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Pride and Prejudice (2006)

Laurence Olivier , Ann Rutherford , Robert Z. Leonard  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Ann Rutherford, Greer Garson, Mary Boland, Margaret Rutherford
  • Directors: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Writers: Jane Murfin
  • Producers: Hunt Stromberg
  • Format: Full Screen, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (470 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pride and Prejudice" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Oscar-nominated Crime Doesn't Pay: Short Eyes of the Navy
  • Classic M-G-M cartoon The Fishing Bear
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Jane Austen's wonderful novel has been adapted to the screen many times, with this 1940 version representing the golden age of the Hollywood studio era. Greer Garson, then just on the cusp of her stardom, plays the headstrong Elizabeth Bennet, smartest of five daughters who must be married off. Laurence Olivier is that difficult fellow Mr. Darcy, whose mulishness about the Bennet girls begins to thaw when he gets a dose of Elizabeth's sense and sensibility. The film is done up in the glamorous MGM house style, which means we're stuck with the less-than-inspired direction of Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld), redeemed somewhat by a collection of handsome sets (Cedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse won the Oscar for Interior Decoration) and the dandy photography by Karl Freund, one of the greats. Anyone accustomed to the 1995 miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice will need to adjust to the swifter demands of a two-hour movie, and to be sure this version, like the 2005 Keira Knightley remake, simplifies some of Austen's scenes. It's one of the few films, by the way, with Aldous Huxley as a credited screenwriter. Edmund Gwenn is lovely as Mr. Bennet, and Mary Boland brash as Mrs. Bennet; Garson, although MGM liked to corset her in fine-lady roles, manages to let Elizabeth's sauciness come through. Actually, the movie's weak spot is Laurence Olivier's elaborate performance as Darcy, which feels too theatrical. Not that it matters; Austen's story is so good, the film sails through to its delicious finish with all flags flying. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Greer Garson, Sir Laurence Olivier. Based on Jane Austen's famous novel, this social satire follows five sisters as they search for husbands, prodded by their overbearing mother. 1940/b&w/118 min/NR/fullscreen.

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153 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Details.... This is a MASTERPIECE July 14, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I have seen this movie possibly 50 times, and will see it another 50. I first saw it when I was a wee lass, and it was seeing this movie which caused me to read the to the book.....and for bringing me the mesmerizing literature of Jane Austen, I will be eternally grateful. I have since read the book even more times than I have seen the movie... and every other Jane Austen book. She is my favorite author by far, and the book is my favorite. I am reading it now, yet again, and will probably read it every year of my life.
I think the movie is the best of the lot. I realize that the movie was made in the 1940's, and the sets and costumes are not totally accurate, especially when compared to the fine latter day versions (I especially like the Colin Firth one)... But all in all, this movie, the 1940 original with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier, is in my opinion, head and shoulders above all other film adaptations.
Not because it is more faithful in those details I previously mentioned, but because for all that, I feel like I am stepping back into the past when I watch it, and the essential ideals and concepts and stories which are the cornerstone of Pride and Prejudice are intact and inviolate here as they are in few other movies.
There is a passage in the book, "Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult to affront anybody". This seems to me to sum up not only our dear Lizzy, but Greer Garson as well. She IS ELIZABETH!! Never once when insulting Mr. Darcy did she not seem charming and goodhearted. She is the perfect Lizzy, and in my opinion, most every castmember is the same.. perfect for their roles.
I just love it.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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This is classic old-school Hollywood masterpiece at its best: with a total run time of 117 minutes, this is altogether a much-condensed version of Jane Austen's beloved tale, "Pride & Prejudice." I love A&E's 6 hour version (which is more accurate to the book), but this shorter version is just such fun to watch & enjoy!

When there are 5 unmarried daughters in any upper-class Regency family, it is sure to lead to trouble! For Mrs. Bennett, the news of a rich, young bachelor (Mr. Bingley) moving to town, sends her into quite a tizzy! She spends all her time scheming & plotting to marry her daughters off to any suitable gentleman in the neighborhood who will take them: Jane, the eldest & prettiest, Elizabeth (our heroine), the second & wittiest, Mary, the third & bookish, Kittie, the fourth & silly, and Lydia, the fifth & silliest. Mrs. Bennett has such a time keeping all her daughters in line, and all (*gasp*) without the help of a governess! The antics of the Bennett family are sure to have you rolling in stitches...

Greer Garson is simply excellent as Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennett, and Laurence Olivier is wonderful as Mr. Darcy: Elizabeth is just so independent & intelligent, while Darcy is proud & haughty. Their quick-witted, sometimes tongue-in-cheek dialogues are so entertaining to watch & enjoy! All the cast is simply excellent: Miss Bingley so snotty, Lady Catherine de Bourg so supercilious, and on and on...

This is one I have been waiting ages for the DVD release! This is highly recommended as an amazing piece of Hollywood movie history!!
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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS AND CLASSIC PERIOD PIECE... September 30, 2001
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This is a magnificent, although loose, adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name. The superlative cast does justice to the witty and sophisticated screenplay by Aldous Huxley. It is a wonderful period piece and a delightful comedy of manners.

The story revolves around the upper middle class Bennett family, who live in a small, provincial town. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, wonderfully played by Mary Boland and Edmund Gwenn, have five daughters whom they must marry off. So, when Mrs. Bennett receives news of a wealthy bachelor, Mr. Bingley, moving into town, Mrs. Bennett is over the moon with joy. She soon begins maneuvering her daughters, so that perhaps one of them may be taken off her hands in happy wedlock.

Jane Bennett, beautifully played by the lovely Maureen O'Sullivan, manages to engage Mr. Bingley's heart at a local ball. Elizabeth Bennett, intelligent and articulate, manages to capture the interest of Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley's even wealthier best friend. Greer Garson is superlative in the role of Elizabeth, while Laurence Olivier is perfect in the role of the arrogant, soon to be humbled by love, Mr. Darcy.

Mr. Darcy, drawn to Elizabeth, falls in love with her, but makes a proposal of marriage filled with such snobbery that Elizabeth, who has since discovered that Mr. Darcy had negatively interfered with Jane's romance with Mr. Bingley, is repulsed and turns him down. Elizabeth later finds out through the machinations of Mr. Darcy's aunt, delightfully played with autocratic hauteur by Edna May Oliver, that perhaps she had misjudged Mr. Darcy, and she overcomes her prejudice against him.

Driven by a love that sees him humbled, Mr. Darcy puts away his pride and overcomes the snobbery he initially felt towards the Bennetts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars relaxing entertainment
Fluff from Hollywood - enjoyed by all who watched that evening.
Don't approach from a english professor's point of view!
Published 11 days ago by Bruce S Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I loved the movie.
I liked how the ladies were more modest in their clothing.
I have always enjoyed black and white movies. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Missy Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic version of a classic novel.
For me, no other version of th story compares. Ignore the sets and backdrops so typical of movies of this period - just float with the story and the characters.
Published 15 days ago by FRED HALL
5.0 out of 5 stars 1940 Version different from others
I've watched the other Pride and Prejudice movies and this one is different in a major way. The costumes are definitely 1820's rather than the empire style of the 1810's as in the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by V Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous
I watched this t old movie series of episodes, plus TV series of Pride and Prejudice! They are all absolutely wonderful! I don't know which one I like the best! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Nancy Fantastic
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to compare to newer versions
It's been a long time since I've seen this version. I had forgotten how quickly they try to move through everything. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice
Intensely understated and handsome Lawrence Olivier, and exquisitely beautiful, proud, and witty Greer Garson combine to make this my favorite over newer versions of "Pride and... Read more
Published 20 days ago by dalia
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice (1940) with Greer Garson & Lawrence Olivier
I am not a movie reviewer. I liked this movie because the acting was superb. Greer Garson's facial expressions and how she put down Mr Darcy (Olivier) without losing her etiquette... Read more
Published 22 days ago by bobguitar53
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely version--
Wonderful version of this classic--can't get enough of Greer Garson! A pleasure to watch! Hope Amazon will feature more of these classics in the future.
Published 25 days ago by catherine brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I realize this is a very old film but did they really read the book before making it? It seemed like it was "Americanized", rushed through and missing the entire humor and... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Demetria Bryson
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