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After a wretched childhood, orphaned Jane Eyre yearns for new experiences. She accepts a governess position at Thornfield Hall, where she tutors a lively French girl named Adele. She soon finds herself falling in love with the brooding master of the house - the passionate Mr. Rochester. Jane gradually wins his heart, but they must overcome the dark secrets of the past before they can find happiness. When Jane saves Rochester from an eerie fire, she begins to suspect that there are many mysteries behind the walls of Thornfield Hall. Her fears are confirmed when Rochester's secret past is revealed, destroying her chance for happiness, and forcing Jane to flee Thornfield. Penniless and hungry, she finds shelter and friendship in the shape of a kind clergyman and his family. But she is soon shocked to uncover the deeply hidden truth of her own past. This lavish and sensual new version of Charlotte Brontes classic novel is modern and moody, timeless and romantic. Starring Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester, Ruth Wilson as Jane, and Francesca Annis as Lady Ingram.
You may think the world doesn't need another adaptation of Jane Eyre--but you're wrong. This new and wonderfully lush Masterpiece Theatre version, directed by Susanna White (who directed the equally sumptuous miniseries of Bleak House starring Gillian Anderson), contrasts Jane Eyre's vivid inner life with the harshness of her outer life; both Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia) as the young Jane and newcomer Ruth Wilson express the inner vitality of the outcast orphan girl whose spirit captures the heart of the rough, charismatic landowner Mr. Rochester (Toby Stephens, Die Another Day). Stephens, it must be said, is far too conventionally handsome for the part, but he makes up for it by capturing Rochester's abrasive and mercurial temperament. (Wilson's looks are perfect; at one moment she seems awkward and homely, at another utterly luminous.) Jane Eyre is so often remade because the story is so potent; this production brings all of the novel's juice and passion to the fore, emphasizing the characters' sensual experience while staying true to the restrictions and mores of the period. All in all, exceptional. --Bret Fetzer
What I hate is that this movie was in the wrong region, I couldn't watch it.Published 2 days ago by Ruby
The original book has a strong religious presence that adds depth to the characters. None of this is present in this release, leaving it insipid.Published 15 days ago by Hungrydutch
Couldn't play this on my DVD player. Return instructions were to enclose the customs form and that the item would not require return postage--just drop in any mailbox. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Norma L. Broughton
I can not get enough of this movie i happy that you had it.Thank youPublished 26 days ago by Dawn Dixon
Love the movie but couldn't play it never realized you couldn't play it in USA. Should only be sold in UK.Published 29 days ago by elizabeth stilwell
Love this series!! Quick shipping. Excellent product! Thank you so much!Published 1 month ago by Carole Ivener
I have already complained to the seller that I was unable to view the REGION 2 DVD because it did not work in my USA DVD player. To send it back costs more that the DVD itself.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lindy Thomas
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These are the extras on Masterpiece Theatre: The Bronte Collection's version of Jane Eyre: director's commentary for the first & last hours, cast & crew interviews, & deleted scenes. The UK version of Jane Eyre has all of these, plus a photo gallery. An abridged Dutch... Read More
Sep 28, 2010 by nancesp | See all 2 posts
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The novel "Becoming Jane Eyre" by Sheila Kohler is an interesting book. It imagines the composition of Jane Eyre. Kohler draws parallels between acutal events in Charlotte Bronte's life and themes and events in Jane Eyre.
Jul 31, 2010 by j9 | See all 3 posts
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Toby Stephen's hair was dyed and hair extensions added for Jane Eyre. His natural color is a gorgeous shade of auburn red. Careful on that Riddle of the Sands idea. He narrates the cassette tape version for Penquin Books but someone else reads on the CDs. I have the cassettes and, you are right,... Read More
Dec 26, 2008 by Georgia Burns | See all 7 posts
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I emailed WGBH to ask this exact question but they haven't gotten back to me yet. One of the reviewers mentioned that a special edition DVD with extra features will be released in May but who knows whether or not that is true. I will let you know if WGBH gets back to me.
Feb 5, 2007 by helia | See all 45 posts
|Is there a Jane Eyre soundtrack for sale?||
I have been looking for it too! If anyone has any information please post!
Jul 17, 2008 by Davonna Juroe | See all 6 posts
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