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Do NOT buy this item!!!

by Joel on 2/11/2011

This version was released in 2009 and is only (poor) DVD quality on a BluRay disc. Look for and buy the 2010 version for true Blu-Ray High-Def quality.

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Pride and Prejudice has taken its place as one of the greatest television productions of all time. The landmark adaptation from A&E and the BBC captured the hearts of millions by seamlessly translating the wit, romance, and intelligence of Jane Austen's classic novel to the screen.

With a masterful script, deft direction and star-making performances from Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, Pride and Prejudice transports viewers to Georgian England, where affairs of the heart are an exquisite game, and marriage the ultimate prize. But Elizabeth Bennet -- spirited, independent, and one of five unmarried sisters -- is determined to play by her own rules and wed for love, not money or privilege. Will her romantic sparring with the mysterious and arrogant Darcy end in misfortune -- or will love's true nature prevail?

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Studio A&E
SKU 210259736
UPC 733961117714
UPC 14 00733961117714
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/14/2009
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Firth,Colin
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Awards
Emmy (1996) Andrew Davies, Nominee, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Miniseries or a Special,Dinah Collin, Winner, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special,Jane Gibson, Nominee, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography,Michael Wearing, Sue Birtwistle, Nominee, Outstanding Miniseries
British Academy Awards (1996) Caroline Noble, Nominee, Best Make Up/Hair,Colin Firth, Nominee, Best Actor,Dinah Collin, Nominee, Best Costume Design,Jennifer Ehle, Winner, Best Actress,Sue Birtwistle, et. al., Nominee, Best Drama Serial
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Review There are some works of fiction with themes so human that they transcend the years and can be presented time and time again in film and television. One such literary work is without a doubt Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In 2005 there was a very successful adaptation done for the movies. Ten years prior to that the BBC presented this work as a six part television mini-series, no less than the sixth time this novel has been presented on British television. While each of these variations of the classic work provides its own interpretation none can match the sheer scope and attention to detail as this six part series. After all, there is one thing that the BBC does better than anyone else, bringing English literature to the small screen. Instead of cutting back on the story to fit the usual couple of hours available for most films, having this novel presented as a mini series provided the BBC the opportunity to remain far truer to the book than previously possible...This is the definitive version of Pride and Prejudice, it is doubtful that the bar set here will ever be surpassed...Many actors have taken on the task of portraying the young lovers, Darcy and Elizabeth, but none have achieved the true feeling of the book as is done here. Colin Firth is well known on both sides of the pond and for good reason; he is an excellent actor capable of nudging every last bit out of the characters he portrays. He is able to play the snobby Darcy while still making the man attractive to every woman watching. Jennifer Ehle is the perfect counterpoint to Firth and the rest of the cast. The way she presents Elizabeth is nothing short of wonderful to watch. Ehle captures the character as if she as lived the life herself.
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Review At over 270 minutes in length, Pride and Prejudice (shown as a TV mini-series rather than a theatrical release) has a running time which exceeds that of Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility combined. Without the pressure to trim subplots and condense scenes, screenwriter Andrew Davies (Middlemarch) has allowed the full texture of Austen's novel to emerge. Nuances and details that would be lost in a shorter version add strength to this one, so that, even at over four and one-half hours, Pride and Prejudice rarely loses momentum...The acting is uniformly flawless. Jennifer Ehle, a stage thespian with minimal film experience, is enchanting as Lizzie. With a countenance resembling that of a young Meryl Streep, and talent to match, she acts as much with her eyes and features as with the rest of her person. One of the most difficult aspects of adapting a classic novel is imparting the thoughts and feelings of characters to the audience without resorting to intrusive internal monologues. Ehle's expressive face and carefully-controlled body language make this a surprisingly easy task...Colin Firth, a more familiar face to movie-goers, compliments Ehle perfectly. Like her, he does much of his best acting without dialogue. We understand Darcy's inner turmoil as he grapples with his feelings for Lizzie long before he speaks a word about his love. Firth also delights in playing up the ambiguity of the character, making us wonder whose opinion of Darcy is the correct one...With its gorgeous costumes and settings, superlative acting, and engaging script, this latest adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is easily worth the investment in time. A more rewarding 280 minutes will be difficult to come by.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
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DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Firth,Colin
Label A & E Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
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David Bezanson, FilmCritic.com ...deserves the accolades it received for its faithful translation of Austen's book to the screen.
Knight Ridder Tribune There is but one definitive filmed Pride & Prejudice. The luminous Jennifer Ehle was Elizabeth Bennett. The frosty Colin Firth was Mr. Darcy.
Nell Minow, Movie Mom Perfectly splendid.
Rolling Stone ...the peak [of Pride and Prejudice adaptations] is still the five-hour 1995 BBC miniseries starring Jennifer Ehle and a never-better Colin Firth.
The New York Times The best Austen of all.
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