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Best historical book adaptations & costume dramas since 1990

Alexandra
 
Pride And Prejudice : Complete BBC Series - 10th Anniversary Edition [1995] [DVD] [1999]
Pride And Prejudice : Complete BBC Series - 10th Anniversary Edition [1995] [DVD] [1999]
"The best adaptation of P&P yet: truest to the book, historically correct costumes and a yummy Mr Darcy!"
Emma [DVD] [1996]
Emma [DVD] [1996]
"Still the best Emma to date: longer, more detailed and simply better than the Gwyneth Paltrow version. Kate Beckinsale is a convincing Emma; Mark Strong is a terrific Mr Knightley."
Emma [DVD]
Emma [DVD]
"Not bad: gorgeous costumes, decent cast, but unfortunately there's not a lot of original text from the book left. Slightly dumbed-down version of the book; if you love Jane's wit, buy the Beckinsale."
Sense And Sensibility (Collector's Edition) [1996] [DVD] [2002]
Sense And Sensibility (Collector's Edition) [1996] [DVD] [2002]
"Terrific acting by Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet. True to the book, with mostly correct period details."
Mansfield Park [DVD] [2000]
Mansfield Park [DVD] [2000]
"As all Mansfield Park adaptations, not without controversy. But still an interesting adaptation featuring an excellent Mary and Edmund."
Persuasion : Complete BBC Adaptation [1995] [DVD]
Persuasion : Complete BBC Adaptation [1995] [DVD]
"A very good Persuasion (some will say this version is the best), with a convincing performance by Amanda Root (Anne)."
Persuasion : Complete ITV Adaptation [2007] [DVD]
Persuasion : Complete ITV Adaptation [2007] [DVD]
"Wow! This new adaptation of Persuasion rivals the Roots/Hinds version. Very convincing Sir Walter Elliot and Captain Wentworth, although the '95 version features a better Anne."
Northanger Abbey [DVD] [2007]
Northanger Abbey [DVD] [2007]
"Everyone's least favourite Austen has been turned into a sweet albeit short film with a wonderful Catherine Morland, a charming Henry Tilney and a very bad-therefore-hot Captain Tilney."
Jane Eyre [DVD] [2006]
Jane Eyre [DVD] [2006]
"Without doubt the best adaptation of Jane Eyre yet. Ruth Wilson is a very convincing and endearing Jane Eyre, and the length of the series allows for actual storytelling."
Jane Eyre [DVD] [1996]
Jane Eyre [DVD] [1996]
"The acting is terrific (great young Jane and Mr Rochester), but the story is cut short because of time restraints (this is, after all, a film, not a series). Still one of the best adaptations around."
Wuthering Heights [DVD] [1992]
Wuthering Heights [DVD] [1992]
"Definitely NOT a perfect version of the story, but Ralph Fiennes, for me, makes a convincing Heathcliff."
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [DVD] [1996]
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall [DVD] [1996]
"Possibly my favourite Brontë-book, definitely a great adaptation. Tara Fitzgerald is really good and the setting is amazing."
La Reine Margot [DVD] [1995]
La Reine Margot [DVD] [1995]
"A fascinating rendition of the historical events surrounding the St Bartholomew's Massacre in 16th century Paris. Great atmosphere, wonderful costumes/locations."
Elizabeth I [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Elizabeth I [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Countless films and series have been based on the formidable figure of Elizabeth I. Anne-Marie Duff and Cate Blanchett have made excellent virgin queens, but Helen Mirren is the best to date."
Charles II: The Power and the Passion [DVD] [2003]
Charles II: The Power and the Passion [DVD] [2003]
"Having written a thesis about (amongst others) Charles II, I am thrilled with this series. Very good acting by Rufus Sewell (Charles II). Period details are accurate overall. Brilliant storytelling."
Girl With A Pearl Earring [2004] [DVD]
Girl With A Pearl Earring [2004] [DVD]
"Although it is very strange for a Dutch person like me to hear the actors speak English (as the story is set in Holland), the cinematography, music and historical setting of this film are fantastic."
Tous Les Matins Du Monde (2pc) [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tous Les Matins Du Monde (2pc) [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Wonderful film about the fascinating composer Sieur de Ste Colombe. Features Gérard Depardieu as Marin Marais and some of the finest viola da gamba music you'll ever hear."
Aristocrats [DVD]
Aristocrats [DVD]
"A fascinating period in British history, with great acting, costumes and setting. A gem!"
Joyeux Noel [DVD] [2006]
Joyeux Noel [DVD] [2006]
"Depicting the brief Christmas truce of 1914, this film captures an idyllic moment in the trenches- before the real onslaught began. Features vocals by brilliant French soprano Nathalie Dessay."
A Very Long Engagement - 2 Disc Edition [DVD]
A Very Long Engagement - 2 Disc Edition [DVD]
"A great love story. Amélie meets Saving Private Ryan in the muddy trenches of WWI. Nice cinematography."
Gosford Park [DVD] [2002]
Gosford Park [DVD] [2002]
"The massive cast, featuring Richard E. Grant, Helen Mirren, Emily Watson and Sir Derek Jacobi, deliver stunning performances. Costumes and locations are historically correct and just plain gorgeous."
Keep The Aspidistra Flying [DVD] [1997]
Keep The Aspidistra Flying [DVD] [1997]
"A great adaptation of George Orwell's novel. Richard E. Grant is brilliantly cynical, Helena Bonham Carter is wonderfully independent-yet-forgiving. Great costumes/setting, a must see!"
The Remains Of The Day [DVD] [2001]
The Remains Of The Day [DVD] [2001]
"Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson act in a completely credible, understated yet thrilling way. The locations are fascinating, the historical backdrop interesting, but their acting is breathtaking."
Nowhere In Africa [DVD] [2001] [2003]
Nowhere In Africa [DVD] [2001] [2003]
"Impressive acting, interesting period in history, but most of all, the African backdrop is awesome."
Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD]
Blackadder - The Complete Collection [DVD]
"A must for anyone with an interest in history and a sense of humour."