In this version of the classic Charles Dickens novel, Nicholas Nickleby, MGM has produced an exceptional special edition DVD. For starters, both the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen version and the pan-and-scan versions are offered on different sides of the disc. The image is marvelous, with warm earthy tones and solid, dense blacks, a thematic element of the film. Skin colors are also right on target, as is detail. It's simply a wonderful transfer that perfectly captures the approach of the film and story. The sound, a 5.1 Dolby Digital track, isn't going to win any awards, but it's perfectly suited for the nature of this film. Dialogue is the center focus, and it's always clear (though subtitles do come in handy at times with the English accents), and the surrounds are used, on occasion, to the right effect. A similarly first-class job has been given to the supplements, which are the same on either side of the disc. Up first is a scene-specific commentary from writer/director Douglas McGrath. His approach is quite "matter of fact," but, at the same time, he offers an abundance of information on the story and the filmmaking process. Rather complete (for its nearly 30-minute length) is a featurette called "Creating a Classic: The Making of Nicholas Nickleby," which, through interviews and location shots, gives a history of the production. Also included is a shorter feature, "The Cast on the Cast," which is just that: comments from cast members about their co-stars. While unquestionably studio fluff, there are many interesting comments to be heard. Of only so much interest are two additional features: a multi-camera view of five different segments of the film and a three-part photo gallery where the images are fairly standard and brief. Finally, along with the trailer for this film, are home video trailers for other MGM titles, such as Evelyn, Die Another Day, and The Princess Bride.