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Jane Eyre (2011)

Mia Wasikowska , Michael Fassbender , Cary Joji Fukunaga  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins
  • Directors: Cary Joji Fukunaga
  • Writers: Moira Buffini
  • Producers: Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (587 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053Q9DHW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jane Eyre" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Look Inside Jane Eyre
  • To Score Jane Eyre: Cary Fukunaga and Dario Marianelli Team Up
  • The Mysterious Light of Jane Eyre
  • Feature Commentary with Director Cary Fukunaga

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    When orphaned governess Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) arrives at imposing Thornfield Hall, she's intrigued by her brooding wealthy employer, Rochester (Michael Fassbender). His dark moods and the strange occurrences in the house lead her to discover a terrible secret that he had hoped to hide from her forever.

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    201 of 211 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Reaction September 5, 2011
    That's what I have after watching this dvd twice: a decidedly mixed reaction. Like many other reviewers, I'm a die-hard Jane Eyre fan, having read the book too many times to count and seen at least 6 film adaptations (I think there have been at least 8). This dvd is the 5th I've added to my collection, which my children find absolutely hilarious. But anyway, I wanted to see this one at the theater but it was only in my hometown for about a week, so I ordered it as soon as Amazon had it. I guess I should just lay out my pros and cons and let the chips fall where they may.

    Pros: The casting is possibly the best of any version I've seen. Mia Whatchamacallit (sorry, can't remember her name right now) was 21 when the film was shot, making her about the right age to play Jane. All the other versions I've seen cast actresses who were well past their teen years, so it was good to see a more-age-approriate Jane. She also did a nice job with the role, expressing shades of emotion in her face since her lines are frankly rather limited. Michael Fassbender is honestly too young (34) and too good-looking (he was the smokin' hot warrior Stelios in 300) but does a very good job inhabiting the character of Rochester. He's very gruff with just the right hint of humor to make Rochester the irritating but somehow intriguing guy he is. The other roles were also well-cast. Judi Dench is always amazing, and Jamie Bell (though not as handsome as St.John should be, imho) was appropriately stern. The cinematography of the movie is just lovely. I really liked the lighting. Everything at Gateshead is sunlit and colorful, belying the hellish existence Jane endures there.
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    173 of 189 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars perfect March 26, 2011
    It was so good, I went to see it twice in one day. Mia Wasikowska, who played Jane Eyre, and Michael Fassbender, Mr. Rochester, were perfect. I believed their love and suffering. I used to think that no one can do better Rochester than Timothy Dalton, but after seeing this adaptation, Fassbender took that spot. In other adaptations Mr. Rochester overshadowed Jane, but in this film Jane and Rochester are equal. I loved that dialogue follows the book pretty closely and it was not too modernized. Judi Dench was great as Mrs. Fairfax, and Jamie Bell was believable as cold St.John Rivers. Of course the scenery and costumes were gorgeous. For a 2 hr film director Cary Fukunaga did wonders. Highly recommended! Now I can't wait for the DVD to come out (hopefully with special features and deleted scenes).
    p.s. I forgot to mention that the music score is lovely and fits the mood perfectly.
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    93 of 103 people found the following review helpful
    Even though many have seen at least one or two film adaptations of Bronte's blockbuster gothic romance novel...there is still plenty of good reason to see this version. I think that Mia Wasikowska's acting is pitch-perfect - maybe even the definitive characterization of this fascinating woman. She knows that she has been unlucky, but is intelligently waiting, watching, and analyzing everyone before she makes her next move.

    The time and place - England's North country mid -nineteenth century. Jane is unloved by her aunt, and after a fight with her cousin is shipped off - rather brutally - to a boarding school run by a self-important and cruel headmaster. She develops one friendship there - a girl called Helen - but loses Helen to an illness.

    The beginning of the altercation between Jane and her male cousin is nerve shattering as he bashes her head into a wall, and she (deservedly) hits him back. Of course - the aunt sees and hears only wants she wants to observe...and Jane is conveniently eliminated from the family.

    During the prison like experience in Lowood School, Jane becomes "educated" to serve the elite. After some mysterious circumstances, she secures a job as governess of a female ward of Sir Edward Rochester. He and she develop an uneasy friendship at first - which ultimately blooms into both have had very difficult pasts and need to repair their souls. I enjoyed Jane's character telling the truth in a polite way when she tells Mr. Rochester at one point he speaks nonsense.

    If I could offer one small critique - the early history of Jane Eyre is skipped over rather quickly. The meanness of the boarding school (Lowood School) is rather underplayed...and the necessary friendship with Helen is just a glimpse.
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    124 of 148 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Jane Eyre adaptation June 10, 2011
    I've seen a lot of the Jane Eyre adaptations (though not all 20+ of them) and so I wasn't sure what to expect going in to this film. I was happy to discover that this is by far my favorite of all the films, television series, etc. Mia Wasikowska's Jane Eyre is luminous - my favorite of all the Janes, and Michael Fassbender's Mr. Rochester has got to be the sexiest Rochester in the entire canon. The cinematography and music are beautiful and the use of natural light and candle light lend the appropriately gloomy gothic atmosphere.
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    34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Contender April 3, 2011
    When a story has been adapted for the big and small screen as many times as Charlotte Brontë's 1847 Bildungsroman, "Jane Eyre" (nearly two dozen times since the silent era according to my count), there are bound to be some changes in hopes of setting it apart from the pack when yet another incarnation arrives.

    In director Cary Joji Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre," the story begins out of sequence. Instead of finding Jane as a child, living in the oppressive and abusive Reed household as we do in the novel, the film begins with an adult Jane near starving and near death. Once rescued from the bitter cold by the Rivers family, her past is revealed to us as a flashback. This sequencing makes for a very absorbing film.

    Every shot of the film is so rich with texture, and composed in such a way that it could be frozen in time and featured in Grace Coddington orchestrated shoot for "Vogue." The authenticity is so exacting that at times you can nearly feel the fierce Yorkshire winds chill your bones. Costume designer Michael O'Connor shows appropriate restraint with the costumes (after all, our heroine is a plain Jane), but when his creativity is allowed to let loose, as it is with Mrs Reed and Lady Ingram, he produces some of the most exquisite period costumes I have ever seen captured on film.

    The cinematography and costuming work most harmoniously together during the wedding scene between Jane (Mia Wasikowska) and Rochester (Michael Fassbender). Attired in her veiled wedding dress, Wasikowska looks so preternaturally beautiful-almost like a specter-echoing Rochester's description of her earlier in the film.

    Wasikowska, seen last year in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," makes for a wonderful, three dimensional Jane.
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    Director's Cut?
    The initial, rough cut Fukanaga mentioned was 2 1/2 hrs. But the final cut was 2 hrs. Various sites report that both DVD and Blu-Ray versions will include deleted scenes as additional material. In a budget-obsessed industry, this is the best we can hope for.
    Jun 20, 2011 by A. M. Wagner |  See all 11 posts
    Why is this so expensive?
    Studios make the bulk of their profits from dvd sales, unless you're Lucasfilm or Disney, which reap licensing fees from "Tie-ins." Box sets aren't selling as well as they once did. Look, wait four months then dive in. :-)
    Jun 20, 2011 by A. M. Wagner |  See all 3 posts
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