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on 11 February 2017
This box set contains four TV adaptations of Jane Austen's novels - three from the BBC and one from ITV.

The most celebrated of the four is the BBC's 1995 "Pride And Prejudice". This is the 2009 Special Edition which has been frame-by-frame restored to a very crisp and clear image. The extras section illustrates with a split-screen the enhancement in picture quality from the original version to the new one. Set in the nineteenth century, Austen's iconic novel shows the prejudice that occurred between different classes and the pride which kept lovers apart. Colin Firth brilliantly portrays an upper-class and reserved Mr Darcy - it is enjoyable watching his emotions and mannerisms develop throughout as he tries to win the heart and head of Elizabeth. The striking Jennifer Ehle plays Elizabeth Bennet in a captivating and enchanting way. This adaptation is a romance for the ages, and is arguably better than the 2005 movie version with Keira Knightley.

Almost on a par is the BBC's 2008 "Sense And Sensibility" - a wonderful energetic adaptation, with stunning performances from Charity Wakefield and Hattie Morahan as the two eldest Dashwood sisters. Dominic Cooper is a convincing and roguish Willoughby, with Dan Stevens a wonderfully confused Edward Ferrars and David Morrissey the knight in shining armour as Colonel Brandon.

"Emma" from the BBC in 2009 is probably not in the same class as the first two, but has an engaging performance from the sultry Romola Garai in the title role. Louise Dylan wonderfully plays Emma's nemesis Harriet Smith - the battle between these two friends for the attentions of various male suitors develops intriguingly throughout. The interesting extras section includes interviews with the costume, location and music teams, as well as an amusing interview with actor Michael Gambon.

Possibly the weakest of the four is ITV's "Persuasion" from 2007. At only 93 minutes in duration, it is a relatively light production and does not draw the viewer in closely. Sally Hawkins is convincing as Anne Elliot, and Rupert Penry-Jones is suitably debonair as Captain Wentworth, but there is not much depth in this adaptation.

Overall, a fantastic Jane Austen box set which is very good value for money.
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on 28 April 2014
I have at least 3 variants of each Jane Austen work on film of her novels, and of course this has Colin Firths masterpiece included, this pack is a quality item and at a fair price, one point worth mentioning is the version of Sense and Sensibility 2008 BBC, I always enjoy the different variations of these novels and this together with the Emma Thompson version of this film sits at the top end of all the offerings ( and includes another wet shirt ) but is otherwise quite faithful to the book, Andrew Davies doe,s edge towards the darker side of Marianne,s relationship with the dreadful MR Willoughby, and we are given a more accurate view of the £50.000 Miss Grey ( Far to attractive in the Emma Thompson version of the novel if she looked this good everybody would be chasing her), also included is the scene in which the drunken Willoughby is well and truly put down by Elinor Dashwood. In my opinion the ITV adaptation of Persuasion with Sally Hawkins is a story better told and with a far better cast than any other productions, and with a far superior picture and lighting to the alternative offerings of this novel, and as for the ending to the film it was said of Anne in Jane's novel at the end of the very last page ;she gloried in being a sailors wife;, so we must assume that the different closing scenes in the available D V Ds are a choice of each screen writers way of putting a tidy finish to the film, unless of course there is another version that I have not read. PS Jane did in fact rewrite the last chapters.
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on 20 May 2016
I love all these shows! I hadn't seen pursuasion before, it is the only film in the box set. (I have this criticism of bbc dvd box sets, they don't provide seperate running time info on each adaptations episode which I would find helpful before I view as I sometimes only have a 1/2 hour to myself!)
The episodes of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma are just great, re watchable and well made.
Pursuasion is different due to the different characters and feel of the book I think, but I also felt there wasn't great chemistry between the actors who played Anne and Captain Wentworth. But I liked the film overall. And the box set is worth it for the other three series.
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on 29 August 2016
My daughter had to read Pride & Prejudice over the summer as part of the English course next term. She was finding it slightly heavy going so I ordered this set to help her. It arrived the next day, normal postage and is very good value for money. She has watched the DVD and found it enjoyable and true to the book. We all look forward as a family, to sitting down and watching the others in the collection.
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on 30 January 2015
All four of the best of Austen in one box. Although, I did prefer the Amanda Root version of persuasion the version in the box was still very good. I love the version of Emma with Johnny Lee Miller it was better than the film. Sense and sensibility was worth a look too.
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on 30 March 2017
Nice relaxing watch of an era that was perhaps more gentle (at least to the wealthy) than it is in today's greedy grasping egotistical world.
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on 18 February 2016
I already owned all of these films individually (in fact I have more than one adaptation of each), but decided it was time my youngest sister also watched some of Jane Austen's best TV representations. They're all very good!
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on 22 August 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed Pride & Predudice which we missed when it was first broadcast in the UK because we were out of the UK at the time.. It is hard to imagine how this production could be improved upon. We have yet to view the other DVDs in this set.
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on 18 October 2016
Get selection. Wonderful series and stories.
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on 9 August 2013
perfect in every way lovely quality DVD's good productions from the BBC. I would totally recommend this to any Jane Austen fan
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