Persuasion

Persuasion

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Jane Austen’s romantic masterpiece comes to DVD in a thrilling new production from the BBC and Masterpiece Theatre. Anne Elliot (Sally Hawkins) fell deeply in love with the handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth (MI-5's Rupert Penry-Jones) at the age of nineteen. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne was persuaded to break off her…  See more details below

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Jane Austen’s romantic masterpiece comes to DVD in a thrilling new production from the BBC and Masterpiece Theatre. Anne Elliot (Sally Hawkins) fell deeply in love with the handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth (MI-5's Rupert Penry-Jones) at the age of nineteen. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne was persuaded to break off her engagement. Eight years later, Anne has lived to regret her decision. She never stopped loving Wentworth, and when he returns from sea with a fortune and rank, she can only watch as every eligible young woman in the district falls at his feet. Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones star in this adaptation of the Jane Austin classic about a lovelorn woman who receives a second chance for true happiness. Anne Elliot was just nineteen when she fell hopelessly in love with dashing naval officer Frederick Wentworth, so when her family attempted to convince her that she was making a terrible mistake the smitten young woman hastily broke off her engagement. That decision has haunted her ever since, and despite the fact that nearly a decade has passed not a day goes by that Anne doesn't long for Frederick's embrace. Now, eight years later, Frederick has returned a highly decorated, and extremely wealthy military man. As every eligible woman in Anne's district swoons over the handsome and successful naval officer, the crestfallen young woman still holds out hope that Frederick will somehow find it in his heart to look beyond her youthful indecision, and give her a second shot at true love.

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Release Date:
08/02/2010
UPC:
5051561000997
Original Release:
2007
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Persuasion 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
mirbarnatomas More than 1 year ago
I have seen three different versions of Persuasion in DVD: the BBC one dated 1971 and very theatrical, the one dated 1995 with Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds and the late Corin Redgrave and finally the one from 2007 with Sally Hawkins and the gorgeous Rupert Penry-Jones. The one from 1971 does follow Jane Austen book Persuasion very well, but it can become a little boring and because it is a very theatrical version, the actors are not as attractive as in the other versions, plus they have a terrible teeth problem (thank God that the young generation of European actors, in general, take better care of their teeth). The one from 1995 is the one where you see that the actors chosen are perfect for the roles they are playing, starting with Amanda and Ciarán and without forgetting the late Corin Redgrave as Sir Elliot (the best Sir Elliot I have seen), the Elliot sisters, the Musgroves, Lady Russell (the late Susan Fleetwood) and Mrs. Croft. Ciarán plays a more mature and cynical Captain Wentworth than Rupert Penry-Jones in the 2007 version. About the 2007 all I can say is: Rupert Penry-Jones. The cast is good, especially Sally and Rupert playing a more caring Captain Wentworth, and I'm sure they are playing their characters as the director wants them to play them, but Mary Elliot is unbearable! It is a very free version of the Jane Austen book and although the end is a little crazy, just to see the change on Rupert's face and especially those gorgeous blue eyes when he is asking Sally Hawkins if the rumors of her marrying her cousin are true, is worth the price of buying the DVD. What a face and eyes! So, if you want to buy a DVD that reflects Jane Austen's book as well as a fantastic cast, buy the 1997 version with Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds, but if you want a different version with a Captain Wentworth to die for, then buy the 2007 version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, too, have watched the 1995 adaptation many times and find it superior to this one. For one, except for Anne, the characters were poorly developed in this version. I did think Anne's direct glances into the camera were quite effective as a punctuation to her feelings, but found it implausible that she would literally run through the streets of Bath, trying to find Frederick towards the end. The reading of the letter from Frederick to Anne, one of the most powerful scenes in the movie, was done hastily on the street, instead of more appropriately, at home. There is no triumphant revelation of their feelings in front of the family and the ending fell flat... the seemingly romantic gesture of bestowing her family home upon her as a wedding present was nothing compared to having Anne join Frederick on the bridge of his ship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read Persuasion I always picture Anne as a graceful, strong, and engaging woman who is suppressed and humbled by the overbearance of her father and sister. The portrayal of Anne in the movie is of a woman who is easily manipulated and shy and who has no shining traits aside from a sweet disposition. I didn't see a self-sacrificing, mature, strong woman in the movie -- just a mumbling, bumbling, forgetable albeit sweet girl. I was disappointed as this is my favorite novel by Jane Austen.
Aglaia More than 1 year ago
At first, I wasn`t so sure about this film but as others have mentioned it, it kind of grows on you. After I had seen it for the first time, I thought how impossible it is to put the entire novel into 1.5 hrs - and yes, the movie does suffer from it, and at times there are differences from the original,but then I watched it a second time and it grew on me immensely. The performances are great, Sally Hawkins is superb as 27 year old Anne Elliot, who a decade ago broke off her engagemnt to the man she loved because of her family`s objections. She since then came to regret her decision. She meets again Captain Wentworth, her former fiancee, who had since then become rich and made a career in the navy. It is quite clear that he resents Anne and the two must bear with each other and decide whether all feelings they once had for each other are now long gone and lost. Rupert Henry Jones is great in this film, and I loved Anthony Head (from Buffy). As I said, at first, I wasn`t convinced, but since then I grew to love this film- my only complaint is that it is way too short and the movie suffers from it. You can`t do Austen in 90 minutes!!!!
MissBennett More than 1 year ago
Even though the story is quite condensed compared to the book, it flows really well. One doesn't feel they are missing something at any point, and acting is absolutely superb!
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80NEPatsGrl More than 1 year ago
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 recommend
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of Persuasion is very disappointing. The plot is poorly done, and the characters have no depth and are forgettable. This is nothing like the marvelous 1995 version. Very poor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You are slowly engulfed into the story as more and more of the past is revealed. I was on the edge of my seat near the end when they finally revealed their true feelings. Direction and cast of characters are superb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I hadn't seen the previous BBC production, with Amanda Root and Claran Hines, I would have enjoyed this production better. If you want to buy a version of Persuasion which you'll watch over and over again, I recommend you check out that one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" is totally top-notch. Prior to watching this I had seen both the BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility" and felt that "P.&P" was the best video ever made of any book. I now place this production of "Persuasion" in the number one slot. Although slow to start, the screenplay deeply involves the viewer into the heart of Anne Elliot, the main character. Although not a video of many words, it does runs deep with emotion and suspense. Jame Austen truly knew how to write about true love and this DVD of "Persuasion" does a fantastic job of transforming the book to the screen. Consider it as a "must watch" for Valentine's Day or any other day. You may want to keep tissues close at hand!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this version about 6 months ago when the UK released the dvd AND LOVED IT. In true BBC style it isn't Hollywood glam but beautifully costumed and scripted and in fact staying quite true to the original novel in casting and plot line. It's quite a romantic version (yipeeee) and only has one or two changes to the story ((the line about a woman’s right to love longest is in a much poorer position) and a few flights of fancy - a girl would not have been allowed to run unchaperoned around bath esp without a hat - but so romantic who cares?). All in all my friends and i are smitten with this edition happily rewatching it frequently
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love, love, love this movie!! I have never read the book, but I fell in love with this story. I watched it last Sunday night on TV. Then on Tuesday, when the DVD was realeased I went to B&N and bought the movie and the book. I am now reading the book, and enjoying it just as much!! I'm sure the book will be even better than the movie, because that is how it always is! Jane Austen ROCKS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of all the Jane Austen adaptaions of this novel, I find I love this one the most. It is a great veiw for Jane Austen lovers everywhere!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie. Having not been redone in some time, its great to actally see a good production of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with Judy above. Compared to the 1995 version, this left much to be desired. And Persuasion is my personal favorite of Jane Austen's novels. It's hard for me to go into very much depth with this adaptation, because after 30 minutes, I couldn't take it anymore. I recommend renting before committing to a purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Granted this version of Persuasion had its faults, but they all do. Characters were not drawn out as well as they could have been. It is a good story and a decent adaptation. One thing that won me over was that the actors were a similar age to the characters in the book. The other version of Persuasion casted actors far too old for the role. Any die-hard Austin enthusiast will enjoy this version and find more virtures than faults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen the 1995 adaption of the novel, and although it was good, this one is far better. the only differance I noted was the ending, but the acting in this version was far better especially for the main male character, Federick. I recommend this one to all Jane Austen fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this already having owned the 1995 version for several years. Each has their own strengths and I did not find one version vastly superior to the other as some of the other reviewers have. As with other Jane Austen adaptations that have two recent versions (Emma, P&P), perhaps the 'ideal' version would be a blending of both. Rupert Penry-Jones takes more of a Firthian 'Mr. Darcy' approach to Capt Wentworth, with more being conveyed through looks and other more subtle methods. Sally Hawkins does a fine job in portraying more of the servant-like position of Anne in her own family. While a longer, more complete to the book plot version of Persuasion would be nice, this new one is a fine take on the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The version that was shown on PBS last week was 7 minutes shorter than the one shown to UK residents last spring. The good news for anyone who buys this disc is that the 7 minutes have been restored. However, this film left a lot to be desired. The book contains what is arguably the most beautiful love letter in all of English literature, and ITV destroyed it. They changed the "constancy" coversation from Bath to Lyme and from being between Anne and Harville to being between Anne and Benwick. And, worst of all, WENTWORTH NEVER HEARS IT. So there is really no reason for him to write the letter in the first place. I cannot understand why they had Anne and Mrs. Smith running around Bath "Mrs. Smith is supposed to be an invalid" -- it wasted time that would better have been spent giving us scenes that actually were in the book. And Wentworth giving Anne the lease to Kellynch as a wedding present is equally pointless. The man is a sailor and, in Austen's story, he goes back to sea, with Anne at his side. I was very much looking forward to this adaptation since Persuasion is my favorite novel of all time, but I am nothing less than disappointed. Anthony Head and Alice Krige were wonderful, but Sally Hawkins left me cold, and the usually wonderful Rupert Penry-Jones was given nothing to do except to look angry. Wentworth is so much more than that, but you'd never know it from this screenplay. What a waste.