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Emma [DVD]

Kate Beckinsale , Samantha Morton , Bernard Hepton    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Samantha Bond, Dominic Rowan
  • Directors: Bernard Hepton
  • Producers: Delia Fine
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,600 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Andrew Davies, who adapted 'Middlemarch' and 'Pride and Prejudice' for the BBC, takes on Jane Austen's 'Emma' for ITV. Kate Beckinsale stars as the eponymous heroine who is intent on finding partners for everyone - but only if she thinks they are the right coupling. Her efforts create confusion, and the outspoken Mr Knightly pours scorn on her matchmaking - although he may have ulterior motives for doing so. A lavish costume drama from ITV, this adaptation was one of the highlights of the Autumn schedules in 1996.


Emma is a faithful, enchanting adaptation of Jane Austen's nineteenth-century tale of Emma Woodhouse--a clever young woman whose mischievous matchmaking schemes nearly end up jeopardising her own shot at romance. The film stars Kate Beckinsale.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great adaptation and very entertaining. 22 Jan 2008
I like this, especially as it has a "home grown" star. I also like the Gwyneth Paltrow version, but this one is more down-to-earth and obviously does not have that "Hollywood" edge to it.

Kate Beckinsale plays the part well. Although she is a more intelligent and slightly harder character than the "dizzy blonde" Emma that Paltrow portrays. All the other characters fit around her well and Mr Knightly is suitably handsome. Prunella Scales is an excellent Miss Bates and Samantha Morton as Harriet Smith is exactly as she should be. The locations and background are a little more real and "earthy" than in the Paltrow version, where everything is sometimes a little too neat and bright.

All in all, very enjoyable, entertaining and fairly faithful to the book. Definitely worth adding to your collection.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make sure it's Kate! 28 Nov 2009
Jane Austen's stories have always been a rich source of material for both film makers and those who produce period drama for television and these productions have varied, of course in quality. So what makes one production of the same story better than another? We all have our own opinions on this but I ask that firstly, the story 'sticks to' the original book and that secondly, the characters are well cast and believable - that they reproduce the people Jane Austen invented. I could talk about many other things that make a production exceptional - details of the period, ambiance and so on but those first two are the most important to me.

The most successful production of Emma - with no exception - is the one starring Kate Beckinsale. She portrays Jane's Emma to perfection; in fact she IS Emma! Not a giggly airhead (as depicted on a more recent television serial) but a privileged young woman who is kind-hearted and caring but impetuous and rather too self-confident. Space cannot allow me to praise each actor, separately here because everyone's performance was so good but it would be wrong to not mention Mark Strong as a totally believable Mr Knightly and Samantha Morton as the pretty and indecisive Harriet. Of course, it would be impossible to avoid mentioning such a gifted actress as Prunella Scales (whatever part she undertakes); what a wonderful performance as the garrulous Miss Bates!

Disregard all other productions of Emma. Let Kate Beckinsale transport you to Jane Austen's world!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation of a great book. 7 Jan 2009
This is simply an excellent adaptation of a great book. It captures the humour, the irony and subtlety of the book very well. Kate Beckinsale is exactly as I expected Emma to be, perhaps slightly nicer. The supporting cast are great, Prunella Scales in particular is fantastic. A difficult job very well done.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Badly Done Emma.....Badly Done 23 Aug 2007
Having seen and own both the Kate Beckinsale and Gwyneth Paltrow versions. I must say that I like them both and have seen them more then once.
This version has the Regency look and feel and I rather like Mark Strong performance of Mr Knightley. Andrew Davies has done a wonderful job on the screen play as he almost often does.
Anyone that enjoys Jane Austen will enjoy this production. A must have for anyones DVD collection.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 22 Feb 2008
Kate Beckinsale does the difficult job of doing Jane Austen's spoilt heroine justice. A lovely, subtle film - makes the Paltrow version look pretty awful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable and faithful 20 April 2011
By Jo
Perfect adaptation, adorable and faithful to the novel. I'm not fond of Kate Beckinsale, but here she's a very good Emma, and Marc Strong-Mr Knightley is handsome and great as usual. I really can't decide if the best Mr Knightley is Marc Strong or Jeremy Northam (in the Hollywood adaptation starring Gwyneth Paltrow), try to judge for yourself. Enjoy!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great, too much head, not enough heart 15 April 2008
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I purchased the 2006 BBC Jane Eyre last summer, based in no small part on its reviews in Amazon, and I was so pleased that I thought I would try again with other adaptations of classic books I have read and enjoyed. This Emma came with 5 stars (I later realized that only 5 people had reviewed it at the time), so I bought it.

Obviously, I was a bit disappointed.

To be fair, this production has a lot to recommend it. The costumes, hair stlyes and manerisms are all true to period. The story line, dialogue and charactersations are all (more or less) faithful to the book. Although some of the minor characters are a bit campy, the acting (with one major exception) is perfectly adaquate to quite fine. My favorite performance ist that of Bernard Hepton as Mr. Woodhouse, whose character has only silly lines, but whose characterisation is always charming. Mark Strong as Mr. Knightley gives a performance which is indeed strong and a characterisation that is indeed knightly.

Kate Beckinsale, however, although she is a beautiful woman and not an incompetent actress, is not quite up to being Emma. The 200 year old genteel text does not always ring naturally in her voice. She seems almost to make a charactature of Emma's less desirable qualities, as if she has performed too much Oscar Wilde. It is not enough that Emma is sometimes charming. The combined effect is a coolness that makes Emma seem intentionally manipulative, and Emma has to be warm-hearted enough so that she can at least convince herself that her interference in other people's lives is purely altruistic. Furthermore, although she is beautiful, her beauty is confined to the dim lighting of her bedroom where the shadows bring out the contrast in her features.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was never too late for Emma
An excellent adaptation with Kate Beckinsale courageously helping others with their relationships and finally,
after the dust had settled, realising that it was time to allow... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by nigel bray
2.0 out of 5 stars Great if you want to learn Dutch
I bought this DVD having seen and enjoyed this on TV. However the version sent is Dutch. Having got the language into English, there is no way to get rid of the Dutch subtitles. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Colin Prior
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD
I should confess that I am only a recent, albeit passionate, convert to Jane Austen. My year for English 'A' Level was something of a "vintage year," what with King Lear,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fuenterino
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Everybody who wants a good introduction to English Literature should watch this. It has the atmosphere of middle England doen to a tee.
Published 4 months ago by William Keogh
1.0 out of 5 stars says 2007 but was 1996
Quite enjoyed the movie but it seemed more dated than 2007, which is what it is advertised as. The reason being that it is actually 1996! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donna Forward
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok...
OK, but not the best production of Emma. It feels a bit like a graduation production/ version from a Drama school. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BigMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
wonderfully strong performances, from Kate and Mark and Prunella. delightful to watch and really transported me to another world. great adaptation.
Published 9 months ago by Marcia J. Hearne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I watch these over and over again, Jane Austen beautifully brought to life, just as I imagined it to be from reading the book.
Published 9 months ago by Lyninca
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen classic, with good cast and would recommend it to all Jane...
Enjoyed watching this and would recommend it to anyone who likes Jane Austen, the cast was good and well acted.
Published 12 months ago by MRS HILARY SCRIMSHAW
4.0 out of 5 stars A really sweet adaptation.
I watched this as a teenager when it first came out in 1996 (the same year as the totally different Gwyneth Paltrow version) and didn't like it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Boo Radley
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