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Format: DVD
Sku: 40115078
UPC: 043396115996
UPC 14: 00043396115996
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Lose your heart and come to your senses.
Oscar-winning adaptation of jane austen's captivating and spirited romance. Special features: widescreen version, deleted scenes, subtitles: english, spanish, portuguese, chinese, korean, thai, theatrical trailer, emma thompson and producer commentary, ang lee and co-producer commentary and much more.

"A definite must-see...  Elaine Blythe, Film Advisory Board
"Brilliant.  Jack Kroll, Newsday
"Funny, expansive, and a delight to spend company with.  Bruce Reed, Film.com
"...fetchingly photographed and capably acted by Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant...  David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Poised, delicate, powerful, hovering between poignancy and pealing laughter...  Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail
"...an absorbing, delightful, and nuanced movie.  Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"...an exuberant, well-crafted film that gets the audience involved on a gut level even before the opening credits are over.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...a vast range of richly developed, gorgeously played characters...  Richard Schickel, Time

Editor's Note
Actress Emma Thompson both wrote and stars in this adaptation of Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY--a novel that perceptively examines the social manners and laws of early-19th-century Britain. Set in the English countryside, the film follows the loves and heartaches of sisters Elinor (Thompson) and Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet). The two have extremely divergent approaches to life: Elinor represents "sense" and believes in behaving with propriety and thoughtfulness, while Marianne represents "sensibility" and basks in her own emotions. Both women, however, experience confusion when their lovers, seemingly on the verge of proposing marriage, spurn them.

For director Ang Lee, the film marks a break from his Father Knows Best trilogy, which examined the problems of the contemporary Taiwanese family. Many people questioned whether an Asian director could handle an English period film. Lee answered those questions with a gorgeous film that both captures the nuances of Austen's novel and proves that Lee is a first-rate director capable of tackling any material. Featuring Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, among others, the stellar cast inspired Lee to flatteringly exclaim, "Can everyone in England act?"

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, Spanish

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/22/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 137 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1995
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 11599
Video UPC UPC: 00043396115996
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese, Mandarin
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alan Rickman
Video Cast Info Emma Thompson
Video Cast Info Gemma Jones
Video Cast Info Hugh Grant
Video Cast Info Kate Winslet
Video Cast Info Tom Wilkinson
Video Cast Info Jane Austen - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Ang Lee - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Coulter - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Sydney Pollack - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Patrick Doyle - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Lindsay Doran - Producer
Video Cast Info James Schamus - Producer
Video Cast Info Emma Thompson - Screenplay
Plot Summary
Director Ang Lee and screenwriter-actress Emma Thompson bring Jane Austen's 1811 novel about the romantic dalliances of two sisters in rural England to the screen in this acclaimed film.

Awards


Oscar (1996)
   Video Award Name Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Actress
   Video Award Name Kate Winslet, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
Video Award Name Emma Thompson, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium

Golden Globe (1996)
Video Award Name Emma Thompson, Winner, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Oscar (1996)
   Video Award Name Emma Thompson, Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role

British Academy Awards (1996)
Video Award Name Emma Thompson, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Video Award Name Kate Winslet, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Oscar (1996)
   Video Award Name Kate Winslet, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Screen Actors Guild (1996)
Video Award Name Kate Winslet, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Oscar (1996)
   Video Award Name Lindsay Doran, Nominee, Best Picture

British Academy Awards (1996)
Video Award Name Lindsay Doran, Ang Lee, Winner, Best Film

Oscar (1996)
   Video Award Name Michael Coulter, Nominee, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Patrick Doyle, Nominee, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score

Golden Globe (1996)
Video Award Name Sense and Sensibility, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama

Memorable Quotes

"Love is not love/ Which alters when it alteration finds/ Or bends with the remover to remove:/ O, no! it is an ever--fixed mark/ That looks on tempests and is never shaken."----Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet) quoting Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116"

"Piracy is our only option."----Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) to Elinor Dashwood (Emma Thompson)

"Is love a fancy or a feeling? Or a Ferrars?"----Marianne to Elinor

Professional Reviews

Premiere
"...Inspired....Wickedly irreverent sense of visual comedy..." 12/01/1995 pp.35-6

Rolling Stone
"...A terrifically entertaining and incisively acted film of Jane Austen's first novel....Thompson gives a marvelous performance to match the elegant fire of her writing..." 12/28/1995 p.139

Sight and Sound
"...Enjoyable..." 03/01/1996 p.50-1

Entertainment Weekly
"...Lushly engaging....Luminously brings to life Austen's vision..." -- Rating: B 01/19/1996 p.40

Variety
"...Witty and rollicking....Rickman is unexpectedly moving....Jones quietly impresses....Francois is utterly winning..." 12/04/1995

Los Angeles Times
"...Proof to any doubters of the resilience and continuing emotional power of an author who began writing 200 years ago..." 12/13/1995 p.F1

Sneak Previews 0 of 10
4 stars. A gorgeous and glorious triumph. Wonderfully witty, stunningly beautiful, and richly satisfying...anyone with either sense or sensibility will recognize that this is one of the finest films of the year! - Michael Medved

Rolling Stone 0 of 10
One of the 10 best pictures of the year. Georgous filmmaking. A terrifically entertaining and incisively acted film... Thompson gives a marvelous performance to match the elegant fire of her writing. Kate Winslet is stunningly good. - Peter Travers

ReelViews 9 of 10
It's a curious thing that the best 1995 adaptation of a Jane Austen book happens to be of her worst novel. Sense and Sensibility was the author's first published work and, as is often the case with early writing efforts, displays an undeniable shallowness: themes are half-developed, characterization is uneven, and plotting follows a predictable straight-forwardness. Austen's later books, including Persuasion, which was developed into a wonderfully sumptuous film earlier this year, and Emma, which received unusual treatment in Clueless, plumb the human soul far more deeply, creating characters and situations of greater versatility and vitality...The novel's flaws guarantee that Sense and Sensibility cannot be a perfect motion picture, but it would be difficult, I think, to do much better with the material than Emma Thompson and director Ang Lee (Eat Drink Man Woman) have here. With more Jane Austen on the way (versions of Pride and Prejudice and Emma), it's still too early to say which adaptation will stand out as the best, but Sense and Sensibility makes a strong case. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
"Sense and Sensibility" is an enjoyable film, and yet it left me somehow unsatisfied. I liked the wit, I liked the charm of the actors, I enjoyed the way that Rickman chewed his role as if he wanted to make it last, and the tension when Grant's Edward is made to suffer - particularly since he appears to be a cad only because he has tried to do the right thing. And I appreciated the way Thompson's Elinor kept her character's face carefully expressionless as she negotiated scenes in which some knew her secrets and others did not...Yet the film is not told as tightly or as well as "Persuasion," the wonderful Austen adaptation released earlier in 1995. Austen was not yet a great novelist when she wrote this story, and there is too much contrivance in the way she dispatches her men to London when she is done with them. Edward is offscreen so long that instead of growing concerned about his absence, we forget him...The production suffers from comparison with "Persuasion" because the earlier film looked simpler and more authentic, and this one seems a little too idealized; we want note paper, not picture postcards. "Sense and Sensibility" is entertaining and amusing, but "Persuasion" is the one true Jane Austen lovers will prefer. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Thompson,Emma
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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