Pride & Prejudice [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy]

Pride & Prejudice [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy]

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Pride & Prejudice [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy]

Based on Jane Austen’s beloved novel, the classic tale of love and values unfolds in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century. The five Bennet sisters — including strong-willed Elizabeth (Keira Knightley) and young Lydia (Jena Malone) — have all been raised by their mother (Brenda Blethyn) with one purpose in life; finding a husband. When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Amongst the man’s sophisticated circle of friends, surely there

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  1. 98 of 107 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great and Fun Version, January 14, 2006
    By 
    Xaphania

    This review is from: Pride & Prejudice (DVD)

    First, to all of the Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth lovers (of which, I am one), we will always have that remarkable masterpiece. Therefore, we should be able to judge any new versions freely. Having said that, this version is great!

    This movie is quite shorter than what we’re used to for P&P adaptations and at first it seemed to me that the dialogue was rushed, but after the first 15 minutes it either slowed down or I ceased to notice it, until Darcy’s proposal scene anyway, but it worked quite well there.

    This film is also much more of a comedy than the two BBC versions. There were minor changes with dialogue but none of the changes lessened any of the characters or the spirit of the story. Instead, it probably enhanced the feelings the audience shared with the characters. In fact, I think that everything left out of the two previous BBC versions were added to this one so you still get something new from the same story.

    One major change is the loss of Mr. and Mrs. Hurst. In a two-hour movie there just isn’t enough time to do their characters justice. The rest of the cast is so marvelous though that we barely notice they’re missing and it makes the movie flow more naturally.

    The actors chosen are wonderful in their parts. I didn’t think I’d be able to accept Keira Knightley as Elizabeth but after the first five minutes I was completely taken in by her. She pulls off Elizabeths witty dialogue like, well… Elizabeth and just as Jennifer Ehle added some distinctive traits to Lizzie, so does Keira. She wonderfully manages to show us Lizzie’s love of a good laugh without making it seem as though she was a giggling loony and every time she smiles, we smile with her.

    I won’t critique all the performances but I have to add that Donald Sutherland really does a spectacular job as the head of a household of silly women. The last scene with him and Lizzie had me in tears.

    Not to say that this movie was perfect, what adaptation can be without some faults or silly alterations? None are too serious though. The first is at the Meryton ball, when Darcy, Bingley and Caroline walk in, everything stops. The music, the dancing, all conversation and the crowd parts to offer them a path. I thought for a second the crowd had mistaken Mr. Bingley for royalty. It just seemed a bit over the top. But it passed quickly enough. The other was actually Darcy’s proposal scene which was done in the rain. I thought it silly that he would follow her outside in such weather to propose, but one can accept that in view of the other changes that turned out so well.

    I give this movie 5 stars because I wouldn’t want to miss it and I don’t think any P&P fan should.

    All in all, if you have a good sense of humor and aren’t afraid to laugh, like Elizabeth, you will just enjoy the story as it is played out. Remember, afterwards you can always put Jennifer and Colin Firth back in the DVD player.

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  2. 627 of 707 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I’m a Firth/BBC fan, and I still loved it!, January 11, 2006
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    Toomuchtimeonmyhands (hellay, CA) –

    This review is from: Pride & Prejudice (DVD)

    Okay, I am a rabid Frith and BBC fan of the miniseries, but I was very impressed with this adaption and found it refershing in it’s grounded, youthful take on the story.

    For starters, there is a very grounded nature to the presentation of the story. Some Austenites got their knickers into a twist because they thought it made the family and their circumstances too drab looking. But I loved it! The Meryton Assembly basically sets the stage for this grounded approach-the dancing looks a little heavy footed, the girls look sweaty, and you can’t help but think that someone needs to open a window cause it looks awfully sweaty! But at the same time,it made the story come alive, like you were a fly on the wall, peeking in on Lizzy and Darcy and the rest of the gang.

    Lastly, I loved the youthful take on the story. I LOVE Firth and Ehle as the ’95 leads. They had this chemistry and sensual tension that was electric! But their take was definitely from a mature standpoint-like the way I’d act now as a 33 year old woman. Whereas Macfadyen and Knightley? Theirs is a more youthful, innocent, first love take that I just took to. Great chemistry, Lizzy’s a little less cocksure, Darcy’s a bit more unbalanced by this attraction, and it felt right in terms of age and stage of development with the actual characters in the book.

    Great adaption, brisk storytelling, and a wonderfully irreverent tone by a fun director who knew it was a good idea to knock the pedestal off from under our Lizzy and Darcy, and let them be seen in a more grounded light. And ps-I thought Macfadyen, even though he doesn’t have that big of a part, was a great Darcy!

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