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Nicholas Nickleby
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 76 (Sept 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Alan Cumming, Edward Fox, Romola Garai, Anne Hathaway, Barry Humphries, Charlie Hunnam, Nathan Lane, Christopher Plummer, Timothy Spall & Juliet Stevenson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary with director Douglas McGrath, a 30-minute segmented making-of featurette, which includes topics like the screenplay, costumes, sets, characters, and cinematography; a 17-minute The Cast On The Cast featurette; five multi-angle scenes; and three photo galleries.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1004521
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Thematic material involving some violent action and a childbirth scene
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Dual Layer (DVD18)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 132
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/22/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Douglas McGrath
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
After his father unexpectedly dies, young Nicholas Nickleby (Hunnam) finds himself head of the household. When he learns that his father has left them penniless, Nicholas takes his mother (Stella Gonet) and sister Kate (Garai) to the home of his rich and bitter Uncle Ralph (Plummer). Ralph helps Nicholas secure a job at a school for boys but Nicholas can

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a stylized picture that visually sets the cold European setting of the film with lots of grays, blues, and blacks in the color palette. Images are nicely sharp and detailed, though a softer focus is used at times. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended for the darker scenes with limited shadow delineation. While pixelization and edge enhancement can be noticed, neither are too terribly distracting. (Suzanne Hodges) The disc also includes a modified 1.33:1 (4:3) full screen version (not reviewed) on the flip side.

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