Pride and Prejudice (Blu-ray)

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Academy award nominee keira knightley stars in the greatest love story of all time. When elizabeth bennet (knightley) meets the handsome Mr. Darcy (matthew macfadyen), she believes he is the last man on earth she could ever marry. But as their lives become intertwined, she finds herself captivated by the very


Studio Universal
SKU 212929222
UPC 025192046810
UPC 14 00025192046810
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/26/2010
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This version of Jane Austen's fiercely beloved novel has the daunting task of living up not only to the classic book, but also to the excellent 1995 miniseries of the same name. Yet 2005's PRIDE & PREJUDICE is up to the task, thanks to lively pacing, a witty script, an excellent cast, and clever direction from British newcomer Joe Wright. The surprisingly still-relevant story follows the five Bennet sisters as they deal with suitors and love, as their mother desperately schemes to marry them off advantageously. Sweet-tempered beauty Jane (Rosamund Pike) develops feelings for the equally amiable and extremely wealthy Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods), but forces conspire to keep them apart--while Lizzie (Keira Knightley) finds herself first appalled by, but gradually drawn to, Bingley's aloof, intelligent, and socially awkward friend, Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFayden). The movie, at just over two hours, is forced to cut and condense a number of the book's subplots, and at times it tries to heighten the drama of certain scenes. But, for the most part, it's as faithful to the spirit of the original as time and cinematic convention allow.^The tremendous supporting cast includes Brenda Blethyn as Mrs. Bennet and Donald Sutherland as her wry, withdrawn husband; Jena Malone as teenage twit Lydia; Judi Dench, effortlessly haughty and imperious, as Lady Catherine de Bourg; and Tom Hollander, who steals every scene he's in as the ludicrously pompous and awkward Mr. Collins. The movie's script, adapted by Deborah Moggach, manages to be proto-feminist without becoming anachronistic--and, like the novel, it is incisive about the class politics and gender inequalities of the day.
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 5 -- "Knightley is a lippy, tantalizing ball of fire....Romantic yearning hasn't looked this sexy onscreen in years." 11/17/2005 p.142
Entertainment Weekly "Keira Knightley, in a witty, vibrant, altogether superb performance, plays Lizzie's sparky, questing nature as a matter of the deepest personal sacrifice....The acting in PRIDE & PREJUDICE tingles with nuance and presence." -- Grade: A 11/18/2005 p.102-103
New York Times "[S]umptuous....[The film] gathers you up on its white horse and gallops off into the sunset." 11/11/2005 p.E13
USA Today "[A] stellar adaptation, bewitching the viewer completely with an exquisite blend of emotion and wit." 11/23/2005 p.7D
Movieline's Hollywood Life "Knightley is splendid, while Matthew Macfadyen broods with aplomb as Mr. Darcy..." 03/01/2006 p.106
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's a handsome production and shot in some of the most eye-catching locations in England....Warm, satisfying and amusing..." 04/01/2008 p.68
Wall Street Journal "[Ms. Knightley] brings a bright combination of expectancy and amusement to Mr. Wright's appealing version of Jane Austen's best-known novel." 10/09/2009
Joe Wright
Donald Sutherland
Keira Knightley
Brenda Blethyn
Cast & Crew
Judi Dench - Star
Donald Sutherland - Star
Kelly Reilly - Star
Tom Hollander - Star
Sir Peter Wright - Star
Jena Malone - Star
Pip Torrens - Star
Penelope Wilton - Star
Matthew MacFadyen - Star
Keira Knightley - Star
Claudie Blakley - Star
Sabrina Matthews - Star
Brenda Blethyn - Star
Moya Brady - Star
Roy Holder - Star
Rosamund Pike - Star
Mark Swain - Art Director
Paul Tothill - Editor
Henry Purcell - Source Composer
Dario Marianelli - Composer
Debra Hayward - Executive Producer
Sarah Greenwood - Production Designer
Eric Fellner - Producer
Jane Austen - Source Writer
Paul Webster - Producer
Liza Chasin - Executive Producer
Tim Bevan - Producer
Deborah Moggach - Screenwriter
Joe Wright - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
UPC 00025192046810
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Everybody knows the first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. But the chapter ends with a truth equally acknowledged about Mrs. Bennet, who has five daughters in want of husbands: "The business of her life was to get her daughters married." Romance seems so urgent and delightful in Austen because marriage is a business, and her characters cannot help treating it as a pleasure. Pride and Prejudice is the best of her novels because its romance involves two people who were born to be in love, and care not about business, pleasure, or each other. It is frustrating enough when one person refuses to fall in love, but when both refuse, we cannot rest until they kiss. Of course all depends on who the people are. When Dorothea marries the Rev. Casaubon in Eliot's Middlemarch, it is a tragedy. She marries out of consideration and respect, which is all wrong; she should have married for money, always remembering that where money is, love often follows, since there is so much time for it. The crucial information about Mr. Bingley, the new neighbor of the Bennet family, is that he "has" an income of four or five thousand pounds a year. One never earns an income in these stories, one has it, and Mrs. Bennet (Brenda Blethyn) has her sights on it. Her candidate for Mr. Bingley's hand is her eldest daughter, Jane; it is orderly to marry the girls off in sequence, avoiding the impression that an older one has been passed over. There is a dance, to which Bingley brings his friend Darcy. Jane and Bingley immediately fall in love, to get them out of the way of Darcy and Elizabeth, who is the second Bennet daughter. These two immediately dislike each other. Darcy is overheard telling his friend Bingley that Elizabeth is "tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me." The person who overhears him is Elizabeth, who decides she will "loathe him for all eternity." She is advised within the family circle to count her blessings: "If he liked you, you'd have to talk to him." These are the opening moves in Joe Wright's new film "Pride & Prejudice," one of the most delightful and heartwarming adaptations made from Austen or anybody else. Much of the delight and most of the heart comes from Keira Knightley, who plays Elizabeth as a girl glowing in the first light of perfection. She is beautiful, she has opinions, she is kind but can be unforgiving. "They are all silly and ignorant like other girls," says her father in the novel, "but Lizzie has something more of quickness than her sisters." Knightley's performance is so light and yet fierce that she makes the story almost realistic; this is not a well-mannered "Masterpiece Theatre" but a film where strong-willed young people enter life with their minds at war with their hearts. The movie is more robust than most period romances; it is set earlier than usual, in the late 1
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
English, Spanish, French, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times Exhilarating. A joy from start to finish.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Grade A! A sumptuous pleasure!
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine Keira Knightley is a tantalizing ball of fire.
Roger Ebert, Ebert & Roeper Enormously Entertaining. Keira Knightley gives a magical performance.
Stephen Holden, NY Times Makes you believe in true love and happily-ever-after.

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