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Sense and Sensibility [Blu-ray] [1996] [US Import] [1995]

Emma Thompson , Kate Winslet , Ang Lee    Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, James Fleet, Tom Wilkinson, Harriet Walter
  • Directors: Ang Lee
  • Writers: Emma Thompson, Jane Austen
  • Producers: Geoff Stier, James Schamus, Laurie Borg, Lindsay Doran, Sydney Pollack
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,620 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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66 of 67 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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16 of 16 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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Sense and Sensibility, directed by Ang Lee with a screenplay written by Emma Thompson, made up one part of the holy trinity of Austen productions which aired in 1995. That crowning year for Austenmania began with the BBC production of Persuasion in April 1995 (starring Amanda Root and Ciáran Hinds), followed by the impeccable BBC version of Pride and Prejudice (starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle) in September and October, and was capped off in mid-December by this film version of Sense and Sensibility. Emma Thompson's much-praised screenplay (for which she won an Oscar and a Golden Globe) straddles the difficult divide between pleasing the community of Jane Austen purists and making the 1811 novel appealing to a wider audience of cinema-goers with a bent for romantic drama. The dialogue and mannerisms are modernised a little, but not to the absurd degree displayed in Joe Wright's weak adaptation of Pride and Prejudice in 2005 (which has a miscast Keira Knightley in the lead role).

In the novel, Austen counsels us once again towards rational love and shows the dangers of Marianne's self-blinding, guileless abandonment to passion (played by a pre-Titanic Kate Winslet in tight, corkscrew ringlets). Many Brigid Jones fans will undoubtedly be able to identify with her uncontainable romanticism and headstrong devotion to following her feelings irrespective of what someone like Elinor (Emma Thompson) - steady, reserved and so mature, she's almost dull - might think.
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Published 7 days ago by GOLF
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film, highly recommend for all the romantics who like a period drama!
Published 8 days ago by Ms A J Girvan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film
Brilliant film really enjoyed it. Not too sure on whether I like Hugh Grant in it thou, but all the other characters are brilliant. How cleaver is Emma Thompson!
Published 10 days ago by Kate Anthony
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable period drama
An enjoyable period drama and these type of dramas rarely go out of date. Bought mainly because I am quite enjoying watching Alan Rickman at the moment. Read more
Published 20 days ago by J A Perrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
What can one say! I have watched this movie so many times I have lost count and it is still one of my favorites. Read more
Published 20 days ago by MR R GRAHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, although not completely faithful adaptation
How can a romantic comedy about seeking marriage mates win the Berlinale, one of the most prestigious film festivals? Read more
Published 22 days ago by Antonio Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars We love it
This adaptation is really good. Big name cast, quotable dialogue and lovely settings. The only this we're not convinced about is Emma Thomson's crying ... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bedford Security Systems
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
This particular variant of this film/novel is the standard on which all variations of Sense and Sensibility are assessed, absolute perfection, Emma Thompson got it just right.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. A. Bentley
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 2 months 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 3 months ago by Alan Brown
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