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Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition) [DVD] [1995]

Colin Firth , Jennifer Ehle    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 327 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E454FC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jane Austen's classic novel of 1813, Pride and Prejudice, still wins the hearts of countless schoolgirls with its romantic story of Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr. Darcy. Now, the 1996 BBC miniseries is winning over adults, with its faithful adaptation, gorgeous scenery, and superb acting.

The essence of the story is the antagonism between Mr. Darcy, a wealthy single man who believes Elizabeth to be beneath him, and Elizabeth, who upon being insulted at a dance by the aloof Darcy refuses to associate with him in any manner. Austen evokes incredible tension with the wit and flirtation of the two characters, and director Simon Langton (who also directed Upstairs Downstairs) successfully translates the repartee and conflict in this six-hour miniseries. Dialogue, for the most part, is painstakingly replicated, except when fleshing out and smoothing for modern sensibilities was necessary. Darcy, for instance, is drawn out, giving his personality significantly more depth. The acting sweeps you away to Regency England: Jennifer Ehle (of Wilde) is convincing as the obstinate Elizabeth, who, despite her mother's attempts to marry her off, spurs the attentions of Darcy. And Colin Firth (of The English Patient) will have women everywhere longing for a Mr. Darcy of their own.

For those who have been on an Austen binge--enjoying such excellent adaptations as Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion--this miniseries will round out the ultimate Austen video library. For those new to these romantic period pieces, Pride and Prejudice will have you hooked and longing for more. One caveat, however: plan to watch it in an entire day, because very few have the self-control to not watch all six hours in a single sitting. --Jenny Brown (Amazon.com)

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171 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much improved picture quality 17 Mar 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Compared to the 10th anniversary edition, this new 2009 release (ignore the [1995] designation in Amazon's listing) has very noticeably better picture quality. There is greater detail but, more importantly, the colour grading is far more accurate. Well worth paying the extra money for, with or without the extra features.
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 4 April 2009
Format:DVD
This new special edition of Pride and Prejudice is well worth the money I paid for it. Finally the colour has returned to the world of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy with breathtaking results. I own the 10th Anniversary Edition as well, the Special Edition easily beats it in every way. This is the best adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and it has now been given the treatment it deserves!
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb 16 Mar 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I can't say I've ever enjoyed a Jane Austen adaptation as much as this one in my entire life! The whole series is an absolute delight from start to finish.
Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle portray the lead characters of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett perfectly. Never has Lizzie been so pretty, witty or charming nor has Darcy ever been so brooding, mysterious or handsome as in this series. The chemistry between the leads is electric and the sparks certainly fly in one of the best romantic love stories ever told.
The fact that the writer's have taken the step of showing more of a background for Darcy also helps the viewer appreciate what a good and kind man he really is all along, rather than, as in other adaptations, he appears to suddenly change into being nice.
The casting of Julia Sawahla as the selfish, stupid Lydia Bennett was also inspired. She carried off a difficult role so well that in the end you still have to like her for all her faults.
As for the rest of the cast - there wasn't one that let the series down one tiny bit. Notably, David Bamber as Mr. Collins was suitably sweaty and snivelling, Alison Steadman as Mrs. Bennett was fantastically highly strung, Adrian Lukis as Wickham was a suave villan and Anna Chancellor's, Miss. Bingley was deliciously nasty.
If I could give the rating more stars I would. It's an absolute must for all Jane Austen fans and if you're not a fan already then watch this and you will be!
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124 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray - the colour has returned 4 Nov 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
After two dreadful DVD releases (the first and the 10th anniversary edition) in which all of the warmth had been drained from the glorious original 16mm print as seen on TV and on VHS, the BBC and 2 Entertain have finally repented and this, one of television's most beloved series has been restored to its former beauty. In 2005 I foolishly bought the 10th Anniversary Edition as the cover art-work suggested that the problems with the original transfer had been corrected. Upon viewing it, I wrote to the head of BBC in Australia with the challenge that if she could find any of the colours on the packaging actually on the DVD, I would happily walk naked down a Melbourne street at peak hour. Luckily for the locals, none could be found, and the offending item was returned. Now I am delighted to say that the original warmth has been lovingly restored in the Blu-Ray edition. Yes, as previous reviewers have stated, it was not shot in HD, nor even in 35mm - just humble 16mm, and at times some of the long-shots are not entirely distinct - yet it is a small quibble, and this is well worth the purchase to be able to once again see this iconic series in the rich tapestry of colours in which it was originally made. Thank you BBC/2 Entertain for restoring a true gem.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
I hate myself for not discovering this brilliant BBC 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice any sooner then this Easter. Since buying it, I've watched it hundreds of times and am still fancinated by it every time I watch it again! I was never into period drama, but by this film, I am truly humbled to call it a 'one off'.
It is challenging enough a task already to turn such a famous much loved novel into a film, but to a film that is as high quality as the book, it's extraordinary! The producers have truly done a good job, as well as doing the novel justice.
This film is perfect in every aspect, as well as being completely faithful to the novel itself, the choice of location, the costumes, the acting, the dances, the music, the script and choice of cast, especially the leading man and woman, Colin Firth as Mr Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet, is outstanding! Ehle really has the talent in bringing out that liveliness, wit and spirit of Austen's favourite heroine, and surely nothing can show Darcy's deep hidden affections better than Firth's 'come to bed' eyes.
However, despite the beautiful graphics menu, I would like to comment on how annoying the rolling of credits are, at the beginning and end of each episodes on the DVD format. 'The Making Of...'on the DVD also disappointed me slightly as there's no interviews with the two main characters. However, despite the minor shortcomings, a 'big thumbs up' to Pride and Prejudice 1995.
The price may be expensive for a DVD, but believe me, ...for an experience of a lifetime is definately worth it!
Overcome your prejudices, P&P is not just for the over 30s, I've just turned 17, and am already a proud owner of this exceptional 1995 adaptation on both the VHS and DVD format. When will you be?
Let this be one of those rare ocassions where I give 5-stars to a most deserving product...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
This is such a wonderful series. It isn't outdated, and can still be enjoyed today. It is a must have!
Published 7 days ago by Mr x
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Predjudice
This was bought for my granddaughter at her request so I am sure she will be very pleased with it
Published 8 days ago by Trish Pellowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Relive Liz & Darcy
This is a great remaster from the original negative using the latest technology. The other thing they have managed to do is reset it in 16.9 format... Read more
Published 8 days ago by W. Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice
Still, for me, the best adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Colin Firth IS Mr Darcy. I could watch this over and over and have. Would recommend.
Published 8 days ago by SL
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride & Prejudice
enjoyed it the first time I saw it. it is definitely a film that can be watched time and again.
Published 14 days ago by Marilyn Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite film
Very good quality dvd and hugh experience all those who wish to take a journey back in time and to enjoy a milder , nicer life , or just really romantic ...
Published 16 days ago by Andrea Goduncov
5.0 out of 5 stars My take on 1995 Pride 7 Prejudice
I don't know how many times I have watched this film either via YouTube or my own DVD's and never fail to enjoy it. The whole cast are excellent, not just Colin Firth. Read more
Published 17 days ago by MRS RUTH M JANES
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I had read the book and wanted to see the series again. It was great. All 6 episodes easy to navigate. Lovely to see it again. A good clear copy
Published 17 days ago by Mrs. P. Rawlins
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound volume not really loud enough
Volume needs to be at maximum for comfortable listening level, not good enough if any older family members are a bit hard of hearing
Published 24 days ago by NMD
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant adaptation
Perfect casting, still good to watch Mr Darcy(Colin Firth) arriving dripping wet after swimming in the lake and unexpectedly meeting up with Elizabeth Bennett .
Published 1 month ago by Ms C.Welfare
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