While I can never say I've been big on classical romance
in literature, this BBC and A&E mini series seemed to
really catch me off guard when I first saw it. Well told and
performed, it was only available for viewing on occasion on
A&E or in the cumbersome 6 tape VHS set. With this new
DVD set, people who enjoyed the series are given a version
The story is your usual Jane Austen fare (in as much as I
know Austen): Elizabeth Bennet is one of five unmarried daughters
in a less than wealthy family. In 19th Century England, marriage
was primarily determined on finding someone of wealth and
making certain beneficiar arrangements. When her sister Jane
catches the eye of a rich bachelor, Elizabeth meets the bachelor's
friend, Mr. Darcy, who she finds prideful and disagreeable.
Against her better wishes, she grows closer to the enigmatic
The acting is consistently high-quality. No one in the cast
delivers a weak performance and both Colin Firth and Jennifer
Elhe become their respective characters. Fans of BBC productions
will immediately recognize a huge number of the cast members.
The sets and costuming are excellently done. In fact, there
really isn't a single aspect of this series that doesn't excell.
This new DVD set is well worth the money, especially for
those tired of the 6 VHS boxed set. Broken up into two DVDs,
the six episodes are linked seemlessly without the hassel
of bothering with the intro and credits for each episode (or
at least on each disc). The set is presented in Widescreen
format and includes a "The Making of Pride and Prejudice"
For those who enjoy well acted stories of character will
need to watch this series. People looking for casual action
or slutty lust need not apply. While not 100% true to the
original tale, this production does an excellent job at capturing
the feel of Jane Austen's novel.