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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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Best version of this story. A must-have for any Austen fan.Published 2 days ago by Stephanie Frieze
I've read almost every Pride and Prejudice variation and seen all the film adaptations and this one is by far my fav!!!Published 5 days ago by Coyogi29
What can I say about this production. It is just about perfect. It is five hours but I have to indulge in it once a year. Colin Firth is perfectly cast.Published 8 days ago by Julia
Best version of this classic. DVD doesn't seem to hold up. Third one purchased for same problem. After several showings the sound goes bad in spots and the picture flutters.Published 8 days ago by EandM
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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
Aug 7, 2011 by D. Rice | See all 9 posts
|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
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||
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
Nov 16, 2012 by S. M. M. | See all 15 posts
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