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Pride & Prejudice [HD DVD] (2005)

Keira Knightley , Moya Brady , Joe Wright  |  PG |  HD DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,646 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keira Knightley, Moya Brady, Judi Dench, Roy Holder, Meg Wynn Owen
  • Directors: Joe Wright
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,646 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VBP38C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pride & Prejudice [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Joe Wright
  • Conversations with the Cast
  • Jane Austen, Ahead of Her Time
  • A Bennet Family Portrait
  • HBO First Look: Pride & Prejudice
  • The Politics of Dating
  • The Stately Homes of Pride & Prejudice

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Academy Award nominee* Keira Knightley stars in the greatest love story of all time. When Elizabeth Bennet (Knightley) meets the handsome Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), she believes he is the last man on earth she could ever marry. But as their lives become intertwined, she finds herself captivated by the very person she swore to loathe for all eternity. Jane Austen's masterpiece novel comes to the screen in the film critics said "makes you believe in true love and happily-ever-after" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times).

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    Literary adaptations just don't get any better than director Joe Wright's 2005 version of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. The key word here is adaptation, because Wright and gifted screenwriter Deborah Moggach have taken liberties with Austen's classic novel that purists may find objectionable, but in this exquisite film their artistic decisions are entirely justified and exceptionally well executed. It's a more rural England that we see here, circa 1790 (as opposed to Austen's early 19th century), in which Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) is one of several sisters primed for marriage, with an anxious mother (Brenda Blethyn) only too desperate to see her daughters paired off with the finest, richest husbands available. Elizabeth is strong-willed and opinionated, but her head (not to mention her pride and prejudice) lead her heart astray when she meets the wealthy Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), whose own sense of decency and discretion (not to mention his pride and prejudice) prevent him from expressing his mutual affection. They're clearly meant for each other, and as Knightley's performance lights up the screen (still young enough to be girlishly impertinent, yet wise beyond her 20 years), Austen's timeless romance yields yet another timeless adaptation, easily on par with the beloved BBC miniseries that has been embraced by millions since originally broadcast in 1995. Individual tastes will vary as to which version should be considered "definitive," but with a stellar supporting cast including Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland, this impeccable production achieves its own kind of perfection. --Jeff Shannon

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    342 of 368 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and intelligent November 25, 2005
    Format:Theatrical Release
    When I heard that there was a new version of "Pride and Prejudice" to be made, I was far from pleased. In fact, I was fairly annoyed: A&E's version with Colin Firth has been a staple of my DVD collection for an incredibly long time, and I couldn't imagine anyone tampering with perfection. Why mess with genius?

    Happily, I was wrong in my estimation of the movie. Perhaps it's only appropriate, given the subject matter: the whole story of "Pride and Prejudice" is wrapped up in wrong estimations of character, miscommunications, and partial understandings. The Focus Features version of "Pride and Prejudice" is more of a classic Romance, set earlier in period and filmed against more stunning backdrops than the A&E version: there were no grand cliffs or windswept heaths in that one, but they work here.

    The performances are universally excellent: I was appropriately annoyed by Brenda Blethyn's ludicrously inappropriate Mrs. Bennet, and Judi Dench as Lady Catherine de Bourgh is one of the most delicious strokes of casting genius...ever. Donald Sutherland as the bemused patriarch Mr. Bennet holds his own in a largely British cast, and was suitably affectionately distracted in his fatherly role. Simon Woods is amiable and open-faced as Mr. Bingley, and properly deserves Rosamund Pike's delicate Jane.

    The movie belongs, however, to Matthew McFadyen and Keira Knightley, as it rightly should. The book, however involved its subplots, focused mainly on their sparring, and the film wisely excises a lot of the extraneous matter, tightening its focus and condensing some scenes. Matthew McFadyen is, possibly, an even better Mr.
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    704 of 795 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Firth/BBC fan, and I still loved it! January 11, 2006
    Format:DVD
    Okay, I am a rabid Frith and BBC fan of the miniseries, but I was very impressed with this adaption and found it refershing in it's grounded, youthful take on the story.

    For starters, there is a very grounded nature to the presentation of the story. Some Austenites got their knickers into a twist because they thought it made the family and their circumstances too drab looking. But I loved it! The Meryton Assembly basically sets the stage for this grounded approach-the dancing looks a little heavy footed, the girls look sweaty, and you can't help but think that someone needs to open a window cause it looks awfully sweaty! But at the same time,it made the story come alive, like you were a fly on the wall, peeking in on Lizzy and Darcy and the rest of the gang.

    Lastly, I loved the youthful take on the story. I LOVE Firth and Ehle as the '95 leads. They had this chemistry and sensual tension that was electric! But their take was definitely from a mature standpoint-like the way I'd act now as a 33 year old woman. Whereas Macfadyen and Knightley? Theirs is a more youthful, innocent, first love take that I just took to. Great chemistry, Lizzy's a little less cocksure, Darcy's a bit more unbalanced by this attraction, and it felt right in terms of age and stage of development with the actual characters in the book.

    Great adaption, brisk storytelling, and a wonderfully irreverent tone by a fun director who knew it was a good idea to knock the pedestal off from under our Lizzy and Darcy, and let them be seen in a more grounded light. And ps-I thought Macfadyen, even though he doesn't have that big of a part, was a great Darcy!
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    197 of 223 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Oft told tale made soulful, young November 23, 2005
    Format:Theatrical Release
    I saw an advanced screening of this film in Boston and was very pleased, it is intelligent in its handle of the material and its fluency in cinematic crafting. Goodbye to dusty, "precious" interpretations of Jane Austen. This cheeky, poetic, even dark new film makes the story youthful with down-to-earth vibrancy and worship of emotion. Here are young people making the mistakes and dreaming the dreams of the young (when it was written it wasn't antiquity, it was life). Lizzie is not a smirking omniscient but a quick witted independent; hotheaded and fiercely loyal to her sister. She is wary of an unfair world and uses her wits to survive. Darcy is not an impenetrable stoic but a shy sensitive soul with high unwieldy social pretensions fending off the outside world. And they are both lonely and have big yearning hearts, so the filmmakers made one great decision -- they let them fall in love the first moment they lock eyes. In a shot we see hearts behind fortified personalities and an instant chemistry that takes a movie's worth of battling with each other and themselves to right itself. It's an earthy move that sets the tone for a film about the people and world behind the antiquated manners, a world not so different from ours.

    Now set in 1797, when Austen wrote the first draft of the book, the filmmakers committed to main plot points and themes, and astutely represent the Romantic Age and Austen's characters. The love between Jane and Lizzie is supreme and fuels a desire in Lizzie to tear at Darcy when he separates Jane from Mr. Bingley. She's hurt, she reciprocates the pain, and it is bitter. Pride and prejudices are drawn clearly: Lizzie searches hard to find fault with Darcy, and Darcy cannot bring himself to let down his guard.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Classic movie paired with an excellent cast -- 5 stars all the way.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A love story to end all love stories
    A love story to end all love stories! Absolutely love it, and continue to watch it every chance I get. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by stuff
    1.0 out of 5 stars not Blu ray, not a DVDs - what is it?
    could it find anything to actually play the DVD!
    Published 1 day ago by Rob
    4.0 out of 5 stars While not a perfect adaptation of the book
    While not a perfect adaptation of the book, this film is amazingly well acted and gets the essence of the book across remarkably well. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Jasmyne
    4.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth and Darcy-still drawing a crowd after 201 yrs!
    A little darker, a bit more introspective than the 1995 PBS series-but very beautiful. Keira Knightly is lovely as Elizabeth and the evidence of a more closely knit family that... Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE JANE AUSTIN'S BOOK ! !
    LOVE THIS BOOK. ONE OF MY FAVORITES OF ALL TIME. ALSO THE MOVIE WAS OUTSTANDING ! !
    Published 3 days ago by R.O.COOK
    5.0 out of 5 stars worth seeing
    I love all of Jane Austen's books and the movies are great. Much better to watch than most of the junk on TV today. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Linda Hayes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Chick Flick
    I absolutely LOVE this movie! Great love story without being mushy. Mr. Darcy>>>>>>>>> From the little I have read of the book it follows pretty... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Gwyn Foster
    5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite!!
    Did not purchase from Amazon. Do own DVD. My favorite!!!!
    Published 5 days ago by Blanche Richardson
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    "You have bewitched me" & "I have no idea"
    "...starting with including the ENTIRE dialogue and doing a scene-by-scene exact re-enactment in an 8-hour miniseries or something..."

    Yes, that would be comprehensive, "but rather less like a ball".
    Mar 1, 2008 by Craven |  See all 22 posts
    Is the book similar to the movie?
    Please read the book which is much better. Also, please see the A & E mini-series. It is a wonderful adaptation of the book. Much better than the Kiera Knightly version which leaves out part of the plot.
    Apr 11, 2010 by Sean's Mom |  See all 7 posts
    last scene of the movie
    It's after they're married, it's at Pemberly, it's a casual, private moment of happiness at home.

    A little cheesy, yes, but it's nice to see "behind the scenes" of the formal society of the previous 2 hours.
    Dec 19, 2006 by Zhimbo |  See all 18 posts
    Bonus Material?
    I can't believe no P & P fan, in P & P spirit, had the courtesy to respond to this excellent question!!
    Mar 17, 2011 by Intro Spective |  See all 3 posts
    Mr. Bennet deserves scorn
    Maybe he assumed his daughters could make a living on their own - which may have been unlikely for women in that time, but maybe it's commentary on the fact that women shouldn't have to depend solely on their fathers or potential husbands.
    Oct 5, 2008 by Nathan L. Baker |  See all 14 posts
    CD Soundtrack Included in the cheaper Collector's Edition? Be the first to reply
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