Persuasion

Persuasion

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Director: Roger Michell

Cast: Amanda Root, Ciarán Hinds, Susan Fleetwood

     
 

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Roger Michell's adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include bonus trailers and productionSee more details below

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Overview

Roger Michell's adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include bonus trailers and production notes. This Columbia/TriStar release does a fine job of presenting the film, making it worthwhile for anyone interested in elegant literary adaptations.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Genevieve Williams
Restricted to under two hours in which to communicate the nuances of familial and social connections, and how they impact one's major life choices, in the 18th century world described by Jane Austen, Persuasion does an admirable job. Ordinarily, the only way to do her novels justice is to resort to the miniseries, or else cut away large portions of character interaction (to call it plot suggests a linearity that Austen's stories, by and large, do not possess). Persuasion fits in as much as possible, especially at first, presumably in order to get all of the characters into action as quickly as it can. This makes things a little confusing, as the viewer spends some time figuring out who is related to whom, and why this individual and that seem to despise one another on sight. One might be lost entirely, except that the fine performances from the principals -- Amanda Root (Anne) and Ciaran Hinds (Wentworth), both of the Royal Shakespeare Company -- are sufficient to steer one through. They bring Austen's tale of love denied, and then rekindled, to life with the smallest gestures. In particular, Root brings to her character a marvelous transformation over the course of the film. From a quiet, rather dowdy character at the beginning, we see her blossom as she recovers the confidence and passion of her youth. It's a more complicated tale than most of Austen's stories, and occasionally the clutter of the plot threatens to get in the way, but overall this is a fine adaptation, avoiding the stiltedness that too often overwhelms this type of production.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2000
UPC:
0043396039520
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
10,154

Special Features

English 2-channel [Dolby surround]; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Bonus trailers; Scene selection; Production notes; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amanda Root Actor
Ciarán Hinds Capt. Wentworth
Susan Fleetwood Lady Russell
Simon Russell Beale Charles Musgrove
David Collings Mr. Shepherd
Judy Cornwell Mrs. Musgrove
Felicity Dean Mrs. Clay
Roger Hammond Mr. Musgrove
Lonnie James Jemima
Darlene Johnson Lady Dalrymple
Phoebe Nicholls Elizabeth Elliot
Corin Redgrave Sir Walter Elliot
Niall Refoy Tradesman
Fiona Shaw Mrs. Croft
Ken Shorter Lady Dalrymple's Butler
Sophie Thompson Mary Musgrove
Samuel West Mr. Elliot
Jane Wood Nurse Rooke
John Woodvine Admiral Croft

Technical Credits
Roger Michell Director
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Helen Caldwell Stunts
John Daly Cinematographer
Rebecca Eaton Producer
Kate Evans Editor
George Faber Producer
Michael Narduzzo Musical Direction/Supervision
Geraldine Stephenson Choreography
Brian Sykes Production Designer
Jane Austen Source Author

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:41]
2. No sailors allowed [2:52]
3. "Who's Admiral Croft?" [3:19]
4. Way & leave [2:52]
5. Tea & regrets [2:22]
6. Mary [4:50]
7. The Musgraves [7:45]
8. Charles' accident [5:45]
9. Table conversations [8:29]
10. A long walk [1:53]
11. Doing his duty [2:03]
12. Louisa & Frederick [5:58]
13. Captain Harville [3:31]
14. Mr. Elliot [3:07]
15. Falling for Wentworth [4:22]
16. "She's conscious!" [1:10]
17. In Bath [3:10]
18. Lady Russell [5:32]
19. Invitation declined [2:16]
20. Unshackled & free [2:10]
21. Two suitors [3:21]
22. A chance meeting [7:04]
23. Musgraves visit Bath [4:46]
24. Mrs. Smith explains [5:05]
25. A letter for Anne [2:46]
26. "I tried to forget" [2:39]
27. The evening party [2:41]
28. The Captain's wife [2:18]

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