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Lost in Austen (2008)

Jemima Rooper , Gemma Arteron , Dan Zeff  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jemima Rooper, Gemma Arteron, Elliot Cowan, Hugh Bonneville, Florence Hoath
  • Directors: Dan Zeff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,652 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, she is propelled into the scheming 19th century world of Pride and Prejudice while that book's Elizabeth Bennet is hurled into hers. As the book's familiar plot unfolds, Amanda triggers new romantic twists and turns within the Bennet family circle as she clumsily tries to help the sisters nab husbands and even captivates the tantalizing Mr. Darcy herself. But what about Elizabeth...and what will become of one of the world's greatest love stories?

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176 of 190 people found the following review helpful
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I first started hearing about this at a favorite fanfiction sight. I ended up buying a Region 2 DVD from England and buying a multi-region DVD player just to satiate my curiousity. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. The premise of modern day Pride&Prejudice fanatic, Amanda, finding herself swapping places with Elizabeth Bennet is right out of a sci-fi, paranormal flick-- but once the story gets rolling in Regency England, the pace is fast and one better not blink! The quick, cheeky conversations, and the twists & turns far flung from Jane Austen's original are entertaining and LOL funny. Elliot Cowen as Mr Darcy is outstanding. I think Jane Austen herself would have cast him! He had just the right amount of haughtiness, pride, arrogance, distain and finally tenderness. He gave me chills when he gave Amanda a proper set down at Netherfield; so believable. The escape from Austen's usual canon was surprisingly refreshing and the play with characters was delightful. If you are expecting Austen's masterpiece P&P, this is not it. However, my Austenite sensibilities were not in anyway offended by this blatant & somewhat contrived story. Not wanting to give anymore away, let's just say that the entire ensemble was perfectly cast. It is all done in good humour and very tongue-in-cheek. But I must admit, that had I been in Amanda's shoes, I am certain I would have behaved better! And yes, I'll probably pre-order the Region 1 DVD, too!
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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light-Hearted and Addictive March 3, 2009
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I heard about this show and watched it online ( expecting to hate it, but I must admit that it sucked me in and forced me to watch it! Was it the handsome Elliot Cowan sizzling around as Darcy, the spunky if misguided heroine, or the unpredictable plot twists caused by a modern Austen fan bumbling through the world she'd only dreamed of? I can't be sure, but I have to say that I couldn't wait to see where the story would go next. Is it ridiculous? Absolutely. Will you feel foolish trying to describe it to your seriously literary friends? Believe it. Will you be embarrassingly hooked on it and want to see it again? Maybe. Whenever I engaged my brain I felt like I was watching some pretty crazy fan fiction, but nonetheless watch it I did. While some may find it a hack job that butchers their favorite book, it seemed to me more of a musing on the idea of what would it REALLY be like to be in this world so many of us like to read about. I will admit I wasn't crazy about the ending, but I don't want to put up a spoiler. So my final analysis is that I didn't really admire it but I did enjoy watching it. UPDATE: I ordered the dvd from Amazon and am pleased with my purchase. I did find the dvd at a local bookstore, but the price was double Amazon's, so I recommend getting it here, folks. The dvd contained two extras: an interesting "making of" feature and a trailer. I did notice that the dvd version was edited differently than the version I saw on sidereel, namely the loss of a scene where the heroine sings the 60's pop song "Downtown." That was a bummer. I can't say what else may be different, but apparently this version isn't exactly the same as what was broadcast in the UK. Read more ›
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60 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful addition for Austen fans! January 14, 2009
I watched this on Oxygen, and it is delightfully done and thought provoking. The tired-of-her-modern-world protagonist yearns for the world of Jane Austen, when she inadvertently goes through a portal in her bathroom to find herself not only back in time, but in the imaginary world of Pride and Prejudice. This is a wonderful addition to anyone hungry for more Austenmania.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fancy meeting you here..... November 4, 2009
There's nothing deep or literary about Lost in Austen. It's a time travel tale that incorporates all the standard glitches, as 21st century Amanda tries to navigate her way around the style and conventions of the 19th century. Because she curls up with Austen every time she feels stressed, Amanda knows what should be happening in this strange new (old) world, but somehow, the characters simply won't behave as planned.

If not taken too seriously, this foray into Pride and Prejudice is delightful. It's genuinely entertaining to watch well known and loved characters adopt wills of their own. Jemima Rooper as Amanda is spot on, as she struggles to speak and conduct herself in accordance with Regency mores. Elliot Cowan makes a fine Mr. Darcy, although at times he seems to be channeling Heathcliff instead, and Tom Mison as Mr. Bingley threatens to upstage Darcy at several points. Supporting cast members are equally true to form. The scenery is stunning, and costumes reflect proper period detail, despite their rather muted colors.

Lost in Austen is a sweet, frothy romance that pays tribute to the original while providing a throughly modern twist. A pleasant way to while away a rainy afternoon.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If there is anyone out there who loves Pride and Prejudice that HASN'T dreamed of being Elizabeth Bennett and being magically transported into Jane Austen's classic novel, I would be greatly surprised.

This is the ultimate fantasy: girl hates her life, wishes for romance and adores Jane Austen, and somehow gets stuck in the novel herself. She is sucked into the daily life of the characters as they go through the events in the novel right from when Charles Bingly moved into Netherfield Park. Of course, this isn't real Austen. Our heroine does more damage than she intends, and Charles Bingly falls in love with her instead of Jane. Her actions totally throw the story of the novel out of sequence, leaving the audience to wonder how anything will ever be straightened out.

Ever since I first read Pride and Prejudice, I wished that I could be Elizabeth, and I thought of many different ways the novel could go. What if I could convince Mr. Collins to marry Mary Bennett? What if I managed to get Wickham to fall for Caroline Bingly? What if Charlotte Lucas married Colonel Fitzwilliam? There are so many different endings, and this is a wonderful way to imagine yourself in Elizabeth Bennett's shoes. I do hope they make more like this!

I admit that I spent an entire rainy afternoon and evening watching this miraculous TV show. I hoped it would never end!
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What did you think of Lost In Austen?
Seriously? I LOVED it.

I'm more an Austenian than a Janeite. I am awed by Austen; she is my absolute favorite writer, and I've read all six major novels. However, I'm also aware of the era she was writing in (my minor area is in 19th century British literature) so things like Bingley becoming... Read More
Jul 17, 2009 by Bridget A. Whelan |  See all 22 posts
I received the US DVD on 4/14 and the Downtown scene is indeed missing.
Apr 15, 2009 by L. Rosen |  See all 23 posts
Picture Quality
I have a similar set up (Panasonic Blu-ray and plasma TV) but didn't notice any problems with the picture quality. Of course the quality does not compare with an actual Blu-ray disc, but I thought my player did a decent job with the upconversion. I too noticed that the overall quality had a... Read More
Apr 27, 2009 by Jenny M. |  See all 4 posts
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