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Becoming Jane [Blu-ray] (2007)

Guy Carleton , Philip Culhane , Julian Jarrold  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Guy Carleton, Philip Culhane, Joe Anderson (VI), Michael James Ford, Jessica Ashworth
  • Directors: Julian Jarrold
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MIRAMAX
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (376 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZIZ0RU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Becoming Jane [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Discovering the Real Jane Austen
  • Becoming Jane Pop-Up Facts & Footnotes
  • Deleted scenes

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Like Molière, which was released in theaters around the same time, Becoming Jane isn't a conventional biopic. Instead, Julian Jarrold (White Teeth) expands on events from Jane Austen's life that may have shaped her fiction. To his credit, he doesn't stray too far from the facts. In 1795, 20-year-old Jane (Anne Hathaway with believable British accent) is an aspiring author. Her parents (Julie Walters and James Cromwell) married for love, and money is tight. They hope to see their youngest daughter make a more lucrative match, and there's a besotted local, Mr. Wisley (Laurence Fox, son of actor James Fox), who would be happy to oblige. Unfortunately, Jane isn't interested. Then, she meets brash law student Tom (The Last King of Scotland's James McAvoy), while he's staying with relatives in rural Hampshire. As in many Austen novels, it isn't love at first sight--but rather irritation. Just as affection begins to bloom, Tom has to return to London, and Wisley, whose financial prospects are superior, proposes. To complicate matters, Tom's uncle (Ian Richardson in his final performance) disapproves of the outspoken young lady just as much as Wisley's aunt (Maggie Smith, lending the proceedings some subtle humor). Had Austen penned the script, Tom and Wisley would be combined into one person, but life doesn't work that way--and nor does Becoming Jane. Though Jarrold's effort may not be as swoon-worthy as Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice, it remains true to the spirit of the author's work. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diaries) gives a radiant performance as a young, love-struck Jane Austen in the witty and engaging romantic comedy Becoming Jane from Miramax Films. It s the untold romance that inspired the novels of one of the world s most celebrated authors. When the dashing Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy, The Last King Of Scotland), a reckless and penniless lawyer-to-be, enters Jane s life, he offends the emerging writer s sense and sensibility. Soon their clashing egos set off sparks that ignite a passionate romance and fuel Jane s dream of doing the unthinkable marrying for love. Becoming Jane, also starring the acclaimed Maggie Smith, James Cromwell and Julie Walters, is an enchanting and imaginative film you ll fall head over heels for

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282 of 301 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Abstinence and Sensibilities August 24, 2007
The only portrait I ever saw of Jane Austen appears on countless spines of the Modern Library edition of "Pride and Prejudice." Drawn by her sister Cassandra, Jane looks, well, like one would expect the witty Miss Austen to look: poised, civilized, reflective and intelligent. With some imagination and forgiveness with regard to the talent of the artist, she could even be conceived as pretty with her large dark eyes and ringlet fringe peeking out from the typical gentlewoman's cap of that time period. How ingenious for Hollywood to cast the sumptuous Anne Hathaway with her silky brown hair, curvaceous figure, deer-in-the-headlights eyes and perfect lips as the young burgeoning author? Let's face it---no one wants to be a plain Jane - and plain she is not--she's pretty much got it all: not only is she innocently stunning, she's independent, wants to work, exhibits impeccable manners, loves her family, acts upon noble ideals all of which along with her cricket skills results in attracting and snaring the deliciously boyish James McAvoy ( Last King of Scotland) as supposed ill-fated lover, Tom Lefroy.

As a film, all of this romanticism works wonderfully. The verdant countryside shimmers in the sunshine. The period clothing---all empire waists, beribboned hair, top hats and velvet frockcoats----sway and rustle delightfully as the couples dance and speak in clever well-mannered innuendo as expectant matchmaking parents play chaperone and contemplate lucrative alliances that will set their children up for life. The dialogue sufficiently reflects that Austenian repartee which the educated audience delights in as it makes them feel they are on an even keel with one of the greatest satirists in the English language.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the movie December 12, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The DVD for this movie will be coming out Feb 12, 2008 and will feature deleted scenes, commentary with director Julian Jarrold, writer Kevin Hood and producer Robert Bernstein, becoming Jane Pop-Up Facts & Footnotes(ok, this is enough to make me want to buy it)and a Discovering the Real Jane Austen featurette

The actors were wonderful in this movie and it was well staged. The movie is supposed to be based on a few months of Jane's life when she was 20. H Some scenes were added to make her life more dramatic. There isn't very many facts known about Jane so any biographical movie about her will contain fiction, but I think what most people criticized about this film is it borrows too much from Pride & Prejudice.

The facts about Jane are she was a witty and lively person. We know this from her letters and her writings. She was sort of a tomboy when she was young and played baseball and cricket. She had a handsome and adventurous brother named Henry who helped publish two of her novels after her death. He did marry their cousin. Tom Lefroy was a person she knew and she did flirt with him when she was 20. Many years later he said he did love Jane but it was a "boyish love". His first daughter was named Jane. When she was 27 she was proposed to by a weathly but awkward man named Harry Bigg-Whithers, who she at first accepted but changed her mind the next day.

For people with children, there is some brief nudity (male backsides), some women that appear to be prostitutes, fist fighting and some suggestive language.

Other people have criticized this movie because they see it as another way to cash in on Jane Austen's popularity. I feel that the film does try to shed a little light on her real personality.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! November 29, 2007
Format:DVD
My new all-time favorite movie. Some people may not like it because "it's not 100% true to Jane Austen's life"... Can you say that with 100% certainty though? No. Even if you can, just enjoy the movie for what it is, a beautiful love story! James McAvoy is so convincing as Mr. LeFroy, you can't help but fall in love with him! I already have the Region 2 UK DVD (because I simply couldn't wait forever for the movie to come out on DVD in the US), but it only plays on my laptop, so I intend on buying this DVD when it's released. :) It's worth it!
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite sure what to make of it March 13, 2008
Format:DVD
Becoming Jane is the fictionalized account of Jane Austen's (a luminous Anne Hathaway) early years and supposed romance with Thomas Langlois Lefroy (James McAvoy, The Last King of Scotland (Widescreen Edition), Rory O'Shea Was Here). The screenplay was based on real events from the book Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence, who also served as historical consultant to the film.

Jane is the younger daughter of Reverend Austen, and the family is in dire financial straits. Jane's older sister Cassandra has just been engaged, and Jane's family desperately wants to find a husband for her due to the family's financial circumstances. However, Jane is headstrong and turns down numerous offers, including Mr. Wisely, the nephew of the demanding Lady Gresham (Maggie Smith). When young Irish lawyer-in-training Thomas Lefroy is sent to Hampshire from London due to his "unseeming" conduct, Thomas and Jane begin a flirtatious battle of wit even as Jane struggles to escape the attentions of Wisely. Her first impression is one of Lefroy's arrogance. Throughout this period, Jane continues to work on novels, including Pride and Prejudice (Lefroy was the inspiration for Mr. Darcy).

Jane's sister Cassandra suffers a terrible blow, and Jane herself must reassess her chances at future happiness due to the fact that a woman being able to support herself based on writing was virtually unheard-of at the time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars <3
I love this movie! It both makes you believe in true love and breaks your heart at the same time. I'm not sure how that happens... but I could watch this over and over again.
Published 3 days ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Story
Love and Jane go together like horse and carriage. I enjoy the way Jane uses her language, her subtle humor and the way she binds all together so blithely at the end.
Published 7 days ago by moises nadal
1.0 out of 5 stars Rediculous
Silly - non-historical - tried to change Jane Austen into a modern mindset - Jane speaks well enough for herself, she doesn't need to be 'modernized'
Published 11 days ago by BZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie of an Author!
The life of Jane Austin in her early adulthood is well portrayed in "Becoming Jane". During her time period, life as an unmarried woman who wrote novels was not easy. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Angelique Conger
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Ode to Jane Austin
I love this movie. Anne Hathaway is brilliant as Jane Austin, and she's one of my favorite actresses. James McAvoy was also very charming in this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JennaJoker
5.0 out of 5 stars Will watch again and again cuz I am a sap for British love stories
Love this movie and James McAvoy is delicious! Anne Hathaway left me wanting more but she was tolerable as Jane. Was Jane Austen REALLY that boring though?? Read more
Published 1 month ago by BlueEyedBelle
2.0 out of 5 stars a little corny
I do wish you wouldn't be so demanding in regards to the customers rating. This is required??? Demanding the customer fulfill a word count is strange.
Published 1 month ago by Debra Girvan
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A True Story - How Can You Possibly Not Like the Ending
Jane Austen was a brave and honorable woman, way ahead of her time. Loved the story, too bad it couldn't have had a happier ending.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Tear Jerker...Oh How I Cried
Now this was a heartbreaking love story. Sure no one died or no tragic event happened, but the fact that you have two young people who truly loved each enough to let each other go. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ASpoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It.
I enjoyed this movie very much. Anne Hathaway portrayal of Jane Austen is excellent. It is nice to know that this relationship she
had with Thomas LaFroy was the start of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maureen B. Mcelroy
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John Warren was a real person, a friend of Jane's brother who was believed to have been in love with Jane, but whom Jane believed to be just a friend. He drew a picture of Lefroy which he gave to Jane. In "Becoming Jane" they make him the rather naive and unsophisticated parson who... Read more
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