The best film adaptation ever of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” (A&E, 1995, $49.95) leads the list of new titles arriving this week on the Blu-ray high definition format.
A co-production of A&E and the BBC, the six-part miniseries excellently captures Austen’s focus on the mores and social ladder of the era. At the same time, it manages to draw us into the romantic storylines while painting vivid portraits of the characters.
The period costumes, the memorable locations, a sterling cast, a solid directing job by Simon Langton and a marvelous music score by Carl Davis transport us back to early 19th century England. It is a journey through time well worth taking.
Particularly impressive are Colin Firth as Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. Darcy is smitten with Elizabeth but fights his feelings because he knows she is below his social status. Elizabeth considers his seemingly stoic personality as rude and un-gentlemanly. Thus, Elizabeth is surprised when she finds herself often thinking about Darcy.