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Persuasion (Repackaged) [DVD] [1995]

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  • Actors: Amanda Root, Ciaran Hinds
  • Directors: Roger Michell
  • Producers: Fiona Finlay
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006NZ66EU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,354 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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BBC adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen. Anne Elliot (Amanda Root) has spent years regretting her rejection of Captain Wentworth (Ciarán Hinds)'s marriage proposal. When he returns from sea they meet, but instead of finding romance are kept apart through a series of misunderstandings. Anne is being pursued by her cousin, Mr Elliot (Samuel West), while Wentworth is now regarded as a very eligible bachelor. Will their new circumstances continue to prevent them from reuniting?

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bugeyed on 4 Jun. 2012
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What was the point in repackaging this movie if the quality is worse and it's in the old TV format? I could see compression artefacts in the opening scenes and gave up watching. My original Australian release is better quality and in widescreen. It does not do justice to the movie in quality either but is better than this.
This is the best version of "Persuasion" and it deserves a restoration and Blu-ray release. I like the newer BBC version but much prefer this one. Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds are great leads. Corin Redgrave is a wonderfully-ridiculous, but sometimes nasty father. Susan Fleetwood is fabulous as Lady Russel, her last screen role. I don't think there is a bad performance in it and it has a real feel with mud on clothes and people shown relaxing as well as in formal situations.
This film deserves so much better.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Merget on 23 July 2013
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`God bless the Squire and his relations
And keep us in our proper stations'.

Jane Austen would never have prayed like that, at least once she was grown up. She knew that money made a difference (she wrote for money) and she had seen society change. Her last novel, in its very slim way, is her Middlemarch. She once described her work as a miniature on `two inches of ivory' but her canvas in Persuasion (to mingle artistic and nautical metaphor) is spread wide.

Everybody is on the up or down. Sir Walter Elliot, whelmed in debt, is renting a town-house and pretending that he is still important - while his lawyer's daughter is eyeing him up as suddenly more accessible. Squire Musgrave, whose spare cash has been husbanded for generations, has educated his daughters into fancier ideas than their ancestors ever had - and his son, for better or worse, has managed to marry an Elliot. Sir Walter's heir, once barred from Kellynch Hall for marrying a woman who smelled of the shop, becomes company again, once he is a widower with the money.

Meanwhile Admiral Croft, son of nobody in particular, blows in with his lifetime's-worth of prizes and takes the lease on Kellynch Hall, furniture and all. His brother-in-law, Captain Wentworth, who wasn't fit to marry an Elliot girl eight years ago, is now to be courted himself - he has prize money too.

There are people at the bottom of the snakes. Captain Harville - as good a man as Wentworth - has nothing but a bad leg, a cramped lodging and children to rear. In Bath disabled Mrs Smith is counting pennies and selling knitting to pay her nurse. Her late husband was preyed on by a crooked friend.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By fabrice on 23 May 2012
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At last an adaptation of Austen that has not been turned into a chickflic. Persuasion is the most thoughtful of the novels, Austen at her most skilful and profound, so it is delightful that it has been adapted with similar confidence and subtlety. Our heroine is not a starlet but a young woman drained by disappointment and in this adaptation she really does gain radiance as her hope is rekindled.

The portrayal of her father must get the prize for best dimwit aristocrat ever, a real underplayed gem of a performance. In fact all the characters are charmingly themselves, adorable Charles, the daffy sisters, their loving bemused parents such an amiable contrast to Anne's own family. Social levels reflected in costume and language and values, from the impoverished navy family through the county up to the Vicountess (she is a Vi-count-ess!)are spot on. Lovely. Enjoy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Seren on 19 April 2013
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I love this DVD. The film is close to the book and very realistic to the period. I particularly like the use of natural light, even during the evenings when only candles were available. The awkwardness of various social settings is Jane Austen's real gift and this is beautifully acted. We can clearly sense the main characters' thoughts and motivations through the machinations of the plot. Highly recommended for a sensitive, intelligent take on Jane Austen's most mature novel.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DaDaBiggie on 19 Feb. 2013
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My favourite Jane Austin book and adaptation. Simply sublime. Much better than the ITV adaptation even though that one had Rupert Penry Jones.

This is the Ciaran Hinds/Amanda Root one and has to be the best ever.

Please try it. You'll not regret it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Miss S Hucklesby on 14 Feb. 2013
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This is a restrained production, but is the closest adaptation and is faithful to the original book (which is a particular favourite of mine). Acting by a beautifully cast group is well balanced and well paced and the script races along- a really great treat to curl up on a wet Sunday afternoon with!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cath on 23 Mar. 2014
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This production is wonderful! Fantastic casting - pretty much everyone is perfect from the leads to Sophie Thompson as the permanently ill Mary, Fiona Shaw, Corin Redgrave, Simon Russell-Beale. Only Sam West is a little too oily and creepy rather than charming, as Mr Eliot. Amanda Root begins as a very dowdy and downtrodden Anne. She blossoms as the film progresses, but her Anne is quite a quiet portrayal (the more recent ITV version had Sally Hawkins as a more emotional and sparky Anne)
Where this production scores big is in the production design. Lots of candlelit scenes that looks gorgeous. Also the script is top notch. I loved the part where all of Mary's family come to Anne with their moans and complaints. Another huge plus is the music. The original piano score is beautiful and the opera songs as the concert was dazzling.
On the minus side, why on earth was there a circus accompanying Anne and Wentworth at the end? A distraction so they could be shown kissing and no one would gasp at the impropriety? An explosion of joy? Not sure but it was odd and unnecessary.
Also a big minus was the video quality. If there was ever a BBC film that could do with a clean up and a Blu-Ray widescreen release this is it! I had to spend a while adjusting the sharpness and contrast on my TV to get a decent picture and it was still not filling the screen.
On the whole though, this is a wonderful production. Perfectly cast, much more faithful to the book that the 2007 ITV romp that took so many liberties, great music, lovely production design, wonderfully acted and directed. Love it! But come on BBC - BLU RAY PLEASE!!!
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