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Roman Polanski directs the classic Charles Dickens story of a young orphan boy who gets involved with a gang of pickpockets in 19th Century London. Abandoned at an early age, Oliver Twist (Barney Clark) is forced to live in a workhouse lorded over by the awful Mr. Bumble, who cheats the boys of their meager rations. Desperate yet determined, Oliver makes his escape to the streets of London. Penniless and alone, he is lured into a world of crime by the sinister Fagin (Academy-Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley) -- the mastermind of a gang of pint-sized pickpockets. Oliver's rescue by the kindly Mr. Brownlow is only the beginning of a series of adventures that lead him to the promise of a better life.


Theatrical Release: September 11th, 2005 - Toronto Film Festival

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:10:08
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.71  mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles English, French, None

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: Twist by Polanski. The Director reflects on the making of the movie
• Featurette: The Best of Twist. An in-depth look at the film.
• Meet the young stars as they discuss filming Oliver Twist

DVD Release Date: January 24th, 2005

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Chapters: 28



This progressive and anamorphic image is tight to the frame edges and is relatively sharp. It is a shade glossy and possibly exhibits some moiring characteristics. The subtitles are a horrendously large yellow font. The featurettes are fairly extensive at 17 and 28 minutes respectively. Audio is very consistent and sounded quite good to my ear. Overall this is a pretty good package.

I really enjoyed the film though it is far from Polanksi's best. He is one director whose work continues to fascinate me and this DVD is another way to sample one of his less enigmatic films. For fans of the Dickens story or of Polanski - we recommend!

Gary W. Tooze


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