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The Old Curiosity Shop [DVD] [2007]

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  • Actors: Derek Jacobi, Toby Jones, Gina McKee, Adam Godley, Martin Freeman
  • Directors: Brian Percival
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Z6QHLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,139 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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The Old Curiosity shop is Dickensian tragedy with little slivers of sunlight peeping through odiously dark Victorian clouds of social inequality, avarice and injustice. The lives of Little Nell and her aged grandfather (Derek Jacobi - superb as ever) revolve around ownership of a shop of curios, but gambling proves to be a harsh yet addictive mistress for the grandfather, especially when the iniquitous moneylender Quilp inveigles himself into their lives by supplying the money that is needed to gamble with. Ultimately their very existence is threatened. I found the viewing most gripping. A gifted cast, authentic-looking sets and minimalist yet powerful direction all would have pleased Charles Dickens had he watched this opulent production. For me it was ever so slightly condensed (when measured against the book) but it remained immensely satisfying and enjoyable; perhaps the best version of this story that I've yet seen. Buy, watch, enjoy and then watch again.
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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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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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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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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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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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By graboid on 10 Nov. 2010
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Run of the mill ITV adaptation.

At only two hours it is impossible to be faithful to the novel. In truth, it feels rushed. A proper version of this is yet to be made.
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