This VHS box set is in excellent condition. All tapes work, no eaten tapes, and are rewound. Goes for $15 online.
Run Time: 300 minutes
This Pride and Prejudice, a joint production of the BBC and A&E, does shorten the distance just a bit between Joe and Jane.... It is not a lace doily. When Sue Birtwhistle, the producer of the series, first announced her intention to adapt, Pride and Prejudice for television, she told reporters that she intended to bring out the real subjects of the novel: sex and money. The tabloids jumped. One headline read, "Sex Romp Jane Austen."
"What I meant by sexy was smoldering looks across rooms, or hands touching," said Ms. Birtwhistle in a recent interview....
Ms. Birtwhistle's production, which was adapted by Andrew Davies, the scriptwriter for the PBS series, "Middlemarch," may not deliver a full romp, but it does bring a big dose of social realism, class consciousness and outdoorsy vigor to a novel that has too often been treated like a piece of old china.
"We definitely didn't want to do what we saw as the old studio-bound BBC drama that was shown in the Sunday teatime slot," said Ms. Birtwhistle. "It's a lively book, and we wanted to get across its vitality. We didn't want people sitting stiffly in drawing rooms."
They don't. The Bennet daughters kick up their heels at dances, burst out of doors for long walks and stroll the streets of Meryton, the market town just a mile from their home. The prideful Darcy, grandest catch ever to come within the Bennet orbit, does his necessary share of sneering in a drawing room, but he also roams the landscape on horseback. In one scene, after stripping down to a shirt and tight riding pants, he plunges into the pond on his estate, observed, as it happens, by Elizabeth Bennet, who is well on the way to dropping her prejudice after getting a good eyeful. It is pretty clear that she doesn't mind the look of Darcy's estate, either. Sex and Money indeed. -- The New York Times, 1/14/96
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