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5.0 out of 5 stars Pride and Prejudice 1980's version on Region 2, 21 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Pride & Prejudice (1980) (Std Rmst) [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I have watched both versions, the one of 1980 and the one of 1995 and I prefer the older one, especially in what goes for the script and in what goes for the actors. What I don't like at all is Jennifer Ehle's smile. She smiles at all possible and impossible occasions. Her smile has something stereotype, it looks not natural at all, it seems to be a kind of mask, whereas Elizabeth Garvie's smile looks charming and sometimes seems only a shadow of smile. J. Ehle's Elizabeth behaves sometimes in a way, so uncivil, that she seems almost illbred, especially when Darcy proposes to her for the first time. E. Garvie's Elizabeth behaves always with a certain dignity. When Darcy proposes to her she answers with indignation but never looses her good manners.
The only actors I prefer in the 1995's version are Benjamin Whitrow's Mr. Bennet and Colin Firth's Darcy. David Rintoul's Darcy has got a noble looking face (what Colin Firth has not) but his Darcy is so very stiff up to the end, that I can hardly believe he has fallen in love with Elizabeth. Before C. Firth proposes to Elizabeth he goes to an fro and you can tell from his face that there is something going on within him, you can feel his inner struggle, whereas David Rintoul always stays cool an distant, even before proposing.
What I really prefer in the 1995's version is the outdoor scenery.
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And here an information: Would you like to get the 1980's version and your DVD player does not play Region 1? Don't resign, go to the German site of Amazon and there you find this version on Region 2. The menu language is of course in German, but you can watch the film either in English or in German. There are no subtitles and no extras. I hope this information will be useful to some of you.
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Initial post: 28 May 2009 23:07:06 BDT
Daisyellow says:
Thank you for idea of checking German Amazon - off to check it out now....

Posted on 1 Dec 2014 08:00:38 GMT
Retina says:
Dear sinenomine,
Thank you very much for your review.
Retina

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2015 09:07:58 GMT
mirobola says:
Bingo! After a wait of over 20 years. Just bought it on German Amazon. Thank you. Had a bit of trouble with my rusty German and bought two, but got it straightened out in no time. Only have to wait for delivery now.
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