Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

DVD - 2006
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Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and 5 daughters. There is the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately, if Mr. Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. The family's future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr. Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing, rich, but proud Mr. Darcy. Love soon buds for one of the Bennet sisters, while another sister may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2006]
Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 9781417055074
1417055073
Branch Call Number: DVD Feature P
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Pride and prejudice

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ipankova
May 16, 2019

Watch the 1995 version featuring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle if you want to see a faithful, well-performed adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

This movie does injustice to the book in every aspect. The characters are unrecognizable; gone is the witty charm of Elizabeth Bennet, the composed nature of Mr. Darcy, the silliness of Mr. Collins and all those at whose expense Jane Austen makes the reader laugh. In fact, forget about getting an ounce of joy from this movie. The action is heavy with melodrama of an obnoxious, depressing kind. Characters range from forgettable (good luck telling Elizabeth's sisters apart, save Jane) to downright creepy (Mr. Collins and, to some degree, even Mr. Darcy himself).

The performances of the cast are poor and over-dramatic. The film is shot in the same fashion, trying too hard to be "art" and in the process losing any semblance of story. I had heard a lot of good things about the music score prior to seeing the movie, but the action was so over the top and the sets so chaotic, that I honestly cannot recall a single note.

The book and the 1995 adaptation left me feeling happy. This movie was such a let-down. I do not recommend it, except for fans of melodramatic romance.

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PetertheRabit
Apr 30, 2019

Definitely and undoubtedly, the Collin Firth version is by far both more classsy and classic. The girls' characters have somewhat been changed. While I can no longer remember the original characters in the book, I find myself hardly agreeable with Ms Lizz's facetious attitude, not to mention the darkened tone throughout the entire movie. Strongly suggest the 6-episode version not to be missed.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

I used to watch this daily. A great adaptation

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robinandrews10
Feb 14, 2019

This movie perfectly brings the book to life! Kiera knightly is Elizabeth Bennett! Great movie.

ArapahoeKati Jan 16, 2019

When I picture Elizabeth Bennett, I picture Keira Knightley. The film is soft and romantic and witty. One of my favorite films.

The party is probably my favorite scene in the entire movie; it's well done and it feels like people are actually having fun.

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4536o
Sep 20, 2018

In the arts, every work is subject to interpretation. Jane Austen's famous Regency novel is set c. 1794, in the earlier Georgian Period, which was dominated by Enlightenment thought, with its emphasis on the pure and the rational. The crisp 1995 BBC production faithfully reflected this sensibility.
Here, P&P feels well after Austen's actual 1813 publication--in the Romantic Era, when the arts had become awash in emotion. You notice this immediately, as, for instance, the Bennet home is placed in a grimy farmyard, and the sweeping exterior vistas are wild rather than clipped or picturesque.
Keira Knightly's rendering of Elizabeth is consequently much more emotionally charged than was Jennifer Ehle's perfectly controlled interpretation of our heroine of a decade earlier.
It pointless to champion one over the other: Janeites will naturally prefer the authentic, earlier production, while others may respond to the ahistorical added vibrancy of this one. After all, we can love both.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2018

Rating: 5/5 This film is the epitome of true romance at its finest. The film is adapted from the novel by Jane Austin and follows the life of Elizabeth Bennett in the 1800s. Elizabeth is from a family of 5 young women all seeking to marry and live happily ever after. With an over-eager mother and a beautiful older sister, Elizabeth does not expect and is not expected to fall in love with the rich (and handsome) Mr. Darcy. The film is dramatic, hilarious and romantic all while honouring the tasteful courtship of the time. You will fall in love with the characters and the plot. This is the perfect book for the hopelessly romantic!
@sunsetzuzu of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

SPPL_Violet Mar 21, 2018

I think my college professor lost a little bit of respect for me when I told her this was my favorite version and not the Colin Firth one.

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nawchem
Feb 18, 2018

I love Jane Austen's writing, documenting the roles women were forced into by not having the basic rights of modern society. Shows the weird interplay of romance and reliance on men that was necessary for women to have decent lives. This movie is entertaining, I love the story. I think Kyra Knightley did a wonderful job. I never tire of watching this movie.

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Grecoel
Apr 13, 2017

Elizabeth Bennet: Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony, which is why I will end up an old maid.

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ChanellyBelly
Jul 21, 2014

"We all are fools in love."

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Monolith
Jan 13, 2013

Mrs. Bennet: "Have you no compassion for my poor nerves?!?" Mr. Bennet: "You mistake me, my dear. I have the highest respect for them. They've been my constant companion these twenty years..."

Captain_America Aug 26, 2011

Mrs Bennet: "Mr. Bennet, do something!!!"
Mr. Bennet with a deep sigh, "Elizabeth, your mother will never see you again if you don't marry Mr. Colins. And . . . I will never see you again if you do."
Elizabeth with a grateful smile, "Thank you, Papa."

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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

Pride and Prejudice is a humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr Bennet is an english gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife. The Bennets 5 daughters; the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia. Unfortunately for the Bennets, if Mr Bennet dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met, so the family's future happiness and security is dependant on the daughters making good marriages. Life is uneventful until the arrival in the neighbourhood of the rich gentleman Mr Bingley, who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. Mr Bingley brings with him his sister and the dashing (and richer) but proud Mr Darcy. Love is soon in the air for one of the Bennet sisters, while another may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness, including class, gossip and scan

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