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Sense and Sensibility [Blu-ray]

  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region B Europe/Australia (info)
  • Actress Emma Thompson both wrote and stars in this adaptation of Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY--a novel that perceptively examines the social manners and laws of early-19th-century Britain. Set in the English countryside, the film follows the loves and heartaches of sisters Elinor (Thompson) and Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet). The two have extremely divergent approaches to life: Elinor represents "sense" and believes in behaving with propriety and thoughtfulness, while Marianne represents "sensibility" and basks in her own emotions. Both women, however, experience confusion when their lovers, seemingly on the verge of proposing marriage, spurn them.

    For director Ang Lee, the film marks a break from his Father Knows Best trilogy, which examined the problems of the contemporary Taiwanese family. Many people questioned whether an Asian director could handle an English period film. Lee answered those questions with a gorgeous film that both captures the nuances of Austen's novel and proves that Lee is a first-rate director capable of tackling any material. Featuring Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman, among others, the stellar cast inspired Lee to flatteringly exclaim, "Can everyone in England act?"

    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 1995 Emma Thompson British actress

  • Credits
    Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Greg Wise, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter, Imogen Stubbs
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Inspired....Wickedly irreverent sense of visual comedy..."

    "...A terrifically entertaining and incisively acted film of Jane Austen's first novel....Thompson gives a marvelous performance to match the elegant fire of her writing..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Lushly engaging....Luminously brings to life Austen's vision..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Witty and rollicking....Rickman is unexpectedly moving....Jones quietly impresses....Francois is utterly winning..."

    Sight and Sound

    "...Proof to any doubters of the resilience and continuing emotional power of an author who began writing 200 years ago..."
    Los Angeles Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] Hugh Grant at his most awkwardly charming....Buoyant and loveable."
    Total Film

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