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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 have been on an Austen binge--enjoying such excellent recent adaptations as Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion--this miniseries will round out the ultimate Austen video 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
Years ago, I recorded this mini-series on VCR. I used it so often that the taped copies are now worn, and the picture quality and sound quality have deteriorated. Read morePublished 24 days ago by John Sparling
Read the book for school and then I bought the movie to get a better understanding of the story.Published 1 month ago by Dan Breakey
A&E and BBC joined forces to create one of the best adaptations of "Pride and Prejudice." The attention to historic detail in terms of costuming, sets and scenery is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elle Ess
This review is for Pride & Prejudice Fully Restored Blu-Ray version from the BBC (with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Redwessa
Beautiful picture, with subtitles (at last). Enjoy this 5 hour drama very much.Published 3 months ago by Lorraine Charron