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Masterpiece: Northanger Abbey

Geraldine James , Michael Judd , Jon Jones    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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In Austen’s gentle parody of gothic fiction, Felicity Jones (Meadowlands) plays romance addict Catherine Morland. Invited to a medieval country house that appeals to her most lurid fantasies, she forms a close friendship with the younger son on the estate, Henry Tilney (JJ Feild, The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton), but their budding romance is mysteriously cut short. Adapted by Andrew Davies.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars great movie, bad dvd April 15 2008
By S.A
as some of you already know, masterpiece theatre cut out about 30 minutes of the movie. some of the most endearing scenes are cut out of the dvd. this is a warning...do not buy this dvd if you are expecting the full version. if you love this version and have a multi-region dvd player, buy the british region 2 dvd from the UK site. it has the full version, not to mention a prettier cover :)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Jane Austen Adaptation Jan. 21 2008
Without having seen the prior version of Northanger Abbey, I can't do justice to a comparison, though I can't imagine the older version could rival this one. I understand from other reviews that the old version took the Gothic themes in the novel to absurd lengths, a failing that does NOT apply to this version. The Gothic touches in the film are well done, and definitely add to the plot and character development of the story.

JJ Field as Henry Tilney is superb. He is manly and engaging, and makes a very attractive love interest, yet you can see how his avaricious and cold father has affected him. You can almost see the unhappy little boy he must have been when he says to Catherine Morland "I envy you your happy childhood."

Strong performances are given by every actor in the film, and the script is very true to the book. I am a bit of purist, so it is delightful to see. The only negative was that the film does tend to wrap up very quickly, but possibly that is because the characters are so engaging that you want to hear and see more. The fact that it was filmed in Ireland rather than on location in Bath does not at all detract from the film. On the contrary, the verdant, lush and rugged landscapes add to the Gothic themes central to novel. It is a real joy to watch again and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic charm May 16 2010
Gothic romances were all the rage in the late 1700s and early 1800s -- and Jane Austen deviated from her usual form for "Northanger Abbey," a mellow satire of the genre. And "Masterpiece Theatre: Northanger Abbey" manages to translate it well into a movie, with what seems to be gothic fantasies and scheming set in the middle of a sunlit English countryside.

Catherine Morland is an innocent young country girl with a love of gothic romances, and has lives an unremarkably life in a country parish. But then the wealthy Allens invite her to Bath during their vacation there, and of course she accepts -- and through balls and old acquaintances, she becomes friends with two pairs of siblings. One is the Thorpes, the uncouth dandy John and his manipulative sister Isabella, and the more mysterious Tilneys, the charming Henry and sweet Eleanor.

When the Tilneys decide to leave Bath, Catherine is invited with them, to the vast stone manorhouse of Northanger Abbey -- which is as gloomy, eerie and remote as her gothic-loving heart could wish for. What's more, she believes that there are dangerous secrets in Northanger Abbey, related to the suspicious death of the late Mrs. Tilney. But Catherine has some lessons to learn about reality and fantasy: that everyday world is not nearly as melodramatic and twisted as her novels, and that it has its own dangers and deceptions.

"Masterpiece Theatre: Northanger Abbey" does an admirable job of adapting Austen's novel, evenly balancing out its two sides -- on one hand it's a parody of all the lurid excesses of classic gothic novels, and on the other it's a subtle coming-of-age tale about a young girl who needs to figure out the difference between reality and fantasy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good news....and bad news.... July 14 2010
By M.Selek
I love it when great novels that I've read come to the big screen. Although it was beautifully done, it was a cut version. This DVD has several scenes cut out. I have to tape it now on Masterpiece Theatre in order to see the whole thing. It's disappointing. So if you really would like a copy, do some shopping around first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Northanger Abbey July 1 2010
A very compelling and enjoyable story in typical Jane Austen fashion. This is my third favorite of her tales and the actors in the movie gave as much of themselves as the story deserves. The acting is brilliant, the surroundings authentic and believeable, and the actors grab you right from the beginning! If you liked 1995 BBC Pride and Predjudice you will find yourselve nearly as attached to these characters and their story. If you find yourself one of those who immerse themselves in the story you will not be disappointed with a night or two of Northanger Abbey. Not boring, not stodgy and definitely FUN!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, witty, and true to the book June 3 2014
By Steph
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A fun take on one of Jane's least known works. It has the same youthful exuberance of the book. Catherine Morland's fault of always seeing the world through the filter of novels is amusingly captured by dream sequences of Catherine in the novels. All the characters were likeable. Isabella was beautiful and vibrant and unrepentant, yet sympathetic. The "youngness" of everyone played through (this is based on Jane Austen's very first novel, originally titled "Susan", which she wrote when she herself was very young and ravenously devouring novels herself).
If anything, it was too short.
Highly reccommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ugh Feb. 23 2014
By Hawley
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I just didn't like it... don't know why I usually always like Jane Austen movies but this one was boring and dare I say poorly acted. I hate to give a bad review but I was very disappointed.
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