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The Romance Collection: Special Edition (Pride and Prejudice / Emma / Jane Eyre / Ivanhoe / Tom Jones / The Scarlet Pimpernel / Lorna Doone / Victoria and Albert)


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The best-selling Romance Collection has been refreshed with new sleek packaging and a new low SRP.

THE ROMANCE COLLECTION brings together eight perennial favorites in an extraordinary DVD set sure to delight all fans of sophisticated entertainment. Like no other films ever made, these lavish realizations capture every nuance of the celebrated stories that have enthralled generations of readers.
Titles included in this collection are:
PRIDE & PREJUDICE: THE SPECIAL EDITION (2 discs), EMMA, JANE EYRE, LORNA DOONE, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (3 discs), VICTORIA & ALBERT (2 discs), TOM JONES (2 discs), IVANHOE (2 discs)

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The Romance Collection consists of eight literary classics on film: Pride and Prejudice (1995), Emma (1996), Jane Eyre (1997), Lorna Doone (2000), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999), Victoria & Albert (2001), The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, and Ivanhoe (1997).

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

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Special Features

Author Biographies and Bibliographies
Cast Biographies and Filmographies
Behind-the-Scene Featurette: "The Making of Pride and Prejudice"

Product Details

  • Actors: Colin Firth
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 1800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012XIGVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Romance Collection: Special Edition (Pride and Prejudice / Emma / Jane Eyre / Ivanhoe / Tom Jones / The Scarlet Pimpernel / Lorna Doone / Victoria and Albert)" on IMDb

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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Nena on September 15, 2009
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This collection is absolutely wonderful. I have enjoyed every one of the productions. My husband happened to come by while I was watching Lorna Doone and he decided to watch every one of them. It took a while to watch them; however, it was time well invested. The very best are Pride and Prejudice, Lorna Doone, Emma, and Tom Jones. Jane Eyre and the Scarlet Pimpernel are almost as good. It took us a while to warm up to Ivanhoe, but we did. You get a set of movies that will give you hours and hours of viewing pleasure for a very reasonable price. The quality is excellent - I already owned Pride and Prejudice and Emma and the quality in this set is exactly the same as the quality of my dvds. I definitely recommend it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By James Madison on September 29, 2009
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By far, a great amount of entertainment for the money! They have taken the best of the best, great acting along with incredible scenery and put it together so there are hours of escape into times long gone.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By QuietTime on August 21, 2010
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What can I say...this is the most wonderful version Pr.&Pr. ever made. I have seen many other version but always come back to this one for its QUALITY of acting,directing, scenery,etc. This is the very reason I purchased the Romance Collection. Haven't seen them all yet,but am not disappointed with what I have seen....as I said in the beginning...QUALITY.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Emma M Rosss on March 3, 2012
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I ordered the Romance Collection Special Edition expecting to get Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Jane Eyre, Ivanhoe, Tom Jones, The Scarlett Pimpernel, Lorna Doone and Victoria and Albert. However, I received Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Jane Eyre, Vanity Fair, The Great Gatsby(never liked Gatsby)The Magnificient Ambersons, Catherine The Great and Victoria and Albert.
Needless to say I was some what disapointed. The Scarlett Pimpernel has been a favorite, Great Gatsby, I can't stand. Vanity Fair and the Magnificient Ambersons I don't think has ever been anyone's favorite.
The quality is good, no problem with any of the discs. When I got my package and opened it, I immediately checked it against the item ordered. That is when I confirmed it was not quite the same. Amazon needs to check behind the vendors and make sure the item advertised is the same as shipped.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Judyth McLeod on January 7, 2011
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There is absolutely no doubt that this is a superb collection of period films and well worth acquiring. But I was more than a little shattered to note the comments referring to the inclusion in the collection of 'The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling' and indeed what it may suggest about our current age. The film is firmly based on Henry Fielding's classic novel 'The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling' published in 1749 in a period noted for its directness and ability to call a spade a spade, even within the highest social circles. Lusty Tom balanced a hearty appetite for beautiful women with a warm heart and an essential goodness, strayed not entirely as the result of his own faults, and was finally rewarded with the girl he had always loved. In many ways a moral tale. Those films in the collection which were based on 19th century novels were written in the context of an entirely more conservative and prim society, evidence of the pendulum that moves historically between high conservatism and liberalism.

Made in 1963 and now reaching its fiftieth year, this romp of a film, one of the glories of British comedy, was the run-away winner of film accolades for that year taking out the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Score and Best Screenplay as well as the British Film Academy Award for Best British Film, Best Film From Any Source, and Best Screenplay. The film was a showcase of great British actors of the period including among many a brilliant young Albert Finney, the delicious Susannah York as his great love, Joan Greenwood, Edith Evans, David Warner, David Tomlinson, seductive Diane Cilento, Hugh Griffith, and Lynn Redgrave.

As the title of the collection is 'The Romance Collection', personally I applaud the inclusion of this great film classic. Romance occurs in all ages, not least the 18th century. This film provided a refreshing balance to a very high quality offering.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bold Consumer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2010
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How can you go wrong with a collection of these wonderful romances?!

The collection is beautifully done and definitely a keeper. I keep thinking of people I should give them to because they would love them, but I just can't give them up.

There are times in my life when I just want to slow things down and enjoy a romantic novel that I don't have to read. Those are the times when nothing good is on television and I'm just too tired from working on my computer for hours to want to read anything.

This collection has a permanent place in my home.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Deevah on January 16, 2011
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As a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice, I have been watching the VCR version for years. I thought I would update my collection with the DVD version. What a disappointment. The colorization is HORRIBLE. Faces are washed out; backgrounds are faint. It is very distracting to watch and very disappointing because this was the primary reason I bought this collection.

This is a real shame and a disservice to such an excellent production of this wonderful book.

So far the other movies that I watched aren't affected by this unfortunate problem.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Katie Scarlett on November 2, 2010
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I bought this for Pride & Prejudice, but the bonus is that you get all of these other excellent movies, like The Scarlet Pimpernel, Emma, Jane Eyre, etc. It's well worth the cost!
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