Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a reproduction of the first edition of Great Expectations. This article (from Februrary) talks about how Professor Joel J. Brattin of Worcester Polytechnic Institute assisted in making the reproduction as accurate as possible, going as far as "studying the weight of the original paper and the darkness of the black ink."
In Variety, Tony Jordan says that they're having trouble finding studio space for the show and that it may have to shoot in Eastern Europe, though he acknowledges, "It just doesn't feel quite right. It should be in the U.K." The piece also mentions some of the buildings and characters that are going to appear on the show.
On Sunday, December 7, the 1938 A Christmas Carol film with Reginald Owen will be shown in movie theaters across the U.S., on a double bill with the 1945 Barbara Stanwyck film Christmas in Connecticut. The event is sponsored by Fathom Entertainment, Turner Classic Movies, and Warner Home Entertainment (which is bringing both films out on Blu-ray).
Levenger, the company that used to publish a facsimile edition of Dickens's prompt copy for his Christmas Carol readings, has now published a similar edition of his David Copperfield prompt copy. It's on sale this week for 20 percent off.
The film is now open in the U.S. in limited release. Must be very limited release; it's not playing anywhere around here, which is rather unusual. Also, the DVD is available for pre-order on Amazon; its official release date is Tuesday.
If anyone here gets to see it, let us know what you think!
Bestselling novelist Neil Gaiman, who had dressed as Charles Dickens to do a reading of A Christmas Carol in December, dressed as "Dead Charles Dickens" for Halloween (in which costume he did a video interview at the New York Public Library).