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Sense and Sensibility

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Director: Jane Austen

Cast: Jane Austen


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Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson star in Ang Lee's acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel, arriving on DVD from Columbia/TriStar Home Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) and featuring closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo soundtracks, this release also offers additional Spanish


Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson star in Ang Lee's acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel, arriving on DVD from Columbia/TriStar Home Video. Presented in the original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio (enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs) and featuring closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo soundtracks, this release also offers additional Spanish and Portuguese Dolby Digital Stereo tracks in addition to optional English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, and Thai subtitles. Extra features include a director's audio commentary track with Lee and co-producer James Schamus, an additional commentary track from Emma Thompson and producer Lindsay Doran, Emma Thompson's Golden Globe acceptance speech, deleted scenes, a theatrical trailer, and production notes.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
An exquisitely detailed rendering of the acclaimed Jane Austen novel, and superbly adapted by Oscar-winning actress and star Emma Thompson (who scored an Oscar on her first try as a screenwriter), this look at social mores in 19th-century England actually seems more contemporary than many films of its ilk. Perfectly cast right down the line, the film benefits from clear, straightforward storytelling and the keen eye of director Ang Lee, whose past efforts, while set in different eras, show him to be immediately worthy of creating such a rich piece of work. Of all the faithful adaptations of Austen's sometimes fanciful books, this one seems to be the most accessible, especially on an emotional level, as it deals with humor and heartbreak with assurance and understanding. Best of all, the film breaks free of the stagnant characteristics that so many associate with period films. Sense and Sensibility enjoyed great success in its release, mostly because of its timeless ability to tap into the sympathies of modern audiences without insulting their intelligence or cheapening a great story for mass consumption.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Deluxe widescreen presentation; Emma Thompson and producer Lindsay Doran's audio commentary; Director Ang Lee and co-producer James Schamus' audio commentary; Emma Thompson's Golden Globe acceptance speech; Deleted scenes; Interactive menus; Languages: English two-channel [Dolby Surround], English 5.0 [Dolby Digital], Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Original theatrical trailer; Bonus trailers; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emma Thompson Elinor Dashwood
Alan Rickman Col. Brandon
Kate Winslet Marianne Dashwood
Hugh Grant Edward Ferrars
James Fleet John Dashwood
Harriet Walter Fanny Dashwood
Oliver Ford Davies Doctor Harris
Emile Francois Margaret Dashwood
Robert Hardy Sir John Middleton
Alexander John Curate
Gemma Jones Mrs. Dashwood
Hugh Laurie Mr. Palmer
Richard Lumsden Robert Ferrars
Elizabeth Spriggs Mrs. Jennings
Imelda Staunton Charlotte Palmer
Imogen Stubbs Lucy Steele
Tom Wilkinson Mr. Dashwood
Greg Wise John Willoughby

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director
Emma Thompson Screenwriter
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Coulter Cinematographer
Lindsay Doran Producer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Philip Elton Art Director
Sydney Pollack Executive Producer
Morag Ross Makeup
Andrew Sanders Art Director
James Schamus Co-producer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Chris Newman Asst. Director
Michelle Guish Casting
Laurie Borg Co-producer
Tim Squyres Editor
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Geoff Stier Associate Producer
John Bright Costumes/Costume Designer
Jane Austen Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [2:19]
2. "Help them?" [1:57]
3. Reduced to a Visitor [4:28]
4. Edward Ferrars [7:12]
5. Edward & Elinor [2:21]
6. Letter from Sir John [5:03]
7. The offer [3:58]
8. A joyous welcome [4:50]
9. Colonel Brandon [6:35]
10. A parcel [2:17]
11. Twisting an ankle [2:07]
12. John Willoughby [7:51]
13. Courtship [3:56]
14. Lucy Steele [5:06]
15. Compromising Her Honor [4:25]
16. Discussion with Lucy [12:10]
17. Robert Ferrars [4:10]
18. "Willoughby!" [3:16]
19. Letter for Marianne [4:27]
20. The Colonel explains [5:06]
21. Cheering Up Elinor [6:00]
22. Mrs. Jennings' News [4:22]
23. The Colonel's Proposal [4:11]
24. A Walk in the Garden [9:27]
25. Out of danger [2:13]
26. Back in favor [5:58]
27. Surprise visit [5:49]
28. Wedding day [4:20]


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Sense and Sensibility 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
JoannaTX More than 1 year ago
I think my 5-star rating makes my answer obvious - this one! You can tell by watching this movie, that the director obviously read and understood Sense and Sensibility. There are important family dynamics that the other two versions don't cover as well. This movie has a great cast - Emma Thompson, Kate Winsley, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman. It's also true to the spirit of teh novel. What I like best, perhaps, is that while remaining very faithful to the book, it managed a good time and is easily enjoyed by non-JaneAusten fans. My parents loved it.

My favorite scene: The proposal! It was beautiful - I cried a whole lot. LOL. A definate recommend, so don't waste any more time. Go watch it!
police1510 More than 1 year ago
I can appreciate that it took Emma Thompson so long to get this movie ready. I enjoyed everything about it - especially the scenery - but the actors were "just right" for each character - the dialog - the costumes - everything !!- I have seen it several times before but just had to have this edition.
BookWorm8 More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie, especially for Jane Austen fans since the performances really bring out the nuances of feeling for each character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book-to-movie adaptation I have ever seen. It kept the movie length time instead of the 6-hour Pride and Prejudice dished out, was on the nose about all of the characters and plot. It was as if Jane Austen herself had written the script! Absolutely marvelous!
CatL More than 1 year ago
Really enjoy watching this for the umpteenth time now that I own it. Love the cast of characters, especially Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. Alan really puts himself into the part of Colonel Brandon, and Emma really makes Elinor come alive. The other cast members are also quite talented, and do well in their roles. Dialog was good, in keeping with the time frame of the original book. Jane Austen really put out some good books that have been made into some great movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Outstanding'' is the word that comes to mind when I think of Emma Thompson's adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel. Thompson's faithful rendering of the characters and the period reflect her great love for this timeless story. She has wonderfully captured the wit and poignancy that make Austen's work both enduring and endearing to its readers. The parlor scene, when an unsuspecting and ardent Edward interrupts Elinor and Lucy's earnest conversation about him, always makes me chuckle; the awkwardness felt by all is so palpable, and so wonderfully portrayed. And then, when clueless Marianne happens upon the scene! What wonderfully understated comedy! This movie is well worth adding to any Austen fan's video library.
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baseballmommy More than 1 year ago
Smart movie, smart script and a lovely performance by Emma Thompson. I also loved Alan Rickman-- but when is he ever NOT great?
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i may be young and still a teenager but i love all things jane austen. I believe that this movie was close enough to the book not to upset those who have read it and i believe all the cast did a magnificent job playing thier role.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those movies that I have to watch everytime it's on tv even though I own it. I get sucked right into the storyline and am touched by it's beauty and moved by the whole thing. For anyone that like romantic movies, this is a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. This is not just your common love-story this one has class and is worth every minute of your time. The book is harder to handle, but is also worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful adaption of Jane Austin's book. I recomend it to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not like this movie........I LOVED it!!!!!!!!! Wonderfull acting, funny, romantic, emotional, what else could you want? I never get tired of watching it, you have got to see this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first, I wasn't sure what to expect becuase when you watch a movie adaptation for a classic, you're prepared to be disappointed. Although this movie wasn't exactly like the book, it was faithful to all of the characters which is the number one most important part. It also added a bit of its own interpretation to the romance without violating any of the Austen spirit. It remained true to the main plot, and all this together is quite an accomplishment for only 136 minutes. And besides, as Andrew Davies "screenwriter for A&E P&P" would say, "What is the justification of spending money if you are just going to produce a series of pictures alongside the dialogue of the novel?" I agree. If that would be all I would expect from the movie, then I would not even bother watching it. Anyway, Emma Thompson was superb. I already knew Kate Winslet would do perfectly. I at first wanted Hugh Grant to play Willoughby but I think he was much better as Edward Ferrars. This is the only Austen adaptation that can compete with A&E's Pride and Prejudice. I enjoyed every minute and hope you do too. One more thing: I also liked the fact that it was filled with romance without the "cornyness." It doesn't have those awkward cheesy moments where I would rather look away and not watch. Watch it!
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
You know how it's a cliche to say "the book was better?" And Austen's Sense and Sensibility is a classic and one beloved by me, but I was never less than satisfied with this adaptation. Knowing the novel as I do, I could detect where Thompson's script added or diverted, but it never felt anything less than seemless. What is so winning to me about the Austen novel that is this film's source is the blend of humor and drama, and this film captures that beautifully in its script and performances. It features perfect comic timing that provokes laughter but this is also a moving film--one of the few that has made me cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love watching this Jane Austen adaptation. I thought that the script stayed as true to the book as possible while keeping the movie at a good length time-wise. You really feel the characters' emotions and circumstances--mainly Elinor's. This is one of the"if not the"best Jane Austen movie adaptations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watch many of the Austen films, and I can honestly say that it's very difficult to find one that is not only sufficiently accurate - a movie can't be EXACTLY accurate - but also true to the characters and the theme. This one was fabulous! Emma Thompson made a brilliant Elinor - no one has done it better! Just like in the books, we see her show the most emotional maturity - even more than her mother. She is essential to the family dynamic as this movie shows. Her performance in the last main scene was beautifully done - it shows her FINALLY letting go of her emotions. She'd held back for so long that she couldn't any longer. Kate Winslet was perfect as well. Hugh Grant did good too. I also like how Willoughby wasn't portrayed as evil, but more of an irresponsible and philandering rake. I loved it and so will you.