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The greatest love story of all time lives on in the pride and prejudice 2-disc collector's edition the academy award-nominated film based on jane austen's masterpiece novel has been repackaged and expanded to a 2-disc edition with all-new bonus features. Academy award nominee keira knightley

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Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 212967189
UPC 025195025386
UPC 14 00025195025386
Format DVD
Release Date 2/9/2010
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
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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
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
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DVD, English, Spanish, French, No Longer Produced
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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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