Pride & Prejudice (DVD)

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This version of Jane Austen's fiercely beloved novel has the daunting task of living up not only to the classic book, but also to the excellent 1995 miniseries of the same name. Yet 2005's PRIDE & PREJUDICE is up to the task, thanks to lively pacing, a witty script, an excellent cast, and clever direction from British newcomer Joe Wright. The surprisingly still-relevant story follows the five Bennet sisters as they deal with suitors and love, as their mother desperately schemes to marry them off advantageously. Sweet-tempered beauty Jane (Rosamund Pike) develops feelings for the equally amiable and extremely wealthy Mr. Bingley (Simon Woods), but forces conspire to keep them apart--while Lizzie (Keira Knightley) finds herself first appalled by, but gradually drawn to, Bingley's aloof, intelligent, and socially awkward friend, Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFayden). The movie, at just over two hours, is forced to cut and condense a number of the book's subplots, and at times it tries to heighten the drama of certain scenes. But, for the most part, it's as faithful to the spirit of the original as time and cinematic convention allow. The tremendous supporting cast includes Brenda Blethyn as Mrs. Bennet and Donald Sutherland as her wry, withdrawn husband; Jena Malone as teenage twit Lydia; Judi Dench, effortlessly haughty and imperious, as Lady Catherine de Bourg; and Tom Hollander, who steals every scene he's in as the ludicrously pompous and awkward Mr. Collins. The movie's script, adapted by Deborah Moggach, manages to be proto-feminist without becoming anachronistic--and, like the novel, it is incisive about the class politics and gender inequalities of the day.


UPC 025192807329
Studio Universal Home Video
Format DVD
Extra Info Full Screen
Genre Drama
Rating Parental Guidance
Dimensions 5.5" x 0.5" x 7.5" WxHxD
Weight 0.25 lbs
Stars Claudie Blakley, Pip Torrens, Judi Dench, Jena Malone, Rosamund Pike, Penelope Wilton, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Matthew MacFadyen, Moya Brady, Keira Knightley, Roy Holder, Brenda Blethyn, Kelly Reilly, Peter Wright, Sabrina Matthews
Directors Joe Wright
Country of Origin United States

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  • Mini-Series vs. Movie

    I've read Jane Austin?s Pride & Prejudice, seen the A&E mini-series with Colin Firth (love him!) and I've now seen Pride & Prejudice 2005. This is going to be a comparative between the mini-series and the movie. First of all, I think it is important to note that the mini-series is approx. five hours long and the movie is approx. half that. This provides the mini-series with an advantage. The mini-series is SO true to the book in just about every realm. One has a chance to get to know the characters thoroughly and fall in love with Mr. Darcy right along with Lizzy. However, there is one major thing missing from the mini-series that the movie possessed: PASSION! Colin Firth's portrayal of Mr. Darcy was bar none, but the young lady who played Lizzy (cannot recall her name at the moment) lacked the passion to meet him in the middle. Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfayden were by far breathtaking in their portrayals of each character. I was left breathless many times by the slight looks given by Matthew Macfayden and received by Keira Knightly. The passion of the 2005 movie version is undeniable! However, be aware that Hollywood did what Hollywood does best: Fluffed it up and made it their own. The mini-series version is so deep and involved with the original story line that it is totally engrossing. However, the movie version brings the story to life with the passion and resonance that Ms. Austin intended. I would recommend watching both. The mini-series for the depth of character development and strict storyline and the movie for the passion and moral awareness that this story was meant portray.

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    The absolute best movie. I can't stop watching it. I love the chemistry between Lizzy and Mr. Darcy. My knees go weak when hers does. And I feel his pain when she rejects him. And the more I watch it, the more I am totally in LOVE with Matthew MacFadyen. If you are out there, and a have to watch this movie. It's by far the best EVER!!! Why don't they make more movies like this.

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  • Pride and Prejudice

    A faithful adaptation of Jane Austen's work. Delightful, witty, completely romantic with excellent performances all around.

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  • Great Price!
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    One of my favorite movies. I plan to watch it this weekend.

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  • Not Colin Firth
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    Do not buy this DVD if you haven't seen the film before. The screenplay deviates from the original story (this is not the A&E version). That said, this film offers much more than Austen's witty word play. This production cuts out all the so so parts, which you may have skipped reading anyway, and gets right down to Darcey and Elizabeth surrounding them with breathtaking backgrounds to enhance the drama. Plus being a Keira Knigjhtley fan doesn't hurt either.

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  • love story

    If you enjoy a good old fashioned love story than this is the movie for you. It also has a few laughs along the way

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  • A perfect love story
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    A true lover of Jane Austen's books and The Pride and Prejudice top all her books. Keira Knightly delivers a masterpiece performance of all time. My family resembles the Bennet family in behavior, but i have more brothers than sisters. I strongly recommend this romantic movie.

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  • Who's Proud? Who's Prejudice?
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    I was pleasantly surprised at the recent adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Mind you, I have watched the Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth many times over and was very concerned that I wouldn't enjoy this new version. I was afraid that they might have pushed things too far, but...well, you must watch it and see for yourself!

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