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Sense and Sensibility and Miss Austen Regrets (2007)

Hattie Morahan , Charity Wakefield , Jeremy Lovering , John Alexander    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Aug. 18 2008
By Poetkitty TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I was and am a fan of the 1995 version with Emma Thompson, but this one is even better. There is a freshness of language here that is slightly more modern but still is completely true to the spirit of the novel. And this version misses nothing from the book - the duel between Brandon and Willoughby, the awful meeting with Mrs. Ferrars, the existence of Lady Middleton and her children, the elder Miss Steele - it's all here! Things only referred to in the '95 version (Edward standing by Lucy when he's cast off without a penny for ex.} are played out and meshed beautifully with all the action going forward. I found myself really feeling things between the characters - the lovely relationship between all the Dashwood sisters and their mother, the almost instant sympathy of feeling between Edward and Elinor, the regard Colonel Brandon feels for Marianne, the motivating forces behind John Dashwood and his wife and her mother....it was all presented in a way where you really cared what was going to happen. I have 3 versions of this DVD (the one with Irene Richard being the oldest) and while they are all enjoyable and worthwhile, this one is my favourite.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By killerwhaletank TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Like many others I am a huge fan of the 1995 version with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, but I've always loved the original book and I was intrigued by a new version. This version was very well done and did not disappoint. The scenery is gorgeous and the cast was overall pretty fantastic. Most of the cast I thought was as good as or better than the previous version, with only a few exceptions.

What was really nice about this version was that it covered in more detail and more faithfully some areas of the book that were altered or cropped out of the 1995 Hollywood version for time constraints (like anything with Mrs. Ferrars and Sir John's wife and kids). That said, it did have some alterations and minor additions of its own (some I liked, some I was iffy about) but overall came out feeling a little more like the book. If you could mush the previous version and this version together, you'd have the ultimate Sense and Sensibility, with nothing left wanting.

Cast-wise, think I enjoyed the Dashwood sisters a little more in this one because they were more age appropriate. While Emma Thompson did a wonderful job as Elinor in the previous version, she was much too old for the part and seemed closer to 40 than 20. In this one, Hattie Morahan pulls off Elinor wonderfully, but she is much more believable in age and therefore I have a hard time remembering Emma Thompson when I watch this. Kate Winslet and Charity Wakefield are equally good Mariannes.

The only real casting disappointments were Willoughby (he was creepy rather than charming and dashing) and Colonel Brandon (David Morrissey is a fine actor but just can't touch Alan Rickman's previous performance).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 29 2008
Format:DVD
I enjoyed this version of Sense and Sensibility far more than the 1995 version with Emma Thompson (as much as I love Emma Thompson).
It moved at a slower pace, allowing the watcher to become more familiar with the characters. The scenery was beautiful and the casting was excellent. I am not familiar with the majority of the cast, but they all did a wonderful job.
For those who are looking for a clean wholesome movie to purchase, I recommend this movie. There is a short love scene at the very beginning, but that is all :-)
The 1995 version is also worth watching too!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I'm still waiting for the perfect adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. This one almost makes it ... but not quite.

While it is fairly true to Jane Austen's original story, it's a decidedly modern interpretation and there have been a lot of liberties taken with the characters and the dialogue. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, and does allow greater acceptance by modern audiences, but if you want a version that's faithful to the book, this isn't it.

I found Hattie Morahan and Charity Wakefield, as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, both believable and faithful to the original characters. In particular, I liked the way they handled the differing outlooks, different temperaments and completely different appearances without ever seeming to be other than sisters. You could believe that they might be related. The youngest sister, Margaret, was cute and funny but not at all similar to the original -- which my teenaged daughters found highly amusing, but which I found rather jarring because you know Jane Austen would never have written a character like that. If that doesn't bother you, then you don't have to worry.

The male leads were more of a mixed bag. Dan Stevens is charming, kind and wonderfully good-looking as Edward Ferrars -- which is fine if you don't mind that Jane Austen wrote him as shy, awkward and diffident. But he's very nice to look at and did portray the honourable gentleman in a cleft stick of his own making very well. However, I couldn't believe Domenic Cooper as the dashing, romantic but ultimately selfish Willoughby at all. For a start, he looks like the kind of person you really don't want to meet on a dark night in the sleazy part of town -- drug dealer, yes; Byron-esque hero, no.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This version of Sense and Sensibility is my favorite. The acting is...
This version of Sense and Sensibility is my favorite. The acting is superb by all actors. The setting along the magnificent south coast of England is beautifully portrayed. Read more
Published 21 days ago by George Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars True classic!
I love all of Jane Austen. Anything for that time period I always enjoy. I never get tired of watching it.
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Bettany
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the bonus "Miss Austen Regrets"
The included DVD "Miss Austen Regrets" is fantastic. I so enjoy this movie. Olivia Williams is perfect. That's almost enough to say about it -- she is perfect. Read more
Published 6 months ago by bettymcbricker
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes a great gift.
Bought this for a gift and my daughter in law just loved it! I had the pleasure of seeing it before and enjoyed it very much.
It's hard not to like the 'costume' dramas... Read more
Published 11 months ago by s.frances
5.0 out of 5 stars S & S
Product arrived promptly. Movie was well done. Elinor was a much better cast than the previous movie with Emma Thompson. Read more
Published on April 24 2012 by Kristen
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, but I prefer the Lee and Thompson version
A solid adaptation that didn't quite match up to the Ang Lee and Emma Thompson film.
That had more energy, pace, intensity and humor. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2011 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Compared to newer version
This version of Sense and Sensibility is truer to the book i.e. longer in duration than the newer version with Emma Thomson. Read more
Published on March 8 2010 by Debbie Wastle
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid!
This is the best adaptation I've seen, definitely one to add to your library if you love period dramas. The filming is absolutely beautiful and the cast is very talented. Enjoy!
Published on Oct. 3 2008 by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Sense and Sensiblity
Wonderful. Warm. Romantic. Lovely humour. I really enjoyed watching the commentary with it as well.
Published on July 21 2008 by A. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite S&S
Of all of the DVD versions of Sense and Sensibility, I would have to say that this is my favorite. The casting feels closest to what was in my minds' eye upon reading the story,... Read more
Published on July 9 2008 by Diana
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