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Some of these adaptations are older than I am (and I'm no longer in my 20s)
on 5 August 2007
After eagerly anticipating the arrival of my birthday present, I was horrified on opening this to find that the adaptations date back as far as 1972 (Emma) and the most recent are 1995 (Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion). I'm a huge fan of the '95 version of P&P starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, but could have bought the 10th anniversary edition and saved myself money and a whole lot of disappointment. The older adaptations haven't stood up to the test of time; the acting style has dated, the sound quality is terrible, the colours washed out, and the camera work distracting. A further annoyance is that it wasn't possible to tell from the packaging that the versions were so old - I had to take the shrink-wrapping off (and thereby void my right to return) to find this out. Grrr.