Persuasion

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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 production notes. This Columbia/TriStar release does a fine job of presenting the film, making it worthwhile for anyone interested...
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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.
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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 2/1/2000
  • UPC: 043396039520
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,875

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amanda Root
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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   Sense And Sensibility
   Much Ado About Nothing
   Orlando
   The Winslow Boy
   Menu Group #1 with 28 chapter(s) covering 01:46:59
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    A Dry and Emotionless Version

    I've seen both the 1995 (Amanda Root, Ciarán Hinds) version & the 2007 version w/ Sally Hawkins, Rupert Penry-Jones. I much prefer the 2007. The stories are very close to each other, even down to some of the script, so I don't think you can use that excuse as the reason why one is better than the other. For the most part I don't have a problem with the "ugly" costumes (although they are, but still do not detract from the story) or the lighting of the 1995 version, as some reviewers here did. Some commented on the lack of character development in the 2007 version, I fell there is less character development in the 1995 version. I do agree with the general consensus that Anne & Capt. Wentworth are far too old in the 97 version.

    There is absolutely no chemistry between Amanda Root & Ciarán Hinds until about the last 27 minutes of the movie, by that time because there wasn't any type of build of emotions depicted & because the movie's running time is winding down & they gotta end up together in less than half an hour it all seems forced.

    Also in the 95 version, Anne's cousin Mr. Elliot shows no signs of liking Anne until the concert. Capt. sees the two of them having a conversation & seems to stomp off jealous. While in the 2007 version Anne & her cousin have several conversations before the concert where Capt. overhears his sister and her husband talk about a possible wedding & then he stomps off. Not to mention Capt. speaks with Anne (before the concert scene) when he ducks into a little shop to get out of the rain. Anne is waiting for Mr. Elliot, who pops into the shop and Capt. watches as Mr. Elliot and Anne leave together. So later when Capt. stomps off from the concert in a bit of a jealous fit it makes since in the 2007 version because of what he saw prior to that one instance, in the 95 version his stomping fit doesn't seem rational or justified.

    It's these little details the 2007 hit right on the money where the 95 version may have been trying so hard to stick to the book that it forgot that the things you imagine when reading a book have to be done visually for a viewing audience.
    If some feel the 2007 version strayed from the book slightly, it was for good reasons & it worked to the benefit of the movie as a role and the overall enjoyment for the viewer.

    The actors in the 2007 version did a far better job with their physical acting and facial expressions of communicating their feelings, often without saying a word. Anne in the 95 version always looks like a deer in headlights, and from the moment Capt. sees Anne for the first time in years he doesn't show any signs of an inward emotional struggle or regret the entire movie, so there is simply no build up, where in the 2007 version Anne and Capt. gradually found themselves in each other's company more and more, and the corner glances were effective in communicating their feelings. Preferred Capt. picking up Anne in the 2007 version and putting her into the back of the Croft's carriage b/c of her twisted ankle over the 1995 version where her ankle is not twisted & he merely helps her into the carriage with a hand. The 2007 version did a better job in how it revealed to Anne that Capt. was not to marry Louisa & how Capt.'s brother told him that the Musgrove's were under the impression he intended to marry her, this whole part of the story was done far better than the way the 95 version handled it.

    I

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Will They Ever Make a GREAT Persuasion?

    I don't mind that the actors are all obviously older than they are in the books. I don't even mind that most of the actors are ugly - Elizabeth Eliot has a rat-like face - ew! What does bother me is that throughout the WHOLE movie, you find the actors talking with food in their mouths! This is the 19th century! People of the gentry do NOT eat with food in their mouths. Now that I got that off my chest, the acting was okay, but I felt that many of the actors didn't really understand their characters very well. Also, Anne Eliot - main protagonist - is not a Cinderella. Yes, she's underappreciated and rather quiet, but she's still a high class lady and daughter of a Baronet. The Mudgroves DO appreciate her, but this movie hardly shows that at all. On the whole, it was okay.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not My Favorite

    This movie did a very good job portraying the book. But I thought that the movie's design was horrible. The costumes were ugly and the people who played the parts did an ok job but I wouldn't recommand this unless you want to watch a good adaptation on Jane Austen's book. I know that others really like this movie but maybe its just me and my friends who absolutly hated this movie. But you can decide if the people who make up the movie are more important than the story itself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my all-time favorite movies

    The music this film is also excellent. I've searched high and low, but unfortunately the soundtrack is not available on CD. The movie stays very close to the novel and, as others have said, manages to capture subtleties that are generally lost in an adaptation. Persuasion is a film to be watched over and over. You will discover something new each time-- note the salt on the sailors' uniforms and the expressions on the faces of the servants at Kellynch Hall... and that is just at the beginning of the movie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the faithful renditions

    Reading the book first usually spoils the film for me, but not this time. Austen's books are long on verbage and demand condensation in conversations. However, even where editing is evident still does not take away from the whole of the book. Very good and far and away my favorite film of Austen's work--LOVED the 'secrets' passed between family members to Anne! Priceless!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2014

    LOVED IT!

    LOVED IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    One of my all time favorite movies. The subtle suspense between

    One of my all time favorite movies. The subtle suspense between Amanda Root & Ciaran Hinds is wonderful. I never tire of this film adaptation.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Terrible Disappointment

    Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen novels, and one of my favorite novels period. After seeing "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility" get wonderful adaptations, I hoped that this film might do justice to the source. I'm afraid that just wasn't so. I don't think the actors are so much at fault as the direction, but the film is deadly dull and often graceless. In particular there is this moment where Anne catches up to Wentworth after she reads his letter--suddenly this parade comes out of no where. No doubt to represent the joy they're feeling that their reserve leaves unexpressed; it's about as subtle as fireworks suddenly appearing in the sky during a kiss, and about as jarring. The last scene aboard ship even seemed spliced and something I remembered--and lo and behold the credits admit they came from the film "The Bounty" rather than filmed for this picture. I even remember the soundtrack as completely inappropriate. Usually the Austen adaptations have their soundtracks composed specifically for the film and/or use the music of the period. This used Debussy in the background which was composed decades after this novel is set and written--and it feels as jarring as you might expect. The entire film has an amateurish feel, as if they rushed this out to take advantage of Austen becoming trendy--and certainly not with the kind of care that is evident in say the Thompston/Lee adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. All the more because this film is based on my favorite Austen book I'm bitterly disappointed its chance at a good adaptation that could bring new readers and fans to the book was lost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good adaptation

    It's a reasonable adaptation; however, it is annoying that the Regency area heroine is playing Beethoven on the piano!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Persuasion

    Started the book but it was to boring in the beginning the I barely got past the first chapter and haven't read it since.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    This movie is a great one to see because of the love and understanding of life.

    It is a must see.Everyone will enjoy it only because it has so much to do with life and the true meaning of love.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love

    If you are an amirer of Jane Austen writings, then this visual adaptation is a very enjoyable piece. Sit and watch, Jane's writings come to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too much mumbling to understand alot of what was being said.

    Bought tonight, and I had the sound as loud as it would go, trying to understand what was being said in about 3/4 of the movie. The characters mumbled a whole lot. Better read the book first so you know what's going on, since you can't understand alot of what's being said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Suitable Persuasion

    PERSUASION together with NORTHANGER ABBEY were posthumous novels by Jane Austin (published 1817) and reflect the position of a novelist whose latter days mirror a younger, wonderful bright spirit and yet soften the social and feminist darts she so successfully hurled at society in her famous earlier works. This particular film adaptation by Nick Dear of PERSUASION respects not only the spirit of the novel but also the station of the author. Under Roger Mitchell's keen direction this cinematic reenactment of the belated flowering of a Anne Elliot's eight year thwarted longing for the love of naval officer Frederick Wentworth, all due to the 'impropriety' of Wentworth's financial standings of the past, is placed before us as a quietly gentle song, one that still places the scrutinizing Austen microscope on the social mores of the time and the bows to class distinctions that serve as the matrix for Austen's novels. The cast is excellent, with Amanda Root suitably in the background as Anne Elliot and Ciarán Hinds as the wise and slightly weathered Captain Wentworth. But their superb performances would not be as credible were it not for the large cast of fine actors playing the superficial silly sisters and cousins and the haughty ladies as well as the warm and worthy ones. This is first rate ensemble acting, allowing the quiet pulse of Austen's Anne to beat softly behind longing eyes, making her plight and ultimate reward for perseverance step stage front at the end of the film. The music of Chopin and Bach flavor the score by Jeremy Sams and the presence of Rosa Mannion, soprano, singing arias and songs lends both an aural and visual credibility to the atmosphere so ably captured by cinematographer John Daly. This is a satisfying Jane Austen adaptation. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved this movie!

    This movie is true to the novel and the actors true to Austen's characters. I read the novel before watching the movie so I knew the story line. Don't expect an Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Second Best Jane Austen Story

    I had never heard of this movie or story until I watch the movie, "The Lake House" starring Sandra Bullock & Keane Reeve and the story was mentioned in that movie. Being a lover of Jane Austen's, "Pride & Prejudice" * "Emma" I decided to go to the library and check it out. Unfortunate for me the book was checked out and I assumed that it had to be a very good story seeing that someone wanted to read the story too. And it being a Jane Austen classic I knew that it had to be a good story. I like to consider myself a romantic at heart and I love the way Jane Austen tells a love story. It just so happen that Christmas 2006 the BBC America station presented "Persuasion" as it Christmas story for that day and I was front and center and I fell in love all over again on that day. I thought it was a wonderful story of love lost and found again. It sort of confirmed, to me at least, that when someone is for you it doesn't matter what roads you travel you will meet up again when the times are right. This was a great story of the heart wants what the heart wants. Even through all the trials and turmoils of life and their immaturity they had a love that was everlasting. No other person would do. I give it a two thumbs up. It was nice and refreshing to watch a love story without me questioning why the director stuck a sex scene in the movie where it didn't fit. Bravo!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth owning!

    This version of Austen's classic was a movieand I saw it in the theatre when it firstcame out. As with all productions of greatEnglish classics, each one adheres to themain plot, eliminating certain scenes andemphasizing others. None have ever beenperfectly cast for my taste, an impossibilityof course due to the time made and the agesof the different actors. I would mix andmatch, taking an actor from this one andteaming with an actor from that one. Thataside, this is a top notch production andone to purchase for a DVD library. I saybuy all the versions to keep on hand andto compare and get lost in!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Do not expect Pride and Prejudice

    I love the Jane Austen movie adaptations, but this one was so disappointing. Anne is a homely mouse with no spirit at all, the characters are very flat and the story dull. The usual subtle sweet humor seen in Emma and Sense and Sensibility is absent. And except for the fact that I knew the couple would end up together, I saw barely a glimpse of love or longing between the two of them. Dull match. This is an okay movie to put on while you're cleaning the house and are not that interested in watching "which is what I ended up doing".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I hated this movie!

    one of the most horrible movies i have ever seen. there was no plot and i had no idea what was going on, even at the end. i did not like any of the characters and all of the actors were ugly. HORRIBLE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worst Cast Heroine, Too Dark (literally)

    This movie had the worst heroine ever. It was the first time that I didn't want her to win the handsome Captain (well cast). The love chemistry didn't exist, making the fake kiss ending very unbelievable. The filming was way too dark, which wasted excellent sets and costumes. Rather than creating ambiance, it distracted from the story. The screen writing was disjointed, unrealistic and also badly recycled some Jane Austen concepts... So, my advice, get A&E Pride and Prejudice and skip Persuasion.

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