Bleak House (BBC, 2005) Blu-ray

Susanna White, Justin Chadwick, 2005

£9.49

RRP: £34.99
You save £25.50 (72%)

Add to Basket

Also available on DVD

Availability
Should be despatched in 5-7 days. Despatched from the UK. Delivery timesUsually 2-3 days to reach UK addresses. Europe takes around 2 days longer and International destinations take 1-2 weeks

Delivery
FREE to UK addresses.
Costs to other countriesUK: Free
Western Europe: £3.00
Rest of the world: £4.50

Returns Policy
If you are unhappy with your purchase, you can return it to us within 14 days. More details

Your Rating

Overall

2 Reviews // 2 Lists

Film Details

Directed by Susanna White, Justin Chadwick

Produced in 2005

Main Language - ENGLISH

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

Hailed as one of Dickens' greatest novels, Bleak House is the story of the legendary legal case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. A slant on the corrupt nature of the Victorian judicial system, the plot is motivated by money and its surplus or deficit, and cemented by some wholeheartedly genuine characters and a few drops of pure unadulterated evil.

This adaptation ensnares its viewers immediately, submerging the viewer relentlessly in the gritty heart of Victorian London. This is the best BBC costume drama broadcast in a long time, proving that they still have the ability to do Dickens better than anyone else. The shifty camera work, constantly switching angles, compels viewers to believe that some new unidentified horror is lurking just around the corner, with deceit temporarily masked by the ever-lingering fog. Despite the authenticity of the costumes and production design, the filming technique and the sound effects used at the change of scenes give a welcome contemporary edge.

The cast, without exception, portray their characters flawlessly. Charles Dance's Mr Tulkinghorn truly is the personification of all that is evil and malicious, while the drunken and repulsive Mr Krook could have been specially written with Johnny Vegas in mind. Gillian Anderson meanwhile portrays an enigmatic Lady Deadlock, frail under the weight of her enormous, dreadful secret.

When shown on TV, there were complaints that the episodes were not long enough and the cliffhangers were too intense, so it's an absolute pleasure to watch it on DVD where we are free to cheat and not face another week before finding out the new intricate twists of this macabre tale.

on 26th January 2006
Author of 8 reviews

Bleak House (BBC, 2005) Bleak House (BBC, 2005) Bleak House (BBC, 2005)

Film Description

Andrew Davies adapted one of Dickens' great depiction of Victorian London for the BBC. The result was a fresh, imaginative, yet faithful adaptation with a contemporary edge. At its heart is the story of the icily beautiful Lady Dedlock, who nurses a dark secret, and the merciless lawyer Tulkinghorn, who seeks to uncover it. This was also the first TV costume drama to be shot in hi-def video.

Blu-ray Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: BBC

Length: 480 mins

Format: Blu-ray Colour

Region: B

Released: 11th February 2008

Cat No: BBCBD0009

Blu-ray Extras

  • 3 discs.

Film Stills

Bleak House (BBC, 2005) Bleak House (BBC, 2005) Bleak House (BBC, 2005)

View Gallery

Community Reviews

by Anon on 15th August 2006

Andrew Davies’ excellent adaptation of Dickens’ novel adopts the modern soap opera format of 30-minute chunks, which brings back both the original serialised format an... Read on

Lists

new 14.2.14 3 films

Desert Island Movies 20 films

Create your own list

People who liked Bleak House (BBC, 2005)

See Also...

David Lean, 1948

£5.99

Recommended Star

Oliver Twist (Lean, 1948) (Restored)

David Lean's superbly atmospheric adaptation of Charles Dickens' novel benefits g...

DVD

James Cellan Jones, 1967

£16.99

The Forsyte Saga (1967) (Box Set)

The complete Victorian drama centred around the Forsyte family and based on the s...

DVD

Customers who liked this also liked...

Also from director Susanna White

View all Susanna White films

Also from director Justin Chadwick

View all Justin Chadwick films

More from publisher BBC

BBC

Also Available from the Cast

Charles Dance

Gillian Anderson

Carey Mulligan