Today (7th February 2012) marks the 200 th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth. In celebration, three famous adaptations of his classic tales are available now in the CHARLES DICKENS DVD BOX SET , courtesy of ITV STUDIOS Home Entertainment.
David Lean’s lavish, BAFTA-nominated adaptation of OLIVER TWIST (1948), one of Charles Dickens’ enduringly popular tales, has been fully restored in vivid High Definition. It is most remembered for Sir Alec Guinness’ ( Star Wars; Lawrence Of Arabia ) masterly performance as arch villain Fagin, and also stars Anthony Newley ( Doctor Dolittle ), John Howard Davies (Tom Brown’s Schooldays), Robert Newton ( The Adventures Of Long John Silver; Around The World In Eighty Days ) and Diana Dors ( There’s A Girl In My Soup; Dancing With Crime ).
Another Lean adaptation, GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1946) captures the warm humour and richness of character that makes this Victorian England recreation the original and best. Starring Sir John Mills ( Ryan’s Daughter, Swiss Family Robinson ) , enjoy this beautifully restored and re-mastered film which many perceive as the definitive Dickens adaptation.
Ralph Thomas’ ( Doctor in the House ) highly acclaimed and digitally re-mastered A TALE OF TWO CITIES (1958) is a powerful story of love and redemption during the French Revolution, available again to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the novel’s first publication. Dirk Bogarde ( Death in Venice, The Servant ) stars as Sidney Carton, a desolute lawyer who meets French girl Lucie Manette ( Dorothy Tutin – Savage Messiah ) and her father in London, along with Charles Darnay ( Paul Guers ), who has fled France in disgust at the treatment of the working classes.
With notable extras including: Making Of documentaries, trailers, biographies & stills galleries, experience arguably the best Charles Dickens adaptations ever created in the CHARLES DICKENS DVD BOX SET .
Release Date: 6 th February 2012
Credit: ITV STUDIOS Home Entertainment
Running Time: 340 minutes
Retail Cat. Number: 3711535203
Retail Barcode: 5037115352033