Bleak House [Special Edition] [3 Discs] [Blu-ray] [2005]

  • SKU: 17617571
  • Release Date: 05/05/2009
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • Interviews with Gillian Anderson, Denis Lawson and Charles Dance
    • Commentaries with writer Andrew Davies, producer Nigel Stafford-Clark and directors Justin Chadwick and Susanna White
    • Photo gallery


    Bleak House
    A trio of orphans becomes embroiled in a mysterious and long-running lawsuit in this sprawling BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. A legend in the legal circles of Victorian London, the messy inheritance case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has been trickling through the courts for years with no end in sight. Nobleman John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) has seen the case destroy more than one life, so when he becomes guardian to three young people -- beautiful Ada Clare (Carey Mulligan), Ada's cousin Richard Carstone (Patrick Kennedy), and her devoted companion, Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin) -- he vows to shield them from its pernicious effects by bringing them to the safety of his estate, the eponymous Bleak House. Richard, however, becomes obsessed with the unattainable Jarndyce inheritance, to the detriment of his career and mental health. Esther, meanwhile, remains haunted by her origins; the product of a scandalous pregnancy, she was raised by her aunt and knows nothing about her dead mother's identity. Meanwhile, imperious noblewoman Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) plots to hide the evidence of her own mysterious past -- a quest that leads her to the intrigue surrounding Jarndyce and Jarndyce. She is but one of dozens of characters who find themselves drawn into the lawsuit's web of corruption, blackmail, and murder. Bleak House debuted October 27, 2005, on BBC One. It received its U.S. premiere on January 22, 2006, on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, where the 15 British episodes were combined into six longer blocks. Britain's Royal Television Society named the series Best Drama Serial of 2005. A previous adaptation of Dickens' novel ran on Masterpiece Theatre in 1985. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Gillian Anderson
      Gillian Anderson - Lady Dedlock
    • Patrick Kennedy
      Patrick Kennedy - Richard Carstone
    • Carey Mulligan
      Carey Mulligan - Ada Clare
    • Nathaniel Parker
      Nathaniel Parker - Harold Skimpole
    • Alistair McGowan
      Alistair McGowan - Mr. Kenge

    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Any Period Film Lover Would Enjoy This Movie!

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I love seeing period films and this is one of my favorites! It is a must have for anyone's DVD collection. I have seeing various adaptations of Charles Dickens novels and this is one of the great ones. There are so many characters, but the films does a great job of weaving them all into the plot.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Miniseries Ever!


      This is my favorite miniseries of all time. It is based on the novel by Charles Dickens, but even if you have never read his work you will love this DVD. It features an outstanding performance that got Gillian Anderson both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Buy this DVD!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!

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      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      A great movie adaptation of one of my favorite novels. Good quality actors and actresses alike.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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