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In this epic BBC production of Jane Austens romantic classic, Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle star as the fabled lovers Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. One of five unmarried daughters living in the countryside of 19th-century England, the lively and rebellious Elizabeth lives in a world where obtaining an advantageous marriage is a womans sole occupation. And yet Elizabeth is determined to wed for love. Will her romantic sparring with the mysterious and arrogant Darcy end in misfortune or will loves true nature prevail? THIS DELUXE LIMITED EDITION COLLECTORS SET INCLUDES: *The 5-hour adaptation of Jane Austens classic novel, starring Colin Firth (Bridget Jones Diary) and Jennifer Ehle (Possession) on 2 DVDs. *A 3rd bonus DVD featuring a new documentary on Jane Austen from the Emmy Award-winning BIOGRAPHY series and an exclusive 10-year retrospective documentary about the making-of the classic production. *The Making of Pride and Prejudice 120-page companion book detailing the 18-month journey from original concept to broadcast with full color photos, lavish illustrations, and interviews with the cast and crew.
Jane Austen's classic novel of 1813, Pride and Prejudice, still wins the hearts of countless schoolgirls with its romantic story of Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr. Darcy. Now, the 1996 BBC miniseries is winning over adults, with its faithful adaptation, gorgeous scenery, and superb acting.The essence of the story is the antagonism between Mr. Darcy, a wealthy single man who believes Elizabeth to be beneath him, and Elizabeth, who upon being insulted at a dance by the aloof Darcy refuses to associate with him in any manner. Austen evokes incredible tension with the wit and flirtation of the two characters, and director Simon Langton (who also directed Upstairs Downstairs) successfully translates the repartee and conflict in this six-hour miniseries. Dialogue, for the most part, is painstakingly replicated, except when fleshing out and smoothing for modern sensibilities was necessary. Darcy, for instance, is drawn out, giving his personality significantly more depth. The acting sweeps you away to Regency England: Jennifer Ehle (of Wilde) is convincing as the obstinate Elizabeth, who, despite her mother's attempts to marry her off, spurs the attentions of Darcy. And Colin Firth (of The English Patient) will have women everywhere longing for a Mr. Darcy of their own.
For those who enjoy excellent Austen adaptations such as Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion--this miniseries will round out the ultimate Austen library. For those new to these romantic period pieces, this version of Pride and Prejudice will have you hooked and longing for more. One caveat, however: plan to watch it in an entire day, because very few have the self-control to not watch all six hours in a single sitting. --Jenny Brown
On the DVD
There's a lot to love (and a lot lacking) on the 10th anniversary limited edition. It comes in a tall, embossed green case that's out of place on a DVD shelf but blends right into a library of volumes. The three discs fit snugly in a sleeve, accompanied by a 120-page deluxe companion book. The main attraction, a retrospective documentary, features interviews with key cast members with the sad exceptions of Jennifer Ehle (who played Elizabeth) and Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy), which is bound to disappoint fans. Nonetheless, there are some amusing anecdotes from Mr. and Mrs. Bennet (played by Benjamin Withrow and Alison Steadman), Mary Bennet (Lucy Briers), Mr. Collins (David Bamber), Mr. Bingley (Crispin Bonham-Carter) and Mr. Wickham (Adrian Lukis), who all look drastically different--and younger--without their period costumes and hairstyles. One producer recalls that casting Colin Firth in the role with which his name is now synonymous was not an easy feat: he auditioned having gained weight and dyed his hair blond for another role, looking like "an unmade bed." Even Firth's own brother doubted his ability to pull off the dashing Darcy: "Isn't he supposed to be sexy?"
The special features also include a walking tour of the shooting locations with Lukis and Briers and an A&E Biography episode on Jane Austen that focuses largely on the onslaught of mid-1990s film adaptations of her novels. If it's your first time purchasing Pride & Prejudice, this collector's edition is a nice one to own. But if you already own the movie, you're not missing out on anything here. --Ellen A. Kim
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My wife's favorite movie; it made Colin Firth's career. Jennifer Ehle was excellent as Elizabeth, Susannah Harker was excellent as Jane, the whole cast was outstanding. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by B. Goode
There are not enough superlatives for this mini series. Firstly, it's a mini series not a movie with all the good stuff cut out. It is absolutely faithful to the novel. Read morePublished 4 days ago by K. Oder
Disc 2 has subtitles, which I find distracting. I would rather have no subtitles. Disc 1 is fine.Published 7 days ago by Susan Mcgibney
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Amen !!!! There must be someway that Amazon can filter out reviews that only pertain to the blu-ray editions !!
COME ON AMAZON !!! Help out your customers for a change. ALSO , how about an ALPHABETICAL listing of all your movies instead of just price,release dates, and best selling???
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I have both the 2010 Pride and Prejudice (Restored Edition) (DVD) and the 2009 Blu-Ray version. I too was curious, since a lot of Blu-Ray players up convert. But, the Blu-Ray is better, surprisingly. I watched the Restore Edition up to the dance scene where Darcy slights poor Lizy, and the... Read More
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Allow me to make a couple of points.
First, it would be insane to release ANY title in Blu-ray with less than 1.78:1 (16:9) aspect ratio, unless the original source was less (e.g. pre-1953 movies). Since no one buys Blu-ray disks for non-HD (non 16:9) TVs, there would be absolutely no point in... Read More
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I just finished watching my copy of the Blu-ray U.S. version and it includes all the scenes that Sammie indicates are missing. Maybe he got a defective copy, or more likely, the Blu-ray player he used is not working well. Many of the older Blu-ray players have a well earned reputation as... Read More
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|Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) walking out of the lake||
There is a scene in "Lost in Austen" that has Darcy walking out of the pond. It is not Colin Firth though. It can be viewed on Youtube.
It could also be from a special features segment. I remember watching a segment on the filming of the pond scene and it could be there. I have the... Read More
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