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Nicholas Nickleby (2002/United Artists/MGM/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Film: C+

PLEASE NOTE: This Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, is limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies last from the links below.

The classic Charles Dickens' story comes to life on film yet again in writer/director Douglas McGrath's 2002 adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby that is finally finding its way onto Blu-ray disc courtesy of Twilight Time, looking and sounding better than any time since its theatrical release. The film features an all star cast including the fantastic Christopher Plummer, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Bell, Timothy Spall, and Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) as Nickleby.

Young Nicholas (Henry McGrath) and his family (Andrew Havill) enjoy a comfortable life, until Nicholas' father dies and the family is left penniless. Nicholas, his sister and mother venture to London to seek help from their Uncle Ralph (Plummer), but Ralph's only intentions are to separate the family and exploit them. Nicholas is sent to a school run by the cruel, abusive and horridly entertaining Mr. Wackford Squeers (Jim Broadbent). Eventually, Nicholas runs away with schoolmate Smike (Bell), and the two set off to reunite the Nickleby family.

Presented in colorful 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, the film looks great in remastered high definition as shot in the Super 35mm film format. Many of the tones throughout the film are natural and captured here in finer detail than previously available. The sound mixes are also considerably better than previous editions with a lossless English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) track and a lossless English 2.0 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) track with Pro Logic surrounds, both of which sound great at home and will help encapsulate you into the film experience. MGM/UA was pushing this as a demo for how good DTS sounded early on, so expect more than just the usual dialogue-based soundtrack.

Special Features include...

Isolated Score Track with a soundtrack by Rachel Portman

Audio Commentary with Director Douglas McGrath

Creating a Classic: The Making of Nicholas Nickleby

The Cast on the Cast!

View on the Set Multi-Angle Feature

Original Theatrical Trailer

Collectible Booklet with illustrations and thorough Julie Kirgo essay

An interesting cinematic take on the classic Dickens story you may have missed, it looks fantastic on this special edition release.

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