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Pride and Prejudice (The Special Edition)

Colin Firth , Jennifer Ehle    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Jane Austen's classic novel of 1813, Pride and Prejudice, still wins the hearts of countless schoolgirls with its romantic story of Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr. Darcy. Now, the 1996 BBC miniseries is winning over adults, with its faithful adaptation, gorgeous scenery, and superb acting.

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

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Ehle/Firth/Harker/Steadman/Saw ~ Pride & Prejudice (1995)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride & Prejudice July 24 2006
Format:DVD
I can watch this version of Pride & Prejudice repeatedly and never get tired of it. One of the best DVD purchases I have made. It is by far and without a doubt the best version of Pride & Prejudice there is. Hours and hours of great drama and Colin Firth plays an excellent role as Darcy. In fact, the whole cast is very well suited for their roles. This is definitely a don't miss DVD and well worth the purchase.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I had to return it! March 24 2002
Format:DVD
I love this movie - it's one of my all-time favorites. I was so looking forward to owning this as my very first DVD. However, this DVD presentation is very poor. The images are washed out - the actors' faces are white with very little color and the whites of the dresses sometimes merge with the light backgrounds! And the music sounds a bit muted. There is a "Making Of..." piece included on the DVD in which they use full-screen video images where the color is normal - faces are pink, not white, and the scenery is rich. The contrast with the movie presentation is astonishing - you really see what your missing! I don't recommend you buy this DVD. I'm going to wait for another version which will hopefully have corrected color.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb show - very poor quality color July 4 2006
Format:DVD
The story and production are the best I've seen. Unfortunately, Amazon is selling a DVD with very poor quality reproduction. It's not defective, just poor color. When I saw the original broadcast on PBS the color was excellent. These copies are average at best, still worth seeing though, it's THAT good.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Transfer Oct. 2 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is my favourite adaptation of the novel, but it really deserves a better transfer. This 10th Anniversary Edition is a marginally better transfer than the original DVD release, but both versions look very washed out. It's difficult to understand why when the clips from the film used in the "Biography" Jane Austen documentary look great. It's a sad day when the VHS version looks better than the DVD. This new edition has some good extras, but no interviews with Jennifer Ehle or Colin Firth. Also, the packaging is not great (it's a bit difficult to get the discs out), so you'll want to think about buying new DVD cases.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I've lost count of how many times I've read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - it's one of my very favorite books. Comparing the two screen adaptations of it -- the more recent one by A&E/BBC and the one done in the 80s by BBC (starring Garvie/Rintoul) -- there are definite advantages to each. The one you choose depends on what you want. If you want a really good and fun modern romantic comedy, watch the A&E version. But if you want what is closest to Austen's novel (which I prefer), watch the older version.
POSITIVES OF THE A&E VERSION:
1) It is a visual feast: The costumes, sets and scenery are exquisite and make this version worth watching for that reason alone. They obviously had a larger budget than the 80s version.
2) Since this version is 75 minutes longer than the BBC version, you get to enjoy that much more of Austen's incomparable dialogue - the best ever written in the English language besides Shakespeare, in my opinion!
3) In the interplays between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, their emotions are much more pronounced and open than in the BBC version... which makes their relationship more openly romantic even than in the novel. This is developed further by some scenes of them individually that weren't in the novel. In the 80s version and the novel, many of the subtleties of their relationship and feelings are left to the imagination. The A&E version is more in the unsubtle style of a typical modern romantic movie, which gives a wonderful new dimension to the story. The "unexpected proposal" scene is absolutely perfect; I think Austen would have loved it!
4) Casting Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Pride & Prejudice by far... May 24 2006
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Format:DVD
This series is so enjoyable that I lost count on how many times I've seen it in the past few years. The casts were fantastically chosen, espeically the role of Mr. Darcy, played by Colin Firth. This series made the movie version starring Keira Knightly looked like crap (although I like Keira and her roles in Bend it like Beckham and Love Actually). This version gives a very vivid description of the people and time of Jane Austen as it was supposed to be. I am sure I will watch it many many more times in the near future.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His pride, her prejudice Feb. 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Of all the Jane Austen movies, the 1996 miniseries "Pride and Prejudice" is arguably the best and most detailed. While remaining faithful to the original comedy of manners, the story remains steadily-paced and exceptionally acted. It's sort of a thinking-girl's romance movie.

The Bennett family is in an uproar when wealthy Mr. Bingley (Crispin Bonham-Carter) moves into the neighborhood, and Mrs. Bennett is especially happy when he takes a liking to eldest Jane (Susannah Harker). But her forthright, independent sister Lizzie (Jennifer Ehle) immediately butts heads with wealthy, aloof Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth), who scorns the rural village.

A flurry of proposals, road trips and friendships arrive, with Lizzie fending off her slimy cousin Mr. Collins, and befriending the flirty, hunky Wickham (Adrian Lukis), who claims to have been wronged by Darcy. Lizzie believes Wickham's account -- and she's in for a shock when Darcy unexpectedly proposes, and reveals what Wickham won't tell her.

And finally things take a scandalous turn when Lizzie's idiotic younger sister Lydia (Julia Sawalha) elopes with Wickham! The family is plunged into disgrace, which also wrecks any chances of marriage for the other daughters. The only one who can set things right is Darcy, who will do whatever he must to make amends to Lizzie.

It's obvious from the very first scenes -- when Lizzie jokingly comments that "a man of good fortune MUST be in want of a wife" -- that this is an adaptation that was done with love. The subplots, characters and atmosphere of "Pride and Prejudice" are all here.

The plot unfolds slowly, one piece at a time, but with several subplots that tie together as the story progresses. For a miniseries, it's actually rather spare and lacking in filler.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly upgraded
I was never more pleased to see the difference that digital enhancements made to the film I love so much! And I loved all the extra features. Read more
Published 4 days ago by MBuddee
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly improved over the original prints
If you're a fan of this production --- and we are legion --- this is the version to own if you can afford it. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Cate Kempton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful version. I love the fact that it is ...
Wonderful version. I love the fact that it is a serie. The characters had time to grow. And the mother, Mrs Bennett, is fun to hate. Worth to have it.
Published 27 days ago by Marko Hubert
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Pride & Prejudice ever
Best Pride & Prejudice ever!! The movie was awesome, but....the amount of advertisements before and between each episode was beyond excessive!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Valorie Archambault
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant adaptation of a superb story
It is a truth universally to be acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice is one of the greatest and seminal works of English Literature and this TV adaptation more than does it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maggie Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mr. Darcy in a wet shirt? Enough said.
Published 1 month ago by Agnesv
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Much better than the dvd we bought years ago.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Corbiere
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Austen
For me, movies are the only medium for Jane Austen. This is the one novel that I have had the patience to read and this is the one and only film version that I would recommend. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mad Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This is extremely well written and acted out. A first class movie. I am enjoying it over and over. I have recommended it to many friends and family members.
Published 3 months ago by Robert M. Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see!!
I am completely pleased with this version of the series. It is true to the television production but what I find amazing is how true the language in the film is to many parts of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brigitte Dermott
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