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  • Actors: Ruth Wilson, Toby Stephens, Francesca Annis, Andrew Buchan, Aidan McArdle
  • Directors: Susanna White
  • Format: Widescreen, Subtitled, PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb. 2007
  • Run Time: 232 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IJ7H2C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,084 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD includes Audio Navigation and Description on both discs

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Continuing the BBC’s unrivalled reputation for costume drama, their new adaptation of Jane Eyre proved to be one of the television triumphs of 2006. Based, as you’d expect, on the Charlotte Bronte book of the same name, this two-disc set brings together the full series, spread across the best part of four sumptuous hours.

It’s a faithful adaptation, with Ruth Wilson giving an exceptional performance in the title role. Mr Rochester’s boots, meanwhile, are filled by Toby Stephenson, and both prove to be wise choices. Backed up by an excellent supporting cast, they’re also supported by some quite superb scenery, warm photography and skilful, at times neatly understated the direction, that gives the story space to develop.

Is the best adaptation of Jane Eyre? It certainly builds a compelling case, and while there’s the odd slight misstep along the way, it’s primarily a terrific interpretation of a classic romance. Perhaps the only real disappointment is that the DVD release itself doesn’t offer more in the way of added features, but given the presentation and quality of the main attraction, that’s unlikely, rightly, to deter those in search of some classic BBC drama. --Jon Foster

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Galathea on 28 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
This is a beautiful screen adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic, however Bronte purists may find screen-writer Sandy Welch's interpretation of the novel at odds with their own conceptions.

"Jane Eyre" is a Victorian Gothic novel, therefore screen productions have a tendency towards melodrama and theatricality which would not go down well with a modern audience. Sandy Welch has focused on the relationship between orphan governess, Jane Eyre and her employer, the egnimatic Edward Rochester. In this production excessive melodrama has been avoided and Jane and Rochester seem to be real people with whom the audience can relate.

Toby Stephens is excellent as the tortured Rochester, battling with himself and his feelings. Ruth Wilson is able to convey everything Jane is thinking and feeling with little dialogue and superlative acting. We see the character of Jane flower and mature from an 18 year old falling in love for the first time (emotions all over the place) to a self-possessed young woman, in control of her (and her lover's) destiny. This Jane Eyre has the right mix of vulnerability and toughness which makes the story so gripping and she displays a subtle sense of humour in her teasing of Rochesterand self-depricating comments.

The screen chemistry between the two leading actors is enthralling. With Susannah White's direction and Rob Lane's haunting music the audience is totally engaged. The production has its faults, but it is already on many people's lists of favourites with other great BBC period dramas such as "North and South", "Bleak House" and and "Pride and Prejudice" .
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93 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Narnia fan on 28 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
This is by far the best adaptation of the book and has not been afraid to focus the story totally on the two lovers. I'm sure traditionalists will be unhappy with that but I adored it.

Ruth Wilson is a fine Jane but its Toby Stephens who amazed me with a performance of such skill. He created a three dimensional Rochester, not a cardboard cut out as in so many of the previous versions of Jane Eyre. He's created a fully rounded character, one that shows the inner suffering and conscience in turmoil. I particularly like the humour he brought to the role and vulnerability.

Who can fail to be moved by Rochester's reactions when he sees Jane again. I can't remember being so emotionally caught up in a performance. In those final scenes Toby had to convey such a range of emotions. Seeing the tears fill his eyes and roll down his cheek and then that laugh which contained such bitter joy - it was an amazing piece of acting. Its definitely a case of move over Colin Firth and hello Toby Stephens.

I urge you to obtain the DVD as its a treasure not to be missed. While 6 episodes would have given more time to flesh out the early part of Jane's life I'm personally glad they've focused on Jane and Rochester's relationship.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R.Tait on 2 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
and that is how I feel about this late'est adaptation of Bronte's work's.

I really liked this version, I thought it was witty, fun and in place's sad and depressing. The actor's aquitted themselves very well and Toby is just how I always pictured Rochester. I loved Ruth as Jane, she has a very elf life quality to her, not beautiful but not plan either. Thou Jane is plan in the book's I think Ruth pull's off the look perfectly and acquits herself well with this role.

It doesn't follow the book exactly allot of the original dialogue between the two main charter's has been cut and chopped and changed but never the less it doesn't badly impact the story.

I think to truly enjoy this series you have to separate book from TV show. The book is more of a starting point, or plot idea and the show takes and develop's that plot/idea well.

I would have loved for this to be longer, four episode's really wasn't enough to tell this story fully but as it stand's it's not bad.

I enjoyed it, it's not for everything but it's worth a watch :)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Saratikyan on 25 Aug. 2007
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I have read the book many times both in English and Russian (translated beautifully) and like many other readers am in absolute love with the novel. All screen versions that have come out over the past two decades always had a flaw of some sort. This one is as good as perfect though. Ruth Wilson's portrayal of Jane Eyre is so very true to the book. She made Jane passionate, daring, and fearless. In contrast to the Janes created by other actresses, Wilson's Jane is not submissive, inhibited, boring or over-passive. And she does look like a 18 year old and behaves accordingly. Toby Stephens is stupendous as Rochester (if perhaps too handsome for him). Truly, they could not have cast the film better.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By LJM on 31 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Jane Eyre. I'm quite picky over TV productions of my favourite books - for example, I'm no great fan of the Firth/Ehle P&P (an almost sacreligious version, in my opinion) - but this production of JE, I feel, has got very close to the essence of the novel. A bit over-blown at times, but then so is JE! It was given a noughties' treatment, without destroying the overall feel of the novel. The chemistry between Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens built beautifully. And a good, solid supporting cast, full of reliable regulars.

I've given it 4 not 5 stars, however, because of a couple of reservations: I thought the Jane/St John relationship, so important in the book, could have been handled much better thereby improving the overall production. Their final encounter, when she almost agrees to marry him then hears Rochester's supernatural 'Jane' x 3 (and what happened to her impassioned response???), is one of the best bits of the novel. And why the Cape and not India? Also, why was Blanche Ingram a blue-eyed blonde? Rochester's choice of Blanche as his 'false' bride is significant (and cruel, both to Jane and also Blanche, despite the latter's character), as physically she must remind him of Bertha. I think Charlotte Bronte intended her reader to recognise the shared moral emptiness of Blanche and Bertha partly through their similarities in appearance. Oh, well, that's the lit crit out of the way! Mind you, how could anyone accuse Toby Stephens of not being handsome?

I remember the Jayston/Cussack version with great affection. I may buy both then compare.
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