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Beautiful, clever, and rich Emma Woodhouse is convinced she is good at matchmaking after her older sister and her governess both marry suitable husbands. No matter that as Mr Knightley drily observes, in reality, she had nothing to do with these relationships. Yet Emma, certain of her talents, plays a dangerous game as she persuades her new friend, the young, pretty and socially inferior Harriet to reject an advantageous marriage proposal to a local farmer in favour of dashing Mr Elton. So begins a story which challenges Emma's naivety, her social preconceptions and her relationship with Knightley. Fresh and funny, this perceptive adaptation, featuring a stellar cast, brings Jane Austen's comic masterpiece to life.]]>
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
Emma's Mr Woodhouse: Interview with Michael Gambon
This, in my humble opinion, is the best version of Emma. I love all things Jane Austen and I have seen every portrayal. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
Really nice version. Ramola Garai is enchanting despite the character's oddities.Published 3 days ago by Corsair
One of my favorite Austen movies...Charming, romantic and sure to hook any woman who watches. Especially with this male lead!!!!Published 4 days ago by K.Grace Brady
This is definitely the best version of Emma available at this point in time & you should definitely add it to your collection... Read morePublished 5 days ago by D. Barlow
This is a fantastic movie and I have been really excited to see this new BBC version since I heard about it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by CiCi Wittemann
Well done, and nice for our teenage grandchildren to enjoy!Published 16 days ago by Ayrian Jorgensen
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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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