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Northanger Abbey [DVD] [2007]

Felicity Jones , JJ Feild , Jon Jones    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDETLK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016 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

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Felicity Jones Northanger Abbey


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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English subtitles included 21 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
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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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming (and restrained for Andrew Davies!) 22 Oct 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Style, zest and interest 22 Dec 2008
By GJ Lee
Format:DVD
To my mind this ITV Northanger Abbey production is probably the best Austen adaptation I have seen yet.

First, between writer Andrew Davies and director Jon Jones the production team create a perfect blend of trueness to the novel and period yet with contemporary (to us) zest. The truth to the book and period comes in the stunning costumes, choice of gothic abbey, and ballroom scenes with the usual dances and the like. The point about the costumes and setting is that some more expensive productions don't have much in the way of accuracy or charm, whereas this made-for-TV attempt gets it right straight off the bat. The zest that I speak of comes in the delicious way that the direction and script enhances the romantic growth between Catherine and Henry (including the creation of true chemistry and even romantic tension that is often dead or left to the imagination in adaptations), as well as the very well-played, gothic imaginings of Catherine which are creative licence but of the best kind if one actually knows that literary period. The directorial timing is simply exquisite. There are only two disconnects. First is the rather sudden fight between Henry and Catherine which is not buffered enough in that they go from blissful understanding to a complete break which, in the novel or not, rings poorly. Second, the Austen voice-over could perhaps have been managed better, perhaps rather using conversation between incidental characters.

The casting team should also be bought drinks. Felicity Jones is wonderful in her portrayal of Catherine, combining the freshness of youth with an explicit yet tempered growth in her burgeoning feminine charms. Her interplay with JJ Feild as Henry is charming and sexy. She plays a character every guy would love to take home.
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122 of 127 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, exciting and lots of naughty looks! 25 Mar 2007
By MrsWS
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it very much. 25 Mar 2007
Format:DVD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Will only appeal to Austen fans.
Well acted, beautiful costumes and sets, but Northanger Abbey was not Jane Austen's best book, and the heroine is incredibly silly.
Published 4 days ago by C. A. Simm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
KEEPS UP MY COLLECTION VERY GOOD
Published 24 days ago by GOLF
2.0 out of 5 stars So much potential wasted.
I'll start by saying that Northanger Abbey is my favourite book (together with Pride and prejudice). I more or less know it by heart... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kytan
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable
The opening narrative played mayhem with the book even citing "baseball" for the US market when Austen wrote "cricket". I nearly threw it away in disgust. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ITV adaptation
Northanger Abbey is a little different from Austen’s other novels, in that it’s overtly amusing, and something of a spoof on the ‘gothic’ novels of the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric production
Saw this on TV years ago and really enjoyed it. Not an exact following of the novel but still a great drama. I say that as a great admirer of Jane Austen's work.
Published 2 months ago by M. Dick
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best dramatisations of Jane Austen novel
Too much romantic/sexual fantansy, prefer films etc to keep as close as possible to original text. Thought Sense and Sensibility a much better dvd.
Published 3 months ago by Linda Deans
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesser known work of Jane Austen
Excellent adaptation of Jane Austen's lesser known novel, Northanger Abbey. Although not so dynamic as Pride & Predjudice, Emma et al, has a certain gentle charm all of it's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by martini104
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Good
This is like all Jane Austin's work - very good. My favourite will always be Pride & Prejudice - so worth reading.
Published 5 months ago by Miss Muffet
4.0 out of 5 stars northhanger abbey
i have not read the book but i really enjoyed the film and i am sure i will watch it again and again.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. L. Smith
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