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!
Writing in The Buzfuz e-newsletter (e-mail TheBuzfuz@aol.com to join), Fred Guida reports that two lost Dickens films from 1912 have been recently discovered: Martin Chuzzlewit and Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgers. The films are being restored by Dino Everett of the University of Southern California.
The Invisible Woman earned one Oscar nomination and one BAFTA nomination, both for costume design. Those must be some costumes! I haven't seen it, as it's not playing here yet, but if any of you have, comments are welcome.