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Sense & Sensibility : Complete BBC Series [2008] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Charity Wakefield, Hattie Morahan, David Morrissey
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001061UPM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,520 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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David Morrissey, Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens, Mark Williams, Janet McTeer and Mark Gatiss lead an all-star cast in Andrew Davies' romantic and stylish three-part BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Sense and Sensibility.

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby, ignoring her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?

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From the pen of Andrew Davies, the man who's brought some of the finest literary adaptations to the small screen in recent years, comes the BBC’s new take on Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility. Running across three episodes, it proves to be as much as a sumptuous treat as much of Davies' previous endeavours.

Austen’s story of the Dashwood sisters and a romance with John Willoughby is a familiar one (and it was realised quite brilliantly in Ang Lee’s film adaptation in 1996), and so it’s left to the super cast and terrific production values to convince audiences to dip into Sense & Sensibility again. Fortunately, the production delivers with consummate ease.

Much of the credit for Sense & Sensibility’s success lies in its excellent cast. David Morrissey, Mark Williams, Janet McTeer and Charity Wakefield are among the many strong performers, and they’re matched by equally impressive work behind the camera too. There’s an argument whether it manages to eclipse the 1996 filmed version (for which Emma Thompson took home an Oscar), but it’s perhaps to best see them as companion pieces. And truthfully, you’re not going to be disappointed with either. Because once again, the BBC has brought further life to a tale told many times before, and its production of Sense & Sensibility is set to be enjoyed for many years to come. --Jon Foster

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I'm afraid I have to disagree with the general consensus on this one. The film tells pretty much the same story as the book, with the same characters, but there the similarity ends. Only a fraction of the dialogue here actually comes form the book and many scenes are completely re-written, or do not appear in the book at all. The worst scene is the one where Willoughby arrives at Cleveland while Marianne is ill. Jane Austen's purpose was for us to see how wretched Willoughby's selfish behaviour had made him- actually ruined his life, and Elinor comes to understand him and pity him. This in no way comes across in the film, and to have Marianne standing eavesdropping on the scene was totally wrong. The locations are excellent, particularly the Devon cottage, and Hattie Morahan is a fine actress who makes a very good Elinor Dashwood. I've no doubt this would make a very enjoyable watch for anyone unfamiliar with the book, but I spent the whole three hours shouting "No, no, no!" at the screen. My advice is curl up with the book instead. (Then watch Emma Thompson's film, if you must watch something.)
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The video was faulty (these things happen!) but Music Magpie replaced it quickly and without quible. You cant ask for better service than that! The BBC version of Sense and Sensibility is far superior to the film version in both acting, location and costume in my opinion!
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Still reading this book/books but they are exactly what I thought they were and I'm enjoying them so what more is there to say. I look forward to reading them all during this summer when the weather isn't good enough to sit in the garden.
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Fantastic value for money looking forward to watching this.
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Very enjoyable
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By Auntie Buttons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2009
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I didn't bother watching this when it was originally on television, thinking that the Emma Thompson film was so good that nothing would match it and so I just wouldn't bother. Having watched the dvd under some persuasion from a friend, I'm quite ashamed of my ignorance and wish I'd watched it back then. This is simply an excellent adaptation which shows up faults I hadn't noticed before in the film version.

Charity Wakefield is a strikingly good actress, her portrayal of Marianne Dashwood makes that of Kate Winslet seem rather wooden. Wakefield exudes the natural, unaffected character of Marianne with so much depth that she truly lifts the heart and soul out of Austen's creation and is a joy to watch. Although Wakefield stands out in the cast, the other characters also are more 'real' and believable here. David Morrissey is a much more sympathetic Brandon, and you wonder how Marianne could ever have failed to fall in love with him at first sight. There is a really palpable sense of his having the same passionate, romantic nature as Marianne, which has been subdued by bitter past experience, only to be reawakened and eventually noticed by Marianne.

The settings, too, are sumptuously evocative. The cottage to which to Dashwoods move is no twee chocolate box cottage but a neglected, wind-swept house which combines the Romantic,desolate beauty of the wind swept Devonshire coast with the stark depiction of the poverty into which the family have descended, mirrored in Marianne's joy at her new surroundings and Elinor's practicality and concern at the challenges of their enforced new life. Add to the glorious scenery and excellent performances, the tempestuous and haunting music which permeates throughout, and you have a truly beautiful adaptation. One to keep and treasure.
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