This Ealing production of Charles Dickens' novel stars Cedric Hardwicke as the eponymous hero. The duplicitous scheming of an avaricious uncle robs Nicholas Nickleby of his rightful inheritance. In order to care for his family, Nicholas is forced to leave his schoolmaster's post, and seek his fortune as a travelling entertainer.
Ealing = Excellence: plain and simple. A wonderful story, a brilliant period piece in the same genre as the 1946 Great Expectations. A pity that this transfer to dvd doesn't permit us (the viewers) to appreciate it.
Where does one start. At times it appears that what we see is the result of a first generation video camera filming a late night television broadcast of this film through a coke bottle. Sharpness doesn't exist and blurring is constant. Blackness overcomes the picture so many times you don't know what you are looking at.
I guess living in Canada I am spoiled with the many Criterion (US) releases of classic films "cleaned up" to former glory of their original release date.
Yes, it may be wonderful to see this 1947 classic.... as I did for the first time with this dvd... but I'll be waiting for some other restoration company to come by and return this film to a condition it so rightly deserves... which you won't find in this dvd release.
I bought this Dvd for £ 1.00 and soon realised that I had paid about 95p too much. A very good film spoiled by the transfer from film to Dvd. As my fellow reviewer has said, the picture is sometimes so dark that it becomes almost impossible to see what one is watching. It maybe that someone will at some stage make a better job of this, until then, keep hold of your money.!!
This is the 1947 Ealing Studios version with Cedric Hardwicke,Stanley Holloway and Derek Bond remastered and re-released by studiocanal as part of their vintage classics series in 2012. the dialogue is nice and clear with just a small bit of hiss audible during some scenes and it has optional english subtitles.the picture has a lot of scratches but looks pretty decent considering it's age.the extras include a short interview with two BFI Dickens season curators another short interview with Dickens biographer Michael Slater,a 15 min Nicholas Nickleby silent film from 1912,the original trailer and a behind the scenes gallery.the aspect ratio is 4:3,audio is 2.0 mono and it's region 2 locked.this release while not as good looking a restoration as for example Kind Hearts and Coronets by the same company is still the best this film has looked or sounded on dvd and is definitely an improvement over previous releases.
THIS IS EALING'S WELL-LIKED 1947 PRODUCTION FEATURING A GALLERY OF BRITISH STARS. APPARENTLY STUDIOCANAL HAVE GONE TO SOME LENGTHS TO RESTORE AND REMASTER THIS FILMS FOR DICKENS' CENTENNIAL. THIS IS GOOD NEWS AS PREVIOUS DVD EDITIONS HAVE LOOKED ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. SO THIS IS THE ONE TO BUY!
Next to David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby is possibly one of Dickens's most popular novels. The number of productions of both titles certainly would appear to prove this, but I have to say that in my opinion (contrary to your other reviewers), and leaving picture quality to one side, I find this version of Nickleby less satisfactory than other Dickens's adaptations from the same stable.
To whittle down any of Dickens's work for presentation on film always offers a great challenge - what to leave out? This production does a fair précis job but it does come across as somewhat antiquated, and some of the musical backdrop can prove irritating when attempting to decipher what is being spoken; the penultimate scene, in which Ralph Nickleby hangs himself, both lightning and thunder (I have yet to experience a storm quite like this in real life) and music go way over the top,
The casting is good, containing as it does many old favourites. A young Derek Bond as Nicholas, plays a nice guy in contrast to some of his later roles. Perhaps Bernard Miles as Newman Noggs does rather overdo the hysterical laughter. Look out for a brief appearance of Guy Rolfe as Mr. Folair from Mr Vincent Crummles's (Stanley Holloway) troop, and Hattie Jacques as Mrs. Kenwick.
Where I do agree with others is in the transfer to DVD, which is frankly appalling. The sound is marginally better than the picture quality but neither gives the film much chance of the success it deserves.
I like the early versions of these type of stories, modern versions seem to rely too much on background music and hi tech production. Closer to the book. Had this on video for ages and decided to update the format.