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Jane Eyre [DVD] [1996]

William Hurt , Charlotte Gainsbourg , Franco Zeffirelli    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Hurt, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anna Paquin, Nic Knight, Nicola Howard
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Writers: Franco Zeffirelli, Charlotte Brontė, Hugh Whitemore, Josep Llurba
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Dyson Lovell, Giovannella Zannoni
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, Colour
  • Language: English, French
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: Pathe
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KOXZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,726 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A Franco Zeffirelli version of the Bronte classic. Jane Eyre is a poor orphan who grows up to become governess at Thornfield Hall, the home of the enigmatic Mr Rochester. Although Rochester is initially gruff and dismissive towards Jane, a warmth develops between them. But who is the woman in the attic who laughs maniacally, stabs guests and sets fire to Rochester's bedroom? And will she prove a barrier to Rochester and Jane's wedding plans?

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware: plot spoilers! But an honest review 8 July 2005
I'm glad I went with the reviews on this one. The actors are true to the story and most of the important bits are included in it when it comes to the build up of the relationship between Jane and Rochester. In all that it does, the film manages it okay(with a few story mixes to involve the Rivers.. see later).
On the down side:
It's just too short!
The story spends about a fifth of the time on Jane's time at Lowood only covering her time as a pupil and spends about ten minutes on her time with the Rivers.
This is the downfall of this film as I always find the long section that follows Jane on her tortuous journey from Thornfield to the Rivers is so painful and heart wrenching and this is completely missed out, plus the fact that she finds family is completely omitted. Again, the pain felt when she finds out about Thornfield in the village is also omitted, leaving it to the viewer to work out Rochestor is blind.
The large plot that sees Rochestor use Blanche Ingram to make Jane jealous at the house party falls completely flat. Yet it holds itself with many other great moments between the two.
What can I say to summarise?
A good film, but there are times when the book is far superior (if only they had followed it properly), and you can almost watch it without reading the book, but there are times when it woud be helpful to have read it in order to fill in the gaps.
Oh, and they missed out the "love calling" bit. Bad idea.
Watch it, but make sure you read the book. Lots.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive adaptation 30 Jan 2006
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Superbly cast; excellently photographed. This adaptation is the definitive version. The subdued passion, heartbreak and ultimate joy is caught to perfection. A 'must have' for any serious Bronte reader.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I happen to favour this version of Jane Eyre because it is so beautifully done. The music and scenery are a treasure and enhance the tale that is so well known. We are shown some different aspects of the story so this is not a mere re-run. As with any movie based on a book, one does not have the benefit of all the fine insights set down on a page, but the movie moves along creditably, each actor giving a sensitive performance through a wide range of emotions, the joys and despair we share with them, and ultimately the serene closing of a memorable tale. This movie is a must for all romantics!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of the novel 16 Jan 2009
This 1996 movie was the first adaptation of Jane Eyre that I ever watched and when I did so I was appalled by it. So much of the novel had been left out and I considered William Hurt to be terribly miscast as Rochester. Since then I have watched all the other noteworthy adaptations of the novel, the three short versions of '44, '70 and '97 and the three mini series of '73, '83 and 2006, and I have noticed that there are worse adaptations and worse Rochesters.

This is without doubt the most exquisite Jane Eyre adaptation as far as cinematography is concerned. Director Franco Zerifferelli revels in beautiful long shots of snow falling from a winter sky, of lonely Rochester standing on a rock, and of Jane looking out of the window - but he is less good at telling a story and bringing characters to life. In addition, his script merely scratches the surface of the novel by leaving out many important scenes. As a consequence the film does not show the depth and complexity of the relationship between Jane and Rochester, and sadly it does also not include the humorous side of their intercourse. There are a number of short conversations between Rochester and Jane, each of them beautifully staged, but the couple of sentences they exchange do not suffice to show the audience that they are drawn to each other. We know that they are supposed to fall in love, but we never see it actually happen. The scene in which Rochester wants to find out Jane's reaction to his dilemma by putting his case in hypothetical form before her after the wounded Mason has left the house is completely missing, and the farewell scene, the most important scene - the climax - of the novel is reduced to four sentences.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film 12 Feb 2007
By kate77
Of all the versions of Jane Eyre, this one seems to evoke the most differing reactions from people who've watched it. I happen to be one of those who really enjoyed this adaptation, and adaptation it is. It is true that chunks of the book have been left out or slightly altered in parts, but as this is a film, there is a limit to what can be included. Approaching it as a film rather than a screen-book, I found the overall atmosphere of the novel to be faithfully represented. The differences in Jane and Mr Rochster's social status is always underlying, yet the actors manage to convincingly portray the narrowing of that gap as they grow closer to each other.
Unlike many who dislike Hurt's Rochester, I found him to be excellent. With minimal melodrama or unnecessary posturing, he managed to be subtle but passionate at the same time, and perfectly portrays the lonely, sad, bitter Mr Rochester, strangely drawn to the governess, and battling his own demons in the process. As for Charlotte Gainsbourg, I thought her wonderful as the pious, intelligent, ego-less Jane Eyre. She has that 'other-worldly' quality in her persona, with oddly-stunning, awkward looks and introspective demeanour, and I found the chemistry between her and Rochester really palpable, boiling subtly under the surface.

Although it's all subjective, and I can see why some may hate it, I can only say I thought it to be excellent. With fabulous music and cinematography, plus great supporting cast, I would say definitely watch it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
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4.0 out of 5 stars My review
Would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a period drama and romance.Reasonably made and fairly well acted.Differs somewhat from the book
Published 3 months ago by Gwen Munns
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best versios
There are many versions of this film over the years and I personally think this is one of the best particularly if you have not seen the film before or read the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Geoff Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
This film comes nowhere near to doing justice to one of English literature's greatest novels.
Jane looks the part to a certain extent, but she is colourless, while Rochester... Read more
Published 5 months ago by 'Fountain Pen'
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane Eyre
I bought this ages ago, reviewed it and here it is again awainting another review. Well jane and rochester got hitched and that was the last I saw of them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by adaeze
5.0 out of 5 stars Best handling of this story EVER!
This story always seems to come across as dark and gloomy. This adaptation, however, gives it a tender treatment worthy of the original book. Director Zeffirelli does it again!
Published 9 months ago by D. Ashton-Hilton
3.0 out of 5 stars it started as a good movie adaptation ... But as it went on toward the...
I did not expect the Director (Franco Zeffirelli) would change completely the story toward the end of the movie, also Jane Eyre was portrait as a very subdue character.
Published 15 months ago by Dinah
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
My favourite version of Jane Eyre as Wiliam Hurt has just the right balance of arrogance and vulnerability - lovely for a rainy Sunday afternoon
Published 16 months ago by Peachylou
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Eyre No 5.
This was really good I watch it often.I have 5 DVDs of Jane Eyre, I think it is a
a real good film to watch, if you like that sort of films.
Published 20 months ago by E. Towse
1.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD if you can speak Italian!
Having seen the original film some years ago as part of it was filmed at Haddon Hall Derbyshire I was keen to get the DVD. Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by Mrs. C. E. Francis
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly faultless
Despite opinion being split over this version I liked it very much. I think Charlotte Gainsbourg, intriguing and unearthly, and William Hurt, perfectly gruff and brooding, were... Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by HJ
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