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Emma [VHS] [1972]
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on 20 June 2015
love the film
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2006
This is a watchable and entertaining adaptation, but it lacks the sparkle and humour of Austen's novel. While remaining a very faithful adaptation, some of the key elements really let it down.

Doran Goodwin never really seemed to feel the part of Emma and din't really convey the wit and vivacity necessary to the plotline. When compared to the later excellent BBC adaptations like Persuasion and Prid and Pred, the sets look fake and clumsy and it just doesn't shine like the others do.

I can't compare it to the films, not having seen either of them, but I would imagine from other reveiwers that Paltrow and Beckinsale manage to give it some oomph and spirit that ws so sadly lacking in this production. Misters Elton and Dixon were creepy and unconvincing, but Jane Fairfax and the delightfully hateable Mrs Elton were admirable. Worth a look for Austenites, but I'd suggest Persuasion for those looking for something a little more entertaining and watchable.
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on 27 July 2014
Great item
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2013
I really enjoyed this version of Emma and would recommend it
to all Jane Austen fans. The BBC did well.
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2008
I have watched many JA version and will continue to do so, but I did not like this one. As pointed out by previous viewers, the two main characters were far too old to play the part and I did not find them very attractive either. There was no chemistry between them. Emma was rather stiff and cold so she was not very likable. Her acting is more suited for a stage play. As per many adaptation of this era, the indoor scene are full of cardboard cut out. I would recommend you stick to the Beckinslade version, whom I feel portrays Emma more accurately, otherwise go for the Paltrow version, just for the gorgeous Mr Knightly!
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2011
What a disappointment. How on earth can a Jane Austen adaptation be entertaining when it is shot in a studio??? This has got to be the worst Jane Austen adaptation I have ever seen. The production quality was very poor. And while the outisde scenes were shot outside the picture just did not match the studio scenes and was just terrible.

The actress that played emma was is simply the worst actress ever.

I only bought it because of the good reveiews I read and was hugely disappointed.

Also the dvd kept pausing in between which was very annoying, I was obliged to watch it to the end but when I started falling asleep I knew it wasn't worth it.

Happy that I was able to get a refund on this, I was told the Gywneth Pathrow one is good, so might buy that.

I love period dramas and have all the Jane Austen adaptation and they should never be shot in the studio ever as it just ruins the whole production.

Best one till date is still Pride & Prejudice.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2013
charming old movies it'nice to look at old bbc style
Artistes are good inthis Emma story
I'm not disapointed of this dvd
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