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Sense And Sensibility/Emma [VHS] [1996]

Gwyneth Paltrow , James Cosmo , Douglas McGrath    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gwyneth Paltrow, James Cosmo, Greta Scacchi, Alan Cumming, Denys Hawthorne
  • Directors: Douglas McGrath
  • Writers: Douglas McGrath, Jane Austen
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Donna Gigliotti, Donna Grey, Harvey Weinstein, Patrick Cassavetti
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • VHS Release Date: 27 Dec 2001
  • Run Time: 247 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q56I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,533 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Most people didn't mind Gwyneth Paltrow's English accent in this charming 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma. There are also plenty of authentic and wonderful Brit thespians in this film by screenwriter-turned-director Douglas McGrath (co-author of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway), including Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply), Phyllida Law (Much Ado About Nothing), Ewan McGregor and Sophie Thompson who offers an outstanding and finally heartbreaking turn as the chattering Miss Bates. Paltrow plays Austen's benign busybody, Emma Woodhouse--so busy trying to arrange the lives of others that she is sidestepping her own. McGrath brings a kind of pretty and light touch to the production; his best move the wise delegation of creative authority to the actors themselves.--Tom Keogh, Amazon.com

Emma Thompson scores a double bull's-eye with this 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 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, who brings the same exquisite taste and discreet touch he displayed in his previous films. Thompson's script won an Oscar.--Robert Horton, Amazon.com

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A Jane Austen double bill. In 'Sense and Sensibility', Elinor (Emma Thompson) is the eldest of sisters who are reduced in means when their father dies and his estate passes on to his son from his first marriage. They are soon accepted into their new society, each finding romance, but with some pain along the way. Whilst in 'Emma', the meddling Emma Woodhouse (Gwyneth Paltrow) is intent upon matchmaking between the local vicar, Mr Elton, and her young friend Harriet Smith. A cautionary note is, however, sounded by the admiring Mr Knightly, towards whom Emma begins to feel attracted herself.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good as it Should Be. 27 Mar 2007
By William J. Walker VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I've read the book twice and seen all the film/tv versions(and I include "Clueless" in that)that I know of. As a book I would say it is both superb and comparable(in quality) to "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and sensibility" so since books are usually better than their adaptations the film has a lot to live up to.

Well this is very well done. The film will stand or fall on the quality of its Emma and Gwyneth Paltrow does an excellent job. It's a difficult role as she has to be annoying, at times, while never actually making you lose all sympathy. There is a key scene, which I won't spoil by describing to you, where Mr Knightley has cause to chide Emma for her behaviour and this is done perfectly, as are all the crucial scenes. The supporting cast is excellent as you would expect, and while any film version will require some cutting and a little inventiveness with dialogue, I feel It has all been done as well as it could be.

I would say that the ITV Drama version starring Kate Beckinsale is good, and manages to squeeze in some extra scenes,so I can understand if people already familiar with that version prefer it(and maybe it's a little more patriotic to do so) but I must say that I can't fault this Emma.
It is one of those rare films that upon each watching has left me with an unexpectedly warm glow of pleasure inside.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite nice and enjoyable, but ... 21 Nov 2005
By Lili_K
Format:DVD
The Paltrow version is really quite nice and enjoyable, but I can't help feeling that something is slightly amiss, a bit out of place. As if the actors - though very good ones at that - couldn't wholly identify with the characters they played. Sometimes they just seemed to be telling their lines without their hearts being in it. There is one exception and that is the excellent Jeremy Northam. Although his Mr Knigthley is certainly not as charismatic as that of Mark Strong in the other version of Emma, he was great.
Toni Colette, though a very good actress, was really miscast as Harriet Smith and not just physically. She is a modern actress and couldn't fit into this period drama. The same is true for Ewan McGregor: a great actor, but not one for period drama, or at least not for regency drama, I fear.
The film is not strictly faithful to the plot, which in itself wouldn't be a problem, but it weakens the performance even further altogether. Still, if you do not have too high expectations, you may enjoy this film without further ado.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! 17 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
I finally had time to watch this version. I loved it. I have seen both older and newer versions. I like this length better than the newer miniseries version and I felt the scripting and casting were better than the older one with Kate Beckinsale. I had trouble getting attached to the characters in that one. I must admit I love jsut about anything with Jeremy Northam, Sophie Thompson and Polly Walker. Their acting was splendid in this. The costumes and settings are of note in this as well. I will watch this again I'm sure. I loved it!
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh! Mr Knightly! 15 April 2005
Format:DVD
I haven't seen both versions of Emma so I can make no comparisons, however I love this version of the film.
I'm not a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow but I found her thoroughly likeable as Emma, for an American actress she made quite a convincing English Rose.
And I cannot possibly review this film without mentioning how incredibly gorgeous Jeremy Northam is as the dashing Mr Knightly, he is the perfect English Gentleman.
Emma is a wonderfully romantic and uplifting film and is one of the first that I reach for when I fancy a girly night in front of the TV accompanied by the biggest bar of chocolate I can find.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 2 Mar 2013
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This is one of those films that can bear re--watching again and again - love the story and the whole thing does wonderful justice to JA's book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emma 26 Nov 2012
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I loved this film I have watched it over and over again Gweneth Paltrow plays a rich daughter who likes to interfere in everyone else's love life but till she realises she is in love her self. Could it be to late or will she find love as she wishes for her dear friend.
I love the era it is set in and feel its such a lovely heart warming film to watch.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Austen would love it. 7 April 2007
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Initially sceptical about Gwyneth Paltrow in the role of Emma, I realised she had totally won me over when I cried in sympathy at her stern but deserved chiding from Mr Knightly. This in my opinion is a far more spirited and convincing Emma than the Kate Beckinsale version. Everyone from Toni Collette as the eager to please Harriet, Alan Cumming as the simpering Reverend Elton, and Ewan McGregor as the dashing Frank Churchill, brought the characters from the book vividly to life. While pleasant enough the Kate B versions pales into a bland and lifeless comparison and she is far too near her Mr Knightly in age to have been "held in his arms at the age of three weeks". Sophie Thompson as Miss Bates, and Juliet Stevenson as Mrs Elton are also much funnier. Altogether an extremely enjoyable, lovingly made and very convincing interpretation of a Jane Austen classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy ever after 12 April 2013
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I just love the warm happy feeling inside that I get every time I watch this film. I will never give up hope that my Mr Knightly is out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film great for a Sunday relax and getaway from it all
Really enjoy this film had a great duvet day on the sofa, while the rain was pouring outside.

Ladies Sunday away from the football!
Published 11 days ago by Kate Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites....
I've always loved this film and decided it was high time to have my own copy. Wonderful cast and sumptuous settings. What could more could you want?
Published 2 months ago by MGM
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma
A good representation of a splendid novel. One could quibble about the characters: Greta Sacchi too young to be Emma's governess - but who cares, it is scenically beautiful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I love this movie. Well made, and great story line. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who loves like these types of movie.
Published 5 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic DVD.
Quick delivery, excellent value & good quality. Great girly film & classic film. Great story. Pleased with items & supplier.
Published 8 months ago by trace j gwilliam
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all around
Published 11 months ago by Les
4.0 out of 5 stars My Wife's View
I purchased this for my wife because the video had worn out through use.
I would not dare comment on the Austen legacy but Romola Garai is a more believable Emma than... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Downlong Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film and book
The character Emma is played by Gwyneth Paltrow, who is wonderful in this film. The book by Jane Austen is also brilliant, and this film follows closely in its footsteps.
Published 15 months ago by Harveycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect adaptation
Surprisingly I found G. Paltrow perfect in this role. She looks so lovely in the costumes,and Mr Knightly is also perfect casting. Read more
Published 18 months ago by sharkey
1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by the accents
This version is made pretty unbearable by the terrible English accents. The Kate Beckinsale version of around the same time is much, much better. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by magpie83
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