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Jane Austen Book Club (Blu-ray)

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Six months. Six novels. Six members. The Jane Austen Book Club takes reading the classics to new heights of passion in this romantic comedy featuring an all-star cast. When five women and one man get together to discuss the English writer's beloved novels, they realize the heartaches of Emma, Mr. Darcy and the Bennet sisters are not so different from their own. Finding comfort, wit and wisdom from the pages and each other, they discover that, in matters of love, all they need to ask is: What would Jane do?


Studio Sony
SKU 206539967
UPC 043396244498
UPC 14 00043396244498
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/4/2011
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Name Bello,Maria
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Cast & Crew
Aaron Zigman - Original Music By
Amy Brenneman - Actor
Emily Blunt - Actor
Hugh Dancy - Actor
Jimmy Smits - Actor
John Calley, et. al. - Producer
John Toon - Cinematographer
Karen Joy Fowler - Based On Book By
Lynn Redgrave - Actor
Maggie Grace - Actor
Marc Blucas - Actor
Maria Bello - Actor
Maryann Brandon - Editor
Robin Swicord - Screenplay
Robin Swicord - Director
Rusty Smith - Production Designer
Sebastian Schroder - Art Director
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Jane Austen Book Club is an example of how a movie can follow the general plot of a book yet fail to capture the spirit. The problem is a simple one to identify: much of the enjoyment derived from Karen Joy Fowler's novel comes from the way in which it is written, and the manner in which she interweaves subtle references and asides to Austen. Robin Swicord's adaptation is stripped-down and straightforward, and something has been lost in translation. The film comes across like a soap opera and there are too many characters and storylines for any one of them to grab the heart and imagination. The film isn't painful but it is disappointing...Too often, The Jane Austen Book Club feels crowded and rushed as characters and stories vie for screen time. Although the movie doesn't demand familiarity with Austen, it's hard to imagine anyone being attracted to film with this title unless they have an affinity for the 18th century writer. Like other female bonding movies (The Joy Luck Club and Waiting to Exhale leap to mind), this one works only to the degree to which the individual viewer bonds with the characters. The superficiality of the protagonists makes this is a difficult movie to feel more strongly about than a passable diversion.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The movie is a celebration of reading, and oddly enough that works, even though there is nothing cinematic about a shot of a woman (or the club's one male member) reading a book. Such shots are used as punctuation in the film, where they work like Ozu's "pillow shots," quiet respites from the action. The only drawback to them from my point of view was that all the characters seem to be reading standard editions -- not a Folio Society subscriber among them...I settled down with this movie as with a comfortable book. I expected no earth-shaking revelations and got none, and everything turned out about right, in a clockwork ending that reminded me of the precision the Victorians always used to tidy up their loose ends...It is crucial, I think, that writer-director Swicord (author of the screenplays for "Little Women," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and "The Perez Family") has created characters who really do seem to have read the books and talk like they have. And she has created a book club that, like all book clubs, is really about its members. Chick Flick indeed! Guys, take your best buddy to see this movie. Tell him, "It's really cool, dude, even though there aren't any eviscerations."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Bello,Maria
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Karen Durbin, Elle Magazine Hilarious!
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide Neither trite nor pandering, and that's what makes the film better than most of its peers.
Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian ...this is comfort food, plain and simple, and achieves its modest goals in nearly effortless fashion.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Sense and sexuality! A celebration!
Stephen Holden, The New York Times An entertaining, carefully assembled piece of clockwork.

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