Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Oliver Twist |
Masterpiece Theatre, 1999
Actor: Sam Smith (III); David Ross; Julie Walters; Roger Lloyd-Pack; Ger Ryan; Michael Kitchen; Annette Crosbie; Keira Knightley; Tim Dutton; Lindsay Duncan; Marc Warren; Robert Lindsay (II); Alex Crowley; Andy Serkis; Emily Woof; Tracey Murphy; Edward Woodall;
Director: Renny Rye
Genres: Drama, Television
In this extraordinary production, storyteller Alan Bleasdale broadens the scope of Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphan in 19th century England?and the characters who influence his destiny. Oliver's mother, Agnes,... more »
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The Best Movie Adaption of Oliver Twist
K. Giorlando | Eastpointe, Michigan United States | 02/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The poor reviews this movie has received (in both the DVD and VHS formats) I feel are totally unwarranted. This is my favorite put-to-film Dickens novel (except for the various "A Christmas Carol's" out there), and I am ecstatic that this version is finally available on DVD.
Now, in this adaption, I believe the prequel works very well. I think it makes this a much more comprehensive movie and gives the characters involved (especially Monks) much more depth. And, because of the length of this version that I am reviewing, it allows the viewer to get to know each character much deeper than the other filmed versions available. We get to know Oliver's parents and Aunt Rose up close, although it is done through liberties taken by the producer and not necessarily Dickens himself. I do feel, however, the great novelist would not particularly mind in this case.
The acting is as good, if not better, than pretty much most period epics I have seen. The actors play off of each other well - they match their roles perfectly. The costumes and sets are excellent. They have captured the early Victorian period so well - both the good and the bad - it's almost as if the viewer is peering through a looking glass into the past.
As for the story following Dickens' original novel...well, I have yet to see any movie follow a novel to a "T." It just doesn't happen, unfortunately, with virtually any put-to-film novel. But this follows the original, as a whole, much much closer than the other versions I have seen - definitely more than "Oliver," and infinitely more than the Disney version with Richard Dreyfuss, which was made into a totally different story than what Dickens had intended.
Don't let the nearly 6 hour length scare you off - there is no time during this whole version where one is bored (unless they are a child - definitely not a children's movie!). Being a fan of epic period movies, I found this to be as enticing as any other epic novels put to the screen.
Bravo to all involved!"
Nothing short of Superb
alexandrac36 | USA | 05/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you love Masterpiece Theatre, Charles Dickens, terrific writing and superb acting...then your life is not complete without this DVD.I first saw this adaptation of my favourite Dickens novel when I was about 13 when it was first released. Since then I've watched it over 30 times and memorized almost every single eloquently written line. I fell in love with the plot and the characters, however villanous or cheeky they may be. Just to name a few - Andy Serkis as Bill Sikes is the perfect frightening bad guy. Robert Lindsay must be the greatest Fagin ever portrayed on the film; he is a rich, infamous, and slightly comical delight - a wonderful perfomance. Marc Warren as the pathetic half-brother to Oliver, Monks aka Edward Leeford, acts his heart out, and one cannot help but love the character that we are supposed to hate. Sam Smith who plays Oliver is marvelously innocent in his debut role. That's just a few of the roles that stick out, but there are others who must be mentioned. Julie Walters and David Ross are hilarious characters; Emily Wolf is a wonderful and beautiful Nancy; the now very recognizable Keira Knightley is a charming Rose Fleming; and Lindsay Duncan portrays the dispicable mother to Edward Leeford with perfection.If you are looking for a word-for-word adaptation of Dicken's Oliver Twist, this is not it. This takes many liberties with the story, and goes far beyond it, spending 1/3 of the story on life before Oliver. It devolops every character, travels through every bit of Olivers life, and tells stories about his family, with a short but sweet epilogue. It is incredibly believable and will impact you in some way I can garuntee. It is one of those stories and films that will influence you, whether it is to be a writer or an actor. I highly, highly recommend it."
The best adaptation ever made.
Kennith Perry | Goldthwaite, TX United States | 08/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've seen several different versions of the classic Charles Dickens story of the orphan boy but I just finished watching this six hour mini series adaptation that in my opinion was the best yet."
Jeanette Nielsen | Denmark | 09/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Absolutely the best adaption of the Charles Dickens novel I've ever seen. The acting is devilish good; especially Marc Warren (as Edward Leeford) and Andy Serkis (Bill Sikes) makes it worth watching over and over again. The whole cast seem to have put a lot of work into it, and not make this story "just another classic costume horn of plenty". A good story, a great writer but unique and wonderful acting."