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Product details

  • Actors: Felicity Jones, JJ Feild, Carey Mulligan, Liam Cunningham
  • Directors: Jon Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDETLK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,361 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Television adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen. Catherine Moreland (Felicity Jones), a spirited young beauty from the country, enters into the depraved society of Bath with dreams and fantasies sparked by her love

Synopsis

Northanger Abbey is an Eighteenth Century drama adapted from the novel by Jane Austen. Catherine Morland arrives at Northanger upon the invitation of Henry Tilney, only to discover that the place is shrouded in mystery and intrigue.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By catsatcastle on 22 Oct. 2007
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This is a lovely adaptation of one of the lesser-known Jane Austen novels. It's a slight story, a satire on the effect on impressionable young girls of reading overblown novels but also a very charming love story. I would highly recommend it. It's beautiful to look at and the leads, Felicity Jones and JJ Feild, are both wonderful in their roles, with a good on-screen chemisty, with an excellent supporting cast. They are all given something to work with and take the chance very well.

I love the light-hearted scenes of dancing and flirtation. The undercurrent of danger in this louche city of Bath are signalled but not overdone, the villains are fleshed out and believable, the scenes when Catherine thinks she has lost Henry forever, the quiet moments between Catherine and Henry and his sister, all wonderfully done.

I am not an unconditional fan of Andrew Davies' adaptations of classic novels as I think he sometimes goes too far in his efforts to bring out what he regards as the hidden sexuality in the books but in this adaptation I think he got it exactly right in giving day and night dreams to Catherine with her over-wrought imagination.

As others have mentioned, this is a small screen production and has to be seen in that light but it's a little gem. Highly recommended.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Teresa on 21 Nov. 2007
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Excellent adaptation!!
I would like to point out that DVD includes English subtitles for the hard of hearing... and for English learners.
I wish all DVD released could also include English subtitles...
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125 of 131 people found the following review helpful By MrsWS on 25 Mar. 2007
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I am a very very big fan of Jane Austen and I was so glad to hear that Andrew Davies (of the definitive, Firth/Ehle "Pride & Prejudice") was back! And I wasn't at all disappointed!

The production was true to the story - yet funnier, mainly due to the content of Catherine's fantasies! I also very much enjoyed the devilish glances from Henry - such naughtiness rarely comes across in other Regency-set dramas.

This was well acted and well scripted. Two very pleasant hours, especially for Austen fans and those who enjoy good period dramas. This is certainly one to go next to the BBC's P&P and Jane Eyre. TWO THUMBS UP!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Debi Jones on 4 Sept. 2008
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Having seen the older BBC adaptation of Northanger Abbey with Peter Firth (which was awful), I was a bit skeptical as to what this one would be like when it first came out. But, how wrong I was! I was delighted with this, as not only is it faithful to the book, the settings and the music are all brilliant too, as well as the acting. Felicity Jones is perfect as Catherine Morland, as is J.J. Field in the part of Henry Tilney; not to mention Carey Mulligan as Isabella and Catherine Walker as Eleanor.
A splendid version (definitely the best Northanger Abbey), but then, hardly surprising, seeing as the great Andrew Davies did the screenplay! :)
Highly recommended.
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104 of 110 people found the following review helpful By CriticalThinker on 25 Mar. 2007
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First of all, it's important to bear in mind that this is not a big-budget Hollywood movie; it's just an ITV production so our expectations should thus be considerably lower. However for a mere channel creation I thought this adaptation was rather good. Catherine was the 17 year-old I imagined when I first read Northanger Abbey. One thing I really enjoyed about this was that when I read Northanger Abbey I didn't feel the growing feelings of Henry, in this you can see and feel it. Though I've always liked Northanger Abbey I've always thought the romance was weak, I didn't feel it was so in this adaptation.

Also for a production with a not-so-high budget I felt the costumes were excellent. In fact I preferred them vastly to those used in the Hollywood adaptation of Pride and Prejudice featuring Keira Knightly. I'm aware the director of Pride and Prejudice didn't want to use the empire waistline so he based his film before it was fashionable however the Northanger Abbey dresses looked much better and they flattered the figures of the actresses. It also made it all the more authentic. When one considers the difference between the budgets it's almost amazing that the ITV version of Northanger Abbey could be so vastly preferable.

I also felt the fanciful nature of Catherine's mind was acted to perfection; Catherine was a 17 year old, young woman, with an overly-active imagination. This is what leads her to believe the things she does about General Tilney. And yes okay, there are sexual undercurrents in her dreams, and no Jane Austen doesn't ever actually explore sexuality so bluntly but this is another's interpretation... Catherine being so interested in what was wicked could have been intrigued by sexuality.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2007
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This is one of three Austen novels adapted for the small screen and shown on ITV earlier this year, and it is by far the best adaptation - very enjoyable indeed, in a slightly mischievous but engaging way. The other two, 'Mansfield Park' (particularly) and 'Persuasion' just did not work, though each had some merits. These are in their way deeply though not exclusively serious novels and 'Northanger Abbey' is a rather different kind of book, but I think the main reason for the superiority of this adaptation is the choice of Andrew Davies, who devised the screenplay. He takes some liberties - another reviewer points out that 'The Monk' is used here, and indeed a very explicit extract from it - but I find them entertaining and quite permissible ; Catherine's fantasies are great fun and largely convincing. Catherine is very well played by Felicity Jones, a very pretty actress who conveys Catherine's naivete (and, it has to be said, occasional dimness) excellently, and JJ Feild is also excellent as Henry Tilney ; indeed, it's a strong cast right through. The settings are beautiful. There is nothing like the depth to be found in the BBC 'Persuasion' of some years back, in my view the best of all Austen TV adaptations, but there I think the differences between the two books make up the main reason ; this adaptation is, in its way, in the same class or close to it, and it certainly gives great pleasure.
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