Lost in Austen

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Overview

Amanda Price Jemima Rooper is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, she is propelled into the scheming 19th century world of Pride and Prejudice while that book's Elizabeth Bennet Gemma Arterton is hurled into hers. As the book's familiar plot unfolds, Amanda triggers new romantic twists and turns within the Bennet family circle as she clumsily tries to help the ...
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Overview

Amanda Price Jemima Rooper is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, she is propelled into the scheming 19th century world of Pride and Prejudice while that book's Elizabeth Bennet Gemma Arterton is hurled into hers. As the book's familiar plot unfolds, Amanda triggers new romantic twists and turns within the Bennet family circle as she clumsily tries to help the sisters nab husbands and even captivates the tantalizing Mr. Darcy Elliot Cowan herself. But what about Elizabeth ... and what will become of one of the world's greatest love stories? The four episodes of Lost in Austen originally aired on Britain's ITV network in September 2008.
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Special Features

" Lost in Austen: behind the scenes," a 43-minute featurette documenting the reinvention of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and the making of the popular TV series, with cast & crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
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Editorial Reviews

The Sydney Morning Herald - Lenny Ann Low
This fine two-part British drama works because it melds a delicious culture-clash with an authentic recreation of Pride and Prejudice. It does not lampoon Austen's world and creates new intrigue and drama by exploring, with much care and attention, the reaction of well-known characters to a modern-day trespasser.
The Times (U.K.) - Tim Teeman
The sexual politics of this were momentarily unsettling -- the worrying prospect of one’s fictional romantic hero being more fulfilling ultimately than anyone in present-day reality -- but then I had another chocolate and marvelled at the sharp yet frothy, subversive-yet-utterly-respectful-of-Austen brilliance of it all. Those performances and the music zinged. It all zinged.
The Times (U.K.) - Tim Teeman
The sexual politics of this were momentarily unsettling -- the worrying prospect of one’s fictional romantic hero being more fulfilling ultimately than anyone in present-day reality -- but then I had another chocolate and marvelled at the sharp yet frothy, subversive-yet-utterly-respectful-of-Austen brilliance of it all. Those performances and the music zinged. It all zinged.
The Sydney Morning Herald - Lenny Ann Low
This fine two-part British drama works because it melds a delicious culture-clash with an authentic recreation of Pride and Prejudice. It does not lampoon Austen's world and creates new intrigue and drama by exploring, with much care and attention, the reaction of well-known characters to a modern-day trespasser.

The sexual politics of this were momentarily unsettling -- the worrying prospect of one’s fictional romantic hero being more fulfilling ultimately than anyone in present-day reality -- but then I had another chocolate and marvelled at the sharp yet frothy, subversive-yet-utterly-respectful-of-Austen brilliance of it all. Those performances and the music zinged. It all zinged.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • UPC: 014381518726
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 3:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,264

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jemima Rooper Amanda Price, Amanda Price
Alex Kingston , Mrs. Bennet
Elliot Cowan Mr. Darcy
Hugh Bonneville
Gemma Arterton
Lindsay Duncan
Perdita Weeks Lydia Bennet
Morven Christie Jane Bennet
Florence Hoath Kitty Bennet
Technical Credits
Dan Zeff Director
Guy Andrews Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Michele Buck Executive Producer
Christian Henson Score Composer
Hugo Heppell Executive Producer
Kate McKerrell Producer
Damien Timmer Executive Producer
Jane Austen Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lost in Austen
1. Main Title; A Visitor [5:04]
2. Through the Doorway [32:59]
3. For Jane [12:59]
4. Mr. Collins Arrives [13:27]
5. An Unwanted Engagement [7:01]
6. Disorder at the Ball [10:48]
7. Faulty Nuptials [8:48]
8. Spunk [17:19]
9. An Invitation to Pemberley [9:36]
10. Extroardinary Times [10:05]
11. A Long Way From Home [3:26]
12. Bingley & Lydia Run Off [14:24]
13. Finding Elizabeth [14:47]
14. A Refreshing Turn of Events [11:33]
15. Saying Goodbye [3:30]
16. End Credits [:49]
17. Chapter 17 [:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Lost in Austen
   Feature Start
   Scene Selection
   Set-Up
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired-Off
      Play Feature
   Special Features
      Lost In Austen: Behind the Scenes
      Trailer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    P&P The Remix!

    This is a fabulous take on what Pride and Prejudice would have looked like had it been written in our time. Amanda Price is Darcy obsessed (aren't we all?) and finds Elizabeth Bennet in her bathroom. To her surprise Miss Bennet came in through a closet from her world. The story takes off and the twists and turns are endless. I originally rented this and loved it so much I just purchased it. This is a must have for any Austen lover!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTSTANDING!!

    Modern girl ends up in Pride and Prejudice instead of Elizabeth Bennet!! Highly imaginative and original!! A joy to watch and makes you laugh out loud! What would happen to all the characters if Elizabeth was not around? A real surprise plot twister too!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    This movie is top ten of all time for me. I love the adaptation of a great novel and I absolutely love the twist that they put in it, it just made the movie 100 times better. It was witty, entertaining, and an instant classic for me. If you are a true romantic at heart and love Jane Austen like I do then you are going to adore this movie!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amusing

    Lost in Austen is a cute story and one any true Austen fan would enjoy. The acting is good but not exceptional. The filming and set are good. The biggest appeal is the idea of actually being sucked into the story Jane Austen wrote. If you are not a fan of Austen and don't dream of being in that time and place, then this story probably won't appeal to you and unfortunately you probably won't get the humor of the situational humor. I personally found Mr. Darcy a little disappointing, but it is hard to beat the likes of Olivier, Firth, and McFadden who have brought him so perfectly to life on film in the past. Over all it was a cute, amusing and I enjoyed it. Recommend to any Austen fan looking for a fantasy trip into Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    WOW!

    This movie was great. I've watched Pride and Prejudice but this one is my favorite! An ordinary girl ends up in her favorite book, living the life in the old days. She knows all the charactors in the book and she knows what happens but since she got there..things have gone differently. This was a great movie and I will add it to my DVD collection soon.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alwasys trying to rewrite Austen's work, PURE TRASH

    The main character is in love with Darcy, well who would not be? Trouble is, as Jane Austen said, the only way to get a man like Darcy is to make him up. So the original story is rewritten and a 21st century woman gets to go back and get Darcy and rearrange the rest of the group.
    There are so many books & movies out by folks who try to explain or edit Jane Austen's work instead just enjoying it for what it is. It is hard to believe that a person from this century can truly understand what life was really like in 1802 any more than they can truly understand all the rules of society in that day and age when this one has none

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2014

    This is delightful!! Definitely worth viewing!! The twists

    This is delightful!!



    Definitely worth viewing!! The twists and turns on Jane Austen's characters is very, very funny!! Recommend to also watch the portion of the DVD that explains it's filming and characters too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    I absolutely loved this story! Yes, it is a modern day version

    I absolutely loved this story! Yes, it is a modern day version of Pride and Prejudice. It must be watched with an open mind knowing that this is fantasy. In no way does the movie attempt to belittle or rewrite Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The original work is a masterpiece as all of us who love her books know. It's too bad that some are offended by the movie, thinking that it has been wrongly rewritten. This is a movie (fictional story) meant to entertain. As such, I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

    I loved this movie. It was charming. Jemima is wonderful as a

    I loved this movie. It was charming. Jemima is wonderful as a girl from 2008 who has traveled back to Elizabeth Bennet's time and Lizzie has done the opposite. This is not only a funny film but quite touching as well. Each character from Pride and Prejudice comes alive in a whole new way. Curl up on a quiet evening and get ready to spend three hours enjoying this unique, wonderful film.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Why rewrite a classic?

    The premise intrigued me, it began rather cleverly, but the overall impression I got was that the creators of "Lost In Austen" were a bit full of themselves, claiming the story should be rewritten using their lordly powers of ingenuity. The heroine Amanda claims to be a great fan of "Pride & Prejudice" but when she is stranded inside of the story, she never has any fun. While I'd be dressing up, having the Bennett sisters do my hair, & being more of an observer, Amanda is blind to the characters she claims to love and proceeds to muddle the very plot lines that make the classic story dear to readers. No one is left unscathed by her brazen language and influence. And Darcy-- I thought the loose end of his non-relationship with Elizabeth would be tied, but a wholly unimaginative ending dashes those hopes. Please read the book if you have the slightest inclination to see this film.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ruining a Classic

    We're all in love with Mr. Darcy, let's face it. But that doesn't give anyone the right to mess up the literary world's most loved and respected couple. Not only were events unbelievable (such as Amanda showing up in modern clothes and no one thinking anything of it) but the characters Austen created were destroyed by this production along with the story she gave us all to enjoy. A very big disappointment. At one point Amanda Price says that everyone would hate her, and yes, Amanda, I do hate you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you'll love this.

    This DVD was released without a lot of hype. A good story centered around Pride and Prejudice. Make sure to schedule the time to view it, as it lasts three hours. Well worth the time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Refreshing Twist on a Beloved Classic

    I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did, but I found it really charming. Amanda (the main character) finds herself unexpectantly in the middle of Pride and Prejudice when she and the book's heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, discover a door in her London bathroom that links their two worlds. Without Elizabeth driving the narrative, things quickly spin out of control, and Amanda tries to steer the characters back to Austen's story with amusing and disastrous results. The ending will definitely have P&P purists up in arms, but after almost three hours (hadn't realized it was originally a mini-series), it was emotionally satisfying and actually felt kind of right. And for anyone who's ever swooned over Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy in his wet shirt, there's a cute moment in this movie that references that scene.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    if you like pride and prejudice just the way it is, do not watch!

    this movie ruined Pride and Prejudice!

    ok, who doesnt dream of darcy? but, seriously, you are not supposed to split up the greatest couple of all time. darcy and elizabeth do not get together. instead a girl from the 21st century ends up with darcy! not right. sure, i'll admit, good acting, nice scenery... but that's not the point! it's the couples that get twisted and burned! a little advice, try reading the original jane austen book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    i love this movie, i went throught a Austen phases and watched i

    i love this movie, i went throught a Austen phases and watched it mutiple times. I recommend!!!!!

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    Posted January 18, 2013

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

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    Great Movie!

    This is a great movie with a lot of unexpected twists and the characters are not always as they first appear or what you expect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2011

    A Total Surprise!!!

    Normally I don't purchase DVDs unless I have seen them first, but I took a chance and bought Lost in Austen on blind faith. Verdict: I Loved It! For those of you who haven't seen it, don't expect it to be an out of the box, cookie-cutter version of a Jane Austen novel, because it's not! Basically, it's what happens if a 21st century girl found her way into the early 19th century. And no matter how much Amanda (the main character) tries to put things right, the more they get messed up. And even though she's truly out of place in the 19th century she eventually ends up charming (almost) everyone around her, including the brooding, proud Mr. Darcy. (Played wonderfully by Elliot Cowan!) I loved the costumes, the locations, the characters and yes, for all you die-hard Darcy fans, there's even a pond scene that leaves little to the imagination!
    I found the writing fresh and full of laughs and great dialogue! Even though I profess to be a big Austenite I found Lost in Austen to be a refreshing detour from the normal romantic comedies of the Regency Period. In a way, I think Jane Austen would have approved. So please do what I did and take a chance on an imaginative, fun, and not to mention romantic adventure! You won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not what I expected

    The setting of the movie was of course beautiful and much like Austen's other movies. I really just don't like the actors in the movie. The character who portrayed Mary was rather annoying, and Jane who was supposed to be the most beautiful was not as pretty as Lydia. You just don't truly get to see the connection with the characters. You never see Elizabeth use her wit and show her personality. It's like they tried to give Elizabeth's personality traits to Amanda Price. The character of Mr. Darcy seemed more like someone who would play Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Really dislike the ending, as you don't know what happens to Amanda's current boyfriend or other relations. The character of Mrs. Bennett was perhaps the most annoying. She seemed more evil than dramatic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    entertaining

    I was intrigued when I saw a clip from this series on You Tube. I found the idea of time traveling into a Jane Austen Novel intriguing. The first 2 episodes kept my attention, but the third one was somewhat disappointing. Without giving away the plot, I wanted the series to be more true to the novel, as I am an avid Austin fan.
    I would recommend this to any Austinite as we love anything Jane.

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