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Jane Austen: The Complete Collection

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 5 2010
  • Run Time: 1320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002VM7FH6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,266 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Jane Austen: The Complete Collection (Repackaged/DVD)

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This DVD set is a repackage of the set originally issued in 2004. Same 6 DVDs but in plastic slimcases, which I find much less bulky than the original set in regular-sized DVD cases. (This matters to me, as I don't have a lot of shelf space.) All films are in separate slimcases.

Note: All the DVD covers say "closed-captioned"; however, I could not get the closed-captioning to work. Not sure if it's a misprint or my TV or DVD player, but if CC matters to you, you might want to look into this further before purchasing. (P.S. Also no subtitles.)

The set is a collection of all 6 of the Jane Austen stories produced or distributed by the BBC from the early 1970s to mid-'80s. They are wonderful period dramas and are probably the most faithful to the original books c.f. later adaptations.

Being earlier BBC, some show like plays on film; they are not the sumptuous cinematic productions of recent years (see list below). These are the original serials and they play by episode (i.e., will have opening titles and end credits for each episode - it's not one long continuous film). On the longer productions, you have to flip the disc to Side 2. The programs have been remastered; however, on some of the dramas, some of the audio is at times weak and the production style is, of course, a bit dated: do not expect background music or sophisticated lighting and camera work. I would not call these "negatives" per se but rather the reality of older serial productions.

That being said, generally excellent casting and acting. The serials, being longer, also allow the subtleties of character development and relationships as in the novels.
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I loved the idea of having all 6 movies in one set even if I already own them on VHS. I spoiled myself because I knew there was a longer Pride and Prejudice BBC version out there. I hoped this set would have it. I was NOT disappointed!! In fact, it had 39 mins. longer than VHS version. Plus, Mansfield Park was 49 mins. longer than VHS and Emma was 13 mins. longer. It really added to the story lines. I don't know why they cut them down in the first place! The version of Emma in this collection from the BBC is not my favorite. I found it long and a little on the dull side. I guess I felt there was no need for it to be so drawn out. The only problem with Persuasion was the cover. The guy on the front is Colonal Brandon from the movie Sense and Sensibility! A mistake during printing, I'm guessing. With the movie Sense and Sensibility, the only thing that bothered me was how it was broken into seven 20 minute episodes. I spent my time just getting into the movie when it time to go through ending and beginning credits. It was a bit too choppy for me. However, since the time is the same on both DVD and VHS, I'll just choose whether I want short spurts or longers chunks! I really like all the movies included yet Emma is my least favorite in this set. I feel this is a must have for true Janeites!!
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Very, very enjoyable.The only one I wasn,t fond of was Nothanger Abby. I would give this dvd 3 out of 5 stars. I would recommended this collection to anyone who enjoys Jane Austen.
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Can't go wrong with BBC.... but these older ones are more theatrical with less character development and depth of acting performance. I've gotten used to the ones from the 90's and 2000's which are brilliant. I probably wouldn't buy these again... and would focus on the newer ones...
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