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The Jane Austen Collection [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Billie Piper, William Beck, Liam Cunningham, Kate Beckinsale, Samantha Morton
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WOLF46
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,839 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Available on Blu-ray for the very first time this boxsets contains three classic Austen adaptations:

Mansfield Park:
At 10, Fanny Price goes to live at Mansfield Park, the estate of her aunt's husband, Sir Thomas. Clever, studious, and a writer with an ironic imagination and fine moral compass, she becomes especially close to her cousin Edmund, Thomas's younger son. Fanny is soon possessed of beauty as well as a keen mind and comes to the attention of a neighbor, Henry Crawford.  Thomas promotes this match, but to his displeasure, Fanny has a mind of her own, asking Henry to prove himself worthy. As Edmund courts Henry's sister and as light shines on the link between Thomas's fortunes and New World slavery, Fanny must assess Henry's character and assert her heart as well as her wit.

Northanger Abbey:
Catherine Moreland (Felicity Jones,) a spirited young beauty from the country, enters into the depraved society of Bath with dreams and fantasies sparked by her love of gothic romance novels.  There she meets two men vying for her affection - the dashing and jealous John Thorpe (William Beck) and the gentle and sincere Henry Tilney (JJ Feild). Despite the advice of her mischievous new friend Isabella (Carey Mulligan), Catherine treats neither as more than a dear friend.  That is until Catherine accepts an invitation to Northanger Abbey from Henry`s grave and severe father, General Tilney (Liam Cunningham). Her passion for the dark and mysterious feeds her imagination, as tyrannical fathers and diabolical villains work their evil on forelorn heroines trapped in isolated castles, much like Northanger....

Emma:
An adaptation of Jane Austen's story of marriage and manners set in a picturesque 19th Century village, which revolves around a spoilt young woman, Emma Woodhouse, who delights in influencing the love-lives of her friends, with disastrous results.



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Synopsis

The Jane Austin ITV Collection 3-disc box set features the Jane Austen adaptations Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Emma. In Mansfield Park, poverty-stricken Fanny Price (Billie Piper) is sent away to live with her wealthy uncle and aunt at Mansfield Park. As she struggles to adapt to her new lifestyle she begins to attract the attentions of suitors, learning about the sexual politics of high society along the way. In Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland arrives at Northanger upon the invitation of Henry Tilney and discovers that the place is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. In Emma, Emma Woodhouse is a clever young woman whose mischievous matchmaking schemes nearly end up jeopardising her own shot at romance.

--This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Xaqueline Lucs Laing on 1 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Of the three DVD's I enjoyed Emma which I didn't think I would because it took me ages to get through the book as the main character really annoyed me, I also really enjoyed Northanger Abbey they were both fairly true to the books BUT, Mansfield Park , which is one of my favorite books, was terrible, the story line, the acting everything, I was very disappointed to be honest. So my advise to Jane Austin fans is don't buy the pack of three, buy them individually and don't get Mansfield Park...
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By GrahamG on 6 Oct. 2008
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I saw the whole short season of ITV Austen adaptations from which the three featured here were chosen and the main mystery to me is why it was that by far the the best of them - 'Persuasion', with Rupert Penry Jones and the excellent Sally Hawkins - was not included in this set.

This 'Mansfield Park' is especially poor, partly because Billie Piper - (a decent actress when in the right role, to be sure) is miscast. Even her looks, with her trademark bleached blonde hair and black eyebrows, are just wrong for a lead Austen part.

For Mansfield Park, look for the greatly superior version starring Frances O' Connor as Fanny Price.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Stevie on 2 Nov. 2010
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I have to say I am a glutton for punishment,when it comes to ITV adaptations on Bluray.So far Persuasion by ITV on Bluray is bluntly a DVD quality transfer,Wuthering Heights is not much better.But lets talk about this Jane Austen Collection,NorthHanger Abbey is not High Definition,more like the dvd version which I already own.Mansfield Park is virtually the same.But to my suprise Emma is around 80% High Definition which begs the question where is the quality control for these products as it is quite deceiving to put out products in 1080p which are clearly not HD.My advice is dont waste your money and hope they bring out a worthy product worth buying.I hope this helps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 May 2009
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I bought this as I had seen both Emma and Mansfield Park on TV. I enjoyed watching them both again and was interested in Northanger Abbey. I personally found Northanger Abbey a bit of a let down compared to the others, but would recommend this set to any Jane Austen fan.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gillin on 10 Mar. 2008
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Well, I think I was a Jane Austen fan before. But to my shame I had read Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey only once and Emma only twice, so was not hugely familiar with any of these. Having watched them on TV, re-read the books and now re-watching on DVD, I think these are a great way of getting into some of her less well-known works.

Yes, they suffer a little from the 'Andrew Davis' effect of sexing up the original books that can be a little distracting. But overall they are a faithful enough reflection of the originals, well acted and good value in a boxed set like this - particularly as many of you will already have the BBC Pride & Prejudice and Ang Lee film of Sense & Sensibility (it is more in the school of these than the Gwyneth Paltrow film of Emma or the recent Keira Knightley Pride & Prejudice). It's just a shame they couldn't squeeze Persuasion into the same boxed set - if they could this would have got the full five stars. As it is, it'll get four stars and a recommendation for anyone who is an Austen fan already or who has enjoyed either Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility and is looking to broaden their range.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zara on 29 Nov. 2009
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I think I have to appreciate ITV effort to make Jane Austin's novels as close to the story lines, but if you have watch BBC version of these dramas then you could not help but high expectations!
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By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2011
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Although I do not think these versions come up to the very high standards set by some others (hardly surprising considering the competition), they are very good and it is still an excellent boxed-set of Jane Austen's much-loved novels. ITV's costume drama departments have done themselves and Jane Austen proud and are catching up on the BBC.

I am not the great Jane Austen fan my wife is but I have read all the books and seen all the films I bought for her (in the cinema and on DVDs). There are already many reviews of this, some very detailed indeed and the product details above give all the technical specs, so no need for another lengthy review.

It is a challenge for any filmmakers to tackle such a loved, respected and well-known writer as Jane Austen, whose books thrive on intimate details of characters and society often so difficult to convey off the page but these intelligently written screenplays, giving directors a great deal on which to work, especially with a stellar group of British acTORS.

This would make an excellent present for any Austn fan and, at these prices, hours of enjoyment.
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The quality of the day light scenes in this Blu-Ray disc set is a marked improvement on the standard D V D offerings, I have already reviewed these discs as to their artistic merit, suffice to say that Emma is at the top with ten out of ten and Mansfield Park considerably less so. The discs are all marked region B ( see Google for area codes IE it should Play ) and play on all 6 of the different models of my Panasonic players/Blu-Ray recorders/Cinema units, but on my Sony multi-region Blu-ray player I have to press "2" on the remote control with the D V D player switched off ( SONY BDP-S1100 Multizone ) to manually switch to region B. How odd, but it does not really matter and this is given for information only.
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