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Jane Austenís Sense & Sensibility (2008/BBC DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Episodes: B-



As the Jane Austen retreat to TV continues, the BBC has made their version of Jane Austenís Sense & Sensibility (2008) directed by John Alexander, who does at least as good a job as the overrated Ang Lee did for the recent hit theatrical film version, which was graced by Emma Thompson.It is Thompson who made the difference then and is the only reason that version edges out this one.David Morrissey (who I am always mixed about as an actor) leads this cast and is not bad here.


Andrew Davies makes some changes you can tell are not from the original Austen work to ďmodernizeĒ in a way that backfires, especially as he is a male and the lines are odd. Though I am no fan of Austen the writer, tampering with the literature is always dangerous ground.However, that is not as bad as Leeís misdirecting on the Thompson version and those who like the book will want to see this version.Once will be enough otherwise for the rest of us.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image can be soft and part of that might be the downtrade to DVD, but this is nicely shot, though it cannot compete with the look of the recent feature film.However, I would like to see this on Blu-ray for further comparison.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is also decent, but has no surrounds, though the recording is good.Extras include stills, cast/crew audio commentary, Remembering Jane Austen radio play, on camera interviews with Davies & Producer Anne Pivcevic and Miss Austin Regrets biopic piece on Austen that goes well with the recent feature Becoming Jane, reviewed elsewhere on this site.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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