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4.4 out of 5 stars
The Jane Austen Collection [Blu-ray]
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on 15 March 2017
This box set contains three DVD's - all in their own case and contained in an attractive holder. All three films are ITV productions, with "Emma" and "Northanger Abbey" being very good, but "Mansfield Park" is much weaker.

The highly regarded Andrew Davies adapted Jane Austen's 1815 novel "Emma" for ITV. Previously, he was the screenwriter for the much heralded 1995 BBC TV serial "Pride and Prejudice" starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. There is little doubt that this ITV adaptation is far superior to the 1996 "Emma" movie starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

"Emma" is dominated by the superlative performance of the sultry Kate Beckinsale in the title role. She gives a tremendous display of pride, humour and cunning - she is almost too clever for her own good. Samantha Morton is wonderful as Harriet Smith, showing early naivety and gullibility, but emerges strongly through her problems. And Mark Strong is brilliant in his portrayal of the dashing George Knightley - he overflows with energy, decency and wise decision-making.

Wonderful locations were used which brought the film to life, including Broughton Castle in Banbury, Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, Stanway House in Gloucestershire,Trafalgar Park in Salisbury, Dorney Court in Buckinghamshire, Lacock in Wiltshire and Thame Park in Oxfordshire. Also, wonderful authentic costumes give at a wonderful period feel.

"Northanger Abbey", also adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies, departs from the novel mainly during the inclusion of dream and fantasy sequences that show what a big impact the reading of gothic horror and romantic novels had on lead character Catherine.

Felicity Jones gives a wonderful wide-eyed portrayal of Catherine, full of energy, emotion, humility and humour. Her friend Isabella Thorpe is engagingly played by the alluring Carey Mulligan. Her portrayal is full of honest intentions and optimism, but she finds it difficult to distinguish bad men from good. And, J J Field is appropriately dashing and exciting as Henry Tilney.

Due to attractive tax incentives, it was filmed in Ireland, with the stunning and grand Lismore Castle in County Waterford making an atmospheric location for Northanger Abbey.

The third film "Mansfield Park" is a big disappointment. Billie Piper is truly awful as Fanny Price - her acting is incredibly wooden, and she looks washed up to say the least. Why was she cast in a Jane Austen adaptation? Blake Ritson is one of the few actors to put in a decent display as Edmund Bertram, and Hayley Atwell is a breath of fresh air as Mary Crawford, but overall this is a doomed film. A poor disjointed script, uninspiring locations, average costumes and mostly terrible acting.

Overall, two films are worth watching, but "Mansfield Park" is a total flop.
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on 16 March 2016
Norhtanger Abbey is well made and well acted great adaptation. Emma I am not convinced Kate Becinsale was the right person to play Emma but the story is well done and the rest of the cast fit well, so another good adaptation. Oh dear Mansfield Park, Billy Piper is really not the best choice does not suit the shy and subservient Fanny at all, you hardly see Mariah,and the orther Bertrum family really, almost no mention of Portsmouth or Fanny's return 'home'. If they had more time allotted for the story rather than slashing it to bits to squeeze the story in to a short space of time might have been worth it, but the worst adaptation I have seen by far. So will only be watching the other two I am afraid.
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on 1 March 2014
Watched the first two of the set and must really admit to being so disappointed with these. Two stars for the stories, classic literature and I'm not really one for romances, but these stories really do hang well together. Problem is twofold, one - the adaptations seem to leave the resolution for the last minute, minute and a half so it feel rather rushed. Second - the acting is pathetically wooden. All lines seem to be recited rather than acted, and recited in a bored fashion too for a lot of the actors. I wouldn't recommend these as they are all rather poor in my eyes.
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on 13 May 2017
really not good, sorry Billie but not convinced
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on 11 May 2017
A bit late coming but it plays through
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on 15 June 2017
Excellent
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on 11 May 2017
good value service and product
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on 27 April 2017
Excellent compilation
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on 27 April 2017
good
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on 24 May 2017
good
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