Pride and Prejudice

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Jane Austen's classic novel is brought to the screen once again in this intelligent and witty romantic drama. Elizabeth Bennett Jennifer Ehle is one of five sisters living on a British country estate in the 1800s. At a time and place in which matrimony is considered a woman's logical goal in life, Elizabeth displays a cautious reluctance toward marriage -- so when a wealthy young man, Fitzwilliam Darcy Colin Firth expresses an interest in courting her, she isn't so sure she cares for him. Elizabeth and Darcy ...
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Jane Austen's classic novel is brought to the screen once again in this intelligent and witty romantic drama. Elizabeth Bennett Jennifer Ehle is one of five sisters living on a British country estate in the 1800s. At a time and place in which matrimony is considered a woman's logical goal in life, Elizabeth displays a cautious reluctance toward marriage -- so when a wealthy young man, Fitzwilliam Darcy Colin Firth expresses an interest in courting her, she isn't so sure she cares for him. Elizabeth and Darcy discover that they have a great deal to learn about each other -- and no small amount to overcome in their minds -- if they are to find happiness together. Pride and Prejudice was produced as a five hour mini-series by the BBC and was first shown in the U.S. on the A&E cable network.
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Special Features

Exclusive Blu-ray bonus content includes the featurettes: "Lasting Impressions," "An Impromptu Walkabout with Adrian Lukis and Lucy Briers," "Turning Point," and "Uncovering the Technical Restoration Process."
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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Thanks to this made-for-TV film and three other film adaptations of Jane Austen's novels -- Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, and Clueless (based on Emma) -- the work of Jane Austen enjoyed a renaissance in bookstores and college classrooms in 1995. Pride and Prejudice has several things going for it. First, the actors perform brilliantly, bringing Georgian England to life with their class-conscious behavior and attitudes and their drawing-room repartee. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth are particularly good as the central characters, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Second, writer Andrew Davies' script wisely includes verbatim dialogue from the Austen novel that is rich in wit, irony, and humor. Third, producer Sue Birtwistle pays close attention to period costumes, customs, and surroundings. Even the dances mimic authentic gambols and frolics popular in Austen's times. Fourth, the length of the film enables director Simon Langton to present a complete -- or nearly complete -- exposition of the plot. Consequently, viewers are treated to many entertaining scenes, involving minor as well as major characters, that probably would have been omitted in a shorter film version of the novel. Although the highly praised 1940 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson, had much to commend it, its length forced it to truncate the plot and present an abridged ghost of the real story. Fans of Olivier and Garson may balk at assertions that Langton's 1995 adaptation has become the definitive film version of the novel, but the popularity of the Langton version and the reviews of many critics suggest that it has.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • UPC: 733961117714
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Time: 5:23:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Firth Mr. Darcy
Jennifer Ehle Elizabeth Bennet
Susannah Harker Jane Bennet
Crispin Bonham Carter Mr. Bingley
Adrian Lukis Wickham
Alison Steadman Mrs. Bennet
Technical Credits
Simon Langton Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Classic

    This version of PRIDE & PREJUDICE is exactly like the book. Even down to certain conversations between characters. Colin Firth puts in a wonderful performance as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle plays Elizabeth Bennet splendidly.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie adaptation ever of one of my all time favorite books

    I watched this series when it originally was shown on A&E and have watched the DVD numerous times since. My recent purchase was a gift.

    Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. I've read all of her books multiple times and have seen every movie adaptation of her books. In my opinion, this is the absolute best primarily due to the casting and the screenplay.

    I've seen very few of the cast in other movies. However, even though they are not as well known as the cast in the most recent version of P&P, they are almost all superior in their roles. When I reread the book now, the voices I hear in my head for Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennett, and many of the other characters are those from this movie. And I can't even begin to describe how perfect Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehrle are. Most of Darcy's feelings and attitudes have to be conveyed via facial expressions and body language rather than with dialogue, and Firth is superlative at doing so. Keira Knightly may look more like she's 20 than Ehrle does, but Ehrle's portrayal does a far better job of capturing Elizabeth's character and spirit.

    The two problems I have with most adaptations is that they cut out significant portions of the book in order to fit within the time limits of a movie and/or they make unnecessary changes that cause the movie to be very different than than the original book. Since this was a miniseries, the time restriction wasn't an issue. While not word for word the same, this is a faithful adaptation of the spirit of the book. The changes that were made seem to be those that were necessary to best tell the story cinematically.

    I'd give this DVD 10 stars if I could.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Mine IS Closed Captioned!

    This is truly exquisite and I watch it over and over. Jennifer Ehle is my favorite Elizabeth Bennett and Colin Firth truly was born to this role. David Bamber brilliantly makes my skin crawl, as he did as Marcus Tullius Cicero. I watch it sometimes just to hear the Mozart scene in the Pemberton music room. The direction, screenplay, and cinematography are beautiful. A&E DVDs, however, are maddeningly poor quality, which is such an insult to the art direction and cinematography of their productions). Tortuously, to me, you can't always know if you'll get captions or not. Some are not labeled anywhere as CC or subtitled but, somwhow, there ARE closed captions. This happened to me with several other DVDs. The wretched down side is, of course, when you take a chance on an unlabeled DVD and there ARE NO captions. Aiyee, it has happened several times - most maddeningly with "Reilly, Ace of Spies." As a deaf film aficianado, I must have captions or English subtitles and I am so grateful they were mysteriously THERE in this most outstanding Austen production.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    I am a 49 yr old woman who grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and

    I am a 49 yr old woman who grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and drag racing in my brothers 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi. I am a mother of four grown children and I never heard of Jane Austin untill my 17 yr old daughter introduced me to her excellent works. I saw the BBC Movie and instantly fell in love with Darcy (Colin Firth) and Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle). I have the the two DVD collection and I've about worn it out! Sometimes if I have alot going on like paying bills I will put the movie on in the background, it's like comfort food.Years later and I still can't get enough of it, it's Amazing If you have not seen this movie you are in for a wild ride. I only watch the A&E version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. not the cheesy Kiera Nightly version. Donna Romatowski

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beware the DVD version

    My second attempt to get a quality DVD version of Jennifer Ehle & Colin Firth¿s portrayal of Lizzy and Darcy, has failed. My first attempt was almost a year ago when the latest release came out in August. It¿s disappointing to report that the DVD version of ¿Pride and Prejudice¿ ,the Special Edition (ISBN 0-7670-3826-6) distributed by NEWVIDEO for B.B.C. and A&E (cat.# AAE-70254) suffers from remarkably poor quality control. It¿s contrast is too severe. Details of ruffles and folds of costumes are lost to the viewer. Hair style details are likewise lost or disappear in the darkness of shrubbery backgrounds and foliage. Actors all appear pale unto death, and buildings exposed to too much ultraviolet rays. Patterns in dresses, waistcoat, or draperies are 90% lost. Colours are devoid of hue as found in the VHS tapes. I spot checked several Chapters on the DVD and was demoralized. I then ran the DVD and the VHS versions simultaneously on split screen. The DVD version is drab/¿washed-out¿ by comparison. There are times when the images are not in focus. And the VHS version is, even at it¿s worst - where there is signal deteriation, still more vivid than the DVD version. Sadly too, I know that the VHS version will continue to deteriorate, and fear that future copies of video will be made from the current flawed DVDs. Tell anyone that you can and have them complain to A & E, B.B.C and New Video (they all have websites) that the current DVDs are of shameful quality.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    This was a great movie it followed the book perfictly.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Best Pride and Prejudice Adaptation!!

    I've seen all the P&P movies except the black and white one that had the wrong costumes and stuff. Out of the 3 I've seen, this is definately the best. Jennifer Ehle does a fantastic interpretation of Elizabeth Bennet, and Colin Firth will be forever applauded for making the PERFECT Mr. Darcy. While I don't mind the Focus Features version of P&P with Keira Knightley, it didn't seem to quite catch the spirit of the novel. This one is long - about 5 hours - but it's definately worth it. It's one you can watch over and over again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Movie

    I first saw this movie on A&E and I just had to have it. Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite fiction move. I first bought it on VHS and then when DVD came out I bought that also. I have let several people watch the picture. In my opinion the stars who played the main characters of Darcy and Elizabeth couldn't be beat. Colin Firth is Mr. Darcy as Jennifer Ehle is Elizabeth. I have watched the movie several times and read the book even more. I also especially enjoyed the lady who played the mother of Elizabeth. In my opinion she also could not be beat. I even felt embarrassed for her. I think this is the mark of a really good actor/actress when they can get the audience involved in a movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Everytime I read a book I never want to see the movie because it always seems to ruin the book. I can tell you that this isn't the case with Pride and Prejudice. The movie is quite long but you get so involved in it that it's over way too soon. The movie is exactly like the book...for those of you that liked Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice, you will love the movie. And to all of you who couldn't get into the book or didn't understand it I doubly reccomend seeing the movie and then rereading the book. It will truely come alive for you. This is my ultimate all-time favorite movie. If I had to recommend a movie to buy, this would be it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

    I love this version of Pride & Prejudice and I have watched

    I love this version of Pride & Prejudice and I have watched it many times. The selection of the cast was excellent from Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle to all the supporting cast. The scenery and the music was very well done and made the movie even more enjoyable. If you are going to purchase Pride & Prejudice on DVD this the one to buy. There are several other versions made over the years but this movie made in 1995 is by far the best. I hope you love it as much as I have.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

    This is the best version.

    I have seen all the versions of this. I keep going back to this one. It is by far the best.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Pride & Prejudice version ever!

    OK, so I'm a Jane Austen fan. I watched all the movies filmed on her books I could get, even the one filmed in 1940. But this one by BBC is a timeless classic. It beats them all. And yes, it beats the new movie with Keira Knightley too. It follows the book very closely in general, however, it adds some scenes that definitely were not written by Ms. Austen (like the famous "Mr. Darcy in the lake" one). When I watched it for the first time, I was also upset by the choice of actress for Lizzy. I mean, honestly, she's supposed to have a "light and pleasing" figure, what's up with Jennifer Ehle? :) But then you get used to her, and she really represents the character of a heroine very well, temper and all. I also enjoy the slow pace of the movie, it has enough time to relate all the events and not rush through them. I imagine this is how they lived in Victorian England, when they had all the time in the world, no work, no stress, went to visit their friends for months, and all that. Nevertheless, it does get intense in all the right places.

    I recommend this movie to any Jane Austen lover. You can't do better than this P&P version.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Terrific Adaptation

    I've known people who never having read one world of Austen were inspired by this miniseries to go reading and became fans. In fact, given I believe this predates the spate of Austen films in the nineties, this might have touched off her renaissance in popularity, and for good reason. I find this adaptation heads above the later film with Kiera Knightly. It's a lot more faithful for one--I felt the other film needlessly changed the original in ways unnecessary to update it and was inferior than what it replaced. You certainly never feel that way about this adaptation which captures Austen's humor and romance both. If the Thompson Sense and Sensibility is notable for making me cry, this one is notable for making me laugh hysterically to the point I was afraid I wouldn't be able to stop. All the casting is about pitch perfect. My only reservation on that score might be the actress that plays Jane--and not because of her performance, but only because the book (and the script) goes on about how she is by far the most beautiful of the sisters, while the actress is not a conventional beauty--but she does capture's Jane's sweetness while never being cloying. Colin Firth's Darcy and Jennifer Ehle's Elizabeth are on the other hand, my gold standard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wonderful!!!

    This film, though long, is the BEST version of this story EVER!!! I absolutely love this version, and it is so much better that the 2005 movie. I recommend this to anyone that is an Austen fan. If you like Pride and Prejudice, you will love this movie!! It has every element that a movie should, and is well worth the many hours it takes to watch this film. The nice part about it being so long is that you get the full effect of the story, and also; it is broken up into 6 episodes, so you can watch it all at once (which I recommend for your first viewing..) or you can break it up into smaller chunks. If you have not read the book yet, I think you will want to, but the movie- I think- is even better than the book! Which does not happen too often with novels... Enjoy!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Pride and Prejudice

    This production of "Pride and Prejudice" is far superior to the one with Kiera Knightly. However, the color quality leaves something to be desired. The characters all appear pale.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Watch this movie

    You will enjoy this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Long but good

    This movie is a little lengthy but nice if you have a day with only relaxing on the agenda. I did have to mute it when Elizabeth's mother was speaking, the longer I listen to her the more annoying it gets. Overall a great movie

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A&E's Pride and Prejudice

    This version of Pride and Prejudice is by far THE BEST VERSION OUT THERE!!!! If you are a true Jane Austen fan and would like to find a movie that holds true to the book this is the movie for you! A&E also did the best job in casting for the parts. You will never find a better Mr. Darcy than Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle portrays Elizabeth to perfection. Although the movie is long (5 1/2 hours) it does not seem to be and I am always sad when it is over.

    This is also the best version to watch to get a better understanding of the book. Pride and prejudice is my favorite book and there are passages taken word for word out of the book and put into the movie. I went to Oklahoma State university and we watched this version in one of my Literature classes to help those who have a hard time understanding the book.

    I finally convinced my husband to watch it with me and he, although he will deny it now, loved it...laughing right along with me and getting mad at some of the characters.

    If you have not seen this version, please do!!!! It is a MUST SEE!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best!

    This is by far the best version of P&P that is out there. So much of the book is included, that you really feel immersed in the story! I find myself talking with a british accent after I watch this for a few hours! How great is that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Series!

    This is probably one of, if not the best, movie based on a book out there! I love the book Pride and Prejudice and was a skeptic when I bought this DVD set, but now I'm a true believer. It really does follow the book on everything. I have seen some of the newer Jane Austen based films and they do no justice to her work. The acting is great, and not to mention the period costumes and music were very beautiful.
    This is one of those things that any Jane Austen lover can't live without! It can be watched over and over without losing its charm.

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