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Pride and Prejudice (2005) [HD DVD]

Keira Knightley , Matthew Macfadyen , Joe Wright    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   HD DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finely executed adaptation Nov. 3 2006
Format:DVD
Like many loyalists to the BBC series of P&P, when I heard they were making a movie I couldn't help thinking, "Why?"

This movie adaptation of Jane Austen's classic was always doomed to suffer by comparison, and I had my reservations before seeing it. Having read the book, seen the old old BBC adaptation (where Mr Darcy walked around like he had a stick up his bum) and sat through many marathons with friends of the 1995 version, I didn't think there was anything more you could possibly do to improve on the latter (despite the fact I've always been a little annoyed the actors were way too old for the parts).

The opening scenes may lead a viewer to think the movie was structured around the most famous lines, with filler in-between. This notion is soon disabused, however. To fit the story into two hours of film time, it's true some finer details were left out, and some side characters are dealt with briefly - I think that, perhaps ironically considering the number of toes the movie has stepped on so far, this is a movie best enjoyed by people who have already read the book and seen the 1995 version and can fill in the gaps themselves, without having to sit through over 5 hours of it. There is no fluff in this movie, and yes, as other reviewers have noted, it focuses on Lizzy and Darcy almost at the expense of other characters. But when you are making a movie adaptation of a book, you should never fall into the trap of wanting EVERYTHING a la Harry Potter 1 and 2: you must decide what the focus will be, and what can be cut.

So, comparisons aside, what makes this movie worth 5 stars?
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Like most people who love literature I was well aware that Jane Austen could write, but the idea that Keira Knightley can act and hold her own against the likes of Dame Judy Dench was a revelation. Granted, Knightley has not particularly been called upon to turn in great acting performances in most of her films. In "Love Actually" she is basically required to look pretty and her best moments are reaction shots rather than dialogue. She has many more moments such as that in "Pride & Prejudice," but she also proves herself proficient at the witty dialogue. Knightley filmed this version as her final film as a teenager and the results are comparable to when Franco Zeffirelli cast the teenage Olivia de Hussey in "Romeo & Juliet."

This becomes the most romantic version of "Pride & Prejudice" because we are not surprised along with Lizzie when Darcy shows up and makes the most backhanded proposal of marriage in the history of Western literature. The screenplay by Deborah Moggach (Emma Thompson receives special thanks in the credits, apparently for script doctoring) makes one significant change in the proceedings by simply having the moment when Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen) falls for Lizzie clearly written on his face. At the Meryton ball she finds the perfect moment to throw the callous words that she has overheard back into his and with the rapier still skewering her victim she turns on her heels and walks away in triumph.

When next he sees her she has walked over to Mr. Bingley's house to care for her sister Jane (Rosamund Pike), who has been taken ill because of the matrimonial machinations of their mother. Lizzie's hair is down and she is positively glowing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 25 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I understand where some of the criticisms have arisin from, but as a film in itself it's beautiful. I have not encountered a more accurate version than the 5 hour long epic produced by the BBC, and I don't believe I ever will. That said, I don't think I wish to see another "accurate" adaptation. I love how the writers (including the gifted and uncredited Emma Thompson) took the risk of straying from Austen's words to inject a little more passion and brilliance into the film. I don't know how but the characters seem to bounce off the screen, they are so lively. I would not rate one actor's portrayal over another's but I will state that they are played differently here and it's "soo refreshing". See this film for what it is and, as hard as it may be, stop making comparisons to other adaptations or you may be disappointed.
This film is wonderful, lively, romantic, and beautifully shot and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance.
*Word of Caution: You may find yourself hopelessly in love with Matthew McFadyen afterwards and to that I say...join the club.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised! April 12 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
First off, I'll always consider the 1995 A&E version the best. But I have to admit, Keira Knightly and Matthew McFayden were quite good in this version. Donald Sutherland is great as always, and the cinematography was beautiful. I do think Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in the 1995 version had a lot more sparks between them though. I did think that the Lydia/Mr. Wickham storyline could have explored more.
It's definately worth renting. Watch it and then decide to buy it or not.
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Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I really like this romance I watch it when ever I get fed up with all the other violent movies.
Published 24 days ago by Helen Hayduk
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
I loved this movie. I have not read Austen & it took a while for my wife to get me to actually watch it, but having done so it was a very pleasant couple of hours. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, but I still love the book, as I read it before it was made into a movie.
Published 2 months ago by Jeanine Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful movie. It is well play. I prefer the teleserie though. But great performance. I love Jane Austin.
Published 2 months ago by Marko Hubert
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic book turned into a great fun movie.
If you like the books, and enjoy the epic mini series that the BBC made then look no further then this for a "short" film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Z
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the American version with ending for the American market
I think most people know the contents of this film so I'll just talk about the ending for those that are wondering what ending this video has. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Northern Flicker
5.0 out of 5 stars An Artistic Triumph
It would be a challenge for anyone to adapt this beloved novel to the big screen, let alone in two and a half hours. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr Elgin M Loney
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I must have watched Pride & Prejudice 20 times and I will never tire of it
Definitively a women's movie :o) Superb!
Published 5 months ago by Denyse Bertrand
4.0 out of 5 stars Good version not my favorite
I guess my favorite version of this book is the BBC version with Colin Firth, but this 2 hour drama was fun, flirty, fast paced and enjoyable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by suzanne
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