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Pride & Prejudice (Widescreen Edition)
Pride & Prejudice (Widescreen Edition)
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Avg. Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars(based on 368 reviews)
Sales Rank: 8
Category: DVD

Director: Joe Wright (iv)
Publisher: Universal Studios
Studio: Universal Studios
Manufacturer: Universal Studios
Label: Universal Studios
Format: Ac-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 129 minutes
Number Of Items: 1

UPC: 025192807220
EAN: 0025192807220

Release Date: February 28, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: November 23, 2005
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Editorial Reviews:
Literary adaptations just don't get any better than director Joe Wright's 2005 version of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. The key word here is adaptation, because Wright and gifted screenwriter Deborah Moggach have taken liberties with Austen's classic novel that purists may find objectionable, but in this exquisite film their artistic decisions are entirely justified and exceptionally well executed. It's a more rural England that we see here, circa 1790 (as opposed to Austen's early 19th century), in which Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) is one of several sisters primed for marriage, with an anxious mother (Brenda Blethyn) only too desperate to see her daughters paired off with the finest, richest husbands available. Elizabeth is strong-willed and opinionated, but her head (not to mention her pride and prejudice) lead her heart astray when she meets the wealthy Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen), whose own sense of decency and discretion (not to mention his pride and prejudice) prevent him from expressing his mutual affection. They're clearly meant for each other, and as Knightley's performance lights up the screen (still young enough to be girlishly impertinent, yet wise beyond her 20 years), Austen's timeless romance yields yet another timeless adaptation, easily on par with the beloved BBC miniseries that has been embraced by millions since originally broadcast in 1995. Individual tastes will vary as to which version should be considered "definitive," but with a stellar supporting cast including Judi Dench and Donald Sutherland, this impeccable production achieves its own kind of perfection. --Jeff Shannon

One of the greatest love stories of all time, Pride & Prejudice, comes to the screen in a glorious new adaptation starring Keira Knightley. When Elizabeth Bennett (Knightley) meets the handsome Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), she believes he is the last man on earth she could ever marry. But as their lives become intertwined in an unexpected adventure, she finds herself captivated by the very person she swore to loathe for all eternity. Based on the beloved masterpiece by Jane Austen, it is the classic tale of love and misunderstanding that sparkles with romance, wit and emotional force. Critics are calling it "Exhilarating. A joy from start to finish" (Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times).

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5 out of 5 stars Classic....   May 29, 2006
This movie does just what a classic love story should. It takes two headstrong people with (very) different backgrounds and throws them together against the backdrop of an over-polite society and social prejudice.

Each and every actor in this film is perfect and thoroughly believable.

Kiera Knightley, though playing a character with limited opportunity to show her evident quickness of tongue, managed to jut her chin and give back-handed insults just enough to flaunt the independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet.

Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy was an interesting casting choice. What I particularly like about this man was that he isn't your average pretty boy. Macfadyen gave the character (and audience) something more than just the gorgeous smile and perfectly placed hair so often seen on Hollywood screens.

Rosamund Pike, playing Elizabeth's sister Jane, shone in a supporting role. Her short scenes were beautiful, full of hope, tears-on-cue, and occasional self-doubt.

And it's not just Rosamund either. The other supporting characters, in all their glory, delivered just enough giggling or disdain or awkwardness as was required.

I definitely enjoyed this movie. It made me think.

Just a warning: you may be initially caught off guard by a certain important protestation of love from one character to another, but, upon review, you will discover that significant looks and the like were evident throughout the earlier bits of the film.

Rent or buy this ASAP - you won't regret it!

5 out of 5 stars If you think it couldn't get any better than Colin Firth...   May 29, 2006
I actually avoided this movie while in theatres due to my undying loyalty to the 1996 BBC version with Colin Firth. Well, my friends, this is not exactly better, but breathtaking, extremely well written, directed & produced. And if you think/thought Matthew MacFayden is no Colin Firth... just watch it. He says more with his beautiful blue eyes and facial expressions than has ever been spoken (in my humble opinion). It is better in some ways, obviously gets to the point MUCH more quickly without losing all the development of the family characters - and the ending, OH!!!!!! For me, though I LOVE the '96 adaptation, the ending kind of just didn't get it for me. This one will satisfy that for you (I couldn't breath!!)
Just when you think it can't get any better...

5 out of 5 stars My feelings are quite the opposite!   May 28, 2006
I find that I was quite mistaken in my first impression of the new (now out on DVD) P & P movie with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. When I saw it in the theatre I was distressed by what I then considered the squalidness of the Bennet household. After viewing the Keira Knightley/Matthew Macfadyen DVD version a number of times, my opinion now is quite the opposite from my first impression. My delight in this movie comes from the complex and complete portrayal of the Bennet family; and after all, that entire family is the protagonist in the Austen novel. Austen created a love story about Lizzie and Darcy, but she also beautifully creates for us the texture of real 19th century country life as lived by the Bennet family. While I have loved the A & E version for many years, I must admit that I have always been a little perplexed by it because I do not think that the A & E version portrays so great a difference between the Bennet and Darcy circumstances as to cause the least amount of doubt in Darcy's mind about whether he should marry Lizzie. This new version puts it out there, unmistakably. It definitively and masterfully portrays the differences between town and country life, so skillfully written about by Jane Austen. Bravo!

4 out of 5 stars Pride   May 28, 2006
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This is a most amusing and entertaining love story which has ever written that shows human limitations at its best. The title of the book is indeed well-named for pride and prejudice are the essence of the whole book. Pride of the hero Mr. Darcy and prejudice of the heroine Elizabeth Bennet combined to reveal what kind of character a person can be, regardless of his/her financial situation and social stature.
British society under the Regency rule was exemplified and made explicit to generations of readers. The author was telling us about the everyday life of people living in rural England after the Napoleonic Wars, and Britain was on its way to become a maritime power in the 19th century. The Industrial Revolution of Charles Dickens' days had not yet arrived to upset the power of the English nobility and the landed gentry, so much so that gentlemen like Mr. Darcy, a landowner of vast estates, could live a life of luxury and self-importance, and could easily look down on the less fortunate who had to work for a living.
Reading Jane Austen's work is always a pleasure. It puts me in with the characters, as if I were an unseen and unknown observer in the room! In fact, I feel that I am living in the early 1800s, doing the same things that those characters are doing, and feeling just as they are feeling.

5 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Need I say more?   May 27, 2006
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Wonderful!! Need I say more? I think that every girl that has watched the movie feels the same way as me: we def need to clone Mr. Darcys for all of us. I loved the movie and I think it was better than the Notebook by far. And I dont intend to offend those who liked the Notebook, I did like it also.

The movie sticks to the book. When youre watching the movie its like youre reading the book. Most of the dialogues are exactly as in the book.

I recommend the movie to everyone, especially those hopeless romantics out there. And I think guys should learn from Mr. Darcy. The movie shows sublime, real love and respect between Elizabeth and Darcy.

Great movie!

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