Published 10 months ago by barbara Sherwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I bought these to while away wet winter Sunday afternoons. I thoroughly enjoyed them, and will be watching them all again this winter.
Published 11 months ago by Funky Poodle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other Dicken's productions
Toby Jones was incredible however there were some cast members who were impressively weak. The BBC are usually so good at these productions, which made this watch-able and wanting... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth Moon
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