Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

Director: Douglas McGrath Cast: Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/22/2003
UPC: 0027616885722
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:12:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Creating a Classic: The Making of Nicholas Nickleby" featurette; Audio commentary with director Douglas McGrath; "The Cast on the Cast" featurette; "View on the Set" multi-angle feature; Behind-the-scenes photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer; English 5.1 surround sound; French and Spanish stereo surround sound; English, French and Spanish subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Cut Loose [6:00]
2. A Common Enough Loss [4:27]
3. One Eye on the Boys [3:20]
4. Dotheboys' Boys [5:03]
5. A Loveless Spoonful [2:49]
6. No Hope for Smike [1:59]
7. A Heart Needs..."Mending" [4:16]
8. Romantically Faint [2:25]
9. "Sure to Find You" [5:21]
10. Punishment or Pity [2:14]
11. "You Are My Home" [3:08]
12. The Only Lady [3:31]
13. A Theatrical Profession [3:38]
14. Pity the Artless [4:18]
15. Alone in A Room [1:42]
16. An Extortive Missive [2:15]
17. Kate's Humiliation [1:52]
18. "Your Public Awaits!" [4:05]
19. Their Name in Shame [4:35]
20. A 20-Year-Old Debt [5:22]
21. To New Things! [2:22]
22. They Took Smike! [5:16]
23. His Ruin Above All [9:09]
24. The Girl in Tears [1:10]
25. A Heart Lost, A Heart Sold [5:25]
26. Happily at Rest [5:00]
27. "Night Is Coming Fast" [5:47]
28. Saving Each Other [4:50]
29. A Death in the Family [4:50]
30. Up There in Hell [6:01]
31. A Heartfelt Toast [2:55]
32. End Credits [3:53]
Side #2 -- Fullscreen
1. Main Title/Cut Loose [6:00]
2. A Common Enough Loss [4:27]
3. One Eye on the Boys [3:20]
4. Dotheboys' Boys [5:03]
5. A Loveless Spoonful [2:49]
6. No Hope for Smike [1:59]
7. A Heart Needs..."Mending" [4:16]
8. Romantically Faint [2:25]
9. "Sure to Find You" [5:21]
10. Punishment or Pity [2:14]
11. "You Are My Home" [3:08]
12. The Only Lady [3:31]
13. A Theatrical Profession [3:38]
14. Pity the Artless [4:18]
15. Alone in A Room [1:42]
16. An Extortive Missive [2:15]
17. Kate's Humiliation [1:52]
18. "Your Public Awaits!" [4:05]
19. Their Name in Shame [4:35]
20. A 20-Year-Old Debt [5:22]
21. To New Things! [2:22]
22. They Took Smike! [5:16]
23. His Ruin Above All [9:09]
24. The Girl in Tears [1:10]
25. A Heart Lost, A Heart Sold [5:25]
26. Happily at Rest [5:00]
27. "Night Is Coming Fast" [5:47]
28. Saving Each Other [4:50]
29. A Death in the Family [4:50]
30. Up There in Hell [6:01]
31. A Heartfelt Toast [2:55]
32. End Credits [3:53]

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Nicholas Nickleby 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw Charlie Hunnam in the movie Abandon and though he was kinda cute and reminded me so of Cillian Murphy with those dashing almost hypnotizing eyes. Anyway, I caught this movie after reading on one of my favorite authors who thought of him as a character in a very popular book and so thought of watching it myself. Though I was not only watching it for that but also for the movie itself of course. I've never heard of this book but from seeing the trailer for the movie it looked good. I watched the movie and really enjoyed it, though some scenes were a little hard to watch and others thought it wasn't necessary. This is the title character's story of helping his family after the death of one of their own and along the way comes to meet interesting people gaining allies and enemies in a world all new to them. This movie was kinda sweet and not only loved Charlie's performance "gotta love the hair" but also of Jamie Bell as Smike, he looked like the shy cute adorable one and was quite believable. A good performance by both. I recommend this movie though heard it was quite long but I still enjoyed it and is a favorite even after one viewing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of my FAVORITE MOVIES. I cannot begin describe how great it is. It really sticks to that period of time without trying to take any of the present to it. The old English is great, it is like the actors actually came from that time. I just loved Smike and Nicholas. If you want to be moved and watch a great movie you MUST see this. It is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies ever filmed...I have watched it 7 times in 2 days, please buy it and see what I mean! It has drama, tragedy, humor, angst, love, tenderness, everything one would expect from Dickens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Director Douglas McGrath has truly outdone himself! Every actor he has cast from Charlie Hunnam to Nicholas Rowe and Romola Garai are wonderful to watch. The feeling in everyones performances is what makes this film so wonderful. Also, the beautiful cotumes (designed by Ruth Meyers) and sets are lovely to look at. Nicholas Nickleby is a film well worth viewing again and again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! this movie was PERFECT!!! there was nothing bad about it and it had everything!! Romance, humor, drama and the music was fantastic!! The cast is wonderful and Charlie Hunnam is terrific and i know he'll b a huge star someday!! He's also GORGEOUS!!! I recomend this to anyone and everyone!!! =D
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am big into period dramas. I love watching classic books adapted into great films. I was a little wary with this version, but any doubts I had were completely erased when I watched it. I am not usually a fan of abridgment, but the abridgment in this movie was necessary and painless. I have read the 800-page book, so I know. All of the actors are amazing. But Jamie Bell's performance of Smike was truly heart-rending. It was compelling to watch. I NEVER cry over movies but I was bawling over Smike. I cannot say enough about the character. I was simply heart broken over Smike and his plight. He reminds you of a beaten puppy. His devotion to Nicholas and their relationship is incredibly touching. I HIGHLY recommend it!!
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