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Buyer beware: this superb drama has been badly served. The DVD seems to be just a transfer from the old VHS tape, as far as I can see. Also, there has been no attempt to change the screen ratio to make it suitable for modern TV's; as a result the picture sits very small in the middle of the screen looking pretty lost, surrounded by large areas of dark screen. This is one of the best dramas the BBC has ever produced and, frankly, it deserves much better treatment. As it says by the title, it has simply been repackaged, that's all: don't be fooled by the cover. Message to the BBC - look at the sheer number of glowing reviews for Persuasion on this site, and on amazon.com: they are completely right. This is the finest screen adaptation of Austen, bar none. Please put it out in a decent format.
This is by far the best version of Persuasion out there. It has quite a starry cast eg Simon Russell Beale but you don't notice them as everything works so well. It's very unglamorous, with natural lighting and looks. No one looks like a beautiful movie star but attractive in a very normal way. The acting is superb and the relationship between Anne (Amanda Root) and Captain Wentworth (Ciaran Hinds) genuinely romantic.
A very bad adaption. There is not development of story or charactors. The choice of actors is poor and their acting bad. Examples Elizabeth who is the eldest daughter very aware of her place in society and the fact she is fast approaching the shelf, is shown as a silly vapid girl. Anne the main character is sullen and dull There is no introduction of William Walter Elliot, the heir he just appears. The wrong he did Mrs Smith is not developed. I most definiately would not recommend this to anyone, not even someone who has not read Jane Austen's book. It seems that it has been based on what a friend heard their friend was told by the person down the street.
A stunning adaptation of Austen's most restrained and moving novel with a first rate cast and superb direction. It's a shame it hasn't been restored (rather than simply "repackaged") in the way the BBC lovingly did their classic adaptation of "Pride & Prejudice" for their recent blu ray. Still this DVD is watchable on small screens at least.
This is my second favourite movie. The BBC at its very best. Bought this because my VHS cassette broke. Have not watched it yet so am hopeful it’s going to be good quality. The story is by Jane Austen who is a fabulous writer. The acting by everyone is utterly superb. This is Susan Fleetwood’s (sister of Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac) last movie before she sadly died at only 51.
Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen book and I have all three DVD versions of the book. I dislike this one the most as Ciaran Hinds is too old to play Captain Wentworth. His portrayal does not suggest the romantic figure Jane Austen wrote about. Another criticism is this version uses the chapter of the novel that Austen rejected. Wentworth declares his love for Anne through a letter - if you haven't read the book, I thoroughly recommend it.
This is one of my favourite novels and this version does it justice. The acting of all the characters is excellent and the two leads are utterly believable and I thoroughly enjoy watching and re watching this. There is a newer version which I also enjoy and it would be difficult to choose between them.
I would have liked the BBC version with Paul Daneman, produced some time in the 1960s, but it is one of the programmes that the BBC wiped, so not available anywhere. This version has one of the anachronisms that makes me grind my teeth in frustration ,notably that of the couple kissing in the street. It must be so obvious that if a young woman is not allowed to go out in public without a chaperone , then displays of affection such as this would be considered a great breech of etiquette and the young woman involved would have been castigated as beyond decent behaviour. The acting is so-so and it does follow the narrative from the original novel, so probably acceptable to anyone who has not seen a better version