Great Expectations and The Invisible Woman will both be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 15. (That is, I assume both of them will be in both formats, though the news sources are a bit stingy with the details.)
Everyone's talking Oscars tonight, so let's get into the swim! Here, with help from IMDb, is a list of the films based on Dickens's books that have received Academy Awards and nominations over the years:
Scrooged (1988): nominated for Best Makeup.
Little Dorrit (1988): nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1984): nominated for Best Short Film, Animated.
Scrooge (1970): nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Song ("Thank You Very Much"), and Best Score.
Oliver! (1968): won Best Picture, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Score for a Musical, and an honorary award for choreography (Onna White). Also nominated for Best Actor (Ron Moody), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Wild), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Film Editing.
Great Expectations (1946): won Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and White. Also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (David Lean), and Best Writing, Screenplay.
A Tale of Two Cities (1935): nominated for Best Picture and Best Film Editing.
David Copperfield (1935): nominated for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, and Best Assistant Director. (Imagine nominating the assistant director and not the director! I wonder what that was all about.)
What do you suppose Mr. Dickens would wear on the red carpet? Something very dashing, I would think, considering his love for fancy clothes!
The new Drood Inquiry group will hold a one-day conference in September, "allowing the opportunity to consider Edwin Drood afresh, not purely as a puzzle to be solved but as a work of literature to be analysed and celebrated in its own right." Cloisterham Tales has more information!
From now until March 7, all mail sent to Portsmouth will get a postmark reading "Celebrating the birth of Charles Dickens 1812-1870." I was going to make a pun about "a man of letters," but alas, the Portsmouth News beat me to it! Thanks to The Buzfuz for the tip.
Eva at the blog Ramblings of a Janeite is holding an "A Tale of Two Cities Week"! (Thanks to Kerry for the tip!) She's got a really great giveaway going on here. And here, she has a little survey about the book. You can put your answers in her comment section or at your own blog. I'm going to put mine right here, under the cut, because obviously you all have not heard me ramble about this book nearly enough. ;-)