- Actors: Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, David Bamber, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Anna Chancellor
- Directors: Simon Langton
- Producers: Sue Birtwistle
- Format: Box set
- Language: English
- Classification: PG
- Studio: BBC
- VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
- Run Time: 327 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,100 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CR4F
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Jane Austen's famous comedy of manners and romance is once more developed for the screen in the grand traditions of the BBC costume drama. Adapted by Andrew Davies after his success with the television adaptation of George Elliot's 'Middlemarch', the series was the BBC's flagship drama in the Autumn 1995 schedule. The story revolves around the arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) and party and the excitement he causes amongst the five daughters of the Bennett family.
Jane Austen's classic novel of 1813, Pride and Prejudice, still wins the hearts of countless schoolgirls with its romantic story of Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr. Darcy. Now, the 1996 BBC miniseries is winning over adults, with its faithful adaptation, gorgeous scenery, and superb acting.
The essence of the story is the antagonism between Mr. Darcy, a wealthy single man who believes Elizabeth to be beneath him, and Elizabeth, who upon being insulted at a dance by the aloof Darcy refuses to associate with him in any manner. Austen evokes incredible tension with the wit and flirtation of the two characters, and director Simon Langton (who also directed Upstairs Downstairs) successfully translates the repartee and conflict in this six-hour miniseries. Dialogue, for the most part, is painstakingly replicated, except when fleshing out and smoothing for modern sensibilities was necessary. Darcy, for instance, is drawn out, giving his personality significantly more depth. The acting sweeps you away to Regency England: Jennifer Ehle (of Wilde) is convincing as the obstinate Elizabeth, who, despite her mother's attempts to marry her off, spurs the attentions of Darcy. And Colin Firth (of The English Patient) will have women everywhere longing for a Mr. Darcy of their own.
For those who have been on an Austen binge--enjoying such excellent adaptations as Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion--this miniseries will round out the ultimate Austen video library. For those new to these romantic period pieces, Pride and Prejudice will have you hooked and longing for more. One caveat, however: plan to watch it in an entire day, because very few have the self-control to not watch all six hours in a single sitting. --Jenny Brown (Amazon.com)
Top customer reviews
The two main actors Collin firth who plays Mr Darcy & Jennifer Ehle who played Elizabeth Bennet are the personification of the characters Jane Austin created adding a movie star quality to the series along with many other notable performances.
The sets, the costumes, the musical score, the story add to this magical world in literately history, arguably this is the best adaption of a pride & prejudice and Collin firths stand out role that was one of the main reasons he was cast in Bridget jones dairy as a modern day Mr Darcy.
Lovers of Jane Austin will find this a classic tale well deserved of praise both for the cast and the production values by the BBC.
Delivery was flawless as usual....and so was the packaging, dreadful as usual.