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Emma's Mr Woodhouse: Interview with Michael Gambon
The dramas that ensue revolve around Emma's attempts to pair lovers, with varied degrees of success. Episode One establishes Emma's curious desire to marry everyone off except herself. John Knightley (Johnny Lee Miller), Emma's childhood friend, is constantly by her side, coaching, supporting, and chiding her as she matures into an intelligent, regal young lady. Miller's ability to portray Knightley as the respectable, patient man he is throughout the series also lends this Emma incredible strength. In Episode Two, after Emma's beloved governess, Anne Taylor (Jodhi May), moves out to marry, Emma bonds with new girlfriend Harriet Smith (Louise Dylan), and from here we begin to see some of Emma's plans backfiring. Part of this series' genius is in how it manages, in keeping with Austen's book, to express deeper love developing between Emma and her true mate while Highbury's daily gossip continues. Though in Episodes Three and Four one weathers some minor emotional upheaval with aging parents, losses of wealth, and illnesses, this story is not tragic and most side plots point toward Emma's final love realization, which does not arrive until the last 20 minutes of the last episode. Settings and costumes enhance the story greatly, and views of the village farmers' market contrast with lavish balls and dinner parties hosted by the Woodhouse family and others to underscore Austen's original emphasis on capturing the preoccupations of upper-class British society in her day. Some scenes, as in Episode One when Knightley and Emma squabble for much too long over whom Harriet should marry, drag on, allowing one to marvel at how much free time these people had to worry about other business besides their own. Still, the romance in Emma is quite powerful and humor throughout makes this series ultimately enchanting. --Trinie Dalton
It's also a great version of the classic book by Jane Austen. I think i might like this version better than the Gwenyth Paltrow version, though i like that one too . Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful series - brought it along on my tablet while traveling and enjoyed the series while waiting for friends to arrive at the hotel.Published 7 days ago by Lulubelle
We loved this version of Emma more than others. Would highly recommend.Published 7 days ago by starmaker
My four daughters and I enjoyed hours of watching the new BBC Emma these past few days. It is excellent! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ana Braga-Henebry
Superb version of Austen's classic masterpiece. While Paltrow's version is still my favorite, this comes extremely close! Extraordinary version of this whimsical tale. Read morePublished 26 days ago by H. Fenton
BBC puts out some great series based on the classics and this is one of them. I tend to like the longer versions made for TV as opposed the theatrical versions for the movie... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Shannon A. Holley
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YES, the US DVD is the FULL version, with many different missing scenes! You will be so happy!
Feb 9, 2010 by Reader | See all 8 posts
I won't buy this on DVD, but I'm afraid it's a catch-22. If it doesn't sell on DVD, will they release it on the Blu-ray that I want?
Also, why don't they release these in 1080p instead of the flicker-inducing 1080i?
Jan 29, 2010 by BubbaCoop | See all 11 posts
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Agree with Emma. Saving PR should have won. Another one? Ennio Morricone's score for "The Mission" not winning for best original score. I think it's one of the best scores, if not he best, in the last 25 years, so it not winning in 1986 is a complete joke.
Feb 9, 2010 by HardyBoy64 | See all 6 posts
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