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5.0 out of 5 stars Best presentation of the definitive Emma, 12 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Emma (miniseries) [Blu-ray] [UK Region Spanish Import] (Blu-ray)
I've seen other sturdy versions of Emma, but this is the first that has been totally engrossing. Romola Garai brings Emma to life like no one before. Merely watching her wonderfully expressive face reveals Emma's every innermost thought. Garai's Emma is a wounded bird fluttering in a gilded cage - motherless, devoted to her heart-broken father, forever dreaming of visiting the unattainable seaside. Jonny Lee Miller is perfect as the kindly but correct friend of the family who can be infuriated by Emma's thoughtless shenanigans but is warmed by her vivacity and innate kindness. Louise Dylan plays the hapless Harriet Smith with a wonderful comic flair, providing some of the most hilarious moments in the mini-series. Blake Ritson's Mr Elton is a superbly obsequious peacock. Every other significant character is sharply drawn and clearly bears the scars from the happenings depicted in the opening minutes of the mini-series. Never before has the claustrophobia of Emma's tiny universe been so palpable, or her final realisation of Mr Knightley's love so moving.

Bravo to the Spanish for mastering this title on Blu-Ray. Fabrics and furnishings look spectacular, as do architectural interiors and exteriors. Colour is excellent, with only a few very dim interior shots displaying grain. Menus are in Spanish, but its not too hard to ensure the English audio track is selected. The extra clarity is definitely worth the slight bother of the Spanish navigation.

This has to be the funniest and yet most deeply moving Emma ever. Romola Garai and her co-stars have so thoroughly inhabited their characters it's going to be a hard act to follow. For me, this ranks alongside Colin Firth's Pride and Prejudice. The Blu-ray presentation is the icing on the cake.
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Initial post: 27 Apr 2014 06:06:32 BDT
Mark Barry says:
Great review - and I agree about the BLU RAY from Spain - it's REGION B and will play on our players - and it looks fabulous.

The only other way to get this 4-part series in HD is on Netflix as a download.

Unbelievable that the BBC haven't given a costume drama a UK release on BR...
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