Note: This is a good film, however I only gave it 3 stars because it was not a true adaptation of the book.
I as well have viewed both this 1997 version and the Hitchcock version and have to say, the Hitchcock has the upper hand. I don't deny that the cast of the 1997 version are very good, however, in my opinion they're not right for these specific parts.
Overall, I found this version a little disappointing, and, if I dare say, a little insulting to Du Maurier's talents. There were a few pointless scenes and a few that were changed slightly - for example the point when the main character (Fox) tells Mrs Van Hopper she is going to marry Maxim didn't actually happen in the novel, and it was in fact Maxim who told Van Hopper.
The added scenes which don't appear in the book, such as when they are in the Monte Carlo cafe and on the cruise during their honeymoon, unnecessary to the story, and the time they spent on them could have been put to better use by staying truer to the novel.
I felt that Charles Dance, as fine an actor as he is, was a little to old to play Maxim de Winter, his hair was too light and his features were too kind - in the novel he is described as a dark, brooding man. Emilia Fox, another fine actress, I felt was not as shy as she perhaps could have been.
I felt a little robbed of my 189 minutes spent watching this. Again, I will not deny that it is a good film, but if you've read the book its a disappointment. For a film that is 3 hours long, I personally believe that it could have stayed truer to the book.
So, in my honest opinion, if you've read the book, go for the Hitchcock version, but if you want a good film this isn't that bad at all!