Twilight Time Blu-ray: Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

Company: Twilight Time

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

My Review and Thoughts:

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Super excited about this Special Edition Twilight Time Blu-ray release. I am a huge Charles Dickens fan. I have read his whole library and own all his books. I am currently in the process of buying all his film adaptions. I feel NICHOLAS NICKLEBY is one of the finest adaptions to any Dickens story. Starring a wonderful, top notch brilliant cast of actors and actresses. Starring the very talented Charlie Hunnam. I first fell in love with his talent in the TV drama Queer as Folk playing the part of Nathan Maloney. Many will know him from the TV Modern Cult Classic Sons of Anarchy playing the part of Jackson from 2008 to 2014. Whatever character he is playing he gives a total perfection that leaves you the viewer in total satisfaction. He can bring to life his characters. Playing Nicolas Nickleby is a shining role, that is  perfection on film.

Also, starring one of my personal favorites Jamie Bell. I also fell in love with him in his first film, Billy Elliot. I knew then that this young man had a huge future in cinema, both great and small. I personally think that his ultimate defining role's are: Deathwatch (2002), his masterpiece worthy performance in Undertow (2004), which is one of the most underrated films out there. He was brilliant in The Chumscrubber (2005). He played the character of K in 2013’s Nymphomaniac to an award worthy reality. No matter the part, Bell is a golden ticket of perfection in performance. He is currently playing the part of Abraham Woodhull on the awesome TV series TURN: Washington’s Spies. I love the amazing cast in NICHOLAS NICKLEBY.

Also, starring Tom Courtenay who has always been one of my favorite actors. Courtenay's defining achievement was in the 1963's Billy Liar. He also starred in another wonderful Blu-ray release by Twilight Time, The Night of the Generals which he weaved a performance with total acting excellence that stands out above and beyond so many other films. He is a part of a cinematic collection of classic performers that stand out.

Also, starring a wonderful female actress, the multi-talented, award worthy, actress Anne Hathaway. Her part of Rachel in 2008’s Rachel Getting Married is extraordinary. I feel her shinning role is Fantine in the mastery musical film 2012’s Les Miserables. Nickleby also, stars a vast array of actors, the one and only Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Plummer, a wonderful array of actors and actresses make this film a brilliant watch.

Directed by Douglas McGrath. McGrath is not only a director but a screen writer and an actor. He has been nominated for many awards throughout his career. He directed the amazing 1996’s Emma. He directed the wonderful, amazing 2006’s Infamous. He also wrote for the screen, Bullets over Broadway (1994), Emma (1996), Nicholas Nickleby (2002) and Infamous (2006). He also had an acting part in one of my all-time favorite films Todd Solondz (One of my all-time favorite directors), 1998's film Happiness. Seeing all of Douglas’ movies I can see such a brilliant creator of visionary storytelling on screen. He has away with directing, and Nicholas Nickleby is one of those defining realities of important pieces of cinema.

Twilight Time did an amazing job picking this film. I have always loved watching this movie. It shines and is a total entertainment package for the viewer. It’s a very underrated film. I think it’s a film that should be watched, expressed and most of all owned, and now you can own it on a lovely Blu-ray that is worthy to praise.


My Rating: 5 out of 5

An amazing High Definition transfer. A beautiful vibrant imagery. Solid sound. Crisp to the ear in all its clarity. Something that shines with Twilight Time’s releases is the mastery they put into their products. These products are always so well crafted.

VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
2002 / Color


My Rating 3.5 out of 5

Isolated Score Track. The music is created by a wonderful musician. An English composer. A multi-talented guru of film score music. She has worked on so many films. She shines in her mastery of craft and Twilight Time has honored this music beauty with this special edition feature. The isolated score is amazing. Rachel Portman creates beauty in sounds and composing amazing music moments. Working on the classic 1989’s The Woman in Black. The masterpiece of 1993’s The Joy Luck Club. The amazing underrated 1996’s Marvin’s Room. The award worthy 1996’s Emma, which she won an Academy Award for. A personal favorite on mine is 1998’s, much underrated and underappreciated Beloved. Nominated for an Academy Award for The Cider House Rules. Also, did the score to one of the greatest films in cinema history, 1999’s Ratcatcher. I could go on and on, but the point is the mastery of the music shines through the films that Rachel Portman is a part of.  

Audio Commentary with Director Douglas McGrath. A wonderful listen. Very informative.
Creating a Classic: The Making of Nicholas Nickleby: Always wonderful seeing how a film comes together. This has a running time of a little over 29 minutes.

The Cast on the Cast! Great interviews. Running time of a little over 17 minutes. The cast talk about things they remember about the cast and filming with fellow cast members.

View on the Set Multi-Angle Feature. This is a cool special feature. Which give's you an alternative view of 5 different moments in the film.

Original Theatrical Trailer. Running time of a little over 2 minutes.

MGM 90th Anniversary Trailer. Runtime a little over 2 minutes.

Also, as always, the amazing and in my viewpoint important Booklet insert by the film historian and guru of all things cinema Julie Kirgo.


A brilliant film. Amazing direction. Flawless performances. Twilight Time’s solid product is one worthy to praise and in my viewpoint, one that should be sought out and bought. This has a running of 3,000 Units, do yourself a huge favor, and buy this product for it is an amazing film adaption of a classic story. Twilight Time has done great justice to this modern classic. A wonderful Blu-ray with some amazing special features. 


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