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Jane Eyre [VHS] [1997]


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  • Actors: Samantha Morton, Ciarán Hinds, Joanna Scanlan, Ben Sowden, Barbara Keogh
  • Directors: Robert Young (III)
  • Language: English, French
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Wmv
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CTWK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,483 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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? Includes a special 'making of' documentary.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Doughton VINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2005
Format: VHS Tape
For the purists among you who seek an 'accurate' adaptation of the book, I would suggest you look elsewhere as you will not find it here. This version is certainly shortened and the language very often veers from the text itself. However, despite all this I find myself incredibly fond of this film. For me, the most important factor is that Hinds and Moreton capture the electricity between the two characters perfectly. Although the screenplay does not always stick to the original I feel we are still left with a strong impression of the nature of the relationship between these characters, particularly Rochester's contrasting violent and passionate side and his sensative wounded side, and Jane's strong sense of moral and self. My suggestion would be to overlook the slightly modern style which so often creeps in to the script and simply become absorbed in the utterly convincing performances of these actors. An outstanding performance, I applaud them both.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gail on 3 Jun 2012
Format: Audio CD
I have only seen this on tv and wish it was available for a reasonable price on DVD for the UK. I think it is one of the best versions and much much better than the 2011 film. The scenes between the leads are very powerful and there is a real sense of their growing bond as well as of humour and laughing. For a longer version the TV adaptions with Timothy Dalton and more recently Toby Stephens are very good. Surprised it's not rated higher.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Pickup on 30 Jan 2002
Format: VHS Tape
samantha morton and ciaran hinds are perfectly cast as this pair of unlikely loves that is the story of jane eyre.
jane eyre faces a tough childhood when her parents die and she is forced into the care of relatives who neither want nor care for her.
she is sent away to a charity school to which she is abandoned again. surviving the tough regime she grows up to teach at the school and then takes up a position as governess to a young french girl in the north of england who is the ward of mr rochester.
mr rochester is older, ugly and embittered by what life has thrown at him
but he sees his salvation in jane and plans to marry her
but mr rochester has a secret in the attic he hasnt told his love about.....
this version of the charlotte bronte novel is absolutely true to the book in spirit but not in detail of plot.
a number of scenes have been left out, but having seen the william hurt version where they are included , i believe that they are bits which, though adding to understanding do not add to the pace and passion of the plot.
i found that after the initial viewing the scenes i wanted to watch repeatedly were those between ms morton and mr hinds....i found them mesmerising....and the ones i fast forwarded to get to them would never have included the ones they left out
ciaran plays the most wonderful passionate mr rochester...morton a delightful yet restrained jane...
watch it
you will love it
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Ball TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Okay call me mushy, but I totally loved this! I think both Morton and Hinds were brilliant. This made me want to read the book, and now I love it even more. This made me cry, and nothing makes me cry! I must have watched this a hundred times. Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
CHARLOTTE BRONTE’S JANE EYRE, 1997. This lavish version of Charlotte Bronte’s beloved and often filmed 1847 romantic drama/ horror classic book of the same name, JANE EYRE, was made by the British television firm London Weekend TV (LWT), with the participation of A & E American television stations. And it was made in the days when Britain’s independent TV stations really knew how to make costume dramas. It was directed by widely-admired Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, consists of a single disc that runs approximately 112 minutes. And it has subtitles, thank goodness, for who would want to miss a word of this noteworthy take of the famous story. I received it as a review copy.

As, I expect, most of us know, the Yorkshire orphan Jane Eyre grows into a plain, proper young woman. As played by the greatly critically praised British actress Samantha Morton (IN AMERICA), she survives a troubled childhood to become governess to a young French girl, played by Anna Paquin, at Thornfield Hall. But the gloomy place is haunted by secrets, which complicate Jane's growing passion for her mysterious, brooding, and worldly employer, Mr. Rochester, as played by Ciaran Hinds, (GAME OF THRONES). As was typical of British TV production at the time, the entertainment is star-studded, boasting the participation of Geraldine Chaplin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joan Plowright, Billie Whitelaw, and William Hurt among others. The acting is strong; the costumes are rich, and the locations, spectacular.

Of course, ever since 1847, the problem of the madwoman in the attic, Mrs. Rochester, has been dismaying feminists and proto-feminists. The first Mrs. Rochester is more to be pitied than to be hated, but she stands in the way of Jane Eyre’s happiness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Woodburn on 8 Sep 2009
Format: VHS Tape
I was absolutely delighted to be able to obtain a video of this particular version of Jane Eyre!
I have seen many versions of the story which has always been a great favourite of mine, and this particular one, starring Samanthe Morton & Ciaran Hinds, has to be the most outstanding in terms of casting of the main actors. Jane has a quiet strength & dignity which Samantha expresses in the most compelling way, & Ciaran is the most believable 'Mr Rochester' I have ever seen.
I had only a copy of the TV version which became seriously damaged & I was so disappointed! I was therefore delighted to be able to acquire a brand new, unopened video - which I'm loathe to open, but I know I'll not be able to resist it!
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