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Pride and Prejudice [VHS] [1940]

Greer Garson , Laurence Olivier , Robert Z. Leonard    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Edward Ashley, Marten Lamont, E.E. Clive
  • Directors: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Writers: Aldous Huxley, Helen Jerome, Jane Austen, Jane Murfin, John Van Druten
  • Format: Black & White, Mono, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 19 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJRU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic Hollywood adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. The Bennet sisters are all on the look-out for a husband, and when the gorgeous Mr Darcy (Laurence Olivier) arrives in the area he causes quite a stir. Darcy is clearly attracted to eldest sister Elizabeth (Greer Garson), as she is to him, but with her independent mind and his bad manners it's sure to be a bumpy ride.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice 1940 19 Feb 2009
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The 1940 Pride and Prejudice with Greer Garson is one of the most warming and uplifting films of the period. Garson is absolutely terrific - beyond comparison - and the main and supporting cast are quite stunning. The final scenes are fantastic and the finale is very touching in its own way. The film's pace is quite furious after the first few scenes, but the film is much more affectionately scripted than the BBC version - although that is also very much worth watching. The 1940 film nicely complements the 1995 version and they are never in competition.

If I could only take a few films to a desert island, this would be one of them. Buy it for anyone over thirty: and sit back and watch the warm glow of appreciation. Not to be missed.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not faithful but delightful! 21 Nov 2005
By Lili_K
Format:VHS Tape
This adaptation of Jane Austen's novel P&P is definitely not faithful to the original plot. Still I cannot help, but be surprised at the disappointment some of the fellow reviewers expressed over this fact. They seem to have forgotten what film making was in 1940. I am not an expert on the history of film industry, but I am aware that it was definitely NOT about staying truthful to the original book when adapting it on film. As a result, it did not come as a shock for me when I saw it for the first time. On the contrary: I simply accepted that this was the way it used to be and then nothing could stop me from enjoying the film immensely.

I think that the Greer Garson - Laurence Olivier duo as Elizabeth and Darcy was fantastic. Garson was original and spirited and Olivier was attractive and aloof at the same time. The chemistry between them worked just fine. So did the chemistry between Jane and Mr Bingley, excellently characterized by Maureen O'Sullivan and Bruce Lester.

Mary Boland was delightful as Mrs Bennet and Edna May Oliver great as Lady Catherine, it was not her fault that she was given a very different character to play (yes on this point I have to say that her pretending to be formidable while she is good at heart was a bit far-fetched). Frieda Inescort was a deliciously snooty Caroline Bingley.

OK, so the costumes seem like they were borrowed from "Gone with the wind", still, it couldn't destroy the delightful, light atmosphere of the film as a whole. It is a delightful comedy of manners and thus one should treat it as such.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just alot of fun 7 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I know this really is a bad adaptation of Pride & Prejudice if you feel you have to be faithfull to the book,but taking that into account they made it really a lot of fun!! Olivier is fantastic whatever you do!!Even if you're a maniac about the book (which by the way I am) you have to enjoy this version
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an old favourite 19 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
i haven't seen this film in about five years, but i can still conjure up any scene i choose, due to the fact that i have probably watched it about 50 times whilst growing up.
it is a comedy of manners, with beautifully polite insults; delightful charicatures of the foolish, charming, bumbling, aristocratic and intellectual surround the main believable characters of elizabeth and darcy.
although not historically accurate, and although some liberties have been taken in adapting the book, it is perfect sunday afternoon, just after a big dinner, raining outside, next to a fireplace viewing
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS AND CLASSIC PERIOD PIECE... 17 Nov 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is a magnificent, though not faithful, adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name. The superlative cast does justice to the witty and sophisticated screenplay by Aldous Huxley. It is a wonderful period piece and a delightful comedy of manners.
The story revolves around the upper middle class Bennett family, who live in a small, provincial town. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, wonderfully played by Mary Boland and Edmund Gwenn, have five daughters whom they must marry off. So, when Mrs. Bennett receives news of a wealthy bachelor, Mr. Bingley, moving into town, Mrs. Bennett is over the moon with joy. She soon begins maneuvering her daughters, so that perhaps one of them may be taken off her hands in happy wedlock.
Jane Bennett, beautifully played by the lovely Maureen O'Sullivan, manages to engage Mr. Bingley's heart at a local ball. Elizabeth Bennett, intelligent and articulate, manages to capture the interest of Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley's even wealthier best friend. Greer Garson is superlative in the role of Elizabeth, while Laurence Olivier is perfect in the role of the arrogant, soon to be humbled by love, Mr. Darcy.
Mr. Darcy, drawn to Elizabeth, falls in love with her, but makes a proposal of marriage filled with such snobbery that Elizabeth, who has since discovered that Mr. Darcy had negatively interfered with Jane's romance with Mr. Bingley, is repulsed and turns him down. Elizabeth later finds out through the machinations of Mr. Darcy's aunt, delightfully played with autocratic hauteur by Edna May Oliver, that perhaps she had misjudged Mr. Darcy, and she overcomes her prejudice against him.
Driven by a love that sees him humbled, Mr. Darcy puts away his pride and overcomes the snoberry he initially felt towards the Bennetts.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice (1940) 3 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I can honestly say this is the best Pride and Prejudice I've seen. Greer Garson & Laurence Olivier are wonderful. Everyone is perfectly cast and the musical score really matches the scenes. I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars responsible for starting me reading Jane Austen novels!
I saw this movie on the TV one wet Sunday afternoon when I was at school in the 1970's. It made me laugh - Mr Collins particularly. Read more
Published 28 days ago by KidsLibs librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice
A beautiful DVD from the 1940s film. There may have been other film versions of this story but I'm sure this is probably one of the best!
Published 1 month ago by Nige
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived safely
I ordered this for my mother who saw this the at cinema when she was young. Have been looking for this one for a while,.
Published 3 months ago by sqgorst
2.0 out of 5 stars such a shame
unfortunately the sound is out of sync which really detracts from the movie that I just love, the acting is superb from all involved, the film also has not been digitised correctly... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bernie dalton
2.0 out of 5 stars Reproduction
This film was very often out of sync. Poor quality which was a shame as it spoiled the enjoyment of a good film.
Published 4 months ago by Jane Inglis
3.0 out of 5 stars SOUND NOT SO GOOD
I bought this as a surprise present for my Mum as she adores this film. The sound quality was very poor and she had to have the TV at full blast to be able to catch any of it -... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carolyn MOULET
5.0 out of 5 stars Period drama excellence
Pride and Prejudice is my favourite book and I have a few of the film/television adaptions
of this. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. M. Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars o.k.
It will always be the 1st Pride and prejudice, I've seen; in black and white it has some charm.
Published 7 months ago by Rita Vasconcelos p.
5.0 out of 5 stars Black & white film in today's medium
I remembered this film from childhood. Having read PD James 'Death comes to Pemberley' recently I wanted to revisit this first experience of Pride and Prejudice starring Laurence... Read more
Published 7 months ago by janet ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice Greer Garson version best ever
This version may not be faithful to the text of the novel, but it is far more faithful to the spirit than any other version I have seen. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angelique
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