Jane Austen: The Complete Collection (DVD)
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Lovingly remastered BBC original productions of six of Jane Austen's finest novels - Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey . These classic romances of the 18th century spring vividly to life on the screen. Full of wit and charm, with an equal amount of humor and drama.]]>
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1)Sense & Sensibility
5)Pride & Prejudice
The clothes, the sets, furnishings, the actors, all work together wonderfully to bring these 18th century stories alive. The actors really do a good job of bringing these characters to life. These were previously available on VHS, but the DVD's have added additional scenes that were cut from the VHS in order to save tape. In the case of one movie there is 20 minutes of additional footage. As a Jane Austen fan, you will never find a film that you prefer to the books, but these are very well done and respectful of her writing without straying far from the book. "Emma" and "Pride and Prejudice" seem to be the stand out favorite from this set with many viewers I spoke to. Sense and Sensibility will always be compared to the big budget theatrical version, but if you avoid comparing the two this is an enjoyable version. I will not take up space in reviewing each individual show here as they are listed individually and reviewed by others at Amazon.com. But for a great way to get the entire collection at once for a good price, this is the best bet.
Emma, I watched next and with lower expectations. I was much fonder of this DVD. The Mr. Knightley comes across more angry and condescending to Emma than I would prefer, but overall I give this one a 4/5 stars.
Sense and Sensibility is fairly true to the novel with the exception of the omision of the youngest Dashwood sister, Margaret. I really liked the Colonel Brandon character/actor. I didn't personally find the Willoughby character all that attractive, making him easier to dislike. My DVD skips in the pivotal scene of Marianne's first encounter with Willoughby in London and this was very disappointing... I don't know if Amazon will replace this yet or not. All in all, this one I give a 3.5/5 stars.
Persuasion is my favorite movie from this set. The acting was good, the ending very sweet. Frederick was not how I pictured him in my mind but one can hardly blame BBC for that. I give this one a 4.Read more ›
I have yet to see any production of these novels that beats this set and that includes the A&E production of Pride & Prejudice. I would recomend this set to anyone interested in Jane Austen..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Almost like being in a play - very old fashioned and 'brief' on the stories (but complete).Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of good Jane Austen stories acted out. I enjoyed watching all of them. The shows are well-done. Thumbs up!Published 10 days ago by E. Hawes
I love a good Austen flick, and enjoy these for the nostalgia. I got them on sale for a really great price, so it made the somewhat poor acting and fuzzy resolution tolerable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katie H.
I enjoyed all of these but I am glad I read the books first as a few parts were left out of a couple of the movies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sharon M. Ellis
I received 2 copies of Mansfield Park and 0 Pride and Prejudice. There is no way to contact seller my only option is exchange the whole set.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well done and faithful to Austen's writing. What's not to enjoy?Published 3 months ago by Mary Jo Wood
I'm a fan of the old BBC dramas, with their stagey productions and cardboard sets. They're an acquired taste but (with the exception of 1987's Northanger Abbey), these adaptations... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer