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Sense And Sensibility (Collector's Edition) [1996] [DVD] [2002]

Emma Thompson , Alan Rickman , Ang Lee    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Greg Wise, Tom Wilkinson
  • Directors: Ang Lee
  • Writers: Emma Thompson, Jane Austen
  • Producers: Geoff Stier, James Schamus, Laurie Borg, Lindsay Doran, Sydney Pollack
  • Format: PAL, Dubbed, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053W5D
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,557 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Emma Thompson scores a double bull's-eye with Sense and Sensibility, a marvellous adaptation of Jane Austen's novel. Not only does Thompson turn in a strong (and gently humorous) performance as Elinor Dashwood--the one with "sense"--she also wrote the witty, wise screenplay. Austen's tale of 19th-century manners and morals provides a large cast with a feast of possibilities, notably Kate Winslet, in her pre-Titanic flowering, as Thompson's deeply romantic sister, Marianne (the one with "sensibility"). Winslet attracts the wooing of shy Alan Rickman (a nice change of pace from his bad-guy roles) and dashing Greg Wise, while Thompson must endure an incredibly roundabout courtship with Hugh Grant, here in fine and funny form. All of this is doled out with the usual eye-filling English countryside and handsome costumes, yet the film always seems to be about the careful interior lives of its characters. The director, an inspired choice, is Taiwan-born Ang Lee, here making his first English-language film. He brings the same exquisite taste and discreet touch he displayed in his previous Asian films (such as Eat Drink Man Woman). Thompson's script won an Oscar. --Robert Horton

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Sense and Sensibility (1995)

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Some people have comfort food to help them through dull, drizzly evenings. I have comfort films, and Ang Lee's, (and Emma Thompson's), "Sense And Sensibility" is one of my favorites. I have watched this movie several times since I first saw it, and it never fails to lift my spirits.
This glorious romance of mores and manners, set during England's Regency Period, is very faithful to Jane Austen's brilliant novel. The film vividly brings the novel, with all its characters, to life. The plot focuses on two of the three Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne, and their extremely different temperaments. Emma Thompson wrote this wonderful screenplay and earned an Academy Award for her efforts. She added pizzazz to the film, with an extra dash of drama, some humor, splendid panoramic views and a fabulous ball scene.
A lovely, young Kate Winslet plays Marianne Dashwood to perfection. Marianne is a passionate young woman, with a definite inclination toward the humanities: art, music and literature. Her heart rules her head, more often than not, and she has a very spontaneous nature. Emma Thompson gives a strong performance as Elinor Dashwood, the older of the two sisters. She has a more practical, sensible temperament. While Elinor appreciates the music and literature that her sibling so passionately loves, she definitely thinks things through before making decisions, or taking action, and keeps her personal feelings to herself. She feels tremendous responsibility for her family's well-being. Ms. Thompson gives Elinor a wicked, dry sense of humor, and her character adds much wit to the dialogue. Marianne believes that Elinor, whom she dearly loves, is too cold, and restrained - more concerned with propriety than with feelings.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane TOP 100 REVIEWER
This is a very pleasant, rather gentle film which is generally faithful to the Jane Austen novel on which it is based. It benefits from very good performances from most of the principal actors, beautiful photography and lighting and an excellent screenplay, for which Emma Thompson deservedly won an Oscar. Ang Lee's direction is first-rate, even if the view of 18th. century England which we get is, as nearly always in period drama, rather over-pretty and sanitised ; but it looks lovely. Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet as the two elder Dashwood sisters, reliable, sensitive Eleanor and impulsive, generous-natured Marianne, are excellent. Alan Rickman does his usual thick-voiced uneasy portrayal (but without the menace) as Colonel Brandon. I have reservations about Hugh Grant who, as Edward Ferrars, seems to me over-the-top in his wimpish inarticulacy, always wearing clothes that don't really fit to underline this, but he is good at key moments, for example his final declaration of love for Eleanor. The gentle, wistful, tactfully understated music adds atmosphere to the film and is a plus, and there are some very nice woolly sheep which appear from time to time, much riding about on splendid horses (and in carriages drawn by splendid horses), marvellous views over rolling countryside, magnificent fine houses and so on. It is all lovely to watch and very well done, and with such a good screenplay, it works very well.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Is Love a Fancy or a Feeling?" 10 Feb 2003
When Emma Thompson was approached with the suggestion to write a screenplay based on Jane Austen's first novel "Sense and Sensibility" (1811), she was somewhat doubtful because, as she explains on the DVD's commentary track, she felt that other Austen works, like the more expressive "Emma" and "Persuasion" or the sardonic "Pride and Prejudice" (already the subject of several adaptations) would have been more suitable. Four years and 14 screenplay drafts later (the first, a 300-page handwritten dramatization of the novel's every scene), "Sense and Sensibility" made its grand entrance into theaters worldwide and mesmerized audiences and critics alike, resulting in an Oscar for Thompson's screenplay and six further nominations (Best Picture, Leading Actress - Thompson -, Supporting Actress - Kate Winslet -, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Score - for 20 minutes' worth of composition - and Costume Design); and double honors as Best Picture and for Thompson's screenplay at the Golden Globes.
More than simple romances, Jane Austen's novels are delicately constructed pieces of social commentary, written from her rural Hampshire's perspective. Mostly confined to life in her father's parish, she was nevertheless well aware of early 19th century England's society at large, and fiercely critical of the loss of morals and decorum she saw in its pre-industrial emergent city life. Moreover, experience and observation had made her acutely aware of the corsets forced onto women in fashion terms as much as by social norms, confining them to inactivity and complete dependency on their families' and their (future) husbands' money. And among this movie's greatest strengths is the manner in which it maintains that underlying theme of Austen's writing and brings it to a contemporary audience's attention.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicate and touching 8 Dec 2006
Having watched this film immediately after reading the novel, my expectations were high, and thankfully, I was not let down. This is a delicate and touching handling of a highly subtle novel which helps bring to life the characters, fashions and scenery of Romantic England. There is a wonderful blending of feeling, wit and humour. Lee's direction is clearly affectionate and determined to remain faithful to the original.

Thompson's screenplay adaptation and the direction are largely faithful to the main themes and plots of the novel. Where original material has been interpolated, it is seamlessly and tastefully done, never for the sake of it, and always adding to the overall atmopsphere of the story. The soundtrack is simply enchanting, and appropriate for the themes, moods and tones of the action; Marianne's recitals are especially poingant.

Austen's characters are interpreted by an all-star cast, who are all on top form. Kate Winslet as Marianne and Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon are particularly moving and affecting in their parts. Marianne's gradually softening sensibility and the inner passions emerging from beneath Colonel Brandon's manly reserve are skillfully portrayed. Thompson is mature and sensible and Grant is suitably foppish.

Living abroad, I found this film highly evocative of traditional English people and places. After a bottle of wine I became extremely homesick and emotional during the exit music. This film brings to the screen things we should be proud of: our literature, our countryside and the refined manners, culture and that peculiar mix of sense and sensibility of our people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars nice but there's better stuff around
Nice, entertaining adaptation of the Austen material but beaten by lengths by the -admittedly much longer and therefore a lot more detailed- BBC adaptation with Dan Stevens, Hattie... Read more
Published 4 days ago by the pikefisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
This a fine adaptation of an old classic. The cast is absolutely first class, and this what lifts any
film from good to excellent. A film I will revisit again and again.
Published 14 days ago by Alan Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I have always loved this film and never tire of it. Everything about it is brilliant and, no matter how many times I watch it, it still makes me cry. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Christine Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present
This DVD was bought as a Christmas present; but I have not been told of any imperfections with the DVD, and the seller was the cheapest i could find for that particular title.
Published 25 days ago by epd
3.0 out of 5 stars sound volume not really loud enough
Sound volume needed to be a maximum for comfortable listening level, so not good if you have family members who are a bit deaf
Published 25 days ago by NMD
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully British!
This movie is full of British genius and classy acting. A great tribute to the wit of Austen Sense and sensibility is brilliantly adapted and sensitively filmed. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Miss B
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent adaptation
Emma Thompson has done an excellent job on this screenplay, imbuing it with the humour and warmth that I believe Jane Austen intended. Read more
Published 1 month ago by faith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - Romantic Drama
Another Jane Austen classic made into a great film - one for the girls! Emma Thompson,Kate Winslet and my favourite in the film Alan Rickman do a brilliant job adding a little... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RJT
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
This one's great if you like costume drama's and the DVD arrived within the given delivery dates so that's always good.
Published 1 month ago by nicola Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my absolute favourites
I love this absolutely wonderfully written screenplay by Emma Thompson. The portrayal of the characters by the carefully and well selected actors, who brought such a life into this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dagmar
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