Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

DVD - 2006
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The story of the five Bennett sisters living in early 19th century England. Their mother is scheming to make prestigious marriages for them. Focuses on Elizabeth Bennett, who mistakenly finds the rich Mr. Darcy an oaf, even as he sets all the other fair maidens' hearts aflutter.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2006]
Edition: Standard version
ISBN: 9781419838231
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 118 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Eyes of the navy


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Aug 31, 2018

The problem with the Colin Firth version is Elizabeth is a snooty preening snot-nose b*$@#, Jane a blank-eyed airhead, and both of them go around with these simpering smirks on their faces that made me want to kick their teeth in. Colin Firth IS wonderful and his swimming scene justifiable shot him in the "sexy romantic leading man" stratosphere! The MGM version does have a stilted grandeur that takes a moment or two to get use to, but Greer Garson is luminous, the 'tying up of loose ends' at the end (where even poor Mary has a potential beau) amusing, and Edna May Oliver as Lady Catherine.....well, I`ve gone through Roget`s Thesaurus twice and I STILL can`t find words worthy of her! To say she steals the show is not just the understatement of the year, it comes under the heading of "So what else is new?" If for her alone this IS an enjoyable outing, but the rest of the cast, filled with some of the best character actors of that time, make it equally worth while. So Enjoy Already!

Oct 15, 2017

It took a while to get to know the multitude of personalities in the film, but things came together pretty well at the end (by this I mean my understanding). Laurence Olivier won the Oscar this year, not for this film, but for "Rebecca." He and Greer Garson were excellent. In my opinion, they were two of the most elegant actors of their time.

May 31, 2017

I enjoyed this very much. Well presented. Strong story. Well acted. If you love a non-fiction story using fiction names and places describing what it was like to live late 1800's you will love this story. That is what Jane Austin effectively preserves in her verbatim of the rules of love and the societal class system which existed. It represents what limited options females were allowed in society. Women were unable to follow a career, go to school. Women could only marry to secure their future. They had to try to marry the riches man possible to insure they did not starve or be homeless. The marriage they picked secured the future for their children too. There was no birth control then. If a female risked pregnancy out of wedlock, she was abandoned left to die and so was her child. Thank god, the present society in North American has advanced since then and women have more options.

Jun 04, 2013

Reasons why I didn't like this:

Attempted to maintain the persona of 19th Century England with American costumes... totally not regency England. Just many historical inconsistencies.

No way was Mr Darcy so cold and scathing then perfectly eager to meet Lizzy all within the same heartbeat.

The actresses used for the Bennet sisters were disappointing because their actresses were too old.

Excess of unnecessary dialogue really took away from the film. I know they were trying to set it up for all audiences, but I really felt that it was a disappointment when Mr Bennett was attempting to be sarcastic. Darcy's dialogue also left much to be desired... I felt bad that Olivier had to play such a flippant Mr Darcy.

The woman who played Lizzie was too harsh and (in my opinion) didn't have the good-nature'd attitude that Lizzy should have had.

I did like how some of the dialogue established the basis of Lizzie's Prejudice but did nothing for Darcy's pride.

Needless to say I didn't finish this as I pride myself on historical correctness.

Oct 26, 2012

I figured I'd check this out because I really liked the 2005 version with Keira Knightley. This was... tolerable... for a while. Perhaps it was too dated for me. Or too snooty. Maybe it was all that flustered estrogen... I don't know. Whatever the case may be, I don't see myself returning for a repeat viewing in this lifetime.

Sep 22, 2012

As Janice21383 says "classic Hollywood" but the costumes were grotesque, Mrs Bennetts voice unbearable but Lawrence Olivier was great for the time. I have watched all the P&P i could my hands on and read the book off course but the best is still the version with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in my opinion. The resent movie version with Matthew MacFaddyen and Keira Knightly was interesting but still not as great, I keep returning to Colin Firth as the true Mr. Darcy.

Feb 22, 2008

The film version to end all film versions of Jane Austen's novel. Many have tried but no other adaptation comes even close.


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Oct 26, 2012

Mrs. Bennet: "Look at them! Five of them without dowries! What's to become of them?" Mr. Bennet: "Yes, what's to become of the wretched creatures? Perhaps we should have drowned some of them at birth."


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