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Jane Austen - Complete Collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BBC Adaptations Are Superb!

    The Jane Austen Collection is a great DVD boxset containing six movies from the BBC and are based on Jane Austen Novels and all of the movies are wonderful with the exception of Northanger Abbey which is the only disappointing movie in this set. The best are Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park. and Persuasion all of which are longer mini-series and Northanger Abbey is a short movie that is approximately around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Some American reviewers used to the more emotional and glitzy modern Hollywood versions will probably find these British versions from the BBC emotionally lacking but I can honesly say that they are faithful to the books and clearly they show more acurately the British reserve, the whole British stiff upper lip image that someone like Darcy or anyone in his position would behave like and speaking of Darcy, the 1980's version of Pride and Prejudice is just as great as the 1990's version with Colin Firth and David Rintoul just as gorgeous as Colin!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    They're Very Good for Being so Old.

    I would have given it four stars, but the Pride and Prejudice one was so awful, it brought down the general rating. I like the Persuasion in this set much better than the other two Persuasion adaptations. Sense and Sensibility is also pretty good. I think they did very well with Northanger Abbey - almost as good as the new one. Of course, the new one ahs a much better looking Henry Tilney! Mansfield Park in this collection is also good enough to compete with the new version and has the added benefit of a more accurate interpretation of the character Fanny. Emma was also done very well, so I think this is a good collection to have. I enjoy watching all of these (except P&P) over and over again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It's actually pretty good.

    Seriously. They are very long, though, and the acting isn't as inspiring as the newer versions. Unless you're a die-hard Jane Austen fan, I wouldn't recommend these versions. If you are, you will be impressed by Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey especially. The only thing I didn't like in NA was the unattractive Henry Tilney; still, the movie was very enjoyable. Sense and Sensibility was good, though not comparable to the 1995 Emma Thompson version. With so many good versions of Emma out there, this one hardly stands a chance. Still, it is very accurate and enjoyable. Pride and Prejudice had a pretty good cast, good costume, attractive Mr. Darcy, but a poor excuse for Elizabeth Bennet. The actress didn't seem to understand her own character's wit, and it shows. Mr. Bennet was also somewhat awkward and completely unlike what I think anyone imagines him as. I recommend P&P 1995 with Colin Firth (best version ever!) wirtten by the talented Andrew Davies.

    These movies are not only very accurate to the books, but also enjoyable to Jane Austen fans. Still, I recommend that you watch at least one of them before buying the entire collection; you might find it doesn't suit your tastes.

    However, I have included my favorite Jane Austen adaptations - I definately recommend those if you haven't seen them. They are enjoyable whether you've read the books or not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Save your money!

    I was extremely disappointed in the quality of these dvds. They are fuzzy and I almost get seasick watching some of the camera motion. It's awful! And I was not expecting a low budget, stage-acting tv series. It would have been nice for it to have been clearly stated that these are TV productions, not movies. I could hardly stand to watch them. They have that British sitcom look. I will likely be donating this to my local library in the hopes that someone might get some enjoyment out of them since I can't stomach them myself. Waste of money. I am looking for something more along the lines of Keira Knightley's Pride and Prejudice as far as cinematography goes. This is the complete opposite.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not good

    I watched northanger abbey of this jane austen collection and it make you not want to watch any of the others. it is a not worth the money you spend on it. spend your money some where else.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely terrible Cinematography

    Although the production remains true to Jane Austins works, the sound, lighting, staging, and ACTING, are deplorable, and distract the viewer from the content of the story line. I have seen High School plays that far exceeded these productions.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BBC view disappointing

    This set of Jane Austin's books on DVD was disappointing to say the least. I had not seen the BBC series and was very disappointed when I viewed them. The acting was very staged and limited, like one would expect to view at a high school production. There was no feeling or expression of emotion but mere words verbalized in a poor replica of 18th century England setting. I have viewed other productions of Jane Austin’s books and would recommend them over this set.

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