The Best of Jane Austen: Pride & Prejudice (Special Edition), Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion
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Four BBC adaptations of the novels of Jane Austen. Andrew Davies's 1995 adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice' starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth was the BBC's flagship drama in the Autumn 1995 schedule. The story revolves around the arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy (Firth) and party, and the excitement this causes amongst the five daughters of the Bennett family. Andrew Davies also penned the adaptation for 'Sense and Sensibility' (2008). Marianne Dashwood (Charity Wakefield) wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby (Dominic Cooper), ignoring her sister Elinor (Hattie Morahan)'s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love? Romola Garai stars as matchmaker Emma Woodhouse in 'Emma' (2009). Despite the protestations of Mr Knightly (Jonny Lee Miller) for her not to become involved, Emma's meddling has unforeseen effects when she persuades her young friend Harriet Smith (Louise Dylan) to reject the advances of a local farmer in favour of the dashingly eligible Mr Elton (Blake Ritson). In 'Persuasion' (2007), Anne Elliott (Sally Hawkins) has spent years regretting her rejection of Captain Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones)'s proposal of marriage, her family having been against the match on grounds of class. When he returns from sea they meet but, instead of finding romance, are kept apart through a series of misunderstandings. Anne is being pursued by her cousin, Mr Elliott (Tobias Menzies), while Captain Wentworth is regarded as a very eligible bachelor and has a stream of young women with marriage in mind beating a path to his door.
- Bildformat : Okänd
- Produktens mått : 6.2 x 20 x 13.9 cm; 380 Gram
- Artikelnummer : 5014138605919
- Språk : Engelska (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Engelska (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- ASIN : B00440D11W
- Ursprungsland : Storbritannien
- Antal skivor : 6
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The most celebrated of the four is the BBC's 1995 "Pride And Prejudice". This is the 2009 Special Edition which has been frame-by-frame restored to a very crisp and clear image. The extras section illustrates with a split-screen the enhancement in picture quality from the original version to the new one. Set in the nineteenth century, Austen's iconic novel shows the prejudice that occurred between different classes and the pride which kept lovers apart. Colin Firth brilliantly portrays an upper-class and reserved Mr Darcy - it is enjoyable watching his emotions and mannerisms develop throughout as he tries to win the heart and head of Elizabeth. The striking Jennifer Ehle plays Elizabeth Bennet in a captivating and enchanting way. This adaptation is a romance for the ages, and is arguably better than the 2005 movie version with Keira Knightley.
Almost on a par is the BBC's 2008 "Sense And Sensibility" - a wonderful energetic adaptation, with stunning performances from Charity Wakefield and Hattie Morahan as the two eldest Dashwood sisters. Dominic Cooper is a convincing and roguish Willoughby, with Dan Stevens a wonderfully confused Edward Ferrars and David Morrissey the knight in shining armour as Colonel Brandon.
"Emma" from the BBC in 2009 is probably not in the same class as the first two, but has an engaging performance from the sultry Romola Garai in the title role. Louise Dylan wonderfully plays Emma's nemesis Harriet Smith - the battle between these two friends for the attentions of various male suitors develops intriguingly throughout. The interesting extras section includes interviews with the costume, location and music teams, as well as an amusing interview with actor Michael Gambon.
Possibly the weakest of the four is ITV's "Persuasion" from 2007. At only 93 minutes in duration, it is a relatively light production and does not draw the viewer in closely. Sally Hawkins is convincing as Anne Elliot, and Rupert Penry-Jones is suitably debonair as Captain Wentworth, but there is not much depth in this adaptation.
Overall, a fantastic Jane Austen box set which is very good value for money.
The episodes of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma are just great, re watchable and well made.
Pursuasion is different due to the different characters and feel of the book I think, but I also felt there wasn't great chemistry between the actors who played Anne and Captain Wentworth. But I liked the film overall. And the box set is worth it for the other three series.
The only DVD I had not seen was the ITV production of Persuasion and it is my favourite.
I would recommend this box set of Jane Austen's DVD to anyone who loves period drama. You won't be disappointed.