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Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition) (1996)

Colin Firth , Jennifer Ehle , Simon Langton  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, David Bamber, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Anna Chancellor
  • Directors: Simon Langton
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Special Edition, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,811 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MP58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,234 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Newly remastered widescreen print
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Jane Austen Biography/ Bibliography

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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 have been on an Austen binge--enjoying such excellent adaptations as Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion--this miniseries will round out the ultimate Austen video 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

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Jane Austen's classic comedy of manners—a delectably witty story of life, love, and marriage among the 19th-century English gentry—is now one of the most lavish and expensive miniseries in history. Co-produced by the BBC and A&E, directed by Simon Langton ("Upstairs, Downstairs"), newly adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies ("Middlemarch"), and filmed on location in Derbyshire, this groundbreaking production, originally seen on A&E, stars Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, Julia Sawalha as Lydia, and Susannah Harker as Jane. Boxed set is 5 hours on 6 cassettes or 5 hours on 2 DVDs.

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386 of 389 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restored Edition Review! What an Improvement! April 27, 2010
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Today we received on its release date, the newly restored version of Pride and Prejudice with Collin Firth and Jennifer Eyhle. And we are delighted. The colors and complections are healthy and vibrant. The sound is clear and offers extra enjoyment for the dance and singing scenes. And special mention must be made of the detail that is now available to be ejoyed. It is a historic costumers delight now, since the fine fabrics and textures can now be appreciated - it is far clearer and better detailed than the earlier versions of this spectacular mini-series.

And no advertising at the beginning - put it in and it starts.

I think they did a fantastic job restoring this, and this version has addressed the earlier complaints of the yellow or washed out color palate. I have also not noticed the deletion of any scenes from the original on video when it was first released. This is definately the version the collectors to keep.

FOR SOME REASONE AMAZON IS ATTACHING THE REVIEWS FOR THE 2001 DVD EDITION. THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE NEWLY RESTORED VERSION OF APRIL 2010.
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369 of 381 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First and Last Impressions May 18, 2002
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There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe the brilliance of this production. As a student and teacher of Literature, Theatre, and Film I can confidently and categorically state that this is the finest film adaptation of any classic novel ever produced. The screenplay is remarkably faithful, the art direction spellbinding, the costuming and settings are breathtaking, while the casting showcases the strongest ensemble of actors I have ever witnessed. Bear in mind that this is all coming from someone who has never seen an adequate film version of any classic novel, to the extent that I no longer thought it possible. Ladies, beware Colin Firth as the definitive Darcy for he is guaranteed to make you swoon. Jennifer Ehle, as Lizzy, stole my heart. Please don't tell my wife but I have never been so deeply in love with any actress. Her elegant and powerfully understated portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet does Austen's scintillating satire of manners great credit. In the context of recently produced Austen films I would say that Roger Michell's production of Persuasion was endearing, Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility was a treat for both, but Simon Langton's production of Pride and Prejudice is the most sublime, definitive, and unparalleled production of P&P yet produced. It is just pure Austen. Both First and Last Impressions remain the same on this one, it is a true classic. An absolute MUST for all Jane Austen fans. Yes, Virginia I have two copies. The 1996 edition and the 2001 Digitally Remastered "Special Edition." Although the audio is somewhat better on the remaster I would argue that the color and resolution are richer on the original. I wonder if the 2010 "Restored" Blue Ray version would be a good excuse to buy a third copy? Hmmm....
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1,685 of 1,807 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wait for Extra Special Edition December 25, 2002
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The current BluRay (BD) edition is fantastic - it is the "Extra Special Edition". Beautiful color and sound have been restored compared to the DVD edition that I initially reviewed in 2002 (below). There's pretty much nothing about my original review that is relevant any longer, unless someone is going to buy a second-hand copy of the 1996 Special Edition set. We still love the production, and give the BD version 5 stars.

I would not have thought that anyone would still be reading the 9 year old review below except for all of the comments ... apparently Amazon has cross-linked the reviews of all editions of this film, making this the 'most helpful critical review'. For those who said that I copied the review - not true. I reviewed a single product, back when we did not even have names attached to our reviews. (My amazon review ID now is "Karl".)

Do buy the BD release - it is wonderful. Five stars. (The 3 stars are not editable and refer to the 1996 release.)

Karl

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The original 2002 review of the 1996 Special Edition DVD set follows...

This BBC/A&E production is one of the most well made films my wife and I have ever seen - superb acting, costumes, sets and location, music, directing, editing!! Like others here, we have watched the A&E VHS edition over and over. (It is a 'chick flick', but I enjoy romantic movies, too.)

Our excitement over getting the DVD faded upon loading both the VHS tape and DVD and comparing the images and sound. The widescreen image on the DVD is definitely more clear on our 50" high res screen, and it is a pleasure to see the full images framed as the Director intended.

HOWEVER, the colors are not just washed out.
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456 of 489 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous adaptation of one of the great novels. October 19, 1999
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This A&E/BBC miniseries is a true masterpiece, bringing Jane Austen's most popular novel to life in a near perfect production. It has everything: authentic Regency Period atmosphere, costumes, settings, a beautiful musical score, excellent performances by a well-chosen cast. Andrew Davis's script does full justice to Austen's original. Colin Firth is excellent as Mr. Darcy, but Jennifer Ehle just takes my breath away with her magnificent performance, which catches every nuance of Elizabeth Bennet's character exactly right in every scene. It is a pleasure to watch all 4 1/2 hours straight through again and again. As a longtime devoted admirer of Jane Austen's works, I am very critical of any movies based upon her novels, but this has to be one of the very best adaptations of any major literary work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray was kind of fuzzy
What can I say about P&P. I love all of them!! Every series and every version. Colin Firth was the best Mr. Darcy in my opinion. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Joan Napolitano
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Jane Austen movies! Check out the movie Austenland.
Published 15 hours ago by Cindy Biehl
5.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Clear Blu-ray worth it!
So wonderful to view this amazing mini-series on crystal clear Blu-ray. It really makes viewing the movie so enjoyable. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Richard Pompa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very well remastered. All the more enjoyable almost 20 years later.
Published 1 day ago by Sandra Tsao
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love about Colin Firth as Mr
What's not to love about Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? Curl up with a nice cup of tea on a rainy day and enjoy.
Published 1 day ago by coolblueviolet
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this particular version of Pride and Prejudice
I love this particular version of Pride and Prejudice, and I also need it for research. So I'm really glad to have my own copy.
Published 1 day ago by Nadele Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Keepsake Edition
I recently watched this again on PBS and had forgotten how well done this version of Pride and Prejudice was done. Excellent acting. Bought this one to replace my old VCR set.
Published 3 days ago by ekassel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mr. Darcy in Blue Ray! Great
Published 4 days ago by Mrs C
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies. Great acting and beautiful scenery
5+++++ stars. One of my favorite movies. Great acting and beautiful scenery.
Published 4 days ago by mommyknowsbest
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great copy. Color is a bit too enhanced but nothing that noticable.
Published 4 days ago by bekfek
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Stop Amazon placing reviews for DVD editions under Blu-Ray titles ?
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???
Jun 21, 2009 by qualuku |  See all 31 posts
Restored vs Blu-Ray
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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Blu-ray 2009 vs Blu-ray 2010 - What is different?
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
Jun 13, 2011 by JudMc |  See all 20 posts
Blu-Ray--Scenes missing?
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
Aug 31, 2009 by HD DVD fan |  See all 8 posts
Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) walking out of the lake
they never showed him coming out the water. It was a coment from and article in a paper. I have seen him metion it on tv. Check youtube on interviews.
Jul 14, 2012 by Charlotte |  See all 13 posts
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