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Jane Eyre [DVD] [2011]

Mia Wasikowska , Michael Fassbender , Cary Fukunaga    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Judi Dench
  • Directors: Cary Fukunaga
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X181TY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,891 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In the 19th Century-set story, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) suddenly flees Thornfield Hall, the vast and isolated estate where she works as a governess for Adèle Varens, a child under the custody of Thornfield’s brooding master, Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). The imposing residence – and Rochester’s own imposing nature – have sorely tested her resilience. With nowhere else to go, she is extended a helping hand by clergyman St. John Rivers (Jamie Bell) and his family. As she recuperates in the Rivers’ Moor House and looks back upon the tumultuous events that led to her escape, Jane wonders if the past is ever truly past…

Special Features:
  • Director’s Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Look Inside Jane Eyre
  • To Score Jane Eyre: Cary Fukunaga and Dario Marianelli Team Up
  • The Mysterious Light of Jane Eyre

Product Description

Raised by her aunt Sarah (Sally Hawkins) after her parents die of typhus, young Jane Eyre (Amelia Clarkson) is later shipped off to a stark boarding school as the result of her perceived insolence, and suffers greatly at the hands of the cold, unusually strict administration. Upon turning 18 and completing her education, Jane (Mia Wasikowska) finds work as a governess for Adele Varens (Romy Settbon Moore), the ward of Edward Fairfax Rochester (Michael Fassbender), master of Thornfield Hall. It doesn't take long for the young Adele to warm to Jane, and upon returning home the charming Rochester, too, falls under the spell of his modest yet captivating governess.

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129 of 136 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
This film had been well reviewed before I went to see it, and I expected it to be good. In effect, it exceeded expectations. It is generally true to the spirit of the novel and does not 'mess about' with it at all, though the chronology is changed - we start (very dramatically) with Jane's flight from Thornfield after the aborted 'wedding' and learn about her troubled past through flashback. That works fine. Her time at Lowood is rather briefly dealt with, but the essence is caught and the scenes with Helen Burns are moving. The film is often very beautiful visually, with breathtaking scenes of Jane standing alone at crosstracks wondering which way to go, crossing a huge moorland landscape alone as darkness threatens, making her way through misty trees to post letters (and thereby meeting Rochester), of Rochester hurrying after her over a bridge to propose (a scene echoed rather poignantly later), of Jane's lonely schoolhouse in late evening, of Jane in a darkened room trying to view a framed drawing by candlelight. The film is particularly good in the 'Gothic' scenes by night at Thornfield, where strange sounds - laughter, screams - are heard and Jane makes her way along corridors to investigate ; indeed, the reality of day-to-day living in a place like Thornfield in the mid 19th. century is very well conveyed.

Jane's relationship with Rochester - on the face of it, an unlikely one - is, of course, a central pillar of the novel, and in this film it pretty well works. That it does so is the result of some clever scripting (the script echoes nicely Charlotte Bronte's words at many points) and some very good work from Mia Wasikowska (Jane) and Michael Fassbender (Rochester).
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 10 Oct 2011
I saw this film a couple of weeks ago, but yesterday I went to Cheltenham Literature Festival and I saw the screen writer, Moira Buffini, talk about how she adapted this work of classic literature to the screen. Having now heard how she made the decisions that she did, it has made me want to return to the film to see it with new eyes.

For lovers of the novel, please don't come to this film expecting everything to be the same. As Moira explained, trying to condense a novel of 500 odd pages into a two hour film, you have to realise that some things are going to have to be sacrificed or altered slightly. Also, as the novel is told in the first person narrative style, a screen writer has the unenviable task of puttin into images what is going on internally for the main character. As Moira said, showing a young woman crying in a garden has a completely different feel to showing a crying woman on a moor. Without giving too much away, Moira decided to begin the film with Jane fleeing Thornfield, so that we are then pulled straight into her story. In this way, we see that Jane is a mystery to the Rivers family, but also we see her as being emotionally open to us. Moira also explained why she chose to use so little of the scenes with Bertha that they shot - if you see the film, you will notice that Bertha does not appear very much at all. As Moira explained, Bertha was not known to Jane; she only became fully aware of her existence when she marries Rochester. Also, she wanted to present Bertha as a mad woman, not a monster.

I really enjoyed this adaptation. It is certainly refreshing to see actors of the right age playing the roles of Rochester and Jane. Do not come to this film expecting it to be exactly like the novel - it can't be. But is a damn good adaptation.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
I have to say I absolutely adored this film. It tells the story of Jane Eyre, hired as Governess to a French child in a rather odd Yorkshire household, owned by the mysterious Mr. Rochester. The centrepiece of the story is the development of the relationship between Jane and Rochester, which changes gradually from master/servant to mutual respect and understanding to an impassioned love, and the obstacles that are thrown in their path by Rochester's capricious nature and secret past.

The film works on several levels - the actors do a splendid job of portraying the characters and what passes between them, both spoken and unspoken. Mia Wasikowska is especially impressive as Jane, with her quiet dignity, inner strength and sense of resolve. An ordinary woman, but one whose spell it would be easy to fall under. Also the sense of atmosphere the director has managed to imbue the piece with is quite something. You get a real sense of the loneliness and bleakness of Jane's life, seemingly represented by the stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Moors. You feel the darkness of Rochester's house, the sense of secrets lurking under the surface, the unease in the surroundings. You feel the joy and light when Jane and Rochester finally get it together, and the intense pain as his past prevents their union. It's a great piece of film making, and really does justice to Charlotte Bronte's great book.

5 stars, no hesitation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing film 5 Jun 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love Jane Eyre and have all the films and series but was a bit disappointed in this film. I found it lacking in emotion and it left me a bit cold. The item was however delivered quickly and was well packaged.
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