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The Old Curiosity Shop [DVD]


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  • 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z6QHLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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).

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Mcrae on 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 By J. Crawford on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss H on 18 Sep 2014
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The Old Curiosity shop is in my opinion one of Dickens most tragic tales. Little Nell is the victim of all who surround her, including her own grandfather the owner of the curiosity shop. As a secret drunk and gambler her grandfather gambles away all that they posses and in debt to a villainous loan shark they flee London to escape his clutches. However Quilp the loan shark pursues them for his debt and out of desire to posses young Nell; and as Nell and her grandfather fall further into poverty as the old man continues to gamble what little they have, they increasingly come to rely on charity and strangers.
Driven only by his addiction and his selfish desire to save his own skin, Nell's grandfather increasingly shows his darker side until he literally casts Nell out into the cold rain to beg on the streets for their survival. However when Nell falls ill a larger tragedy awaits.
Full of heart breaking tragedy and a star studded cast this drama makes for compelling viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gyro on 3 Oct 2012
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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 By Dr.Trevor on 9 Dec 2011
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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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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Poacher on 30 Dec 2010
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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 By Footpresser on 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 By Kelly89 on 23 April 2013
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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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